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The Benefits of a Chair Massage

Posted on: November 21, 2008

Massage in a Chair

Massage has been around for thousands of years and it is pictured in Egyptian hieroglyphics in 2,500 B.C. and people are massaging one another’s hands and feet, while seated on the ground. Ancient Japanese block prints capture images of people massaging others, while they are sitting on low stools. Though chair massage in modern times stemmed from the 20th century in the U.S.A. during the 1970’s and 1980’s and they used stools. Sports massage therapists in Russia have their client sit on a chair and use a pillow to rest against a table. When performing the Japanese Amma modality of massage, some of the session is down with the client seated.

David Palmer who created the Palmer method of massage also adapted the Amma modality and created an acupuncture-influenced style of seated massage. He founded a school of massage and there are schools of Palmer massage today. He wanted to remove legitimate massage therapy away from the stigma of massage parlor sexual practices so it could become a popular therapy that that the average person recognized and could afford. By developing his own seated massage method and then having Serge Bouyssou, a Frenchman and a cabinetmaker design and build a massage chair that was portable, comfortable and easy for the massage therapist to use Palmer changed many people’s notions about massage. This all began in 1982 when he started teaching students the art of seated massage. Chair massage has blossomed during the intervening years and many massage therapist set up their chairs at outdoor events and have many clients.

Don Rainwater has written many articles on alternative medicine, vitamins, supplements, and natural healing. To visit his site and to find vitamins, supplements, and health books that will help you find self cure through non-conventional medicine please visit


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