Ideal for both students and practitioners, this convenient and portable guide offers valuable information on how to effectively perform seated massage for both relaxation and therapeutic purposes. Providing comprehensive coverage of the technique, this practical resource explains the positional causes of dysfunction to maximize the benefit to the client. Discussions of the essential concepts of chair massage include selecting an appropriate chair, chair adjustments, body mechanics, applying pressure, skill building, intake forms, and hygiene. Content on business helps therapists improve their profits by covering topics like defining the target market, marketing for the table business, and contracts. Plus, specific routines for shoulders, neck/head, arm/hand, and low back regions are provided, along with full-color photographs to clearly demonstrate each technique.
•Full-color photographs and drawings clearly depict each technique.
•An Essentials of Practice chapter helps you translate your knowledge into revenue by addressing crucial topics such as determining target markets, job-related conditions, marketing methods, introductory letters, setting fees, drawing up contracts, and getting paid, and includes practical advice from practitioners who offer chair massage.
•Unique! Coverage of low back techniques includes specific techniques for treating low back pain, its causes, when to perform massage, and when it is contraindicated.
•Unique! A chapter on additional techniques and adaptations covers body regions such as the iliotibial band, gastrocnemius, pectorals, anterior neck muscles, and serratus anterior, plus situations such as clients in wheelchairs.
•Unique! A segment on closing the session describes positive ways to finalize a chair massage session, including use of percussion as a finishing technique, closing stretches, a post-treatment discussion, and helping the client off the chair.
•A Communications and Ethics chapter addresses important topics such as the ethical presentation of self, boundaries, communicating with clients about feedback, pre- and post-treatment interviews, and intake forms.
•A review of anatomy and kinesiology covers the specific information that you need to know in order make treatment decisions and perform routines.
•Coverage of traditional Chinese medicine points and channels gives you more techniques to use during chair massage practice.
•Sample dialogues provide examples of effective communication with clients during their sessions.
Table of Contents
1. What is Chair Massage?
2. Essentials of Practice
3. Basic Sequence
4. Enhancing Treatment Sessions
5. Additional Techniques and Adaptations
6. Essentials of Business
7. Communication and Ethics
Appendix A: Traditional Chinese Medicine Channel Review
Appendix B: Anatomy and Kinesiology Review
Answers to Study Questions
By Patricia Holland and Sandra K. Anderson, BA, LMT, NCTMB