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Chair Massage is “Spot” on for Maintaining Health

Free 5-minute chair massage
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During these times when we are all cutting back, scaling down, and considering all our options to make it successfully through these economic down-times, we still will be experiencing challenges with our health care.  With Spring now upon us, yard and garden work beckons, spring clean-up chores call to us, for me especially, my garage(!), and the probability of acquiring associated aches and pains appears a given experience for most of us as we have been a little more idle during the winter months and our bodies are just emerging out of our “cabin feverness” with the new felt warmth of the last few weeks.

I realize that not everyone can afford a full body massage at this time, however, it is important to address new aches and pains promptly so that adaptive postures and holding patterns do not take hold.  Chair massage is the perfect answer for addressing the strains and discomforts we experience as we get outside and get moving.  Chair massage focuses on specific areas, such as necks and shoulders, backs and hips, and arms and hands.  These are the muscle groups we use the most, depend on to accomplish our tasks, and the first to express the strain of our enthusiasm to get things done promptly.

Chair massage is affordable, enables each of us to not suffer discomfort, and gets us going again.  A session usually lasts about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on what needs to be attended to.  This is an especially good “treat” for employers to provide for their employees.  Not only do the employees feel pampered and cared for, massage also improves attitude, energy, and circulation which leads to improved performance and productivity in the workplace.  I am sure, regular chair massage provided in the workplace will lead to great employee loyalty.  Can’t ask for more than that.

Consider requesting chair massage the next time your aches and pains begin to signal you for attention.  A well trained licensed massage therapist will know exactly what you need and will be efficient and effective.  That saves you both time and money.

So  enjoy this great warm weather, plan your tasks, have fun, and remember chair massage may be your new best friend this spring.

Krystle Shapiro is founding member of The Sandpoint Wellness Council.  She can be reached at (208) 290-6760 at Stepping Stones Wellness Center.

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