Benefits of 15 minute Chair Massages…

LMT: “Hello. **smiles** Would you like to have a 15 minute massage?”

You: “I’ve never had a massage sitting in a chair before. I’ve been having quite a tough day. I just want to crawl back in bed and pull the covers over my head. A massage sounds like it might be a good idea but would it even be helpful?”

LMT: “It would be VERY helpful, in many ways. It will help smooth out your moods, reduce your stress levels and make you feel better. I think you’ll really enjoy it!”

You: “I’m so tired and worn out, don’t you think it’ll make me want to find a corner somewhere and fall asleep?”

LMT: “Did you know that taking a LONG hot shower will make you sleepy, but a short hot shower actually perks you up? This will be very much like that. I fully expect that it’ll help relax you and at the same time re-energize you so you can productively move through your day.”

You: “Hmm… Do you really think 15 minutes will make a difference?”

LMT: “Absolutely! ‘Client Satisfaction’ is very important to me. Why don’t you give it a try. If you don’t think it has made a positive difference, it won’t cost you a thing. Nothing to lose!” **smiles**

You: “Wow! Nothing to lose, huh? Sure… Let’s do this.”

(15 minutes later)

LMT: “There you go… all done.”

You: **slowly lifting face from the comfortable face cradle**… “Oh, my gosh…” **surprised and super relaxed**

LMT: “How does that feel? Better?”

You: **taking a full breath while stretching arms up and out** “Wow. Thank you! That was AMAZING! I’m SOooo glad I did that!! You’re right!! I feel both relaxed AND energized! Now I feel like I can tackle the rest of my day!”

 

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WHY does that happen? How does just 15 minutes in a massage chair make THAT MUCH of a shift to your mood, physical stress and energy levels?

Fundamentally, humans and animals literally thrive from touch. Sure, we can survive without it for the most part, but we THRIVE with it. Newborns benefit hugely from touch and a prematurely born baby may depend upon it to survive.

Harry Harlow - monkey surrogate experimentHarry Harlow, a psychologist, conducted experiments in the 1950’s with baby rhesus monkeys. He offered them crude structures (made of wire) of a surrogate mother; one bare wire rigged with a bottle to nurse upon, and the other covered in terry cloth without a bottle. The babies spent much more time snuggling with the cloth covered ones. These babies also were better equipped to manage stress and to self-sooth later on in life. (It’s a fascinating read: HERE)

Physiologically, when touched in a skilled, respectfully and considerate way, your brain releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins (“endogenous morphine”) boost your mood with a morphine-like substance, which helps to diminish physical aches and pain.

This helps to reduce stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) and together your body is able to readjust and heal itself (reducing inflammation, increasing cellular detoxification and repair).

Our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) consists of two parts (see diagram): the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and the Parasympathetic Nervous System Nervous System branches(PSNS). Our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) conducts involuntary impulses from the Central Nervous System (CNS) to organs and systems in our body like our heart, glands or digestive tract.

We don’t have to think about our heart beating, it does it automatically. The peristalsis (flow and movement) of our digestive tract moves without our conscious thought. Our adrenal glands and stress hormone release are triggered by the same system; involuntarily.

So when we feel stress, whether from the threat of being eaten by a tiger, getting cut off in traffic, the boss threatening your job status, or the schoolyard bully marching toward you fixing to either mash your face into the toilet or force you to hand over your lunch money for the umpteenth time, the involuntary response of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) triggers the “fight or flight” reaction of your Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS).

Stress is nearly constant in our modern lifestyle, regardless if you’re a kid or an adult. Bullies exist in all age ranges and demographics. And the mad race to stay on top of all the expectations we place upon ourselves and our family (constant activities with little to no down-time) is exhausting, which depletes our survival mechanisms.

Unfortunately, very few of us take the time we need to fully and adequately rest and let our bodies decompress.

Massage can be incredibly helpful to us mentally and physically. It stimulates the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS) which allows our body to unwind, reduce stress levels, detox, heal and provides the nurturing touch we need to thrive.

And yes, 15 minutes can offer a quick reset while providing a much needed respite. A full hour or 90 minute session can do even more.

So… I hope you jump in the seat the next time you see me (or any massage therapist) offering 15 minute chair massages!

 

Are you a business owner? If so, then you understand how important your employees are to you. Show them how much you appreciate and depend upon them.

Increase productivity, raise morale, help reduce their stress levels (thereby minimizing turn-over and health costs) by hiring me to come to your office or next business event to provide these scientifically substantiated benefits with 15 minute chair massages!

 

Think about offering gratitude to your customers as well. Show them how much you appreciate their business by hiring me to come to your local business or event and provide complimentary 15 minute massages to them.

Gifting them with this kind of caring respect will help secure their continued loyalty and devotion. And in turn, they’ll talk you up BIG time and make more referrals!

BOOM! More business = more profit!

 

Are you ready to talk about setting up your next event? Great!

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with your name and contact information. My name is Margie and I’ll return your call/text ASAP. 🙂

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