Are you on the subway, on a highway area or in the Senate? It’s time for your “Massage-minute” break! In a society where everything happens ever faster, the masseurs have had to compete with ingenuity to find their place in this continuous movement. In France, Joel was the forerunner. He was one of the first in the 80s to make the massage known. A modern massage that adapts to the rhythm of urban life. Today, it is not uncommon to see masseurs with their chairs, calling their customers during their lunch break, even in restaurants and cafes.
The client is seated and does not need to undress, which allows to practice the massage in any place. Fast and efficient, it is gaining popularity with the public. The massage comes out of its 4 walls and so much the better.
But to practice sitting massage, you need the chair that goes with it. And there, there are advertisements on the Internet. As with any purchase you need to take a lot of precautions: weight, shape, price … Within 3 minutes, the different chairs and its accessories will no longer have secrets for you!
CHOOSE THE BEST PRICE
Mobility but at what cost? The models are available in several materials: the least expensive are those made of metal and then aluminum, or wood. The most expensive are made in “composite”. The latter (mixture of various elements) are the lightest, but also the most expensive. Awards
Around 149 €
For low-end, and go up fast
Up to 600 €
. There are many ads on the net, just like scams, so beware of prices that would be abnormally low. And
Do not neglect the duration of the guarantee
. It helps to verify the confidence of the manufacturer in its products. Thus, make sure that the duration of
The warranty is at least 2 years
. If this is a manufacturer’s warranty, it is much better because it allows you to contact the manufacturer directly in case of a problem.
DO NOT TROUBLE IN THE CHOICE OF THE CHAIR
Several criteria must be taken into account. A massage chair should present a lot of options.
Do not forget that you will be massaging people of all sizes. The accessories will allow you to adapt your table to each one.
Here are the different options you can find:
A headrest adjustable in height and in inclination, which will thus adapt to the morphology of the customer. Moreover, it will allow you to work more easily the neck and the trapeziums. Attention, some chairs also allow to adjust the angle of lateral inclination: it is not really useful. Often, this even represents a discomfort for the comfort of the patient.
An armrest tablet to release the shoulders. It must be wide enough so that the person can lay his arms without having to cross them. If the tilt is adjustable, it is even better because the shoulder release is complete and your client will be even better installed.
A pectoral support (bust) will be used to adjust the inclination of the person until it is in a sitting position. Some brackets are designed to fit directly into strong breasts. If the support is adjustable in height or “scratched”, this allows additional comfort for pregnant women or people of high build.
The seat (the seat) must be adjustable according to the size of the customer for more versatility. A hydraulic adjustment allows to adapt the height to the centimeter near your needs, for an optimal comfort of the customer. The comfort of the cushion is very important, prefer a cushion wide, with a dense foam (minimum 25kgs / m3).
The tibia rest allows your client to sit comfortably. They allow him to support his legs according to the alignment of the spine, in an ideal position for the lumbar. On certain chairs, they are removable, which favors the comfort of people who can not bend the knees or the legs (elderly people in particular).
The feet of the chair ensure the stability of the whole. Four feet is enough, but for more vigorous massages using large pendulum movements, prefer a chair with feet in the form of a cross bar, such as Ecopostural chairs, or Habys chairs. If you regularly massage outdoors, prefer the transverse feet because the four-legged chairs can sometimes sink (on soft ground for example).
The height adjustable chairs (with rope or other) are ideal because they can adapt to the height of the practitioner and promote better postures and therefore a better comfort.
WHAT MATERIAL TO CHOOSE?
Concerning the choice of the material, beyond the price, it is
Related to robustness and weight
Wanted. Be aware that a chair weighs between 7 and 10 kg. It is therefore often easier to transport
A folding massage table
. Of the various materials, wood always appears to be the most noble. But it is not the most practical, since the wooden chair wears out faster. Why ? Simply because of the frequent adjustments of the chair, which the wood has difficulty to cash in. Therefore,
Which is both robust and light: what more?
Remains much less expensive and more often used.
Are ACCESSORIES “ACCESSORIES”?
They come to improve the practicality of your chair, and there are several:
The “pouch of value” is a pouch that allows the customers to put away their personal belongings and thus empty their pockets for more comfort during the massage. It is not really useful because very few people empty their pockets. This also prevents your customers from forgetting their business. Prefer to place their belongings in their bag, or on a table.
The protective cover is placed on the face plate. In cotton washable or disposable, you will change it between two people massaged for reasons of hygiene. Even more hygienic, you can also find protective sets for all the cushions of the chair. It is preferable to use a protective cotton cover that will be changed if necessary, combined with a single-use charlotte, as this prevents the face “sticking” to the headrest. Indispensable in case of heat, and summer for a practice outside.
The “sternum pad” is a cushion that you place on the pectoral support, thus offering a better comfort to the client. It also helps to wedge the female chest for comfort. There are massage chairs equipped with rollers to facilitate their movement. However
Prefer a carrying case
To the chair with wheels for the following reasons:
Hygiene: a chair equipped with a wheel moves as it is, without protection. You would not want to sit in a chair dragging in the street in the rain. It protects better from shocks.
The casters are often small and do not allow to roll everywhere. Note that a cover can be simple or with wheels.
The best carrying case has storage pockets, wheels, or even a retractable handle as on the suitcases for easy movement. Some models are also equipped with straps to carry the cover as a backpack, which has the advantage of distributing the weight and facilitating the movements to the maximum. Finally, there are also small practical transport trolleys, in case your cover
Keep in mind that the accessory is not gadget, it is there to meet the expectations of your customers so do not overlook its importance.
Finally one of your selection criteria is obviously the look, the shape, the design. Whatever the shape, they are studied so that you can practice all the styles of sitting massage. The master word is “ergonomics”.
You now have all the cards in hand to make the best choice. Of course, it is your hands that remain your best tools!
And you, what is your experience with chair massage? Do you have one? What do you think, what is your advice? Give us your opinion by leaving a comment.