A chair massage focuses on the areas of your back, shoulders, neck, arms, and hands with the most tension. You are massaged over your clothes without any use of massage oil. When getting a chair massage, you sit in a special chair that has a downward angled cradle for your face to rest on, and supports for resting your arms.
The massage therapist relieves the tension in the muscles with kneading and acupressure, without using oils. This treatment is as effective as some of the other massage techniques. Contrary to what some think, chair massage is not simply a shoulder rub: therapists use massage techniques borrowed from other modalities they were trained in.