Muscle Kneading in Corporate Seated Massage

Corporate Chair massage requires specific techniques for reducing stress for a client who is fully clothed and doing it in less the 10 minutes.


The most commonly applied technique is probably Muscle Kneading Technique. This chair massage technique should always be applied transversely (across the body of the muscle).  If you place lubricant on the skin you can press your fingers or knuckles parallel to the length of a structure (longitudinally). This follows the course of the blood and lymph vessels but does not greatly affect the tissue itself. This alternative to traditional Muscle Kneading is called Longitudinal Friction.


Though kneading increases circulation and is valuable to the deeper parts of the muscle, it also creates a difficulty since deep work and the resulting pain will cause the client to tighten up or contract the area being treated.  This also reduces the benefits of the technique.  The solution here is twofold.  1) The part to be worked on must be place in a position that will leave it naturally limp.  2) The practitioner must integrate instructions to the client on visualization and diaphragmatic breathing to reduce the pain. (Talk to your instructor about  “Breathing” and “Visualization”.)


Imagine yourself kneading bread (dough).  Close your eyes and have a sense of the finger and wrist movement that the technique requires.  Used to stimulate the functions of the skin, muscle kneading is especially good for dry skin.  In addition to the skin, it stimulates all vital functions of the body part where it is applied: glands, nerves, blood vessels as well as muscles and connective tissue.  It is the only technique in integrative approach to massage for which oil is used on the skin of a person receiving bodywork. It is done in order to reduce chafing and friction.  After you apply a small film of aromatic oil on the skin, the kneading can begin.


Kneading is experienced by the body as an alternation between relaxation, and compression.  Kneading helps to empty the blood and lymph vessels, and to bring fresh fluids to these areas. This assists in eliminating metabolic toxins and waste matter from the tissues while improving circulation.  It is used routinely during warm-ups by dancers and athletes in order to reduce the possibility of injuries, cramps and muscle spasms.


Step 1

After applying a small film of aromatic oil on the area to be worked on, grasp the muscle with a squeezing action of your hand.  If the muscle is properly oiled, it will immediately begin to slip out of your hands.


Step 2

As the muscle slips from your hand, quickly grasp it with your other hand.  The muscle will continue to slide from hand to hand as it is pressed, creating a rolling effect.  Continue the kneading for about thirty seconds to one minute for most areas and about five minutes on the back.


Step 3

Both you and the person you are working on should inhale deeply so that you may both take in the healing aromatic oils that will begin to fill the room from the friction of the kneading.


Muscle kneading has many benefits.  It is especially useful for firming weak muscles.  Of all bodywork techniques, this is probably the most structurally oriented.  It is invaluable in paralysis and in all cases where there has been tissue degeneration.  It can be applied easily anywhere on the body with the exception of the shins, bony joints, and the skull.


In working with muscles near a bone that has been fractured (and has already had the cast removed), or near a sprain, muscle kneading is the technique to choose.


Caution: Avoid using this technique in any situation where deep pressure is ill advised such as hypertension, heart disease, cancer or on irritated skin.


Lewis Harrison is the director of Events Chair Massage, a provider of chair massage and stress management services to meeting and wellness events planners.

He is the author of the classic massage book – “Hands-on Healing”. This book has been used as a textbook by students in massage and bodywork schools throughout the United States for over twenty-five tears



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Lewis Harrison is a best a best-selling author and a teacher of corporate chair massage. His corporate chair massage company is based in NYC. Corporate chair massage offers stress management services to meeting planners, event planners, association meetings and trade shows. He also offers these stress management and onsite massage services in NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, Columbus Ohio and many other cities across the United States.



Success Through Patience and Persistance

 Monday is the day when I write a blog about some extraordinary person. As you may know one of my daily “spiritual exercises” is to explore the lives of those who have changed the world through their sense of vision and their willingness to transcend extreme obstacles. I usually research three people per day; one in the morning, the afternoon and late in the evening just before I finish writing and mentoring my students for the day and go off to meditate.

Today I’m writing about Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger.

Though I do not watch football, everyone in my small town seems to and without much struggle I can link Joseph Campbell’s idea of the hero to Rudy.


Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger.grew up in Joliet, Illinois dreaming of playing college football at the University of Notre Dame. Though he achieved some success with his local high school team (Joliet Catholic), he lacked the grades and money necessary to attend Notre Dame, as well as the talent and physical stature to play football for a any major intercollegiate program. The thing that he did have was patience and persistance. In the end he fulfilled his dream.


The limitations of human potential are unknown and yet when it comes to thinking creatively and innovatively we are our own worst enemies.

Often is a lack of patience that creates obstacles to our creativity and innovative thinking.  The value of persistence should never be underestimated. Often we have epiphanies, intuitions and “out of the box” ideas which we unfortunately ignore or discard.  It  is often these very ideas that might bring us the solutions to future creative challenges. The difference between success and failure is not the potential at hand but the lost potential from impatience and an unwillingness to persist in spite of perceived challenges.

Multiple studies have shown that with patience and persistence creative thinkers could generate many more ideas for problem solving than they had estimated themselves.

This is a pattern that exists not just among geniuses and visionaries. It could be  used  to help a charitable organization increase donations; to help professional comedians generate  punch lines for a sketch comedy scene and help copywriters generate advertising slogans for a product.

Though many of us seek instant gratification it may be more important to hold off on experiencing that gratification if one wishes to maximize creativity and innovative thinking. Concerning the creative process, studies have shown that ideas generated while being persistent even when doing so was not comfortable tended to be more creative than ideas generated initially. Not only did participants underestimate their ability to generate powerful ideas while persisting, they underestimated their ability to generate highly creative ideas at all.

It is easy to understand why we so often underestimate the benefits of persistence.  It’s because creative challenges feel difficult. Often we feel stuck, a bit out of control, unsure, and even frustrated as we seek a solution. We think we might have the right idea, find it doesn’t work, get frustrated and think about quitting…yet we persist.

“Am I even getting anywhere” we ask ourselves.

Many of the great inventors have said “Creative ideas take time.”

Here are the steps within a basic process for developing the most creative and innovative ideas.

  1. There is an initial period of thinking deeply about problem,
  2. Different ways to frame the problem are considered,
  3. Different possible solution paths are considered.
  4. The best is chosen



This process has its limitations in thinking creatively in solving complex and extreme problem. Here additional steps must be taken to get the best solution

  1. A “master mind group” is formed of other experts who bring a wide range of ideas into the process.
  2. Through Collective and Collaborative Intelligence the most creative and innovative solutions are isolated
  3. Through Design Thinking*, the best solutions are drawn from these; “the best” meaning the most effective.

Here is a film about Rudy’s journey.



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Lewis Speaks about “Maintaining Your Power When Leading Those that Oppose Your Lead”.


I often mentor and coach leaders who do not have the support of those they have been given the responsibility to lead.

This is a complex situation that reading Machiavelli, Sun Tzu or watching reruns of the Sopranos and taking notes will most likely not solve.

Here are some tips you can use derived from my “Advanced Course for Professional mentors and Coaches”.and on Lewis Harrison’s Applied game theory.

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Rather than stake out clear positions radical change must take place through more subtle strategies. These may include:

*  Say nothing when radical thinkers and those looking to bring about radical change.  This implies that this progressive or reform approach Is what the decision maker wants.

*  Implicitly back one group of another without formally endorsing their point of view. This includes using influence to push aside or undermine those who resist the changes or slow the process.

* Expand the parameters of debate over an issue over how far reforms can go. This is an approach taken by Pope Francis as his papacy ran into increased resistance from the conservative cardinals.

* Make statements that are confusing and which can be interpreted by all sides as being in agreement with their position. This approach can be expanded upon by feeding such a statement to the media.

Effective leadership Is a complex affair,  especially when you are leading those with a different vision or agenda than you.

In the end the best one can hope for is to bring them over to your side or when this is not possible to have the ability to limit their influence on the process.

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Many influencers have the ability to present ideas that appear “reasonable and thoughtful” on the surface but on closer inspection turn out to be badly flawed to the absurd.



Lewis Harrison is a best-selling author,  motivational speaker,  mentor, coach. and sales trainer.


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He offers stress management programs throughout the United  States and his corporate chair massage company, provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for  meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Veges, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Miami and Orlando Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

His book “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Time” addresses important issues on human potential and personal development

Here is a short interview with Lewis Harrison on unnecessary struggle and visionary thinking

Selling can Make you into a Millionaire!

Between 2001 and 20015 the number of new millionaires in the United States – defined as the ownership of at least a million dollars in real assets – increased by over 10 million people.
As far back as 2007 CNN Money reported that there were 700,000 more millionaire households this year than in 2004 and this level has increased annually. These are not the super rich – the Buffets, Trumps, and Gates of the world. In fact, most of these millionaires are middle class people who through a combination of hard work, common sense, financial shrewdness, and a little luck moved from the middle class to the bottom level of the wealthy class.

Many of them are salespeople.

In fact there has also been a dramatic increase in the number of people in the United States in their twenties and thirties who have a net worth of between $100,000 and $500,000. Many of these individuals will have over $1 million in assets within the decade.

When you become rich, when you achieve wealth, I want you to live as well as I do. I want you to enjoy your wealth even more than I enjoy my wealth.

We all want to live the good life! In order to do this you have to master game based thinking. This include the art of influence, Sun Tzu. and mix a bit of Dalai lama and Donald Trump.

I want you to have:

  • Economic security
  • Psychological contentment
  • Physical pleasure
  • Spiritual wholeness.

The most important lessons I have learned from speaking and spending time with those of great wealth is that fantasizing about what it is like to be a millionaire is not the same as being a millionaire.

I want you to think like a millionaire thinks!

To do this you must learn how to isolate or merge different systems.

Zig Ziglar used to say “It’s your aptitude, not just your attitude that determines your ultimate altitude.

 Remember that failure is an event, not a person. You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

Look at Wikipedia and study the concept of system and explore how they work. Everything else you do will be based on this.


Lewis Harrison is a best-selling author,  motivational speaker,  mentor, coach. and sales trainer.



You can reach him at

He offers stress management programs throughout the United  States and his corporate chair massage company, provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for  meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Veges, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Miami and Orlando Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

His book “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Time” addresses important issues on human potential and personal development

Here is a short interview with Lewis Harrison on unnecessary struggle and visionary thinking