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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