Chair massage (massage Express)

The massage chair is a type of massage done with the client dressed  up without using oil, sitting in an ergonomic chair specially designed for this purpose and that lasts about 10 to 30 minutes.

The techniques applied are acupressure and chiropractic but mostly derived from shiatsu. These are carried out in the form of kata, digital, palm pressures elbow and forearm on energy points and meridians, along with gentle stretching and light but deep compressions that help relax and dissipate tensions.

The massage chair compresses the areas of the head, neck, neck, shoulders, back, waist, hips, arms and hands, but will eventually also can knead legs.

This technique is ideal for any massage businesses, home, events, pregnant women, elderly or physically disabled people, lightheadedness, dizziness, etc.

The modern roots of the massage chair started in the 1980’s; first with Kathryn Hansom-Spice in Washington DC. In 1981, she began teaching seated massage techniques for special populations in the Potomac Massage Training Institute. This program became the example for other massage schools around the country. At the same time, Jeanna St. John in Santa Cruz, California began teaching seated acupressure as a treatment for disabled children.

The first chair specifically designed for chair massage was created by the therapist David Palmer in 1986, which started using it for the purpose of educating different audiences about the benefits of massage. He popularized this massage thanks to his article “A Brief History of massage chair” published in the magazine Positive Health in 1998.

Chair massage course details:

  • Requirements: Be of age, otherwise permission from legal guardians.
  • Course material: the course includes all necessary equipment for the practical stage, as well as all printed documents of the curriculum to facilitate understanding and further consultation upon completion of the course.
  • Duration: This course has a workload of 12 hours of theory and classroom practices.
  • Qualification: after passing the theoretical – practical tests, the student will be awarded with a training diploma, which will allow him/her to access to a job in spas, resorts, cruises, wellness centers or become self-employed, obtaining insurance civil and professional responsibility.
  • Dress Code: Any comfortable clothing, preferably short comfortable pants and long shirts that cover the body properly
  • Price: 180 euros


*For the complete curriculum click here

  • Introduction to massage chair.
  • Indications and contraindications.
  • Basic anatomy of the spine
  • The tsubos. Meridians.
  • Pressure Techniques.
  • Postural hygiene
  • Massage in cervical area.
  • Massage in dorsal area.
  • Massage your lower back.
  • Massage in arms and hands.
  • Cranial massage chair.
  • Mobilizations chair.
  • Stretch chair….

General information

All courses are held from 09.00 – 17.00 hours Monday to Friday (consult for weekend’s timetables) with a 1 hour lunch break and a short 15 minutes break in the afternoon

 The course includes:

  1. Information dossier
  2. Theory and Practice
  3. All products / equipment needed for the course.
  4. Tea, coffee and water
  5. Practical and theoretical examination
  6. Diploma as issued by Odayaka Spa School
  • Optional
  1. Uniforms (long pants and shirt)
  2. For foreign students and / or displaced:
  3. Airport Service pickup
  4. Accommodation
  5. Visa processing advisory.

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