Massage & Bodywork

January | February 2014

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The FAINTING MYSTERY A phenomenon unique to chair massage by ERIC BROWN photography by ELLEN JASKOL I've owned two successful massage clinics and my staff has done tens of thousands of massage treatments over the years. In all that time, we've never had anyone faint on a massage table. Occasionally, people report feeling dizzy immediately after getting off the table, but that's known as postural hypotension, which is self-correcting after a few seconds. When I first learned about chair massage, however, I was told that about one in 1,000 people would faint when getting a seated massage. That seemed odd, and I couldn't understand why it would happen, but I kept it in the back of my mind as I excitedly branched into this up-and-coming field. ➺ 58 massage & bodywork january/february 2014

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