One of the leading benefits of chair massage is muscle relaxation. Every day the muscles of your back, shoulders and neck are subjected to stress. Over time this stress can cause the tissues of your body to become stiff and sore. During a chair massage, your therapist uses her hands, elbows or other tools to stretch and place pressure on the affected tissues in order to relieve tension and relax the muscles. As muscles relax, greater levels of blood reach the muscle tissue, resulting in better circulation. The manipulation of the muscle also helps force blood through the tissue. With increased circulation comes a better flow of oxygen and nutrients into the muscles, as well as a better movement of waste products from the muscles back into the bloodstream, where they can be eliminated from the body. Another benefit of chair massage is that it is done fully clothed. This allows individuals who may be discouraged from a full-body table massage due to self-consciousness about their body being exposed. Chair massage is a way to gain some of the benefits of massage while still wearing all your clothing.