1986 was the year that the first professional massage chair came on the market. It was developed by TouchPro founder, David Palmer, whom MASSAGE Magazine calls the “father” of chair massage. David’s passion, then and now, is to make the world safe for positive touch. The TouchPro focus is seated massage and our commitment is to provide training, resources and support to help people learn about and earn a living providing skilled touch services. Explore the free articles and videos and stay in touch!
THIS JUST IN: You can view the recent 12-minute History Channel segment on the development of chair massage and the first massage chair online. It features our founder, David Palmer, and aired on April 1, 2016. Check out this page…
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Hot off the Press!
Yesterday USPS delivered my author’s copy of a new textbook that contains a chapter I co-authored with the inimitable Jean Barlow. The book is Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide. Our chapter,Teaching Positive Touch: A Child-to-Child Massage Model for the Classroom, details the history, benefits and implementation of the seated massage program that Jean has developed for primary schools.
I was honored to be part of this groundbreaking project initiated by our friend and colleague, Janet Courtney, Ph.D., and her husband, Robert Nolan, Ph.D., both lifelong child advocates and therapists. This is the first academic text on the therapeutic value of professional touch with children and I hope it triggers many new discussions about this too-often taboo topic.
For the launch, check out the promotional discount Rutledge Press is running: 20% off the price of the hard or softcover versions of the book. The eBook version is also available at Amazon. If you are affiliated with a massage school, you may be able to preview the eBook version for free by filling out their Complimentary Copy form.
Our affiliate in France, Xavier Court Training (English version), just began training its fourth group of students since launching the world’s first country-wide certification in chair massage last November. That first group will complete its final (and 7th) module of training in June. We are so proud!
Another road trip
At the end of March I travel to Baltimore, MD, to teach chair massage technique and marketing at the Holistic Massage Training Institute, March 30 to April 2nd. Most of the seminars I am teaching this year are within driving distance of my residence in Connecticut so, if you know anyone on the East Coast (Newington CT, Quebec City) interested in learning the most popular chair massage in the world, send them our way.
Amma on the table in the islands
The roots of TouchPro chair massage are in a traditional Japanese one-hour table massage Kata taught for 2 decades in San Francisco at my now-defunct school The Amma Institute. If you are interested in combining a trip to beautiful Trinidad with a two-week intensive training of the one-hour table Kata, please contact me soon (firstname.lastname@example.org) as space is limited. TouchPro’s Caribbean affiliate is planning a course from August 13th to the 26th.
While versions of this table Kata are still taught regularly in Quebec and Paris, this is a rare opportunity to study the work directly with me in English. If you think the 15-minute Kata is amazing, wait until you experience the hour-long table version. Read the last item in the newsletter for a good description of the experience.