Touchpro was founded in 1986 by David Palmer, developer of the first massage chair, whom Massage Magazine calls the "Father" of contemporary chair massage and has trained more than 12,000 bodyworkers in 16 countries. Our massage focuses on circulation and revitilization of the body through theuse of Japanese acupressure and percussions in a sequence that has proven to be the technique that is the most practiced form of massage in the world.
2-day Intensive Chair Massage Technique (Fri/Sat) will focus on:
- the upper body system utilizing Japanese acupressure and percussions that can be adapted into 5 to 25 minute formats;
- a versitile approach that fits the broadest range of clients and practitioners;
- a system that revitilizes through circulation and relaxation;
- a fast and thorough client screening protocol;
- self-care and ergonomic techniques for practitioner body and health maintenance
1-day Chair Massage Marketing (Sunday) will focus on:
- a complete survey of the best markets available for chair massage;
- how to decide which marekts are most appropriate for you;
- an approach to marketing that integrates the four key characteristics of business success in the 21st century;
- how to talk to your potential clients about chair massage;
- what you need to know about scheduling, insurance, contracts, negotiations, licensing, pricing and discounts.
David began his professional massage career in 1980. Before his teacher, Takashi Nakamura, returned to Japan in 1982, he prepared David to assume operation of The Amma Institute. The Amma Institute was the first school in the United States exclusively devoted to traditional Japanese massage. It was here that David first began experimenting with teaching his graduates to work on clients seated in a chair, rather than lying on a table. In 1989 David stepped down as Director of the school to focus full-time on the development of the Chair Massage industry.
Developer, the first chair for seated massage
In 1983. David began work on the first special chair to make seated massage comfortable and convenient for both the customer and the practitioner. In 1986, his chair was introduced to the bodywork profession by Living Earth Crafts and has served as the basic model for all subsequent massage chairs. To date there are over fifteen massage chairs and tabletop units on the market that have been sold to hundreds of thousands of practitioners worldwide. David currently works with Stronglite manufacturing company to develop and maintain the best massage chair on the market.
David has written extensively about Chair Massage and the massage industry in general. His book, The Bodywork Entrepreneur, was used as a standard business text in bodywork schools during the 1990′s. He also developed Marketing Chair Massage, which is considered the best primer on the subject in the field. David has had numerous articles published in Massage Therapy Journal, Massage Magazine, Massage & Bodywork and industry newsletters.
David is a frequent keynote/banquet speaker and presenter at a wide variety of local, national, and state massage conferences and conventions including the American Massage Therapy Association, the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, the Alberta Massage Therapy Association, and the AMTA Chapters in California, New York, Ohio, and Texas. He is often invited to be on industry panels and conferences to contribute his unique point of view on current issues.
Prior to entering the field of massage, David spent ten years as a developer and administrator of social service programs for nonprofit agencies in Chicago and San Francisco. His work included the creation of the first nationwide social service hotline in 1972, the National Runaway Switchboard. While working for the Wieboldt Foundation, in 1974, he staffed the development of the first association of private family foundations in the United States, the Donor’s Forum, a model that has been duplicated in major cities throughout the country.