Children On The Spectrum Are Free, Always

We have seen children on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) benefit from the Vegas Massage Chair. The first time it was a mother who called to ask for permission to bring her child. Her son had been more restless than was typical and she simply wanted to try anything that might help. She knew of the airbags and the Zero Gravity Recline position and hoped it might make a positive impact on her son.

The child was around 7. He did 30 minutes fully reclined, wearing the headphones, an eye mask and a blanket. We set his massage to be minimal impact but enough for his body to get used to the pattern and rhythm. He was as calm and peaceful as any other person who uses the chair. Which in this case, meant much more than typical.

We certainly recognize that scenario is anecdotal and does not guarantee results. But we have seen similar situations and it has lead me to share this and invite parents to bring their children who face any variety of spectrum related symptoms and lets just see if it helps. We do not charge for this. It's simply a small, very small gesture we make to hopefully make something of an impact to the community.

There is some science behind what could be making this effective, if even for a few moments. Research by Chen Hsin-Yung shows deep touch pressure acts as a calming or focusing agent to increase activity in the parasympathetic division, and lower activity in the sympathetic division of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). Deep touch pressure also causes the release of both serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These are "happy" neurotransmitters and produce a feeling of calm within our nervous system. You can read more at Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering.
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