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Inventors – David Palmer – PBS Digital Studios
Until the 1980s, professional massage was done either lying on a table or sitting on a chair or stool. David Palmer found this traditional method of seated massage problematic as his customer’s would get so relaxed they’d fall over. So he developed a new kind of massage chair. Over the years it evolved from a heavy wooden “chair in a box” to a lighter model we see everywhere today.
‘Inventors’ is a series of portrait videos by filmmaker and photographer David Friedman, chronicling the work of contemporary inventors from all walks of life. This profile of the “father” of chair massage offers a rare glimpss into the inspiration for his creation, which revolutionized the massage industry.
A recent article about a new phenomenon, autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), that some are calling “brain orgasms” got me thinking about how little we celebrate the purely sensational nature of massage and also why we don’t have 2 million YouTube videos describing our sensational work.