Seated Chair Massage

Seated chair massage is often seen in an office or clinical setting and is the only modality of practice for some therapists. Sometimes referred to as office massage, seated massage can help reduce stress and anxiety associated with some office jobs.

Employee Benefits 

It can help to increase morale, increase productivity, decrease absenteeism, and motivate employees. It also shows employees that the company cares about their health and overall well-being.

Where to find Seated Chair Massage 

Many self-employed therapists work independently in office buildings, airports, malls, and other busy public places, but massage therapists are often hired to do seated chair massage at conventions, health fairs, and business openings.

It can be a powerful sales tool.

Weddings, birthday parties, family reunions and Christmas parties are all events that might seek therapists for seated massage work, however, the most common is the workplace or large office building.


Cost ranges from $55-$75 per hour, or $1-$1.50 per minute, plus gratuity. Often the price will also depend on the techniques of massage given, and the number of clients you will have for the day.

Marketing chair massage services with many different businesses, as well as family, friends and co-workers, will help to grow your business quickly, many times to the point that you will have to hire other therapists to work for you, while you take care of business needs and marketing your services even further.

Many different techniques of massage can be performed in a chair massage session. You don't have to have a massage table to have some therapies of bodywork.

Reflexology, deep tissue, Indian head massage, and relaxation are just a few of the different types of massage you might see being given in a seated massage session. However, when a different type of massage is given, adjustments to the seat and arms may be given for client comfort in a chair massage.

Learning Seated Massage

Taught by Ralph Stephens, a massage therapy instructor of medical massage, sports massage and chair massage, Seated Therapeutic Massage Package - 3 Disc Chair Massage Program provides great massage videos with training for therapists interested in starting a seated massage business.

This is a video clip of this DVD:

It covers set-up, adjustments, sanitation, hygiene, therapist-client communication, anatomy using trigger point drawings on the body, plus a complete demonstration of the techniques to treat each muscle.

 It also teaches Active Isolated Stretching, body mechanics for the therapist and safe thumb techniques. These techniques can be applied generally for relaxation and stress reduction, or specifically to improve circulation, range of motion, pain reduction, and to help relieve common pain syndromes.

The first video covers seated chair massage comfort, sanitation procedures, patient communication, body mechanics of the therapist, trigger points, common pain complaints and detailed treatment of back muscles.

The second video covers Active Isolated Stretching for the neck and shoulders; anatomy, trigger points, common pain syndromes and detailed treatment of rotator cuff and surrounding muscles.

It includes specific techniques from Sports Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy in the seated position. The third video covers the anatomy, trigger points, common complaints and detailed treatment of the entire forearm from elbow to fingers.

There is a detailed discussion of carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and golfers elbow plus an excellent treatment demonstration for most hand complaints.

Be sure to read our best massage chair reviews to find chairs that will stand up to daily use, and the techniques of massage that you will use in chair massage.
Seated chair massage is one of the best ways to relax in the middle of a work day, after a long airplane trip, after shopping at the mall, or pretty much any other time, so unwind and relax in a massage therapist's chair today. 

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