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February 21, 2022 Amelia Wilcox

Benefits of Corporate Massage

The benefits of corporate massage are far-reaching for employees and employers alike. If you’re thinking about bringing chair massage into the office, you probably want to know what the benefits of chair massage might look like for your office. We are committed to answering your questions, so let’s get started.

Benefits of Corporate Chair Massage

Benefits of Corporate Chair Massage for the Employees

Many of the benefits of chair massage for your employees are similar to the benefits of getting a full body massage at a spa but in the comfort and convenience of your workplace. Onsite massage eliminates the need to travel to a massage clinic or spa and is a fraction of the cost (see our article on chair massage costs for more info on that). Plus, chair massage makes massage therapy accessible to those within your organization who are uncomfortable getting undressed and would otherwise never experience massage without it.

We have collected and analyzed the research on this subject, and have put it all together to answer your questions. All the studies used here have been done on employer-provided 15-20 minute chair massages at work. Here is what we found.

1. Reduces stress

A whopping 85% stress reduction! Stress levels measured before and after each massage found one of the biggest benefits of seated massage therapy to be a seriously effective office stress reliever.

2. Decreases anxiety and depression

One of the biggest benefits of office massages is that massage reduces anxiety by 26%, and depression scores also improve by 28%.

3. Relieves muscle tension and pain

Back pain is cut in half with regular corporate chair massages. A 48% decrease was seen in the studies on back pain and tension. 

4. Improves quality of sleep

Over multiple studies, the average improvement in sleep quality was 28%. That includes increased duration as well as fewer sleep disturbances.

5. Relieves headaches

Headaches are decreased by an average of 48% in duration and intensity with regular onsite massages.

6. Lowers blood pressure

Across multiple studies, there was an average of a 6% drop in blood pressure, which may not sound like a lot. But that’s the difference between hypertensive blood pressure and normal blood pressure, and that’s without any medication at all! Plus, these studies showed that there was a lasting effect and the benefits of corporate massage programs showed very clearly as the massage group continued to have lower blood pressure than the control groups for weeks after treatment stopped.

7. Prevents repetitive strain injuries

For employees doing repetitive movements, weekly chair massage reduces repetitive stress injuries by 37%. 

8. Increases immune function

In studies on immune function, the good cells of the body perform 35% better as one of the benefits of corporate chair massage, and this is especially true for autoimmune and inflammatory illnesses.

9. Treats carpal tunnel and tendonitis

One of the benefits of chair massage programs is that people with carpal tunnel and tendonitis issues see a decrease in pain and discomfort by 14%.

Related: 7 Ways to Prevent and Ease Desk Job Pain

10. Increases focus, energy, and mental clarity

After chair massages, employees in two studies show increased alertness, speed, and accuracy on math computations following treatment.

Let me reiterate that these numbers are all from 15-20 minute chair massages at work!

Benefits of Corporate Chair Massage for the Workplace

Now, what do all those benefits for the employees translate into for your company? What is this really going to do for the bottom line?

1. Increase employee productivity

Employees give more to organizations that take good care of them. And that extra alertness, focus, and mental clarity don’t hurt either. Corporate massage therapy alleviates employee headaches, back pain, and anxiety. This allows them to give all their focus to their jobs.

Aaron Call, VP of Sales and Operations at G&A Partners loves their program so much they have nearly doubled the program’s size every year. They have experienced such phenomenal results with their workplace massage benefits that they also give corporate massages to their clients’ offices each month.

“Productivity and overall employee satisfaction has increased, and our customer service ratings have improved as well. Providing workplace massage for our employees has been a great investment for our company with an excellent ROI that is ultimately experienced by our customers.”

2. Attract top talent

It pays to have an ace up your sleeve in our competitive marketplace. There are lots of fun and creative perks to help draw top talent into your organization, and massage is at the top of the list.

Brandon Fish, VP of Human Resources at Property Solutions, has found recruiting easier than ever since implementing their office massage program.

“As we recruit new talent, massage is an attractive benefit for our potential new employees. We are glad we made the decision to add massage services as one of our perks.”

3. Increase employee retention

In addition to attracting top talent, that talent will stick around when they feel appreciated. After you’ve worked hard to hire and train some new talent in your organization, keep them. One of the benefits of seated massage programs is that you won’t see that investment walking over to your competitor’s office.

4. Decrease worker’s compensation claims

This goes back to the employee benefits of treating carpal tunnel and tendonitis and preventing repetitive stress injuries. Since those issues are being effectively addressed, worker’s Compensation claims go down. 

5. Reduce health care Costs

In a recent study on the effects of corporate massage on health care costs, employees experiencing low back pain that received chair massage spent 31% less on doctor’s visits and prescription medication.

Plus, as shown in the employee benefits section, some of the most expensive health care conditions dramatically improve with regular onsite chair massage, thereby reducing costs as an employer.

6. Improve office morale

Noelle Bates, VP of Marketing at Needle, sees the benefits of their workplace massage program on company morale every single week.

“Our employees circle massage day on their calendars and mention often how much they appreciate the program and look forward to coming into work on that day in particular.”

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Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)