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January 28, 2016 Amelia Wilcox

How to Get the Best Chair Massage

Got a corporate chair massage coming up? If you’ve never had a chair massage before, you’re probably wondering what to expect and if there’s anything you should do.

For the most part, your job is to sit there and relax — but that can be easier said than done. Here are some tips on how to get the most from your corporate chair massage.

how to get a great chair massage

Seated Massage Therapy: Tips for the Client


What is corporate chair massage?

Step by Step What you can Expect

For the standard 15-20 minute chair massage, here’s what you can expect.

Sit forward in the massage chair, with your arms on the armrest in front of you. When you first settle into the chair, the therapist will ask if there are any adjustments needed to make the chair more comfortable.

For the most part, the massage therapist will be able to tell at a glance if any changes need to be made, such as raising or lowering the face rest. But it’s up to you to speak up if anything feels uncomfortable, and especially if anything feels painful. 

Related: How Much Space is Needed for Chair Massage?


Your Job During A Chair Massage Session

Before beginning any work, the therapist will ask if there are any injured areas they should avoid or health conditions to know about. Take this question seriously. The last thing any massage therapist wants is to cause a client injury.

Next, they’ll likely ask if there are any areas in particular that you’d liked worked during the chair massage. Typically, chair massage clients mention their upper or lower back, neck, or shoulders. If there’s no particular area you want to give extra focus on, that’s fine too.

To get the most benefit from your seated massage therapy session, do your best to clear you mind of your to-do list, and certainly don’t bring your cell phone to the chair to scroll through emails during the session. 

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Seated Massage Process

The massage therapist will start warming up the muscles and getting your nervous system used to what’s happening.

After a brief period of warm-up, it’s likely your therapist will hone in on some problem areas. This could be the area of focus you told them about or another area they found with some knots and trigger points.

Related: Are You Too Ticklish for Massage Therapy?


Massage Therapy and Pain

If something is painful, speak up.

But also keep in mind there is a difference between discomfort and true pain.

It can be a pretty uncomfortable feeling when working out a stubborn muscle knot. After all, it took a long time for that knot to get created due to poor body mechanics or stress. So you can expect to feel something when you’re trying to address that issue in a few minutes’ time.

Related: Do Massages Hurt?


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)