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October 18, 2017 Amelia Wilcox

Do Massages Disrupt the Work Day?

You know your employees would love receiving massages at work, but you may be wondering if it’ll cause too much of a distraction. In this article, we’ll talk about whether or not office massage is a work day disruption.

Is Office Massage a Disruption?

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So does massage disrupt the workday? That all depends on your definition of disruption.

What is a Disruption?

The definition of disruption  that we’ll use here is “anything that detracts from focus.”

So does it detract from focus if an employee is away from their desk for 20 minutes for any reason at all?

If they’re spending 20 minutes getting a massage, they’ll return to work more focused, more relaxed, and more energized. They’ll finish their day more productive.

If an employee spends 20 minutes away from their desk having an argument with their spouse on the phone, they’ll return to work upset, unfocused, and, yes, distracted.

Related: In Office Massage: Your First Steps to Happier Employees

So do we consider massage a disruption to the work day? Absolutely not. Massage can help relax and focus your employees.

That being said, some types of massage may work better for your office than others.


3 Types of Office Massage

While we don’t think office massage causes a disruption for your employees, there are differences among the different types of office massage and the impact it will have on your employees. Let’s dig into those differences.

1. Unclothed table massage at work

Out of all of the massage types, unclothed table massage will take the biggest chunk out of the day. Unclothed table massages are usually at least 30 minutes to give employees time to undress before and redress after their massage.

2. Clothed table massage and chair massages for employees

Clothed table massages and chair massages last anywhere from 5 minutes to around 30 minutes. With this option, employees don’t have to undress and it doesn’t take quite as long.

These massages will usually be given in a quiet part of the office, allowing your employees to really enjoy their treatment time. This means they’ll be leaving their desks, receiving their massages, and returning rejuvenated.

Related: How Long Should a Chair Massage Be?

3. Desk-to-desk office massage

In situations where offering massages in a separate room just won’t work, desk massages are a great idea. Massage therapists will walk from desk to desk and offer massages without your employees having to move at all.

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Regular Employee Massage Becomes Routine

The frequency of massages also help determine whether it’s going to disrupt your office’s work day.

For instance, if you’re bringing massage in as part of your yearly office health fair, the day will already be disrupted by the other activities of the health fair.

But if you have a regular office massage program in place, it becomes a new normal part of the work day that your employees can plan around.

Maintaining Your Office Massage Program

Another part of the office massage experience that doesn’t have to be a distraction is the work to maintain your massage program.

Most massage companies can do a lot to help you manage your massage program smoothly, such as:

  • Maintaining a sign-up sheet or online scheduling
  • Sending reminder emails to your employees about their appointments
  • Making sure massage therapists show up on time ready to work

Your only job will be to let us know when and where your massage therapists should set up. On massage days, your massage therapists will come and set up completely on their own and they’ll clean up when they leave.

Offering massage at work may mean your employees spend some time away from their desks, but it’ll leave them feeling happier, healthier, and more productive.

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)