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February 20, 2020 Amelia Wilcox

Show Your Employee Appreciation With Office Massage

Celebrate your staff on Employee Appreciation Day with a corporate massage event! 

Employee Appreciation Day is just around the corner, on Friday, March 6, 2020. If you’re wondering how to celebrate your staff, and are intrigued by the idea of an in-office massage event to recognize their hard work throughout the year, let us walk you through the steps of setting up an in-office massage event!

We’ll cover everything you need to know to set up a one-day massage event for Employee Appreciation Day, including what to expect before, during, and after.

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Give the Gift of Massage to Your Employees

Who wouldn’t love to receive a relaxing, rejuvenating chair massage! Here’s how to make it happen.

Make a Plan 

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 6, 2020 for this year’s Employee Appreciation Day! Administrative and management teams can start brainstorming gift ideas and activities.

Holding a special lunch that day is a nice treat. At the lunch, you can include an awards ceremony where employees are individually acknowledged for their unique contributions.

Chair Massage to Show You Care

To prepare for the chair massage part of the day, contact a massage therapist or a massage company to get on their schedule. When booking the appointment, you’ll want to have a couple key things in mind:

  • How many people will be getting chair massages? 
  • What’s your budget? 
  • How long would you like the massages to be?

These basic questions will help you and the therapist or company you hire determine how long the massages will be, how long the therapist will stay for the day, and if you need to plan for additional therapists so you have several chair massages happening at once.

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Get The Word Out

Once you’ve nailed everything down, you’ll want to let your staff know. As much fun as it would be to surprise everyone with a massage event, it runs much smoother if people know ahead of time.

That’s because of one thing: Scheduling. 

A chair massage schedule means everyone knows exactly what time they should show up for their chair massage, and it ensures everyone gets an equal amount of time. If you chose to work with a massage company versus an individual therapist, it’s likely they will handle all the scheduling for you, so that’s one less thing to deal with. If you choose Nivati, you can even utilize our online scheduling platform, to make it that much easier.

What to Expect During a Massage Event for Employee Appreciation Day


On the day of the event, your massage therapists will arrive 15-20 minutes ahead of time to set up their massage chairs. The location they set up in will be decided on ahead of time, during the planning process. We recommend an empty office or a free meeting room.


Employees will show up for their massages according to the time they signed up for previously, assuming they don’t forget! At Nivati, we provide a reminder service for each employee so they are sure not to miss their appointment.


At the end of the day, your therapists will pack up their chairs and be on their way. It’s usually best to arrange payments to be made before or after the event as it eliminates the need to deal with it on the busy massage day. Another reason to choose Nivati — we make it easy by handling the invoicing and payment. 

In the days and weeks following the event, survey your employees to see how they liked the massage event. If it was a hit, you know you can plan on doing it again for next year’s appreciation day, or even consider signing your team up for a monthly massage membership. 


This article was originally posted on Feb 9, 2016. It has been updated for completeness and accuracy.

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)