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November 8, 2017 Amelia Wilcox

Employee Massage Upgrade Options

We’re so excited that you’ve decided to offer a massage program in your office! We know there are lots of options and you’ve got a lot of decisions to make, including whether or not to allow your employees to pay to upgrade their massages.

In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about implementing an employee upgrade option for your massage program.  

Massage at Work: Everything You Want to Know About Employee Upgrades

As you’re setting up your massage program, you’ll decide how many massages you’ll allow your employees to have and how long those massages will be.

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Clients who decide to go with our Unlimited Massage Program option can allow their employees to upgrade these massages.

This allows employees to pay for additional massage time, whether that’s just extending the length of their regularly allotted massages or scheduling extra appointments. 

There are lots of benefits to taking advantage of this feature. Let’s check them out.


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Employees Get All the Massage Time They Want

Your massage program may be running full force, providing employees with their allotted free massage periods. Could it be improved?

By allowing your employees to purchase additional masssage time, you’re giving them the abilitiy to completely customize their own personal massage program. 

Whether they’d like to receive extra massage treatments through the duration of a pregnancy, they’re dealing with the aftermath of an injury, or they just love the benefits of massage, your employees will love the freedom of purchasing additional masssage sessions.


Massage Upgrades Won’t Jeopardize Morale

You may be bringing a massage program to your office in an effort to boost employee morale. It definitely will!

Your employees will see that the company is willing to invest in them and the physical benefits of massage lead to happier, more productive employees.

But some may worry that giving employees the freedom to purchase their own massage sessions will jeopardize the morale benefits of a massage program—this is NOT the case!

Your employees will still appreciate their free massage time, but if they need a little extra during an especially stressful time or to get them through some sort of injury, they’ll have access to that care.

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Your Massage Program Utilization May Improve

When you’re offering free massages to your employees, it won’t be hard to get your schedule filled. But life happens and things can come up that can cause your employees to occasionally miss appointments.

Maybe you have an employee out sick on the day they scheduled their free massage.

Does your company lose out on that massage time?

By offering that massage appointment time to other employees to purchase—if they’ve already used their free massage—you’re making the best utilization of your massage program.

You’re also keeping your massage therapist busy during what would otherwise be an idle time.

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Allowing Employee Massage Upgrades Won’t Cost You

Massage upgrades are the main difference between our Unlimited massage program and our other program levels. It’s a great option for companies that want to offer free massages to some departments in the office (for example, employees working directly in manufacturing or shipping departments) but still want other departments to be able to access the program if they’d like.

If you’re already on the Unlimited program, taking advantage of this feature isn’t going to cost you anything extra! Your employees will be able to pay for their massages using our PCI compliant system. It’s completely secure and they’ll only have to enter their payment information the first time they schedule an additional massage appointment.

As they fill up those available appointments, they’ll be saving you money!


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Employee Massage Upgrades Are Easy

Our technology takes care of everything! Employees can book those extra sessions and pay for them straight from our booking technology. You don’t have to track appointments or take payments from anyone!

In fact, we will provide you with all the analytics you need to adjust your hours. If your massage program is consistently fully booked, we’ll be able to suggest when to add more hours. You’ll also be able to see what hours are consistently booked and what hours just aren’t. We can adjust your program times based on those analytics.


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)