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November 3, 2016 Amelia Wilcox

An Event Planner’s Guide to Health Fair Massages

If you’re looking into bringing massage to your next company health fair, you may have some questions on how to start.

In this article, we’ll cover why massage is a good idea for health fairs, how to get started, and what to expect when your massage therapists show up.


Everything You Need to Know About Health Fair Massage


If you’re planning a company health fair, one key aspect you’re looking at is health fair activities and vendors. As a health fair planner, one of your goals is going to be to put on an event your employees are excited about attending.

There are tons of health fair vendor ideas you can choose from. But there’s one activity that’s simply a must: health fair massages.



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Why Have Massage at a Health Fair?


Company health fairs can be fun, informative events that give employees tools and resources for a healthy life. The key to making a great health fair is having great booths and vendors that make the event worthwhile.

Chair massage at a health fair can increase attendance and give attendees a relaxing moment in the middle of their workday. It’s also a great way for companies to gauge how their employees feel about having massage at work. So if you’re considering starting an onsite massage program, you can test it out at an upcoming health fair.



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How Does Chair Massage at a Health Fair Work?


Health fair massage is usually done in a massage chair, rather than on a massage table. This is usually because of space considerations and convenience. However, some bigger health fairs may work really well for table massage.

At a typical health fair event, you’ll have several different kind of booths set up around your event space. Your massage therapists will take one of these spots, and set up their massage chairs. Depending on the size of your event, you may decide to have more than one massage therapist giving massages.

Related: How Much Space is Needed for Chair Massage?

Throughout your event, attendees can get a 5- or 10-minute massage from your massage therapists. They can either sign up for a specific time slot or use a first-come-first-served method.


How Do I Set Up Health Fair Massages?


Getting chair massage set up for your next health fair will be just as easy as organizing another vendor.

  1. Contact a massage company that specializes in events such as health fairs.
  2. Be prepared to tell your massage provider these details:
    • Date and time of your health fair
    • Location and parking information
    • How many attendees you’re expecting
    • Your budget for health fair massage
  3. On the day of the event, your massage therapists will show up with all they need to provide a few hours of massage to your attendees.


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What Should Participants Expect from Health Fair Chair Massage?

Chair massage is done in a specially constructed massage chair and is performed while clients are fully clothed. Oil and lotion will not likely be used, unless on hands and exposed forearms.

At a health fair, attendees will be able to sign up (or line up) for a free 5-10 minute massage as one activity during the event. Before a massage, the therapist will get a brief overview of what the client wants during the massage, including any injuries to avoid.

The massage therapist will spend the time of the massage session either on a focus area or a general overall massage. After each client, the massage chair is sanitized and wiped clean for the next attendee.


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)