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April 7, 2016 Amelia Wilcox

Delivering Office Massage: Massage Events vs. Massage Programs

When considering bringing massage to your office, you may be wondering which is best: an event or a program.

In this article, we’ll give an overview of massage events and office massage programs, as well as cost, scheduling, and benefits of each.

 office massage events and programs


Massage Event or Massage Program: What’s the Difference?


Massage events and massage programs are different from each other in key ways. But both can provide an atmosphere of relaxation and stress relief. Whether that happens at a one-time event like a summer party or on an on-going basis, the results will be similar. Read on to see which one is the best for you.

Want to cut to the chase? Here’s a link to a list of prices for massage events and massage programs.



What is an Office Massage Event?

massage for corporate events


When to Have a Massage Event

Massage events are one-time occasions where participants can get a massage as one activity during a special event. This includes conferences, conventions, health fairs, sporting events, or corporate retreats.


Massage Event Set-up

When setting up a massage event, you’ll first need to decide if you want chair massage, table massage, or both. This decision will be based on how long your event will run, how much space you have for massage, and if massage spaces will be private or not.

For example, participants getting a chair massage will always remain clothed, and some table massages are done while the client is clothed (such as sports massage), but a full body Swedish massage would require private rooms where clients can undress.

That’s not usually possible at most massage events, so typically chair massage or clothed table massages take place.


Scheduling Massage Events

You can schedule event massages in a few ways. You can offer massages on a first-come-first-served basis, with a sign-up sheet at the event, or pre-scheduled prior to the event. Your massage provider will help you determine the best approach for your event.

Related: 4 Keys for Smooth Chair Massage Event Scheduling


Cost of a Massage Event

Different massage companies will structure their payments in different ways. But typically, you’ll pay a flat rate per hour, per therapist. There may be a cost difference for chair massage vs. table massage. The cost will generally be reduced for each additional hour or therapist booked, so you end up getting a better deal for a bigger event.

For example, at Nivati, pricing for a massage event could be $90/hour for up to 5 hours, per therapist. For a 6-10 hour event, the price drops to $85/hour per therapist, and so on. See more about our massage event pricing here. 


Effect of Massage on Event Participants

Having massage at your event is a great way to increase traffic at a special event such as a health fair. And if it’s talked about ahead of time in the event marketing, you’ll generate buzz and excitement.

In addition to the many benefits of chair massage, your participants can experience an event that’s just a little more fun and unique.

Related: How One Special Chair Can Boost Your Health Fair Attendance


What is a Massage Program?

seated massage program for the workplace


Massage Program Overview

Office massage programs are regularly scheduled massage sessions for employees that happen on an on-going basis. They can happen on any kind of rotating schedule — from daily to weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly.


When to Start a Massage Program

Companies usually start massage programs when they are looking for ways to improve morale, increase focus and productivity, or to provide an additional workplace benefit. Some businesses offer a massage program to make their company more appealing for recruiting top talent.


How to Set  Up a Workplace Massage Program

Here’s what’s involved in getting started with an office massage program:

  • Determine your budget for the program
  • Find a massage provider
  • Decide between chair massage or table massage
  • Pick a schedule that works best for your company (frequency as well as specific days/times)
  • Get the word out to employees
  • Start scheduling massages

Depending on which massage provider you choose, there are some tasks that the massage company will handle so you don’t have to.

Related: Is Managing a Workplace Massage Program Too Much Work?


Scheduling Office Massages

A regular program is more likely to be set up with a pre-set schedule than a first-come-first-served basis. This ensures everyone gets their chance at a massage and you get the most benefit for the cost, so the therapist is kept busy all day.

Typical in-office massage sessions will last around 15 minutes, but could be longer.

Related: How Long Should a Chair Massage Be?


Workplace Massage Cost

The cost of a regular office massage program will include a base cost that may or may not include extras, like aromatherapy, tips for massage therapists, or music.

At Nivati, our costs for office massage programs vary depending on which of our three program levels you select. Prices range from $75 to $90 per hour per therapist. Find out more about our program pricing structure here.


Effects and Benefits of Office Massage

There are different categories of all the benefits of office massage. First, there are the direct physical benefits of massage on your employees:

  • Relieved muscle tension and pain
  • Headache relief
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Decreased pain from carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis

As a result of the physical benefits, employees will be more focused at work, more productive, and less stressed.

Then there are the additional benefits employers can expect:

  • Increased employee morale
  • Lower turnover rate
  • Reduced worker’s compensation claims
  • Boosted top talent recruiting
  • Reduced health care costs



Workplace Massage Programs vs. Chair Massage Events: Key Differences

As listed above, massage programs are able to deliver repeated doses of stress relief that have a positive impact on someone’s overall health. That’s not something that can happen with a one-time event.

However, having chair massage available at your next big event can draw traffic and increase participant engagement. So it all depends on what your ultimate goal is.

If you’re not sure about bringing massage into the office on a regular basis yet, you can do a trial run with a special event or see if a massage company can provide a free demo. (Here’s how to get one from us!)


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)