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December 6, 2017 Amelia Wilcox

Working for a Chair Massage Company: 6 Questions Answered

Are you considering applying to work for a chair massage company? If you’ve never worked for one before, you may have questions about how it all works.

In this article, we’ll answer 6 questions about being an employee for a chair massage company.

 Working for a Chair Massage Company: Everything You Need to Know


1. Where do chair massage companies work?

If you’re working in a spa or in your own private practice, you’ll spend most of your day in the same treatment room. This works great for people who enjoy consistency and a routine schedule. 

Working for a corporate chair massage company will allow you to work in a different environment every day as you visit different offices. You’ll get to know each set of employees at each office you visit. Most chair massage companies also do chair massage events and those will also bring new people to your chair every day. Office massage jobs are a great option for those who long for variety. 

Related: The Pros and Cons of Corporate Massage Jobs


2. How do chair massage companies pay?

This is a topic that can vary from massage company to massage company. But generally when you’re working for a chair massage company, you’ll be paid by the hour.

Companies will have booked their massage slots in advance, so you know what your schedule will be each day when you go to work. 

The details of when and in what form you’ll be paid will depend on who you work for. 


3. How will I receive chair massage jobs?

This is one of the biggest perks of working for a chair massage company! They’ll do all the work for you— when they have a job that needs to be filled, they’ll let you know!

You won’t have to worry about marketing, booking clients, or any of the billing process. You’ll just accept jobs as you like and show up when you need to. The billing will go on behind the scenes and you’ll receive a regular paycheck. And that’s pretty awesome!



4. Can I keep my own clients if I work for a chair massage company?

The answer to this question is simple—absolutely you can! Working for a chair massage company is a great way to supplement what you’re already doing, and there’s no problem with you continuing to work with your existing clients. Generally, you’ll be able to accept jobs as frequently as you’d like to or need to. 

It is important to keep in mind, however, that most chair massage companies won’t allow you to market yourself as a private massage therapist when you’re on the job for them.

Related: Massage Therapist Jobs: Private Practice vs. Massage Company



5. What kind of schedule do chair massage companies keep? 

One potential plus of working for a chair massage company is the opportunity to work during regular daytime hours. Most chair massage companies work with offices and want massages during the standard workday. 

If working from 8-5 isn’t going to work for you, that’s ok too! Chair massage companies also provide massage for non-traditional office situations, like 24-hour call centers. You may be able to work late at night or really early in the morning. 

Flexible hours are also available for corporate massage events. Holiday office parties, company weekend picnics, and massages for company health fair events will provide opportunities for you to work hours that you wouldn’t in a traditional spa or private practice setting. 


6. Will I work with other massage therapists?

Some jobs may only require one massage therapist, but many chair massage jobs require multiple massage therapists at a time, which can be a huge perk!

Working frequently with the same therapists will allow you to make friends and share massage tips and tricks with each other. Being part of a culture can really improve your work experience, especially if you’re a person that thrives on social interaction. 

Related: Chair Massage Techniques: Subscapularis Muscle and Myofascial Techniques


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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)