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May 5, 2016 Amelia Wilcox

5 Helpful Tips to Manage the Cost of Mobile Massage

When considering the cost of mobile massage for your company, you may be wondering how to make it work. With all the other costs the company is juggling, is it even possible to throw office massage into the mix?

In this article, we provide 5 clear ideas to make the cost of mobile chair massage easier for a company to manage. 


 5 Ways to Make the Cost of Mobile Massage Work For You


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1. Spread it Out

If a weekly office massage program isn’t in the budget, there’s no reason you can’t change up the schedule. Some of our clients stretch their dollars by having less frequent massage days.

This could be anywhere from a couple times a month, on a quarterly basis, or only on special occasions.

Related: On-Site Massage: How Often is Often Enough?

Other clients rotate which department gets the massage service each time. In that way, your whole company gets the benefits of regular massage, without the cost of massages for everyone, every time.


2. Sharing the Cost of Mobile Massage

It’s not uncommon for our clients to have a cost-sharing program set up with their employees. In this way, employees pay $3 to $5 for their regular massage and the company covers the rest.

Getting buy-in (literally) from employees keeps them from forgetting their appointment and allows them to support the continuation of the massage program.

Just don’t make the mistake of asking your employees to pay for their massages all on their own. While it might save the company money, it’s quick to backfire on you.

Related: Office Massage Services: Can Employees Pay?


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3. Do Your Homework

A little data goes a long way. One way to justify the cost of mobile massage is to come armed with some figures. Answer your decision maker’s questions up front and you’ll make a better case for the program.

  • How much can your company save on worker’s comp claims with a massage program?
  • What are the benefits of regular office massage?
  • How many of your employees are interested in a massage program?

Some massage companies or therapists will be able to help you gather this kind of data for your team. All you need to do is ask!

Related: 6 Workplace Massage Pros & Cons: Individual vs. Massage Company


4. Split the Mobile Chair Massage Bill

When deciding which department will cover the cost of office massage, consider who will ultimately benefit from the program. The answer is: everyone!

Because of that, it’s easier to share the cost of the program from different areas of the budget. Since mobile massage therapy has so many benefits, it’s justified in taking up a small portion of several departments. 

Employee appreciation, wellness, recruiting, morale — these are all affected by regular massage. If each of those categories covers 25% of the cost of your massage program, the cost is shared as equally as it is enjoyed.

Related: Can Corporate Massage Lower Healthcare Costs?


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5. Plan Now, Act Later

It could be that a mobile chair massage program just won’t be possible for your company this year. If that’s the case, you can start today to build interest and excitement for a program to begin next year.

After gathering some resources on office massage, give your decision makers some time to consider how the benefits could affect the company.

Then when it comes time for planning next year’s budget, you’ll be in a good position to advocate for your mobile massage program.


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)