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July 9, 2020 Amelia Wilcox

What is Chair Massage?

Are you looking for a basic overview of what chair massage is?

Learn how chair massage is different from table massage as well as some benefits.


Chair Massage

What is Chair Massage?


Chair massage is a form of massage therapy that is performed while the client is fully clothed and seated upright. It’s different from a table massage in few important ways.


Table Massage Vs. Chair Massage

Table massage is likely what most people are familiar with, even if they’ve never had a massage. In this situation, the client lies on a massage table, modestly covered by a sheet. The massage therapist uses lotion or oil to work out trigger points, tension, and tight muscles.

However, in a chair massage, the client is fully clothed and sitting in a specialized chair. The massage chair is designed for the client to rest forward slightly, with their arms and legs supported. A face cradle supports the client’s head. The massage therapist works muscles and knots through the client’s clothes, and so lotion or oil is not used. Though occasionally, the therapist may use some lotion on the neck or forearms/hands.

Related: Corporate Chair Massage


Why Do Chair Massage?

Chair massage is a much more portable way of bringing massage to clients. For this reason, chair massage is popular at events, trade shows, conventions, conferences, and other big events. It’s also a easy way for employers to provide massage at work.

Since chair massage doesn’t require clients to disrobe, it’s a much quicker turn-around time between each massage session, allowing for several sessions in a short period of time.

what is chair massage

Benefits of Chair Massage

Like table massage, chair massage offers numerous benefits. After a 15-minute chair massage session, clients can expect to see these kinds of results:

  • Reduced muscle tension & knots
  • Deeper breathing
  • Headache relief
  • Stress reduction
  • Increased focus and attention

Because of results like these, and its portability, chair massage is a popular option for employers who want to improve productivity or morale.

Chair Massage Cost

The price of chair massage will depend on a few factors, including how many people will be massaged, how long the massage therapist is needed, and other factors.

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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)