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June 16, 2020 Amelia Wilcox

Workplace Massage Programs: Tips for Convincing your Boss to add Corporate Massage into Your Wellness Program

When I tell people about the workplace massage programs that Nivati provides, I can usually predict the first thing they’ll say: “I wish my boss would do that!” For the most part, employees feel like corporate massage programs are a perk they would love to have, but they think their boss would never go for. So here’s a handy reference to help you convince your skeptical leader of the benefits of office chair massage, so you can start enjoying all the benefits of a workplace massage program!

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 How to Get Workplace Massage in the Office

How to sell corporate wellness programs to your boss 

There are a few key things that might keep a business owner from bringing chair massage into the office. Once you know what’s holding your management team back from investing in a workplace massage program, you’ll know exactly what you need to say to sell corporate wellness to your boss!

It’s not that your boss is a stingy Scrooge that doesn’t want employees to be happy. It’s much more likely that they have some unanswered questions. Most companies want to make their employees happy, and they know how important morale is to the success of their business.  Their hesitation may simply come from not knowing all the details about what implementing a workplace massage therapy program would take. They have to factor in cost, return on investment, how much time it will take to organize, and more!

Small business owners are busy people with a thousand things on their mind at any given moment. Make it easy on them (and easier for you, in the long run) by doing some of the research yourself. Your company’s leader might be more likely to sign up for the program once all their questions are answered.

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Address Their Major Concerns First


  1. What are the benefits of workplace massage programs? Massage is more than just a fun perk, it has powerful physical and mental benefits for employees! Share how helpful corporate massage programs can be for improving company morale, reducing workplace stress and injuries, and overall boosting the health and happiness of your office. 
  2. Maybe they don’t know the way corporate massage can boost employee morale, or the many ways it lowers employee stress and tension. Here’s a great resource for these kinds of questions: Benefits of Workplace Massage: Is It Really Worth It?
  3. The next concern is usually financial. What does office massage cost? How will it fit into the budget? Is there any ROI to expect on this kind of program? Here are some resources for that: Chair Massage Rates: How Much Does it Cost?
  4. How much time will it take to organize? New programs can sometimes be time consuming to organize, so show your boss how simple corporate massage programs can be, using our resources here: Management for Office Massage Programs



Just because the ultimate decision may fall in the hands of your boss doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. There are plenty of ways to get the ball rolling to bring chair massage to the office, with workplace massage programs. The first step is to inform yourself so that you can answer any questions your management team may have. Read through all the resources we’ve mentioned above, and you should be feeling ready to answer any and all questions that come up!

Then, it could be as easy as one conversation with the big boss. Maybe they don’t even know it’s something their employees are interested in, and are happy to start providing workplace massage therapy. Another great place to start is with your HR team. It’s their job to make sure staff is doing well, and feeling supported. They’re likely looking for new ways to support the physical and mental health of the team. They may also already have budget to put towards bringing in a new program. 

If it’s not feasible to have a conversation directly with your management team, make sure to mention office massage on any employee survey you’re given. Encourage your colleagues to do the same, and start championing the idea to your coworkers. Seeing the same request over and over is hard to ignore. 

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After compiling some resources to present to your fearless leader, be prepared to be the cheerleader for the office corporate massage program. Drum up some interest among your coworkers, and get ready to promote the program so that there is enough participation to keep the program going! It’s important to management to know that there is engagement in any new program. If you can show lots of interest and participation in the first few weeks of the program, it will soon become part of your company culture. Then, corporate massage will be there to stay. And you can enjoy a relaxing, rejuvenating workplace massage regularly. What a great reward for all your hard work! 

It might also help to identify a member of the management team who’s interested in being in charge of the program. Truthfully, there is not too much they’d have to manage for the program (here’s more info about that: Is Managing a Workplace Massage Program Too Much Work?). You can make sure to mention that they would receive lots of staff gratitude for minimal effort! 

If in-person massage won’t work for your dispersed or remote team, don’t despair! There are options for you, even if your team doesn’t work in a traditional office environment. Virtual corporate massage programs for home office’s are an awesome way to bring all the benefits of massage to a non-traditional workspace. 

Online massage therapy programs function in the same way as the in-person variety, and you can convince your company using all the same resources we’ve shared! The only difference is that massage’s will be led in live, virtual classes, and participants will learn ways to self-care and destress at work — through guided, virtual massage sessions!

So next time you find yourself saying “I wish my boss would bring in office chair massage” — you have some resources to get the program started.


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)