Bringing Massage to the Workplace

The easiest and most common way to bring massage to the workplace is with Chair Massage.

Chair Massage, sometimes called Seated Massage, takes place in a specially-designed ergonomic chair with the client fully clothed.

The chair is lightweight and folds up for the massage therapist to easily carry. It can be set up in any office or break room. This massage-specific chair also allows the trained massage therapist to easily tend to trouble spots often strained during work including the back, neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands.

A typical Chair Massage lasts 15-30 minutes and can be scheduled during a normal break time.

Benefits of Massage in the Workplace include1Seated Massage

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Improved morale
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Improved blood flow and circulation
  • Increased energy, alertness and productivity
  • Improved mental acuity
  • Stronger immune system
  • Immediate and cumulative results
  • Decreased absenteeism due to stress related illnesses

The American Institute of Stress has found that

  • 75% to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints
  • Up to 80% of on-the-job accidents are stress related
  • 40% of job turnover is due to stress

Companies that incorporate massage therapy incentives into their health packages are often able to attract and retain more quality employees, and they also experience less turnover overall.

Chair massage can be incorporated in a company’s benefits package in a few different ways:

  • The company can compensate the therapist directly, paying an hourly rate to have the therapist on site.
  • The company can contract the therapist to be present for a nominal fee and have their employees pay for the massages out-of-pocket (traditionally at a rate of $1/minute).
  • Or, the company can partially cover the cost of each massage with the employees supplementing out-of-pocket (ie. the company pays for a certain length of time, but the employee can choose to have a few more minutes).

Many companies will provide a contact person for the massage therapist and together they will arrange to have a completed sign-up list of participating employees for the therapist upon arrival.

Discounts are available for companies that want regularly scheduled visits. For more information on bringing massage into your Boston-area workplace, contact Cat Stolz of Sans Stress at

1. Field, Ironson, Pickens et al. (1996). International Journal of Neuroscience 86, 197-205