Massage at WEO Media's Office Space. weomedia.com

Massage at WEO Media's Office Space. weomedia.com

Chair Massage:
Why It's Worth It

People function really well when they are healthy and relaxed. Healthy and relaxed employees show increased creativity, physical energy, and emotional intelligence (aka getting along with coworkers and functioning in a cooperative environment).

Blood pressure drops, sleep improves, and an enhanced immune response  results in fewer sick days. A body that is acute and resilient results in fewer injuries. All of this affects your bottom line.

On-site chair massage improves morale. When provided as a regular perk, chair massage can attract & retain talent, and it can boost your social media standing, and get you ranked on lists like "Best Companies to Work For" and "Green Businesses."

Best of all: People LOVE chair massage!     


Chair Massage FAQ

Chair Massage and Meditation in PDX businesses.

Chair Massage and Meditation in PDX businesses.

How much does it cost? 

The simple answer is $100 per hour. For a more detailed approach to costs, please contact us for a a quote that meets your specific needs & requirements.
Pricing Page.

How much space is needed?

5 x 6 feet. 
Ideally, an area of 5' x 6' is plenty for one (1) therapist. Depending on overall layout, multiple therapists can often overlap work space. For example, five (5) therapists can easily work in a 5x20 space. 

What is the optimal length of massage?

In a traditional office setting, 20-minute sessions are typically ideal. For fast-paced events, or to address a large volume of clients, it may make sense to shorten sessions to 5- or 10-minute massage sessions. Contact us and we can help you determine the best approach.

How far in advance should I schedule with you?

Two weeks is the minimum, but scheduling as far in advance as possible is ideal. 

What is a chair massage?

Chair massage is a mobile form of massage therapy designed to be fast, easy, clean, and versatile. Think of chair massage therapists as the pit crew in a NASCAR Race, with your office or event standing in for the speedway. An employee can completely reset the day ahead with sessions as short as 5 minutes or as long as 30 minutes. Blood pressure & stress levels decrease, creativity & clarity increase, the personal attention and relaxation acts as a new set of tires for tired employees. Contact us and we can help you design an ideal approach for your office or event space.

What can I expect in a 10- or 20- or 30-minute chair massage?

What do you want? If a client has a tight neck, a therapist will work on that. If a client's hands hurt, a therapist can work on that, too. If a client can't name a specific area of concern, or if they are simply seeking relaxation, a therapist can address all of that successfully. The only difference between a 15-, 20-, and 30-minute massage is the degree of detailed attention available, and the number of supporting tissues a therapist is able to address within the time provided. Clients should be aware that a chair massage typically concludes 2-3 minutes before the end of the time slot, to allow them to get their bearings and to provide a brief, final check-in with the therapist.

Are tips expected?

No. Tips are not expected, but a tip is an excellent way to say thank you, if a therapist has made a positive difference in your day.
Tipping with cash is always easier for your therapist. A tip of between $5 - $20 is appropriate, depending on quality of service and length of massage.

What are the benefits of chair massage?

Here's a short list:

  • Increased productivity;
  • Increased range of motion.
  • Lower risk of injury;
  • Reduced inflammation;
  • Improved attitude & team morale.

For a longer list of the amazing benefits chair massage provides, visit This Page.

What are some of the problems and precautions?

Good questions! For a more comprehensive assessment of precautions please see This Page.

  • Communication of health status is the #1 Safety procedure you can do to protect your self.
  • Serious injuries
  • Cancers and cancer treatments
  • Pregnancies.

Are there contraindications for chair massage?

Yes. See This Page for more information. In sort some of these conditions may be cause for avoiding Massage: Serious injuries, and post surgical conditions. herniated discs, malignancy, Loss of or altered sensation in your body, especially in hands and feet, uncontrolled hypertension, blood pressure, & diabetes.

I'm pregnant. Can I still get a chair massage?

Yes! But its VERY important to tell your massage therapist because there are some additional precautions they will need to take to ensure your safety and comfort. 

Cleanliness?

Cleanliness is a top priority. The equipment is covered with a disposable cover and replaced fresh for every new massage and disinfected between people. The therapist washes their hands before every new massage.

How does the schedule work? How do people sign up?

There is a simple online document that is shared among all potential participants that people can schedule them selves in.
There can also be a print out sheet in the office. 

What happens if a person cancels on the day of the chair massage session?

This may depend on the schedule you've created at your office or event, but hopefully someone else would take their place. It is not uncommon that important business commitments take employees away from their massage appointments. The booking client is still liable for payment, depending on how the contract is structured for the booking.

Will I be tired afterwards?

No. Research points towards increased physical and mental energy following a massage. However, a state of relaxation (as opposed to being "tired") is very common, and feeling relaxed is a very common goal for chair massage clients.

Do I have to take off my clothes?

No. Chair massage is typically provided to a clothed client. A client is welcome to remove extra layers, but a base layer of clothing should always remain on the client's body.

What about oils in the massage?

Oils are generally not used with chair massage. That said, massage therapists often carry a little bit of lotion to use, if requested. Clients should ask for lotion if they want it, and they should inform the massage therapist of any allergies, or skin or medical conditions. 

More or less pressure?

Every body is different. Every therapist has a different range of touch. If a client finds that they want more or less pressure, the solution is as easy as asking the therapist to adjust accordingly. Most therapists are very sensitive to the subtle cues a client's body provides and will adjust in the moment, but a client's verbal feedback is an important part of the experience. Please speak up!

Can I ask the therapist to focus on one area only?

Yes. At the beginning of a session, the therapist asks the client if there are any specific areas of discomfort or concern. Armed with that information, a therapist typically proceeds with a holistic approach that supports any problem areas by massaging connecting tissues. For example, if a client complains about a sore neck, the therapist will very likely massage the shoulders, arms, back, and jaw, as all of these could be key factors in a stressed neck. Of course, if a client requests that a therapist address only a specific part of the body, the therapist can do so.

How many massage therapists will I need for my event?

The number of therapists needed for your event depends on various factors, including available space, budget, and volume of clients needing a massage. Contact us and we can help you determine the best strategy.

Can an attendant be provided?

Yes. In many cases, an attendant isn't necessary, but for larger events attendants can definitely be helpful.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions by calling PMA at (503) 789-3313 or emailing us at info@portlandmassagearts.com.