Chair Massage

Chair massage, also known as on-site massage, is a specific, de-stressing massage and acupressure-based treatment performed with the client fully clothed in specially developed massage chairs that can be used in almost any professional, public, or private setting.


David Palmer, a massage therapy school owner, popularized the concept of chair massage when he provided clients with seated services for his school program graduates in 1983. In 1986, he developed the massage chair. He also developed routines to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of chair massage treatments.


The techniques are based predominantly on acupressure techniques, which are applied with pressure straight into the muscle as opposed to Swedish massage. While Swedish and other types of massage can be applied to a seated client, these are not normally recognized or understood as chair massage. Deep-tissue treatment is rarely performed.

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Chair massage is a whole-body treatment that is used for overall health maintenance or for specific conditions. While chair massage has proven long- term health benefits, the short-term goal of chair massage is to provide brief, effective massage that leaves the client feeling revitalized, relaxed, and alert. 


A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.


An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.