How to Prepare for Your First Corporate / Event Chair Massage
Your employer has decided to reward their hard-working staff with a massage day at the office and is offering the employees free chair massage, how AWESOME is that?! You signed up for your complimentary 15-minute massage session and you sit at your desk in anticipation. You are not exactly sure what to expect from a corporate chair massage, but you want to do your best to make it the best EVER!
To prepare for your first corporate chair massage try to remove excess jewelry so the therapist can effectively work on your hands and neck, make sure to inform the therapist of any medical conditions you have, and check-in with your therapist if you feel any discomfort. Most importantly, relax.
In today’s corporate work environment, employers are providing this wonderful perk to reward employees for a job well done, and the employees are responding with a resounding Ahhhh!
Below are some helpful tips to get the most out of your corporate massage event.
Arrive at your appointment on-time
A therapeutic chair massage is a pleasant respite from your day-to-day duties, so make every single second on that cozy massage chair count! When you arrive your massage therapist will likely be saying their farewell to the client preceding you and preparing the massage chair for your arrival. It is best to arrive a minute or two early and quietly wait for the therapist to invite you to the chair.
Communicate with your massage therapist before sitting on the massage chair
It is your massage therapist’s goal to provide the absolute best massage tailored just for you. Take a moment to let them know if you have any injuries or medical conditions, and also let them know if you prefer a gentle or firm touch. If at any point during your massage you feel any discomfort, let your massage therapist know immediately so they can make the proper adjustments to ensure your comfort.
Clear your mind during your massage
If you have been practicing meditation, this is a wonderful time to utilize your mindfulness skills. For the 10-20 minutes on the massage chair, give yourself permission to leave all of your stress and anxiety outside, and bring your focus to the present moment. Oh, and leave your cell phone at your desk, this is YOUR time to relax and rejuvenate, and eliminate all potential distractions.
What to wear during a chair massage
During your chair massage, you want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Clothing such as button-up shirts, cotton materials, t-shirts, light knit tops is good and comfortable choices. You will also want to make sure to remove items such as hats, glasses, and bulky sweaters and jackets.
Wear minimal jewelry
Wearing a minimal amount of jewelry will allow the massage therapist to do more thorough work on your neck and hands. Also, those with longer hair are advised to tie their hair, or simply move their hair to one side during the massage session.
Some frequently asked questions about corporate / event chair massage
Will the massage therapist use oil, I don’t want the massage to stain my clothes?
A corporate / event chair massage is designed to be oil-free. Your massage therapist may offer massage cream for neck and hand-work in order to help prevent friction while working over the skin. However, if you prefer no massage cream, you can always tell your massage therapist that you prefer no lotions.
I am pregnant, is a chair massage recommended?
In most cases, a person can definitely receive a chair massage during pregnancy. However, it is always a good idea to get your physician’s approval before receiving any bodywork to make sure your massage therapist makes appropriate modifications, when necessary.
Massage relieves, stress, decreases symptoms of depression, reduces anxiety, and helps to relieve muscular tension and joint pain . . . so, a chair massage at work can be extremely beneficial during pregnancy.
Is it appropriate to tip during a corporate chair massage event?
It is neither appropriate nor inappropriate to provide a gratuity following your massage treatment. I can honestly say that therapists don’t ever expect a gratuity, and it will never impact the quality of your treatment. However, a small tip will usually be accepted with a big smile. If the therapist has been told not to accept gratuities, they will acknowledge your offer and politely refuse.
If I do decide to tip, how much is considered appropriate?
Some companies have policies in place to prohibit tipping, and you should know that tips are NEVER expected by a therapist in a corporate setting. If you do choose to give a modest tip, a $2.00 – $5.00 gratuity is considered standard, depending on the length and quality of your session.
If your office doesn’t currently have a corporate massage program in place, contact your human resources department and suggest this wonderful team-building perk. A massage wellness initiative has a multitude of benefits, to administration, as well as employees.
Richard A. Lehman, LMT, CSCS