Chair Massage Fundamentals


12 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • DVD Materials and Test Shipped to You
  • DVD Materials Shipped and Test Online


This home study program is presented by David Palmer, the 'father' of Chair Massage according to Massage Magazine and the developer of the first massage chair. Based on Japanese acupressure techniques, this program presents a complete chair massage sequence for the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, hands, and scalp. This step-by-step presentation teaches practitioners three complete, upper body acupressure sequences.

You'll find included:

  • A teaching and review DVD detailing the acupressure points, massage techniques and massage sequence
  • A DVD for practicing the complete chair massage sequence and the Kenko Taiso self-care exercises
  • An audio-CD to talk you through the chair massage sequence with three different lengths for practice
  • A 76-page written manual describing each technique, acupressure point location, and sequence

After completing this course, you will be able to complete a seated massage sequence in 15 minutes, and execute the transitions in the sequences smoothly and without hesitation.

Featured Reviews

The video and written materials were exceptionally well coordinated and detailed. I found the stress on proper body mechanics very beneficial for proper execution of the techniques. I also liked the way the information was presented in different ways. First it was broken down into very detailed descriptions of all movements and then faster sequences that were readily adaptable to a fifteen minute routine. Information on a shorter routine was also included.

- K. Swec, LMT

This was a great way to study this course. It was highly informative and presented well. I particularly liked the ability to repeat (and repeat and repeat) the different segments.

- J. Stempel, LMT

The presentation of this course was excellent. Very informative.

- J. Polikoff, NCMT, ABMP

I enjoyed this clear and well written course. The video and audio were excellent in showing you the techniques and gave you valuable hints on body mechanics. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in chair massage.

- C. Kilar, NCTMB

Although I have been performing chair massage since my licensure (1996)- I thought this course would be a nice 'Refresher' and also offer some new ideas and techniques to implement into my chair massage routine- I was NOT disappointed. As usual, your courses are always clear, concise, educational, presented very well and very informative. Thank you.

- L. Archer LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

All materials were easy to understand the DVD was excellent.

- Norma Gallant, AMTA

Loved the dvd, it was great.

- Maria Elena Salinas, CMT

Excellent source for those interested in advancing their careers and fine tuning vital skills.

- Nancy Charbonneau Geertz, LMT

I can definitely add some of these techniques to my chair massage. Much more rewarding to my clients! Marie L. lmt

- Marie L., LMT

Great first experience. Loved the videos for practice! The test was fair.

- Linda Whittlesey, LMT, NCTMB

In the past year I've added a regular chair massage portion to my business. I was excited to take this class. I found some of the information helpful (loved the technical aspects of the course), however, I wonder if there is too much thumb work to do the sequence as presented over and over and over again.

- Amy Murray, LMT, BCTMB

I like doing chair massage sometimes as good as full body. Very interesting. I learned some new moves.

- Glenda Bea McArthur, LMT

This course was very informative. Step-by-step instructions pertaining to each step of a chair massage, broken down into parts. I do suggest setting aside time to actually set up your own chair and practice once you have completed each section/sequence.

- Katrina Gorsuch, LMT, NCTMB

A concise chair massage routine was not taught during my formal massage therapy education. I've wanted to take in-person chair massage continuing education courses so that I could start using this modality to serve clients - instead of relying only on full body table massage. After reading all of the positive comments from other reviewers I did not hesitate to purchase Chair Massage Fundamentals - as others have stated, it did not disappoint. Having the text, video, practice routines and audio combination is perfect, allowing me to learn the Kata on my husband and friends until it became a smooth automatic routine. This course provided the detailed training I needed before taking this part of my practice 'public'. Thank you for helping me go to the next level of practice!

- Janet Montague

This was a great course. It was actually a review for me of the exact sequence that I learned in massage school. It's been awhile since practicing this sequence so I really appreciated the review. This is a winner.

- Amanda Stewart, LMT

Great course! I specialize in Chair Massage and will definitely work some of these techniques into my routine.

- Michael Gendron, LMBT

I was able to do this while recovering from esophageal cancer treatment and surgery. I was able to accomplish this on my time when I felt my best! that meant so much.

- William Swygert, LMBT


  • 2 DVDs - with three sequences including practice sequence, fine-tuning instruction and a stretching routine for the practitioner
  • Audio - contains 23-minute, 18-minute and 14.5-minute versions of the massage sequence
  • Manual - 63 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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