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.

Course Reviews

Kim Rubey, LMT, BCTMB

Excellent course! The warm up/stretching program included with the kata is invaluable for maintaining healthy joints, strength and balance. David Palmer is a master teacher!!! All body workers need to learn this efficient method of bodywork. A must for maintaining a life time practice of skilled touch. Thank you! Thank you!

K. Swec, LMT

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.

J. Stempel, 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.

C. Kilar, NCTMB

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.


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.

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  • 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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