Mastering Chair Massage


12 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • DVD, Text Manual & Test Shipped to You
  • DVD, Text & Manual Shipped; Test Online


Presented in a format that will educate, inspire and prepare you to integrate seated massage into an existing practice, create a new business exclusively with seated massage or develop classes to educate practitioners in this modality, Mastering Chair Massage begins with simple techniques and progresses to enhanced skills while emphasizing good body mechanics throughout.

Mastering Chair Massage demonstrates easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on applying over 50 techniques, important anatomical terms and self-care. A segment of the course materials is devoted to additional techniques and adaptations giving you more tools to work with, such as special considerations for working on clients in wheelchairs, elderly clients, or those with certain injuries and physical limitations, as well as specific techniques for treating low-back pain, its causes, when to perform chair massage, and when it is contraindicated. By following along with the video you will be able to incorporate many techniques and ultimately develop personalized chair massage sessions for clients.

Included in the course text you will also find:

  • More than 450 full-color illustrations, most of them photos, clearly showing techniques, concepts, Traditional Chinese Medicine channels and points
  • Brief descriptions of tsubos (points on traditional Chinese medicine channels) that practitioners may find useful to press for various client conditions
  • Special boxes called Perspectives, which contain interviews with practitioners who offer chair massage and can give practical advice from a business standpoint
  • Sample dialogues for use during sessions
  • Sample business forms and templates
  • Resources for chair massage supplies and information

As a professional massage therapist, it is important to learn and perfect new skills. By applying what you learn in Mastering Chair Massage, you will be able to expand your practice, reach more people in your community and become more successful.

Course Reviews

Jessica Shenefield, LMBT, NCTMB

I found the demonstration of proper and improper movements/strokes to be extremely helpful! I feel this course was a good review of subject matter already familiar, and added to my knowledge base and practical skills as well. The DVD and texts go hand-in-hand and are beneficial for various learning styles. Thank You for an enjoyable course!

E. Martinez, LMT, NCTMB

This was an excellent course in chair massage. I learned a lot more than I did in school. I feel so much more confident in giving a chair massage now. The course material is a good addition to my massage therapy library as well.

Jim Dunaway, LMT

Have taught and practiced massage, to include chair massage for many years. Learned a few new approaches. Really liked the Scapula triangle hold. For the most part, the instructor provided good instruction with good demonstrations. However I was surprised to see so much work being done by moving the thumb only. She did show how to do supported thumb, but my thoughts are that since thumb injuries are one of the most common injuries by LMT's, I would reconsider teaching someone to do work such as cross fiber friction by using the thumb only. If the work was being done by moving the body instead of the thumb, that was not shown on the screen. Also I really like the information in the chair massage text book. That will be a great source for me in my future practice.

Lauren Hogeboom, RMT

Course was great. I learned more than I expected to, and also gained a few techniques I can use in table massage practice as well. The Business section was really good too, it gave lots of insight into marketing for chair massage which was helpful.

S. Schaper, NCTMB

Diana is a good presenter. She explains well and is easy to understand. I found it helpful that she used the skeleton to show exact locations of the muscles and bones. I will definitely use the techniques in this course in my chair massage sessions.

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  • DVD - 91 minutes
  • Manual - 39 pages (available for shipment or online)
  • Text - 241 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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