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Introduction to Chair Massage

7 CE Hours - E1006
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Introduction to Chair Massage

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  • Text - 288 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


This course provides key conceptual preparation and encouragement to seek additional hands-on training in seated massage, and reviews core elements that will benefit experienced seated massage practitioners. Through text, photos, case studies and sample forms, explore an expert's recommendations for equipment, communication, documentation and body mechanics. The textbook also provides detailed instructions and photos for numerous seated massage routines.

In this course, you will:

  • identify the benefits of chair massage compared to table massage
  • discover elements essential in choosing seated massage equipment
  • learn important items for effective client intake and assessment as well as treatment planning and documentation for seated massage
  • be provided with recommendations for proper body mechanics
  • recognize ways to use posture, movement and breathing to prevent therapist injury.

Each chapter of the accompanying course text includes hands-on Experiential Exercises; Case Studies with critical thinking questions; Clinical Tips from the author's experience; and Of Special Interest Boxes that contain related and interesting information. Contraindications lists specify conditions that prohibit or limit the use of a particular stroke or technique.

Course Objectives

  1. Define “seated massage” and identify its benefits compared with table massage.
  2. Identify the essential elements recommended for choosing seated massage equipment.
  3. List the essential elements for effective client intake and assessment in seated massage.
  4. List the essential elements for effective treatment planning and documentation for seated massage.
  5. Identify the recommended body mechanics for performing seated massage.
  6. Recognize at least 4 ways to use posture, movement and breathing to prevent therapist injury.

Course Reviews

Felicia Wilkes, LMT

This course was very easy to read and understand. The references and pictures provided valuable details to fully understand the content. I can use all the knowledge presented in this course in my massage practice.

Kathryn Nuzum, BCTMB

Although I no longer do chair massage, there was so much very informative, technical, and valuable information for anyone interested in doing chair massage. It has proven a valuable modality for marketing, promotion, benefit massage, specific special situations, quick fixes, and “thank you” massage. I recommend this for a complete massage package!

Julie Heinzman, LMT

The book "Therapeutic Chair Massage" by R. Stephens is one of the best massage books out there. I learned things that are important for table massage as well chair massage.

Sarah McDermott, LMT

The questions were only for the first 6 chapters of the book. There are 13 chapters. So that was strange. The book is very interesting and easy to read. It is educational even for an experienced LMT, with great tips for protecting my hands during chair massage! Thank you!

Ally Palmer, LMT

You have made it very easy and efficient to complete CEUs and I will definitely come back.

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Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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