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Introduction to Chair Massage

7 CE Hours - E1006

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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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.

Featured Reviews

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!

- Kathryn Nuzum, BCTMB

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.

- Felicia Wilkes, 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.

- Julie Heinzman, 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!

- Sarah McDermott, LMT

It was very important to hear "take care of yourself so you can take care of others" It's easier said than done. I was also grateful for the information on personal wellness program and all the information on self care.

- Brenda Rozar, LMBT

The chair massage course had an excellent book. I will definitely use this in my practice.

- Alexandra Eaks, LMT

I have been wanting to learn Chair massage. In school I learned some basics and wanted to know more. The book is very informative and shows many photo illustrations to aid in proper body mechanics. The only thing I would say is missing is an actual DVD to match the course material. Good info and this is something I will be incorporating into my practice.

- Monique Gray

Such a great course for those looking for information about starting a chair massage business. Definitely got me thinking about incorporating chair massage into my massage business.

- Katrina Gorsuch, LMT, BCTMB

The information presented in this course was very informative. I came away with a greater knowledge of chair massage and how to better serve my clients while minimizing the possibility of injury to myself.

- Rhonda Heyns, LMT

Very easy to study. Gained knowledge reading the material provided.

- Jessica Featherston, LMT

This course gave me a good refreshers from what I learned from my initial schooling. It will greatly help me in giving a better massage to my clients.

- Ruth Douglas, LMT

This course exceded my expectations. This class was more through then the other chair massage classes I have taken. The text book was phenomenal.

- Marie Leal, LMT

An informative course.

- Linda Parks-Gobets, CMT

Thank you so much, it was an amazing exam which helped refresh my memory

- Manal Shinouda, LMT

I enjoyed this course. It was really very helpful since I do seated massage as often as possible. Thank you!

- Debbie Lucero, LMT

The combination of having a book sent and allowing an online test and online certificate works very well. I will try your courses again next year.

- Jeff Brooks, LMT

Good refresher for seated massage. Very helpful. Met my requirements with new material. Thank you for being there.

- Karen Baker, LMT

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

- Ally Palmer, LMT

Thank you so much, it was an amazing exam which helped refresh my memory.

- M. Shinouda, LMT

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!

- S. McDermott, LMT


  • 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

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.


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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