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Mastering Chair Massage

12 CE Hours - E615

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  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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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.

Featured Reviews

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.

- Jim Dunaway, LMT

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.

- Lauren Hogeboom, RMT

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!

- Jessica Shenefield, LMBT, 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.

- E. Martinez, LMT, NCTMB

I found this course to be exceptional! The chair massage text provided an enormous amount of information presented in a clear & well-organized format. The course manual & DVD "Mastering Chair Massage" were excellent. Diana Haynes provides very clear & precise information and demonstrations that enhance the textbook learning, and both are valuable guides for hands-on technique and session sequencing. All course materials are great resources to support further study & review. This is an essential course for massage therapists to broaden their skills & services. Site note: Even though I spent extra time studying this course, the 9 ceus awarded for this course may not be enough. It may need to be re-evaluated as a 12 CEU course.

- Paula M. McClure, LMT

Very nicely done. Learned new strokes for my practice . It is nice to learn new techniques to keep massages fresh & interesting for long time clients.

- Gail K. Berton, LMT

wow, this was a very comprehensive course!! A ton of material, well done!

- Linda Martinek Delande, LMT, BCTMB

It was an excellent course and the test preparation helped me a lot. I liked the video demonstration. Each step of massage was very clear, understandable, very polite and nice communication and timing. I am very thankful to the instructor Diana Haynes.

- Sushil Ahuja

The material provided was excellent. I learned so much. Being a business owner, I learned a lot to enhance my massage business. I would highly recommend this course to everyone.

- Rosemarie Duncan, LMT

The material was clear and the video was very useful.

- Sara Capparelli, LMBT

Overall, this course was superb. Extremely detailed, covering everything from types of massage chairs to business and marketing. All this was backed up by and excellent DVD. Good job!

- Gilbert H. John Sr., CMT, BCTMB

I really enjoyed this course, it was very informative and very well presented. Clear and to the point. I'm very interested to see the other courses you offer. I am impressed. Have been practicing for 17 years now, this course is good!

- Jenny Raety, LMT

Thanks, I put the knowledge to use immediately, both in a chair and on the table.

- Christine Shipton-Hill, LMT, NCTMB

This class was a great review of chair massage. It has been about 10 years since I was in school and learned this material. I use chair massage as volunteer time for my practice and I needed this course to enrich my skills.

- Barbara A. Johnson, LMT

The course "Mastering Chair Massage" surpassed my expectations. I have never taken an online course that was as thorough. The work books and dvd were excellent in both substance and presentation.

- Eunice Graham, LMT, NCTMB

Great. Loved the included course books and DVD.

- Vanessa Elder, LMT

Very informative, easy to read, I learned some new techniques. Would recommend this course to anyone interested in Chair Massage

- James C. Roldan, LMT, NCTMB

This was a great course with techniques that I will definitely be using, not only with my chair but also with my table. Very comprehensive.

- Patricia Hansen, LMT

This course was quite informative and very precise. I highly recommend every therapist to check this course out. You will not be disappointed.

- Glenad J. Campbell, LMT

I was able to implement techniques immediately into my practice.

- Teri Karpinski, LMT

Best cont ed course I have ever taken!

- Robert Watkins, LMT, NCTMB

Loved it. would use your home study program again!

- Snow Frye, LMT

This course was helpful and gave me some new techniques to use in my chair massage routine. It also refreshed my memory on some other info that had slipped my mind since schooling.

- Susan Nicks, LMT, NCTMB

The course contents were well presented. I especially enjoyed Ms. Haynes' dvd presentation and found it most beneficial in better understanding chair massage techniques.

- Cathy Dockal, LMBT

Very informative course. Will use your services again!

- Christine Gagnon, LMT

I do a lot of chair massages and this course gave me lots of new and better ways to treat my clients. Thanks!!!

- Robin Roberts

No criticism, This was a great course!

- Vanessa Posey, LMT

This course really helped to specify what exactly chair massage takes to do. I didn't think it would be so technical. I will be doing this again.

- Antoinette Parker, LMT

Excellent course, and very helpful for my practice.

- Lessye RobinSun, LMT, NCTMB

I have been doing chair massage for 13 years and I still learned lots of new techniques and perspective. Thanks.

- Bob Crane, LMT

Very informative.

- Cynthia Green, LMT, NCTMB

I will take more courses from you in the future. I was very pleased. Thank you!

- Randy Roberts, LMT

I appreciated the landmark review,medical conditions review, and the business sections especially. The course contained more info than I expected.

- Randy Lynne Cole, LMT

Loved it!

- Colin Jeal

Very interesting materials, and very useful protocols for my chair massage practice. Thank you!

- Stefanie North

I have referred your website to other massage therapists. I appreciate your information and have already been applying some of the information I've learned already.

- Carrie Stringer

A wonderful course! Easy to follow along with, held my attention, informative, and I found the information extremely helpful and will use it in my practice. Did I mention a very affordable price as well. I would highly recommend!!!

- Loretta Brown, LMT

I'm a slow reader and usually lose interest fairly quickly so I liked that I could read but also have my chair set up and practice at the same time. I really like that there was also a dvd.

- Karen Mullen, LMT, NCTMB

Very professional and up to date material. Good enough to implement into a massage school curriculum.

- Randy Garcia, LMT, NCTMB

Very thorough course. A great refresher. Only had a bit of a problem getting to the site where I could complete the online testing. Overall....A+ rating!!! Thanks!!!

- Janice Falcon, LMT

The home study course, on chair massage, was far beyond my expectations! Kudos to all, on putting together a very professional, instructive and informative course. Thanks.

- Stephen Roll, LMT

I was able to take a couple hours each day and review the material at my own pace. Easy to follow and very informative.

- Pamela Rose, LMBT, NCTMB

The DVD was excellent! The instructor was knowledgable and I will be able to use her techniques in my practice.

- Kimberly Mitchell, LMT

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.

- S. Schaper, NCTMB

Wonderful! I love having the DVD so that I can go back later and re-educate myself.

- M. Riley, LMT

Informative, effective and very useful and I look forward to utilizing your course materials in the future.

- D. Lewis, NCTMB

I enjoyed the course, I was glad to be able to read & practice the course at my own speed. Very greatful for the practice exam before taking the real test, that really helped me prepare! I will remember to use your services again in the future.

- Debbie Ford, LMT

It was great! Informative, affordable, and most importantly I could do it as fast or as slow as I needed to. I'll definitely be taking more.

- G. Rasmussen, LMT


  • 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.


Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

Sean Riehl, CMT

Sean Riehl, CMT

Sean Riehl has been a bodyworker since 1998 when he completed his training program through the Body Therapy Institute in California and subsequently served as an instructor there. Certified in Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Neuromuscular Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Myofascial Release and Shiatsu, Mr. Riehl established Real Bodywork in 2000 producing high-quality, professional, instructional massage and yoga videos. With over 40 video titles, Real Bodywork is the preeminent producer of videos in the massage training industry.

Mr. Riehl is author, co-creator and instructor on various Institute courses including Neuromuscular Therapy & Advanced Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Myofascial Release, Advanced Anatomy & Pathology, Clinical Massage Therapy, Integrative Massage: Earth, Fire and Spirit, Nerve Mobilization and more.

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