February 9, 2016 Erin Hall

Employee Appreciation Day: How to Set Up a Chair Massage Event

Employee appreciation day is just about a month away on Friday, March 4, 2016. As a national corporate massage company, we’ll be pretty busy that day. To help you and other businesses prepare, here’s an overview of in-office massage events for staff appreciation day.

In this article, we’ll cover all you need to know to set up a one-day massage event for your employees, including what to expect before, during, and after the massage day.

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Employee Appreciation Chair Massages

Giving office chair massage on appreciation day is a time-tested gift. Here’s what to expect.


Make a Plan For the Day

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 1, 2019 for this year’s Staff Appreciation Day! Administrative and management teams should brainstorm on gift ideas and activities.

Holding a special lunch that day is a nice treat. At the lunch, you can include an awards ceremony where employees are individually acknowledged for their unique contributions. 


Getting Started with Appreciation Chair Massage

To prepare for the chair massage part of the day, contact a massage therapist or a massage company to get on their schedule. When booking the appointment, you’ll want to have a couple key things in mind:

  • How many people will be getting chair massages? 
  • What’s your budget?

These basic questions will help you and the therapist or company you hire determine how long the massages will be, how long the therapist will stay for the day, and if you need to plan for additional therapists so you have several chair massages happening at once.

Related: 4 Keys for Smooth Chair Massage Event Scheduling


seated massage for employee appreciation day


Get The Word Out

Once you’ve nailed everything down, you’ll want to let your staff know. As much fun as it would be to surprise everyone with a massage event, it runs much smoother if people know ahead of time.

That’s because of one thing: Scheduling. 

A chair massage schedule means everyone knows exactly what time they should show up for their chair massage, and it ensures everyone gets an equal amount of time.

If you chose to work with a massage company versus an individual therapist, it’s likely they will handle all the scheduling for you, so that’s one less thing to deal with. 

Related: What to Expect at Your First Chair Massage Event


What to Expect During a Massage Event for Employee Appreciation Day


On the day of the event, your massage therapists will arrive 15-20 minutes ahead of time to set up their massage chairs. The location they set up in will be decided on ahead of time, during the planning process. Likely, it’s an empty office or meeting room.



Employees will show up for their massages according to the time they signed up for previously, assuming they don’t forget! At Incorporate Massage, we provide a reminder service for each employee so they are sure not to miss their appointment.



At the end of the day, your therapists will pack up their chairs and be on their way. It’s usually best to arrange payments to be made before or after the event as it eliminates the need to deal with it on the busy massage day.

In the days and weeks following the event, survey your employees to see how they liked the massage event. If it was a hit, you know you can plan on doing it again for next year’s appreciation day.


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