Frequently Asked Questions
What is a chair massage?
A short (5-20 minute) massage of a client sitting in a special, portable massage chair. The client remains fully clothed and no oils are used. The upper body and tension spots on the neck and back can easily be focused on.
How much space is needed?
Space requirements are minimal – approximately a 4' x 6' area is needed for each CMP to set up their massage chair and have enough room to move around comfortably. A little more space is required for a bed massage. An uncluttered area of approximately 6' x 9' is optimum.
What should I wear for a chair massage session?
Our massage specialists can make adjustments to their techniques to massage you in any attire. To get the most out of a massage it is best not to wear anything bulky or fragile and it is always an option to remove necklaces, ties, vests, and jackets during the session.
Should I eat before I come for a massage?
It is best to not eat for at least 90 minutes before your massage. The body needs time to digest your food and this process concentrates the blood flow on the digestive tract. Massage draws the blood flow to the area tissues being worked on therefore taking it away from the digestive tract causing poor digestion and possible discomfort.
Is Chair Massage covered by my Extended Health Care Plan?
If it is performed by a certified chair massage practitioner as opposed to a registered massage therapist it is not covered by employee benefit plans. Chair massage is not intended to replace treatment for injuries or chronic conditions but is designed as an effective employee stress management tool.
What if I am late for my scheduled time?
If you arrive late for your chair massage; the session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose appointment follows yours. Depending upon how late you arrive for a bed massage; your therapist will then determine if there is enough time remaining to start a treatment.
What about liability?
All practitioners are certified and carry a minimum $2 million professional liability insurance.
Will I feel sleepy or dizzy after the chair massage?
You may relax to a point where you experience a “power nap” during the massage. This is not a deep-phase sleep and is beneficial because it gives your whole system the opportunity to recharge. It can boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy level. Stand up slowly after the massage in case of dizziness and it is recommended to drink water after massage in order to re-hydrate and help eliminate toxins. Any sleepiness will subside quickly and be replaced by increased energy and alertness.
Can I get a massage when I am pregnant?
As long as you are comfortable and do not have any high risk conditions it is perfect to relax you or treat some of those new aches. Let the practitioner or therapist know and they will adjust their techniques to accommodate you. The joints are more mobile when pregnant so pressure in these areas will be lightened.
When should I not have a massage?
If you have any acute conditions such as fever, hypertension, herniated discs, cancer, anything contagious etc. If the acute condition is under only in one area, such as, sprained wrist or laceration, the practitioner can usually adjust to work around the affected area.
Do I have to disclose any personal information?
If you are having a chair massage the CMP will ask you a few questions about your current health for safety. A signature may be required to agree to receive a massage or you may have to sign in; determined by your organizer.
If you are having a bed massage the RMT will have you fill in a health history and may ask you some additional questions or preform some tests. All your information will be keep for 10 years in a safe and secure place.
Could I experience any pain during or after the massage?
Our practitioners regularly check in with you to see if their pressure
is ok and you should always let them know if it is ever too much.
Following a massage, it is possible to have some soreness for
24-48 hours, Similar to the sensation experienced after a good workout.
Are gratuities or tips expected?
Gratuities are not expected or necessary; however, feel free to tip if you received outstanding service.