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4 Ways To Provide On Site Chair Massage On a Budget

May 27, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Clients often ask a very important question--How do I make on site chair massages fit my budget?

Many clients have very specific budget to work with to provide some onsite chair massage for their employees and the massage quote they had been given wasn’t working within that budget. Many times clients don’t know what the options are to help them, so they just can’t move forward.

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On Site Chair Massage on a Budget

 The Real ROI of Chair Massage

One of the most important things to remember is the cost of NOT providing massage for your employees. Consider what your company spends on the following:

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Employee Healthcare
  • Absent Employees
  • Employee Turnover
  • Low productivity

While the dollars associated with each of these expenses will vary from company to company, the fact is that regularly occurring massage can help you significantly cut costs in these areas. Massaged employees are happier, healthier, and more productive and that alone will save you money.

On Site Chair Massage on a Budget

1. Reduce the duration of your on site chair massage sessions.

Shortening each chair massage is a very effective tool to get onsite massage to fit into your budget. You can typically reduce the cost by 1/3 or even cut it in half if you’re willing to drop the duration a bit.

If you are looking at 15 minute chair massages for 100 people, that is 25 billable hours. But if you reduce that to 10 minute chair massage sessions, that will drop the billable hours to 16.75. That’s a reduction in about 10 hours, which is a savings of around $600-800.

And most of the time your employees will be none-the-wiser. They are just happy to have a little stress relief at the office.

2. Adjust the frequency of your corporate chair massage 

If you are looking at offering a recurring onsite chair massage program, the price tag can be a little daunting when you are considering offering every single employee a 15 minute massage every single week, or even every month for really large organizations.

For this problem we suggest adjusting how frequently you offer your massages. If you can’t afford once a week, look at doing it every other week, or even monthly.

A good corporate massage company should be able to customize and build restrictions into the onsite chair massage program they build for you to limit your employees to only be able to sign up however often you specify. If you are curious on what options should be available to you, you can read about what we do for our clients here.

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3. Combine multiple budgets

When some of our clients have had a difficult time getting chair massages to fit into their budget, we have seen them combine their budget with another department’s budget to make it work.

Maybe the “Employee Fun Budget” doesn’t have $1200 for a monthly massage day, but if you combine that budget with some of the “Employee Wellness Budget”, you can make it an effective use of funds for both subcommittees.

4. Subsidize the cost of chair massages with your employees

Subsidizing a chair massage program is one of our favorite options for cost control. This cost-sharing option is very popular with our clients and really helps them stretch their budgets. Plus, it gives the employees some skin in the game.

When a corporate massage company provides a recurring chair massage program for a business, they can typically charge the employees a portion of the cost. Even just a $5 employee contribution per massage can make a huge difference in how far the corporate budget can stretch.

If the cost for corporate massage is $100 per hour, and you decide to have the employees each contribute $5 for their 10-minute massage, then you just cut your costs by 30%. Plus your company still reaps the benefits of the perk of onsite chair massage for your staff because the cost is so low on their end that it’s still considered a benefit to them.

These are what we have found to be the most effective ways to get corporate chair massage to fit into a limited budget.  Please reach out with any questions!


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Amelia Wilcox
Written by Amelia Wilcox

Part massage therapist, part entrepreneur, Amelia first experienced the benefits of massage therapy as a child suffering from headaches. Massage helped, and now she’s returning the favor to her clients every day. A 2002 graduate of UCMT, you can find her running, baking, exploring with her husband, or singing her guilty pleasure, “Reflections” from Disney’s Mulan when she’s not hard at work.