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Chair & Ethics Package

11 Hour CE Course

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.

Enrollment Options

Fully Online Materials and Test

Contents: Onilne Texts and multiple-choice tests.


Already own the text Therapeutic Chair Massage? Call us at 1-800-364-5722, 9am to 5pm, to discuss your enrollment options.


This package contains 2 courses. Take each course when it fits your needs.You may take 1 test now and save the other test for your next renewal period if you wish. You'll receive 1 certificate for each test.

Description: Based on a textbook by Ralph R. Stephens, this course includes 2 parts. Part 1 teaches key concepts of seated massage and provides encouragement to seek additional hands-on training. The text, photos, case studies and sample forms will benefit both new and experienced seated massage practitioners. Discover this expert’s recommendations for equipment, communication, documentation and body mechanics. The ethics part presents key ethics concepts related to seated massage including safety considerations; recommended products for sanitation; contraindications, setting your fees; establishing contracts; identifying target markets and choosing effective promotional strategies. As a FREE bonus, the textbook also provides detailed instructions and photos for numerous seated massage routines.

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Content Outline

Definition, History and Benefits of Seated Massage 1 hour
Equipment Considerations 1 hour
Communication, Assessment, Documentation and Treatment Planning:
  • Communicating with the client before, during and after the massage
  • Assessment
  • Documentation and treatment planning

1 hour

1 hour

1 hour

Body Mechanics for Performing Seated Massage 1 hour
Recommended Approaches to Injury Prevention 1 hour
 Sanitation, Personal Hygiene and Safety in Chair Massage (Ethics: Standard I) 1 hour
 Contraindications to Seated Massage (Ethics: Standard 1) 1 hour
The Business of Chair Massage (Ethics: Standard IV) as follows:
  • Exploring values and setting goals
  • Employment considerations
  • Selecting a structure for your business
  • Marketing
  • Financing and maintaining your business
1 hour
Open-book Test and Course Evaluation 1 hour
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You have made it very easy and efficient to complete CEUs and I will definitely come back.

Ally Palmer, 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

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

Manal Shinouda, LMT

An informative course.

Linda Parks-Gobets, CMT

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

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

Took the two classes together (ethics related to chair massage and intro to chair massage)Would recommend this course with that wonderful and through text book to all massage therapists!

Marie Leal, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  1. Define “seated massage” and identify its benefits compared with table massage.
  2. Identify the essential elements recommended for choosing seated massage equipment.
  3. List the essential elements for effective client intake and assessment in seated massage.
  4. List the essential elements for effective treatment planning and documentation for seated massage.
  5. Identify the recommended body mechanics for performing seated massage.
  6. Describe at least 4 ways to use posture, movement and breathing to prevent therapist injury.
  7. Identify the recommended safety considerations for seated massage, including recommended products for sanitizing the therapist’s hands and massage chair in normal and rushed situations.

  8. Describe the key elements in the determining if massage is appropriate, partially contraindicated or totally contraindicated.

  9. Identify the key ethical considerations when setting rates and establishing contracts with individual and group clients.

  10. Describe the key elements in identifying target markets and choosing effective promotional strategies for seated massage.

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Sample Text

"Massage and stretch the short, contracted muscles 2 to 4 times as much as the long ones. The long muscles need to be massaged and lightly stretched because they are ischemic and, due to the constant overload, often harbor trigger points. They are usually the muscles the client feels their pain in. Massage and stretch them to restore circulation and eliminate any trigger points. This brings the client relief and they have the sense you are attending to their complaint. However, in doing this, you are just addressing the symptoms, not the cause of their problem. To address the cause and bring them longer lasting relief, you should address the short, contracted muscles on the other side of the joint and work to relax and lengthen them. If you treat both sides of the joint equally, you will not change the relative position of the joint or the tone of the muscles. You will just relax both sides. Once the client stands up, they will be in their same posture as before you started and possibly, by relaxing the already long muscles, you will allow the short, tightened muscles to pull them farther into distortion. This is why it is recommended to treat the shortened muscles 2 to 4 times as much as the long muscles, significantly relaxing and lengthening the short muscles, allowing the client to stand up into a more correct posture." from Therapeutic Chair Massage (2006), by Ralph R. Stephens, p. 54

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Sample Test Question

If your client has postural distortion, the general rule is to work the muscles on both sides of the involved joints, massaging 2 to 4 times longer on the

    a. referred pain
    b. trigger points
    c. shortened side
    d. lengthened side
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