Business managers who want to improve employee morale, reduce absenteeism, and prevent work-related injuries are providing on-site therapeutic massage as an employee perk, according to Elliot Greene, a Silver Spring, Maryland, massage therapist. "A therapeutic massage break--fully clothed, in a massage chair--fits into most employees' work schedules, reduces stress, and prevents repetitive motion injury," Greene says.
You can begin an on-site massage-therapy service from home without giving up a part-time job with a chiropractor or physician. To begin, explain the benefits and procedure of on-site therapeutic massage to the human-resources directors of the companies you're targeting.
Employees sign up for a 10- to 15-minute massage, for which the employer pays about $1 per minute. With the employee seated in a specially-designed 20-pound chair that folds to fit in most cars (and costs about $350), the therapist applies a combination of Swedish massage techniques and acupressure to the person's head, neck, arms and back.
Most message therapists have a degree from a certified massage-therapy school accredited by the Commission on Massage Training Accreditation Approval in Evanston, Illinois (see "Reader Resources" on pg. 78 for contact information). Some therapists take additional courses for seated massage. The District of Columbia and 24 states regulate massage therapy. Check with your state's professional licensing department or health department for specific information.