Seated Acupressure

Ideal for:

  • Massage in the workplacechhc webphoto 2980
  • Corporate Functions
  • Events
  • Pamper Party’s
  • Individuals who:
    • feel more at ease in a seated position
    • prefer to remain clothed
    • prefer massage without the use of oils or creams
  • A mobile service where there is limited space

What is it?

Seated Acupressure (otherwise known as On-Site Massage) was developed in the 1980s, the use of Seated Acupressure has rapidly spread globally due to its versatility.  The use of a specifically designed ergonomic chair enables the therapist to set up virtually anywhere, very little space is required to perform this therapeutic massage, and no massage medium (oil/cream) is neededchhc webphoto 2983


Seated acupressure is beneficial for relaxation and reducing stress, ideal for relieving tension, strains and repetitive injuries, easing neck and shoulder pain, reducing back ache and soothing all the body systems. Studies have shown a significant increase in range of movement and decrease in pain in office workers 2-4

Treatment Time and Approach:

The client remains fully clothed throughout, and the chair ensures they are not only comfortable, but that the entire body is fully supported and aligned appropriately.1-4  The length of the massage is dictated by the client, and the therapist is able to adjust the massage as required, generallychhc webphoto 2985 concentrating on the following areas: back, neck, shoulders, head, arms and hands


With the origins of Seated Acupressure originating from Oriental Medicine, and rooted within Oriental beliefs, techniques are used along traditional Meridians with the aim of enhancing the flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body, as both a preventative measure, by way of preventing any blockages to the flow of Qi, and also to restore, by way of ensuring that any disruption to the flow of Qi is rectified, thus aiming to ensure health and wellbeing.1-4

Recognised Body/References

FHT therapists have to undertake approved education courses, and maintain Professional Liability insurance, and must adhere to the Association’s high standards and codes of conduct.

1        Abercromby P and Thomson D (2001) Why seated acupressure massage is the ideal therapy for the modern practitioner. In: Seated acupressure massage: from ancient art to modern practice, a practical guide for therapists.  Fishbourne, Chichester: Corpus Publishing Limited, c2001, p.41-48 United Kingdom: SPORTDiscus, EBSCOhost, (Accessed 8 December 2012).
2          Šiško P, Videmšek M and Karpljuk D (2011) The Effect of a Corporate Chair Massage Program on Musculoskeletal Discomfort and Joint Range of Motion in Office Workers.  Journal Of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 17, 7, pp. 617-622, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, EBSCOhost, (Accessed 8 December 2012).
3          Lin L, Yang M, Kao C, Wu S, Tang S and Lin J (2009) Using acupressure and Montessori-based activities to decrease agitation for residents with dementia: a cross-over trial. Journal Of The American Geriatrics Society, 57, 6, pp. 1022-1029, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, EBSCOhost, (Accessed 8 December 2012).
4        Woodhouse D (1998) On-site seated acupressure massage, Positive Health, 32, pp. 55-56, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, EBSCOhost, (Accessed 8 December 2012).