As massage therapy has become more mainstream in the last ten years, the popularity of onsite seated chair massage has grown as well. Many states have passed laws regulating our profession that require massage therapists to be licensed or certified. If these regulations do not specifically mention seated massage or chair massage, that creates a “gray area” which allows people with little or no training to offer this service. If you want to make sure you are dealing with a professional massage therapist, you can ask for a copy of their license or certification. You may also want to confirm that your therapist has personal liability insurance as well. In the Washington DC metro area, you can do a massage therapy license lookup on these sites:
Washington DC: DC Health Professional Licensing Administration
Virginia: VA Board of Nursing
At apple a day onsite, we do all that for you. You can be confident that every massage therapist we contract with is certified/licensed and carries liability insurance.