Massage at Work
Massage(therapy) has maybe not quite gone mainstream yet but it’s certainly going corporate. Companies are discovering the benefits of wellness in the workplace and using massage as a way to attract and keep employees.
Stress and repetitive musculoskeletal injuries (like neck or lower back pain) have become a leading workplace health costs.
Research has validated the positive effects of massage therapy on job performance and mental alertness resulting in improved accuracy and reduced stress-induced illnesses.
Several studies are reporting a 20 to 25 percent decrease in time off for work-related injuries and sick leave in general.
Most office-related physical symptoms can be attributed to loss of circulation. Tight muscles caused by stress and sitting behind a desk all day can impede blood and lymph flow through the body. The result is mental fogginess, decreased energy and susceptibility to repetitive stress injuries.
Therapeutic massage is an effective treatment for chronic or persistent headaches, neck and lower back pain. During periods of stress the effectiveness of the body’s immune system is reduced. Research indicates that massage can increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity which improves the body’s immune functioning overall.
Multiple studies have shown that regular massage also decreases hormones that cause anxiety and adrenal issues, promoting calming, happy hormones and keeping cortisol levels lower.
Another benefit of massage therapy at the workplace is that it often reveals problems that you didn’t even realise existed. When it is used preventively it allows to maintain a homeostatic balance that prevents the little problems from getting worse.
Providing regular massage treatments is one of the most appreciated benefits, often preferred even to monetary incentives.
Employees tend to look at discounts, overtime and bonuses as things they have earned as a right. Massage on the other hand is something they look at as an employer’s good will, something that shows that they care.
Regular on-site massage reduces work-related stress, improves alertness, performance and productivity, and often keeps people feeling well enough to stay at work when otherwise they would rather go home.
Employees that are healthy and free of stress are more happy and productive.
The positive effect of massage in the workplace reaches everyone.
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