Corporate Wellness: Making The Case For On Site Massage

The following excerpt was taken from David Palmer’s “21st Century Workplace Seated Massage.”

The revolution

The future of workplace massage is tied to the economics of health care policy. At long last, corporate, governmental and academic policy makers have come to the conclusion that a health care system whose primary focus is sickness care is doomed to bankruptcy. They have concluded the ultimate foundation of an economically viable health care system has to be prevention and wellness.

This radical paradigm shift is stamped indelibly into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. While the media and partisan politicians were obsessing about the constitutionality of ObamaCare and its new framework for financing health care, mostly overlooked was the fact that the 954-page ACA legislation specifically “directs the creation of a national prevention and health promotion strategy.”

The law created the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council(National Prevention Council), composed of the heads of 17 Federal agencies and chaired by the Surgeon General. This high-level federal action group works closely with a 25-member Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, also mandated in the legislation. Both of these groups are developing plans and recommendations that will impact every strata of society, including workplace wellness.

“Most people will agree that high-quality chair massage is an instant stress reducer.”

The prevention intervention

The medical community has traditionally limited prevention to proven clinical screenings—mammograms, colonoscopies, blood pressure screenings, treadmill tests and the like. In the new health care model, prevention also includes dealing with lifestyle and pre-clinical conditions, a particular strength of chair massage.

Seated massage has always been good at preventing little problems from becoming big problems. The reason someone wakes up with a crick in her neck is never because, as she might claim, she “slept wrong.” Rather, it is because of weeks or months of accumulated psychological or physical stress finally reaching a tipping point that resulted in a muscle spasm. Regular chair massage alleviates the results of these minor stresses and prevents muscles from reaching that involuntary contraction threshold. Continue reading

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Can Chair Massage Ease Joint Pain?

Joint pain sufferers hoping to avoid medications and injections are finding chair massage to be an alternative therapy worth considering.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost a third of adults reported having some type of joint pain-more middle aged to older women than men.

Treatments typically range from lifestyle changes to over the counter medications to steroid injections to surgery.  In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just reported that two people who received a steroid injection for pain in a joint — rather than the back — may have come down with a fungal infection.

Why chair massage?

  • Recognized as a safe, effective treatment for arthritic pain.  Research suggests that massage reduces perceived pain, swelling and inflammation.
  • Easily accesible, convenient, and affordable. You can find chair massage set up in the workplace, mall, and airport. Because sessions are typically 15 minutes, this makes it more affordable than a table massage
  • Perfect positioning for shoulder and finger joint pain.  While seated forward in the cushioned chair, the massage therapist can easily mobilize, massage, and gently stretch these affected areas.

Sources:http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus10.pdf, http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis.htmlhttp://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003261.htmhttp://itandb.com/pdf/arthritis-massage.pdf

Corporate Massage Gaining Popularity Amongst Philly Companies

Whether companies use it to support their wellness program or as a perk to boost employee morale, massage is finding it’s way into more Philadelphia office settings.

Earlier this month, the Philadelphia Business Journal published “Best Places To Work 2012.”  In the article, you can discover what types of benefits and perks top-rated Philadelphia area companies are offering their employees.

According to editor, Sonja Sherwood, “Valet dry cleaning service. Discounted movie tickets. Chair massages. On-site car wash. Game room. Company outings to ski resorts, beaches or to drive NASCAR stock cars” were just some of the unique perks companies made available to employees.

So, what companies reported ‘regular massage’ as one of their employee-prized perks?

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Employee Explains Why Massage Makes Her More Productive

Enhance your wellness program with massage

Have you been considering corporate chair massage for your office?  Staff writer, Kelly Metz-Matthews of Massage Table Outlet (www.massagetableoutlet.com), spells out why massage is important to her and some persuasive facts you can share with your boss.

Beyond the research that supports the healthy benefits of massage, such as reducing blood pressure, decreasing stress hormone levels, and increasing the body’s natural anti-depressant, serotonin, Ms. Matthews makes a case employers should consider when looking to reduce costs and increase productivity.

“Why Should Employers Care”

#1 Human Capital

“Happy employees are worth their weight in gold. Happy and skilled employees are priceless.” Boosting morale and recognizing hard work (especially during busier-than-normal quarters), fosters loyalty and dedication.

#2 Return On Investment

Did you know the the average ROI in wellness programs is $3.48:1 due to reduced medical costs, and $5.82:1 due to reduced absenteeism?

Is It Affordable?

As Kelly describes, “these [massage] programs don’t necessarily require huge upfront costs…Google employees have access to a subsidized (yes, subsidized) massage program.”

At other companies, employees are expected to pick up the tab. But, as she argues, “its accessibility to employees is monumentally important. By making it convenient…companies are facilitating wellness-oriented opportunities for their employees.”

Is corporate massage right for your company? Let’s discuss it.  Call us at (215)326-9352 or go to our website www.relaxngomassage.com

Not a Fan of Massage? This Will Change Your Mind

Survey found 18% aren’t crazy about massage

Nearly 60% of respondents to a massagetherapy.com survey have never had a massage.  Of this group, 26% said massage was not necessary; 18% dislike massage or have no interest in it.

Ok, so not everyone is a fan of massage.  I get it.  The thought of getting naked in front of a total stranger and getting slathered with smelly oils may not be high on your must-do list.  Combine that with the sexually explicit massage parlors advertised on line and in print, you’ve pretty much made up your mind that massage is “not your thing.”

Before you rule it out completely, consider these points…

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Why Stress Can Actually Kill You

Infographic from Stress.org “Stress Is Killing You”

Chronic stress is serious business.  According to stress.org, “Stress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness and disease.”  For some, prolonged, elevated levels of stress may even prove life threatening.

When our body senses danger, real or imagined, it sends out various elevated levels of hormones that make the heart beat faster, increase blood pressure, slow down the digestive system, etc, to “protect” itself.  While in the short term, our bodies can typically handle the onslaught of “stress hormones,” over time it can damage any of the body’s delicate systems.

Research has suggested that when the heart is continually “under stress,” it can cause inflammation in the coronary arteries, which, some believe, can lead to a heart attack.

Stress increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke by an average of 38%.[Source: http://www.stress.org] Continue reading

Is Your Job A Pain In The Neck…Literally?

The workplace can be a major contributor to muscular aches and pains, affecting job performance and decreasing overall productivity.  A 2010 The Bureau of Labor Statistics report states over 346,000 cases of musculoskeletal disorders exist, causing an average of 11 missed workdays per person.  

On site chair massage is an effective employee perk many companies provide to counter workday aches and pains. Continue reading

Can Chair Massage Make You Smarter?

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English: Albert Einstein Français : portrait d’Albert Einstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While it may not turn you into a regular Einstein, research shows chair massage may improve brain function.

There’s no doubt that workplace demands on employees are greater than ever.  One survey shows that “eight out of 10 respondents report that managers’ and employees’ workloads have increased, along with employee stress. At the same time, half of respondents report that employee motivation, energy, and endurance have all decreased.”

It turns out that increased levels in stress hormones – such as cortisol – adversely affect specific tasks involved in memory processing (Howe, 1998). In large amounts, cortisol can actually slow neuron growth, development and function (McEwen, 1999; Lombroso, 1998).

Research suggests that massage not only relaxes and calms the mind, but actually improves performance. Continue reading

Engage Your Employees This Summer With Chair Massage

Chair massage is the perfect reward for your hardworking workers

If you needed an excuse to bring chair massage into your office this summer, consider this report from RedBalloon and AltusQ.  In turns out, engaging employees, or creating a team bonding, creative, corporate culture (think Zappos), has a very positive effect on your company’s bottom line.

A key area of engagement includes rewarding employees-not with cash rewards, such as a WaWa gift card, but with non-cash rewards.  These might include taking the team out to lunch for reaching a sales goal, giving your star employees a half day off or bringing in chair massage to those who went the “extra mile.”

Relax ‘N Go Massage provides on site chair massage for Philadelphia area staff recognition events, health fairs, and weekly massage programs. Contact us at (215)326-9352 to schedule a company “Massage Day” or go to www.relaxngomassage.com to learn more.

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