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?

English: Albert Einstein Français : portrait d...

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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Top 5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Chair Massage

If you’re new to chair massage, you may wonder “what can I do to get the most benefits out of this massage.” While chair massages may lack the privacy most are familiar with when getting a full body table massage, there are still ways to “tune out” the outside world and get “into the zone.”

Before you buy a portable massage chair, read my reviews

Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve given over 10,000 chair massages.  If you’re in the market for purchasing a portable massage chair, I have a few recommendations worth considering.

Before you purchase a chair, make sure you know what you will be using it for.  Will you be carting this thing around to weekly corporate events? Do you want to set it up in a more permanant location (like inside your office or retail space)? Unsure you’ll even like doing chair massage?  Maybe you just want to try? Continue reading

Where to find the cheapest massage providers in Philadelphia

It’s Friday morning.  That pinching pain in your neck has NOT gone away.  You tried aspirin, bribing your

Penny pincher’s short list on where to find the cheapest massages in Philly

partner, adjusting your seat height up, down, forwards, and backwards, and nothing will work out that kink.  There’s no way you can go into the weekend, head cocked to the side, wincing in pain.

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The Cost Of Corporate Chair Massage In Philadelphia

Philadelphia skyline.

Philadelphia skyline. (Photo credit: Flodigrip’s world)

More and more companies are hiring professional massage therapists to come into their office to provide chair massages for their employees.

If you are the person in charge of coordinating the company’s annual health fair or employee appreciation event, and, you’ve never hired massage therapists before, you probably have no idea how much it will cost. Continue reading

What’s the #10 most common injury for golfing ‘hacks’…I mean, amateurs?

The most common causes of injuries in amateur golfers are:

  1. Too much play or practice
  2. Poor swing mechanics
  3. Hitting the ground
  4. Over-swinging
  5. Too little warming up
  6. Twisting during the swing
  7. Grip or swing change
  8. Falling
  9. Bending over the putt
  10. Cart-caused injury

—Source: John R. McCarroll, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Continue reading