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Are your employees overstressed?
From manufacturers to hospitals to auto dealerships, companies across the country are using seated massage services to make work literally less of a pain in the neck for employees. Seated massage provides hard-working employees with a convenient method of alleviating the stress inherent in these competitive times.
Slouching at a desk for prolonged periods often results in lower back pain. Repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, are common among office workers. A 10 to 20 minute “stress-buster” massage relieves tension in neck, back and shoulder muscles, reducing irritability and increasing productivity.
Studies by the Touch Research Institute in Florida show that the benefits of seated massage have quick results. Immediately after massage sessions, the subjects experienced a change in brain waves in the direction of heightened alertness and better performance on math problems (completed in less time with fewer errors).
At the end of the five-week study period, subjects reported reduced job stress and elevated moods. This was in addition to the usual benefits of massage; relief of muscular tension, revitalized energy and a stronger immune system.
The study’s findings are significant in that the International Labour Organization stated in its 1993 World Labour Report that job stress costs the U.S. economy $200 billion annually through diminished productivity, compensation claims, absenteeism, health insurance and direct medical expenses.
Seated massage is performed in the workplace. Your employees will be seated upright on a special massage chair and will remain fully clothed. No oils are used, so there is no need for them to be concerned about stains on clothing. The session generally lasts from 10 to 20 minutes. The chair is lightweight and portable, enabling it to be set up in virtually any office or break room. Additionally, since most people are allowed a 15-20 minute break, and I only work on one person at a time, it never interrupts your business workflow.
Seated massage utilizes acupressure and Swedish massage (and sometimes Reiki) to relieve tension. Though beginning at a slower pace, the work moves a little faster as I proceed. The session ends with quick, revitalizing strokes in order to bring the client back to a state of full consciousness.
I will demonstrate the procedure for getting on and off of the massage chair for those not familiar with its use. Positioning is very important and I will check regularly throughout the session to be sure the client’s alignment remains correct.
Reward the winning department of a team competition to a 15-minute massage for each member of the department. After a stressful and demanding project, contract for a day of chair massage to show your appreciation for a job well done. Or substitute a congratulations in the office newsletter after a strong fiscal quarter with a sign-up in the breakroom for a complimentary seated massage.
Complimentary, hands-on demonstrations are available. Just call to arrange a time!
Licensed, Insured & Certified
Bernie Bernstone is fully insured with the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals as a massage practitioner, as well as nationally certified by the NCBTMB. Remember to always make sure your massage therapist is licensed and insured to protect both you and the therapist!! Unlicensed therapists void any insurance they have, and put all responsibilities on your shoulders.