As the benefits of massage are realized and proved, more and more businesses are offering chair massage in the workplace as an incentive for employees.
A 1992 article in the Financial Times trumpets the benefits that companies can get by offering massage therapy to their employees. The article claims a company in Ontario, Canada, reported a 25% decrease in time off for work-related injuries, and a $200,000 decrease in compensation claims after it implemented a massage therapy program.
Offering a chair massage program not only demonstrates an employer’s commitment to the health and well-being of their employees, it also improves overall job satisfaction.
Most stress and anxiety in adults is caused by work, and at least 75% of visits to the doctor’s office stem from this stress. Just 15 minutes of chair massage a week can significantly reduce both stress and anxiety.
It is also incredibly effective in helping prevent repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
A 1996 study conducted by Shulman and Jones of the Touch Research Institute in Miami, Florida, indicated that 15 minutes of chair massage was more effective than a 15-minute break to reduce anxiety.
The brain's ability to function more effectively combined with a decrease in anxiety and increase in feelings of contentment and well-being can result in improved job performance.
Chair massage counters the circulatory problems inherent with office work—and provide a appreciated break for employees. Sitting in a massage chair opens up the back muscles, relieves strain on the neck and provides a gentle respite for eyes usually glued to a computer monitor. Even 15 minutes of massage to the neck, back, arms and hands can increase circulation, returning energy levels and helping keep the body injury free.
Benefits of Corporate Massage for the Workplace
1. Increase employee productivity & creative thinking
When employees feel better and taken good care of, they will be happier, work better and in a more focused an alert way. Free from headaches pains and anxiety, their productivity will increase
2. Attract the perfect job candidate
For all its positive health effects, a chair massage program at your workplace can be very attractive to the brightest and best prospective employees.
3. Improved retention rates
Chair massage can help your company retain its employees by improving job satisfaction.
4. Fewer stress- and ergonomics-related injuries
According to the American Institute of Stress, 40% of workers in a 2001 survey described their office environment as a “real life survivor program.” More than half of workers complained about their workplace’s fast-pace and tight deadlines, and many reported having to do monotonous, repetitive tasks.
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work reported that one in five last-minute workplace no-shows in the United States are due to job stress.
Sitting in a chair all day is a leading cause of back pain (30% of office workers report back pain), fatigue, headaches and other physical health problems, which can lead to complications.
5. Reduced absenteeism
Because massage benefits the immune system, a chair massage program can lead your employees to take fewer sick days
6. Improved morale and goodwill
After leaving a chair massage session, employees consistently report a positive mood and sense of well-being. By establishing a chair massage service at regular intervals, you’ll perpetuate this feeling.
Benefits of corporate massage for the employees
Many of the benefits of chair massage for your employees are similar to the benefits of getting a full body massage at a spa, but in the comfort and convenience of your workplace.
A 15-20 minute regular chair massage at work:
1. Reduces stress by up to 85%
2. Decreases anxiety and depression by 20%
3. Relieves muscle tension and pain by 48%
4. Improves quality of sleep by around 28%
5. Relieves headaches by 48%
6. Lowers blood pressure by 6%
7. Prevents repetitive strain injuries by 37%
8. Increases immune function with cells performing 35% better
9. Treats carpal tunnel and tendonitis decreasing pain by 14%
10. Increases focus, energy and mental clarity
11. Increases flexibility and range of motion
12. Increases resistance to illness
Chair massage is a fully clothed massage performed in a chair specifically designed for massage. The set-up is quick and can be done anywhere on-site, ideally in a meeting room or a quiet space.
Treatments are available in 15 or 20 minute sessions
(4 ppl 15min each or 3 ppl 20min each p/h)
2/3 hours: £65 p/h (ad-hoc & monthly), £60 p/h (fortnightly & weekly)
4 hours: £60 p/h (ad-hoc & monthly), £55 p/h (fortnightly & weekly)
5+ hours: £55 p/h (ad-hoc & monthly), £50 p/h (fortnightly & weekly)
Please email me to tailor the above sessions according to your needs.