Benefits of Chair Massages at Work
Depending on what type of work you do, you may find that you spend a large proportion of your day sat down. Unless you pay close attention to your posture at all times, or you have a special, ergonomic chair, you probably sit in a position that is not very good for your body. Poor posture is a leading cause of back pain, and back pain is one of the most common reasons for workers to call in sick. However, these are not the only problems affecting the modern workforce. Repetitive strain injuries, headaches, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, stress and anxiety, fatigue and even depression are all very commonly reported reasons for staff to take time off sick.
Whether you are a conscientious employer or a struggling employee, you may want to consider integrating corporate massages into your regular routines. These are professionally-performed massages that take place in the course of your regular working day. Employees simply pop along to a meeting room or conference space and sit in a professional massage chair, provided by a massage therapist. There is no need for your employees to change out of any of their clothes, and the entire massage usually takes in the region of 15 minutes. Many employers stagger the times that staff go for their massages to ensure that receptions and telephones are covered and there is no missed opportunities.
So, what are the benefits of chair massages at work? Advantages of offering chair massages as part of your corporate wellness strategy reach both employees and their employers.
Benefits of chair massages at work for employees:
Lower stress levels. Stress at work is something that many of us feel is the norm. However, it doesn’t need to be this way. Studies have shown that chair massages provided in the office can reduce stress in workers by as much as 85%.
Relieve headaches. Headaches are another common complaint in the workplace, particularly amongst workers who use computer screens for a large part of the day. Chair massages have shown to be effective at relieving headaches by as much as 48%.
Reduced risk of repetitive strain injuries. Repetitive strain injuries can occur in many different lines of work, from typing and sewing to woodwork, sport and painting. A chair massage provides a break during your day and gives your muscles a change to rest and reset.
Lower blood pressure and other health benefits. Lower stress levels have been shown to extremely beneficial for our overall health and wellbeing. Chair massages that work to reduce your stress may also help lower your blood pressure, relieve aches and pains and even improve your immune system. This reduces the likelihood of your developing other illnesses and diseases.
Reduces brain fog and improves mental clarity. Chair massages have shown to be able to help clear brain fog and mental fatigue, as well as reduce anxiety and depression. Many patients who enjoy regular chair massages also find that they experience improved quality of sleep.
Benefits of chair massages at work for employers:
Greater productivity. This encourages employees to be more focused, dedicated and likely to go above and beyond expectations in their work. Productivity is almost always higher in organizations where the workforce feels valued and taken care of.
Improved staff retention rates. Staff that feel valued are also more likely to stay with you for longer, helping you to minimize the turnover of your workforce and making investment in training and professional and personal development more worthwhile.
Recruit the cream of the crop. If your business is hoping to attract the top talent, you will almost certainly need to offer them some useful perks. Massage is one in-office benefit that has been shown to help draw prospective new recruits.
Reduce the number of sick days for employees. If back pain, tension headaches and stress are common reasons for your staff to call in sick, massages can help alleviate many of these symptoms. This can mean that you have fewer staff off at any one time. You could also reduce the likelihood of employees claiming worker’s compensation for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, which are common conditions in many offices.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of corporate chair massages, or if you would like to book a trial appointment to see what this valuable wellness service can do for you and your team first-hand, please do not hesitate to contact our office.