Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Little Chair Massage Goes A Long Way

Have you considered including massage as part of your wellness plan? I consider it everyday, but I am a Massage Therapist. I believe, and studies suggest, that receiving massage on a regular basis increases relaxation and reduces stress. Massage offered on-site at the office aids in the prevention of repetitive stress injuries which have become prevalent in the workplace.

Repetitive stress injuries are caused by repeated physical movements, which results in damage to tendons, nerves, muscles and other soft body tissue. Typical habits that some sources believe lead to repetitive stress injuries include: 

  • Reading or doing tasks for extended periods of time while looking down
  • Holding one’s phone between neck and shoulder
  • Viewing a monitor in an incorrect position e.g. too much to the left/right
  • Prolonged use of the hands, wrists, back, neck, etc.
  • Sitting in the same position for a long period of time

On-site chair massage programs are a wonderful, relatively inexpensive addition to wellness programs already in place. There are many benefits to receiving chair massage on a regular basis and it is especially beneficial to the desk-bound workforce. These benefits include:

  • Boosts energy, alertness, and productivity
  • Reduces muscle tension and pain
  • Aids in the prevention of Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Relieves emotional stress, lowers anxiety
  • Encourages better posture

Chair massage takes less time than the average break, five to fifteen minutes on the chair and away from your desk will rejuvenate your mind and body. Most massage therapists that offer chair massage in the workplace will negotiate the terms, either HR covers the cost and chooses the time per employee or the employees pay by the minute, choosing their own time on the chair.

Go ask your employer today about adding chair massage to your workplace wellness practice.

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