Workplace Massage is Good for Business
- Improve accuracy
- Reduce stress induced illnesses
- Reduce absenteeism
- Fewer workers’ compensation claims
- Cost effective
More & More Businesses are Offering Massage Therapy
Massage has not only gone mainstream – it’s gone corporate. Companies big and small have discovered the benefits of wellness in the workplace, and they’re using massage as a way to attract and keep employees.
Burt Abrams of B.J. Abrams & Associates, an executive recruiting firm in suburban Chicago has offered his employees chair massage over the past several years. “It is a benefit for stress relief, and it feels good,” he says. “It is a benefit that doesn’t cost a whole lot of money, and it gets a lot of good will from your employees.”
“Employees look at discounts, overtime, and bonuses as things they have earned as a right. This is something they look at as an employer’s good will, something they do because they care.”By Pete Reinwald in the Massage Therapy Journal – Summer 2009
Chair Massage Helps Desk-Bound Workers
A stiff neck. Aching wrists. Shoulders that feel as if someone folded them up. Anyone who has ever sat behind a desk all day will recognize the symptoms of workplace fatigue.
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.
“When chair massage is used preventively, if you have problems it allows you to maintain a homeostatic balance that prevents the little problems from getting worse,” Palmer said.from the Office of Health Education at the University of Pennsylvania
Getting the Message about Workplace Massage
Employees are stressed out and employers are beginning to get the message. And now, both are getting the massage about massage in and out of the workplace as a corporate benefit. Here are some notes from leading publications and groups that you might want to check out if you want further information.
From the February, 2000 issue of E-Touch, a newsletter of the American Massage Therapy Association.Crain’s Chicago Business, February, 1999, p. SR2
HR Magazine, October, 1998, pp. 107-110
Association Management Magazine, February 2000, p.33