5 Reasons for a Therapeutic Chair Massage

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With all its physical and mental benefits, it’s easy to see why massage has its perks for business professionals. In her recent Forbes post “5 Reasons Executives Should Schedule A Massage Today,” Raquel Baldelomar pointed out why massage is an excellent choice for stressed-out managers. But the benefits do not stop at the top of the corporate food chain.

If you are looking for a low-cost way to boost employee productivity, lower office stress levels and have a lot more of your employees saying “I love my job,” it is hard to beat chair massage. From large corporations to small start-ups, more companies are adding chair massage to their corporate perks every year. Every benefit an executive can enjoy can be harnessed for your employees, too.

1. Breeding Creativity

As Baldelomar’s article points out, stress is a one-way ticket to a closed, frantic mind. Chair massage eases the cycle of stress and promotes a state of mind that’s relaxed, clear, alert and creative. It is the perfect way to help your employees get “un-stuck” or open their minds to alternative solutions. According to one study done by Time magazine, workers would rather have a massage than coffee breaks.

2. Improving Employee Health

Sitting at a desk, being on the phone and typing for long periods of time can all cause tension and chronic pain, including headaches and back pain, that distract your employees and drag them down. Offering chair massage once or twice a week can directly counteract those pains, fatigue, muscle tension and other physical ailments. Massage also boosts the body’s immune system and can be a big help during cold and flu season.

3. Getting More, Restful Sleep

It is easy to see how having a team full of sleep-deprived employees will lead to sluggish development and poor output. By helping people spend more time in deep, restorative sleep phases, regular chair massage can improve your employee’s overall sleep patterns and help them come to work refreshed and ready to tackle their job.

4. Alleviating Stress

Stress is caused by a chemical called cortisol, and while it is helpful when we need it, chronic exposure slowly wears down our mental and emotional health. Studies show that massage, even a 15-minute chair massage, can lower cortisol levels and help your employees manage stress. Less stress means sharper, healthier, happier minds and much better morale throughout the workplace.

5. Boosting Productivity

By inspiring creativity, improving sleep, reducing pain, and helping manage stress, massage can have a notable impact on your employee’s productivity. One study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience showed that just two, 15-minute chair massage sessions a week was enough to boost alertness and brainpower.

A 2015 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management suggests that by the end of 2016, 14% or more of companies will be offering corporate massage to their employees. For a negligible investment of time and money, you can reap incalculable rewards.

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