Many Australian companies are now providing regular massage sessions at work as an investment to their employees’ health and wellbeing. Office massage has become increasingly popular. Office massage can relieve stress in the workplace, it can improve workers’ health and it can create a better and more productive environment in the office. Back pain and stress are some of the most common causes of sick leave in Australia. Absenteeism due to back problems and stress-related conditions is estimated to be costing Australian companies billions of dollars every year whilst stress is one of the leading causes of staff absences in the workplace.
Regular office massage sessions are an easy and cost-effective way to promote employee wellbeing and to reduce work-related stress. This in turn can help to prevent absenteeism and to increase productivity.
So, what is office massage? In a typical workplace massage session a massage therapist comes to the office with a specifically designed massage chair. The recipient of the massage sits in the chair comfortably and fully clothed. No oils are used, which makes seated chair massage a convenient option for the workplace. A staff member usually receives a massage that can lasts between 5 & 20 minutes, longer and shorter sessions are available as well.
The massage focuses on the neck, the head, the back and the shoulders, the arms and the hands. The sequence used in office massage can help to relieve muscular tension, ease pain in the neck and the shoulders, de-stress and relax, but also re-energise so that the employee returns to his or her desk rejuvenated and focused. As the massages are relatively quick office massage is not one of those treatments that can leave you too relaxed to work. A brief seated massage can help to clear the mind and can make one feel more alert than before.
So how employees benefit from office massage? A chair massage can ease tension and pain in the neck and shoulders and prevent headaches caused by tension and stress. Many office workers suffer from chronic tension and pain in the neck and shoulder area and frequent massage sessions at work can help to relieve even long-term pain. Regular massages can also being used to prevent repetitive strain injuries, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, all very common conditions in the workplace today.
A regular massage is one of the most enjoyable ways to prevent stress at work. The massage chair can be placed in a separate room or in a corner where it will not disturb other workers. A chair massage does not require more time than a coffee break, but offers many more health benefits.
Regular office massage sessions can improve employee health and wellbeing which in turn can improve productivity, reduce sick days caused by back pain or stress, boost morale and improve worker loyalty. A relaxed team of employees works better and achieves better results than one that is under constant stress. Massage days at work are also an easy way to enhance a company’s public image as an employer of choice that cares for its workers.
Several studies have found that massage can ease stress and anxiety, reduce stiffness and pain in the body and even control blood pressure. As stress and back pain are some of the most common causes of sick leave in Australia regular massage sessions can be a cost-effective way to improve productivity and reduce sick days.
How often should a company offer massage at work? Some companies arrange weekly massage sessions for the staff whilst others prefer a monthly massage session for their employees. Some of our clients invite us to the workplace for special events.
Companies that have engaged Massage2Motivate have noticed how regular sessions can improve employee morale, productivity and performance. When employees feel they are being looked after, they also remain more loyal to the company and create better results.
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