Sitting down for hours and hours with little movement, nominal stretching of muscles, repetive clicking with your mouse, concentrating so much that sometimes you forget move. If this is you, then probably you are sitting at your computer for too long and need to get up and have a walk around.
Working like this day in and day out, takes a toll on the body and eventually it gives. Muscles eventually become weak and problems like lower back stiffness manifest into sciatica, disc problems, compression of the spine, numbness in the legs, poor circulation, thrombosis, arthritis, RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome.
All is not lost. We champion companies who take a pro active response to working with employees, by introducing our onsite massage service.
Workplace massage has been shown to have many physiological benefits, which, until I studied them whilst training to be a Holistic Therapist several years ago, I had no clue about.
Did you know that a regular on-site massage treatment actually tones up muscles? The specialised massage helps to stimulate the muscle and over time, helps to strengthen muscles.
This is of benefit, as once the back begins to get stronger, you will notice that your posture improves. Your muscles in the back are stacked up ontop of each other and are supporting the spine, keeping it nice and strong. So sitting straight and tall becomes easy and effortless and puts less pressure on the lower back muscles.
We have often heard people say, “I was just picking something up off the floor and my back went”. This is because the muscles over time have become cold, stiff and contracted. So the action of bending down to pick something up is the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Our regular corporate massage will help to keep muscles warm and flexible vs stiff and aching. We have found that a massage at work helps to open up these tight, tense muscles. This is why you feel so much lighter and looser after receiving one of our massages.
Corporate massage will also help to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body. Endorphins and oxytocin – the feel good hormones are released – which neutralise cortisol. Consequently you feel more relaxed and focussed, helping to improve your own performance/productivity levels.
Indeed, scientists conducted a study where subjects who received a massage, were able to complete a mental arithmetic task much quicker than those who hadn’t received a massage. This study contradicts the misplaced belief that massage “zones” you out and it is simply a pamper.
We know that onsite massage works. It helps to reduce the likelihood of future injury to the body – as the body is more flexible, toned and less tense.It is for this compelling reason why companies are beginning to invest in their staff.
Costs related to absenteeism due to bad backs and stress are approximately £533 per employee. It doesn’t take much to work out that this is a cost that could be reduced significantly by putting into place a corporate massage programme.
The investment in this service would override the costs of absenteeism. Whilst also helping to improve the health and wellbeing of your staff.
To find out more about how on-site massage would work in your workplace email us today.