Friday, August 5, 2011

Guest Post: Massages in the Workplace

Massages Are Becoming More Frequent In the Work Place
Massages done in the workplace may sound a bit off for some people, especially to those who are hearing the idea for the first time. Many would probably ask if it will not affect employee productivity. Will it not make the employees sleepy? Will it not cause delay in their work? Will it not cause efficiency problems? Will it not waste company time?
Workplace Massages and Productivity
Contrary to the concern most people raise on the perceived negative effects on productivity and employee efficiency when massages are given in the workplace, recent studies have shown that massages in the workplace actually improve productivity, that’s why it becoming popular.  The offices being the venue may also seem unconventional, but the effects are remarkable and simply can not be ignored.
Big companies such as NBC, Boeing, Delta Airline, Coca Cola, Lockheed-Martin, and Microsoft have established wellness programs which allow their employees to have weekly massages. As early as 1992, the Financial Times published a report of an Ontario company which stated that there was a significant reduction, at least 25%, in time off for work- related injuries. In the same report, compensation claims for work-related injuries also dropped significantly by $200,000 right after a massage therapy program was implemented.  Other studies have also shown that when chair massages were introduced in the workplace, stress that are work related and anxiety due to work significantly reduced; alertness and performance on math tests were also observed to have increased following chair massages. 
Type of Massage Offered in the Workplace
The massage is called “On Chair” Massage or Chair Massage, and as the name implies, it is done with the client sitting down in a comfortable upright ergonomic chair. The massage is done through the clothing, which means that privacy issues will never be a concern. The massage does not use oils or any other substance; hence the issue on “massage scent” after the session is also done away.
The massage focuses on the upper body which helps reduce the tension in the area. This type of massage helps keep the muscles loose around the neck and shoulder area, which in effect helps in avoiding the build up of lactic acid which causes migraines and tension headaches.
Chair massage requires very little space for it only needs a small place for the ergonomic chair; this makes chair massage in the workplace ideal.
How it’s Done
Most companies assign each employee a schedule for their massage session. The schedules are arranged in such a manner that workflow will not be affected. These sessions are either done during break times – lunch break or during the morning or afternoon breaks.
As employers realize the direct correlation between employee well-being and productivity, more and more companies have established wellness programs specifically designed to take good care of their employee’s physical and mental well-being within their working environment – in the office.
 Jade Goodwyn holds a B.A in Communications and currently writes for Viamedic.com , a safe pharmacy for consumers to obtain FDA-approved medications such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra Online. Jade uses her communications and research skills to cover health and wellness on the Viamedic.com Blog.

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