Updated: Dec 10, 2018
Many know that massage is good for their body but they don't realize how much it can positively impact work related injuries and issues. There are many companies that realize the importance of taking care of their employees, especially with so many great job opportunities available for skilled individuals. One of the ways to do so is by providing alternative healthcare benefits including massage therapy or other bodywork modalities. This post will specifically talk about the benefits of massage therapy in the workplace.
1. Better general health
Massage therapy is capable of achieving bigger results than just promoting relaxation. Relaxing is what massage therapy tends to be known best for. Massage addresses pain, high blood pressure, poor blood flow, lack of flexibility, and more. When these issues are taken care of, an individual has a better quality of life.
2. Improved immune function
One of the benefits typically skipped over is improved immune function in the body. When the body is functioning optimally it allows the immune system to focus on what its job is rather than focusing on other imbalances within the body. Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells. According to research from Cedars-Sinai, participants in a Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, which play a large role in defending the body from disease. It also lower levels of cytokines, which are molecules that play a role in inflammation. Chronic inflammation in the body is known to be associated with conditions such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, depression, chronic pain and more.Receiving a massage decreases levels of cortisol and vasopressin, a hormone believed to play a role in aggressive behavior, according to researchers.
3. Less sick days
A stronger immune system equals LESS SICK DAYS! If the immune system is strong there is a much smaller chance of getting a cold, virus, or the flu. This means less calling out of work. Cause and effect!
4. Enhanced work productivity
This concept is quite simple, happy employees are happier at work. When a person is happy they tend to be more productive and can put more energy into their work. Often times stress and pain can interfere with an individuals creativity and desire to work. By lowering stress levels, problem solving skills increase.
5. Increased motivation and mood
Massage therapy improves mood tremendously! It helps to decrease anxiety and depression which is an instant mood booster. We've yet to see someone be grumpy after a massage. Ha!
6. Job appreciation
If an employee feels that they are truly appreciated and valued they are more likely to stay with that company. Employees generally don't leave companies, they leave the management that impacts them the most. Providing benefits that make individuals feel better is a sure way to make sure they matter!
Overall, massage therapy is a wanted job perk that should be offered to employees. Many companies offer perks and incentives to employees, but what if more companies offered things that employees would actually value and appreciate. Hosting massage events or even paying for employees to receive massages in the work place is a benefit that companies won't regret!
Workplace Massage Options
1. Employer pays for employee chair massages by the hour.
2. Employer sets up chair massage event but has employees pay for costs. (Per minute charges)
3. Employer prepays for X amount of office massages per month and gives them to employees.
As always, feel free to email with questions, concerns, or to schedule a workplace massage event!
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-Stephanie Kennedy, LMT
Founder of Earth Wisdom Therapy