Chair Massage at Work: How You and Your Employees Can Benefit

Chair Massage at Work: How You and Your Employees Can Benefit

As time goes on, more and more employers are catching on to the reality that offering on-site wellness services in some form is a smart choice not only for their employees, but for their company’s bottom line. In fact, according to a recent study, nearly half of all US workplaces offer some type of health & wellness program to their employees – and that number will only continue to grow in the future.

For years now, some of the highest performing workplaces, from Fortune 500 companies to small, locally-owned businesses, have turned on-site chair massage to help their staff de-stress and maintain overall good health.

If your company were to choose one single perk to start offering employees, we think chair massage is an excellent go-to. Here’s why:

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7 Reasons to Practice Vinyasa Yoga

7 Reasons to Practice Vinyasa Yoga

Originally published on http://www.doyouyoga.com by Samantha Allen

With unfamiliar names like “Ashtanga,” “Bikram,” and “Vinyasa,” it can be hard for beginners to keep all the schools of yoga straight. But if you can remember that Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement,” you’ll know everything you need to about this fantastic style.

Whether you’re just starting out with yoga, or you’re looking to try something new, there are tons of great reasons to try Vinyasa—which is one of the most popular styles among yogis of all experience levels.

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The Story of Yoga

The Story of Yoga

We humans, we love stories.  I read this this engaging article, featured by Power More Dell that discusses the importance of a good story when developing a company face. It brings up many good points and, as a corporate yoga instructor, I would love to discuss them, because developing a culture of healthy and passionate employees is part of a good origin story. But I’ll save that for another blog post.

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Stabilize Your Wrists: Child’s Pose

Anatomy 101: 8 Poses to Strengthen Your Wrists + Prevent Injury

Originally Published on yogajournal.com by Ray Long, MD

Each time you vinyasa your wrists bear weight. Without the proper support, this can lead to injury. Use these poses to help build strength in your wrists and core.

The key to protecting your wrists is—surprise!—a strong core. Evidence-based medicine demonstrates that a strong core can increase the efficiency of your rotator cuff muscles, which stabilize your shoulders, and decrease the load that is transferred to your wrists. Picture the ubiquitous Down DogChaturangaUp Dog-Down Dog sequence. Each time you repeat it, your wrists bear weight throughout. Over time and without proper support from the core and shoulders, this can lead to injury.

Use this simple four-step program to strengthen your core, rotator cuff, and wrist muscles. Step four integrates steps one through three into Down Dog. Ease into all of these poses using smooth gradual engagement of the muscles. Prepare the body in this sequential way, maintain awareness of the core-cuff-wrist connection, and infuse these actions into every vinyasa to keep your wrists healthy and pain-free.

Note: People with wrist pain should consult a medical professional. Avoid weight-bearing in the wrists until pain subsides.

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Try These Trends To Attract Top Talent

Originally published on Forbes.com by Cheryl Conner

This week I revisited a great friend, Amelia Wilcox. Amelia is the Utah-based founder of Incorporate Massage who collaborated with me a year ago on this article: 6 Ways to Increase Employee Morale and Performance Without Giving a Raise

More than 55,000 readers have enjoyed that article so far. Since our collaboration I’ve become a client of her business (much to my employees’ delight). And we finally met in person, over a girls-in-entrepreneurship lunch.

Clearly the battle for top talent is bigger than ever. When we met, I asked Wilcox for an update on the trends she’s seeing today. Here’s what she said.

Today’s employment market is even more competitive than last year. Companies across the U.S. are struggling to secure the top talent they need, resulting in a battlefield replete with a growing spectrum of perks and benefits to reel desirable applicants in.

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Taking Corporate Yoga to the ‘Suits’ in Hong Kong

Originally Published on cnn.com by Diego Laje

Hong Kong (CNN) — Like other major financial centers such as London, Shanghai or New York, Hong Kong is home to legions of suited workers toiling long hours in vast, glass towers at breakneck speed.

But in this crowded, materialistic city, there’s a man trying to build a business from de-stressing the workplace.

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Pilates – The Other Mat

Originally Published in Yoga Journal by Stacie Stukin

Through years of yoga classes, I’ve gamely moved into Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) hundreds of times—balancing precariously with one hand on the floor, the other reaching skyward, and one leg shooting back from my hips. I thought I had it mastered. Then I enrolled in a Pilates class to assist my recovery from an injury, and when I came back to Half Moon, I discovered a whole new dimension to it.

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Pilates and Stress Management

Originally published on pilatesstyle.com by Leah Stewart

How stress affects your health and helpful techniques to stay slim, fit and feeling good.

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Incorporating Corporate Yoga

Original article in Yoga Journal

BY NANCY WOLFSON

Just after sunrise, I am lying on the floor of Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York. Next to me are 14 other students from the Market Development department at MTV Networks, here on a two-day corporate team-building retreat. The program includes sports, hikes, a croquet tournament, and this yoga class for “active relaxation.”

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Successful Work Wellness Programs & Their Amazing Benefits

Originally Published in Courier Mail 

These four workplaces have got work/life balance down pat. Prepare yourself for some serious office envy.

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