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:
Massage supports physical and mental health.
Today’s workforce is experiencing a wide array of both mental and physical concerns. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, the benefits of therapeutic touch can go a long way in helping to manage many of the symptoms that come with long hours spent in the office, from reducing back pain, to soothing anxiety and depression.
It fosters creativity and clarity.
Even a short (10-20 minute) massage once per week gives employees a regular block of time where they can turn off their brain and drop into their body as they receive the healing benefits of touch. This rest period can lead to greater mental clarity, enhanced problem-solving ability, and heightened efficiency, which in turn equals greater productivity for your team.
It can help improve sleep.
According to the CDC, an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans experience sleep issues that affect their health. If you’ve had this experience, you know first-hand that it’s pretty difficult to focus on the task at hand when you’re exhausted. Massage therapy improves sleep quality by relaxing muscle tension, soothing the nervous system and calming the mind.
It’s accessible and easy to implement.
One of the things we love specifically about chair massage is how accessible it is – it requires very little space in your office, the massage therapist typically supplies the chair, and, since massage is such a recognizable self-care modality, employee buy-in is typically a breeze.
In the modern workplace, stress is inevitable. We’ll never be able to eliminate it completely, but collectively we can create workplace cultures that normalize the need to manage it. If you’re in a position to influence and/or implement change in your company’s culture or employee benefits, this is a great area of opportunity and responsibility for you.
Do you work for a company in the Portland, OR area? Want to bring massage to your workplace? We can help!
Contact us to learn more about how Urban Balance’s skilled and experienced massage therapists can support your team. And if you book with us in December, you’ll save $20/hour on your service!