Employers and employees recognize the benefits of massage therapy in the workplace.
Studies have reported that Massage therapy has been effective in reducing stress and managing/relieving pain.
Many companies have seen that massage therapy has increased productivity and reduced stress. There are many ways in which companies incorporate massage therapy into the workplace.
Massage therapists as full- or part-time employees.
Employee wellness centers.
Cost-sharing for massage therapy sessions with employees.
Research has shown that massage therapy benefits employees in the workplace.
A study by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami found that after five weeks, a group of 26 employees who had twice-weekly, 15-minute massages in the office fared better than a control group of 24 employees who were just told to close their eyes and relax. The massaged group experienced reduced stress and improved performance, while the control group did not. Top companies offer massage therapy in the workplace.
Among the companies identified as the "100 Best for Working Mothers," 77% offered massage therapy to their employees.
Types of Massage - It comes in many forms, some include:
On-site Massage (also known as chair massage or corporate massage) - is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the large muscles of the back. On-site massage usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and improve circulation.
Swedish - a gentle, relaxing massage;
Trigger Point - helps release hyper-irritable points in muscle tissue.
Sports massage - focuses on muscle groups relevant to the particular sport.
Deep Tissue - releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It is called deep tissue because it focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
Table Massage - a clothed table massage will be offered! This technique combines the relaxation of a table massage without the hassle of getting undressed. The treatment consists of a therapeutic massage of the head, neck, face, arms, hands and feet. No oils are used. The massage is then completed with some assisted gentle stretches. There is a minimum scheduling requirement of 30 minutes in order to complete the massage.
Reflexology - massage based around a system of points in the hands and feet thought to correspond, or "reflex," to all areas of the body.
Massage Therapy involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm and stress; and to promote health and wellness. The American Massage Therapy Association defines massage therapy as a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client.