Thinking of exercising??

I decided that this autumn I would shed the sins of summer excess and get fitter. It started quite innocently with a friend suggesting a running group 5k in 10 weeks. This sounded doable and it required a commitment to attend once a week at the club and once week homework. I then decided that…

What is OnSite Massage?

It was originally designed for computer workers in America’s Silicone Valley in the 1980s.  An enterprising masseur realised that he could take a massage to office workers that would bring them relief from the long hours spent at a keyboard, that was minimally disruptive and that could be completed in about 20 minutes which would…

When do you switch off?

Have you considered a health check on your employees and could you answer the questions, how healthy is your workforce today, how good is your corporate health? Improving the health of your staff has a direct benefit for the company, a healthy, fit workforce works more consistently with few lost days of work due to…

A sensible breakfast will see you through to lunchtime

We have two responses – ‘fight & flight’ and ‘rest & digest’. You can be in one mode or the other – there is no middle ground. If we are stressed or running around, we are in fight and flight mode. During this phase adrenalin & cortisol are released which leads to blood sugar fluctuations…

Stress and Employee Wellbeing

The Stress Management society says study after study show that prolonged severe stress has a negative impact on our health. 1 in 5 people say the find their work either very or extremely stressful Work is certainly one of the key places many of us feel stressed. That stress can come from having a workload…

Life is a balancing act and so is keeping upright

It seems life is a balancing act, balance the books, work life balance, and balance the kids and home. Our bodies are always looking for balance and correct alignment but in life that just keeps being tested and the forces work to keep pushing us out of balance in the most simplest of ways. Our…

Get staff back into work on a Monday with a buzz – office massage on a Monday

Why not offer staff the opportunity to sample the benefits of a massage at work on a Monday and encourage them to come into work with a bit of a buzz and excitement. Companies we work with have often told us that by scheduling their office massage service on a Monday they feel staff come…

Step away from the keyboard!

OnSite Plus, corporate wellness  – looking after wrists and hands Working at a keyboard all day can be very bad for you because it is so easy to get so involved in your work that you don’t notice soreness and stiffness until it is too late. One of the best things you can do –…

Stop Falling

I don’t mean falling head over heels in love but those falls that come about due to age and reduced flexibility. I read recently that Tai Chi reduced the incidence of falls by 29% in older adults.  As the daughter of an 80 year old gentleman who regularly falls down and with most incidents resulting…

Fear cuts deeper than a sword

I recently came across a line in a book I was reading, Game Of Thrones, Book 1. George Martin “Fear cuts deeper than a sword” The line becomes a sort of mantra for Arya one of the characters in the book to help her overcome her fear when faced with many, many  troubling events. It…

Where’s the Pain?

Should be a simple question with a simple answer but all is not as it seems in every case. The term trigger point was first described by Dr Janet Travell in 1942 she subsequently went onto successfully treat President J F Kennedy for lower back pain. According to Dr Travell in her book Myofascial Pain…

Are you happy at work? Bring Back The Tea Trolley!!

When I hear people say I’m not happy it makes me sad because I then start to think about how I can make them happy especially when it’s good friends or family. But where does it say that people should be happy all the time? Surely you need to high and lows of life to…

Low productivity affects the workplace

This was the headline release in HR Magazine in August 2014 and the premise was that either low wages lead to low productivity or that low productivity leads to low performance.  I guess you can argue from either perspective depending on which side of the fence you sit and your role in the company. When…

Does massage work and where’s the science behind it?

It would seem that research into the effects of massage especially in treating lower back pain is available but very little scientific research has been done quantifiably around other aspects of massage. To really understand the benefits of massage you may have to look at the other dimensions and one very important human physiological response…

Take stretch breaks instead of coffee breaks

Shoulder rolls and neck tilts Roll your shoulders in a circular motion: front, up, back and down. Repeat 6-8 times. Tilt your head toward the right shoulder. Keep your shoulder blades down and hold for at least three breaths, then return to centre and do the same the other side. Benefits: Strengthens and stretches muscles…

Why I love my massage

I am really lucky because my wife is a trained masseuse and I can occasionally ask her to work her magic and free the muscles in my back after a hard day at work. But even if she wasn’t there I would always have a massage as I need to be fit and feeling well…

Southern Water Supply Chain Health and Safety Conference

Onsite Plus was kindly invited to attend the above conference, as Southern Water are keen to improve their ‘health and wellbeing’ programme and to roll out some massage initiatives in the coming year. I headed off bright and early, to avoid the traffic. The conference was set in a fantastic venue, the Brighton and Hove…

We spend a lot of time sitting at a desk

Work is stressful – that’s why people have annual leave; ill health can be a real problem with people who don’t take proper breaks. Some offices can add to the stress of work, with lights that flicker and equipment that constantly hums. Air quality can become seriously bad towards the end of the day and…

Invited to a meeting? Be brave enough to say “No!”

This was the opening title in an article in HR magazine online. It went onto say – Global Integration is urging busy executives to save one day per month, beginning by saying ‘no’ to at least two meetings a week, where there is no clear agenda or value. It struck a chord with me as…

Invest in your health

Budgeting time and money for a massage is truly an investment in your health, research suggests that upwards of ninety percent of illness is stress related. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage your stress levels. And as if that were not…

Tap water or fizzy drinks

I often tell my kids to drink plenty of water and lead by example, so why do they still go for the can of coke (Zero) because they tell me this has no sugar? It’s not just the power of advertising or peer pressure that makes the can the more attractive option it does actually…

Perfect Desk Posture

Boost productivity and minimise tension in 3 minutes with these 5 easy steps While spending a lot of time sat at a desk might be unavoidable, proper posture and basic exercises can not only reduce the risk of injury, but also significantly boost energy levels and productivity. As specialists in office wellbeing and corporate massage,…

Are you one of the 59% of people who sit down all day?

An active workforce is happier; less stressed and takes fewer days of. Being active doesn’t have to mean going for a long run. Simple exercises such as stretching and diverting eyes from a computer screen or shoulder and neck rotations at the desk can all help. Research shows that the average person spends around 10…

Are you a Generous Employer?

With the cost of living rising twice as fast as salary increases many staff’s perception is that they are actually taking a pay cut. With this in mind a good way to boost morale and reward your staff is with a benefits package. But I wonder how many employees actually place a value on what…