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…

TAKE A MINUTE TO RELEASE YOUR TENSION NOW!

Vidatheray Health and Beauty Spa, 6 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8PB – check out their facebook page 1. ‘Shoulder Shrugs’ Sit upright in a chair and draw your shoulders up to your ears, take a deep breath in through your nose, then breath out quickly through your mouth (hah) and release your shoulders at the same…

Feel Good Friday

Support The Samaritans during May The Samaritans had a great idea last year on how you can help raise money for a good cause by doing something different for your staff. Where will the money go? £4 to help Samaritans answer desperate calls for help! The money you raise literally helps them save lives. By…

Employee wellbeing is not a perk; it’s a tool for improving performance

Is your board interested in your employee’s health or about employee’s performance? Research shows that people with a higher health risk take more time off work – on average seven days more absence a year than the rest of the population. Research involving Unilever on the link between health and productivity reported a 10.4% improvement…

Free Offer for The New Year

We are offering our seminar ‘New You Resolutions’ FREE (usually priced at £180) to clients who book  a massage event or clinic before April 2014.  Massage at work is one of the most popular staff incentives you can provide, it’s also cost effective and beneficial in creating value for your business. The Feel Good experience…

Top 10 Tips for Computer Users

Adjust backrest height and tilt of chair to provide good lumbar support (promotes good posture) Shoulders should be relaxed and elbows tucked in (promotes good posture) Forearms and wrists should be horizontal with the keyboard (enables good neutral keying position) Adjust seat depth so that there is no pressure on the backs of your thighs…

How to work out the kinks at work

We’ve all experienced the inconvenience of a computer crash at work, but the body is the one machine you can’t do without. When you spend work days at a desk, some muscles and joints work over-time while others languish. Backs, necks, shoulders, and upper extremities are common sore spots for deskbound workers. If you don’t…

Massaging the 800 – Massage at work

800 employees will be receiving a massage this Friday 19th July as part of their companies commitment to staff well being and health – we might have our hands full that day but call us and we can help you achieve great results from 8 – 800, staff numbers don’t matter. More people recognise how beneficial it is…

Super Friday – Massage at Work

Friday the 19th July is Mega Massage at Work day – with the help of the Onsite Plus team of 31 therapists we will be delivering 800 massages in one day at  19 offices across the UK. This is part of a companies health & well being strategy and an incentive for employees.  A gesture …