Massage therapy is fast becoming popular and not just in health spas and beauty clinics! Massage therapy at work, such as through chair-based massage, is becoming popular and, when you see the long, long list of massage therapy benefits, you will understand why!
The research and the findings
Massage is not a new thing. It has been around for centuries. The power of touch between one human and another is known to have healing properties that, although scientifically studied, we will never fully understand why – although on receiving a massage, we can understand the power of how much better tired, aching muscles feel when they have been warmed and massaged.
And it is not just physical benefits; psychologically and emotionally, we feel much better.
However, regardless of why we feel good after a massage, it can seem a frivolous thing for a company to spend money on! With profit margins tight and industries and sectors fiercely competitive places, it seems somewhat ‘out there’ to buy in the services of work-based masseuses.
But it is exactly because operating margins are tight, and that profits are worked hard for that work-based massage can be the ‘therapy’ with all the answers. Employees are pressured, whether management do this intentionally or not; after all, we all know if a company does not make a profit, then there is no company for very long…
In order for a company to be both successful and profitable, workers need to be motivated and productive… something that massage therapy at work can really help with.
The oldest healing tradition?
The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians all understood the power of massage as a therapeutic healing treatment for a wide range of ailments, as well as being a pleasant way to connect with somebody.
Your employees don’t have to have ailments, illnesses or anything ‘wrong’ with them in fact, to enjoy the healing powers and properties of massage therapy.
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation, firm but gentle, of soft tissues in the back, arms, legs etc., and the chair based massage offered in many work places across the UK focuses on these areas. Massage breaks the cycle of tension, stress and low productivity but, they can also benefit workers with the following ‘ailments’:
- Anxiety and stress
- Back or neck pain, perhaps caused by working or sitting in one position for long periods
- Repetitive strain injury, caused by movements performed by certain parts of the body over and over again; for example, RSI in wrists from years of typing!
- Soft tissue injuries
- Depression, a state of mental health from which we all ‘suffer’ from every now and then, although some people can be at its mercy for years; massage therapy helps to counteract feelings of ‘impending doom’, the term often used to describe the low mood people feel as a result of depression
- High blood pressure, especially where people suffer from it as a result of a reaction to stress and tension within the workplace; relaxing the inner body and soul can reduce blood pressure significantly
- Insomnia or irregular sleeping patterns can also be helped by massage therapy
The immediate effects of massage therapy
There is no doubt that the immediate effects of massage is a deep feeling and sense of calm and relaxation. Touching the human body in this way sends signals to the brain to release endorphins, the chemical that is opposite to adrenalin.
Whereas on the release of adrenalin, the body has a surge of power, endorphins calm the body from within. The production of this calming chemical by the neurotransmitters produced an instant feeling of well-being.
- The release of endorphins on a regular basis counteract the negativity of the release of adrenalin and other stress hormones; feeling stressed for long periods of time, compromise the immune system and so someone can have difficulty fighting off the smallest of germs…
- Muscles tension is reduce and people find it easier, less painful to move
- The lymphatic system is stimulated and so toxin build-up is decreased
- Increase in joint mobility and flexibility is also a welcome benefit of massage therapy at work
- Skin tone feels firmer, plumper and generally improved
- Mental alertness if also improved and heightened
- Anxiety and stress can also decrease considerably
Is all massage the same?
There are many different kinds of massage therapies available, with some focusing specifically of certain areas of the body and certain ailments. Massage therapy at work, for example, tends to be conducted using a massage chair, in which the client sits.
This chair is designed to take the weight of the person, which instantly releases tension within the muscles and skeleton, making the deep tissue massage, conducted over clothes, even more effective.