On-Site Seated Massage for the Workplace
A simple, cost-effective way to:
- Relieve Stress
- Improve Employee Morale
- Increase Productivity
- Lower Health Care Costs
- Show Staff You Care
What is Seated Massage?
On-site seated massage is a short massage which:
- Comes to your workplace.
- Is given by a professional massage practitioner.
- Lasts from 5 to 30 minutes, uses no oil, and takes place with the employee fully clothed.
- Usually covers the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands and can be adapted to special needs.
- Leaves employees feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to return to work.
A portable massage chair, designed for comfort and support, is often used. It is supplied by Sojourn Massage and can be set up and dismantled quickly in almost any location.
You're in Good Company
Here are just a few of the many organizations, large and small, private and government, that have implemented on-site seated massage programs.
- ABN-AMRO Bank
- Apple Computer
- Boulder Community Hospital
- City of Orlando, Florida
- Classic Travel
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- H.J. Heinz
- Hawk's Electric
- Merrill Lynch
- Moody's Investors Service
- Navy Federal Credit Union
- Rodale Press
- Sony Music
- Spartan Stores
- U.S. Intelco Networks
- University of California Medical Center
- Wampler-Longacre Chicken Company
- Washington State Department of Health
It's Easy to Set Up and Run
- Assign a contact person. He or she will help us set a schedule, publicize the program, and sign people up.
- Provide space. A conference room, break room, or a quiet corner is fine. After the day's sessions, the space can return to normal. Use.
- Encourage employees to use it. Make sure they know you support the program. Use it yourself and encourage your managers to do the same.
Cost Effective? Yes!
Seated massage is quite affordable. Because it is shorter than a regular table massage, it costs proportionately less. Ask us for exact prices since cost varies by locale. Your minimal expenses for in-house coordination and publicity will be more than offset by these savings:
- There is no up-front investment in equipment or facilities.
- You pay only for employees who use it.
- Employees can pay part or all of the cost.
- Massages can take place on break time so no work time is lost.
- Two massages a month cost much less per employee than most other health programs.
It Excels as a Wellness Program
- It's Convenient. No need to change clothes, shower, or leave work to participate.
- Results are Immediate. Most wellness programs take months to show results.
- It's Easy and Safe. No special fitness level or training is required to receive a massage.
- Effects are Cumulative. Consistent use reinforces the benefits.
- People Enjoy It. You avoid two common problems: spending more selling a program than on the program itself, and then having it used most by employees who need it least.
- It Encourages Other Steps to Wellness. Regular massage helps people feel better and can motivate them to take care of themselves with diet, exercise or other lifestyle changes.
It's a Versatile Benefit, Too
Once on-site massage is in place, you may find it is also a great way to recognize birthdays or service anniversaries, provide incentive awards for good attendance or an accident-free period, or give a bonus for achieving company and individual goals or completing projects.
These uses are also an ideal way to try on-site massage without an ongoing commitment.
Today stress is a fact of life, and the workplace is no exception. Deadlines, rapidly changing technology, and unavoidable interpersonal conflicts are just a few of the stresses workers cope with daily.
The effects of stress are cumulative and, without time to relax and recharge, can lead to:
- Headaches, backaches, eyestrain, neck pain.
- Repetitive use injuries such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Listlessness, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, irritability, or anger.
- Lowered resistance to colds and infections, high blood pressure and heart disease.
- Physical and emotional exhaustion, also known as "burn out".
Stress Costs You Money
Stress on or off the job costs U.S. workplaces an estimated $200 billion a year in reduced productivity, accidents, compensation claims, absenteeism, employee turnover, health insurance and medical expenses. This is more than the after-tax profits of the Fortune 500 companies, and 10 times the cost of all strikes combined. Recent studies show:
- Up to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints.
- Up to 80% of industrial accidents are due to stress.
- Over 50% of lost work days are stress-related.
- 14% of workers say stress caused them to quit or change jobs in the previous two years.
- Workers' compensation awards for job stress threaten to bankrupt the system in some states.
On-Site Seated Massage Can Help!
For over a decade, on-site seated massage has been effectively relieving stress in the workplace for everyone from CEOs to hourly workers. It works because massage:
- Reduces muscle tension and the pain it causes.
- Calms the nervous system and increases circulation, which boosts energy and alertness.
- Helps employees identify and release tension on their own before it becomes a problem.
- Provides a complete change of pace so the body and mind can relax and rejuvenate.