Can massage in the workplace increase wellness for employees?
Massage is well known for its’ relaxation properties. Some of the immediate benefits of massage are stress relief and relaxation of tense muscles. As part of a stress reduction program, massage requires no effort on the part of the employee beyond showing up. It can reduce mental stress and also the physical stress created by overuse of the same muscles or from sitting for long periods. An article in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2010 Sept 16th), was based on a study of the effect of chair massage on muscular discomfort in cardiac sonographers. This group of practitioners was noted to frequently have work related muscular discomfort. A control group, a massage group, and a massage plus stretching group were all used in the study. This study demonstrated that the two treated groups showed results over the control group. Another study in the November 2012 issue of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice demonstrated similar results “in which massages for nurses during work hours reduced stress-related symptoms.”*
Employees that have a relaxed positive attitude during work will produce a better environment for both the employees and the people they work with. Those that receive massage at the work place usually appreciate this benefit offered by their employer.
Where do the funds come from for employee massage?
Funding massage for your employees can come from different sources:
- One way is for the employer to provide a 15 or 20 minute break during which the employee pays the massage fee.
- Another way is for the employer to provide both the time and the massage on site. This will usually encourage more employees to take part in the program.
- Still another way to encourage this helpful stress reduction program is to work a voucher program where the employee receives a full massage (on site or at a massage therapy business) and with verification, either the massage therapist or the employee is reimbursed a portion of the cost.
How do you set up massage for your employees?
Have your personnel supervisor contact a local Licensed Massage Therapist in your area. New York State requires that massage therapists be licensed.
My name is Lorie Pearsall, LMT. I am owner/operator of Trinity Wellness Center located in Morrisville, NY, and have prepared this informational handout for you. I can offer in house chair massage, a voucher system, or something as simple as a one time discount coupon for your employees. You may contact me at 315-391-1228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working with you.
*both studies were taken from PubMed.gov US National Library of Medicine