WHY HAVE CORPORATE MASSAGE?
The Touch Research Institute has documented the positive effects of massage therapy on job performance and stress reduction. A brief chair massage resulted in decreased job stress, increased alertness and a significant boost in productivity. Simple math computations were completed in half the time with half the errors following massage therapy. Current research studies by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami's School of Medicine According to Newsweek Magazine (April 6, 1998) "Doctors have started prescribing massage to help patients manage stress and pain." "Scientists are now finding that massage can reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system, dampen harmful stress hormones and raise mood-elevating brain chemicals such as serotonin.
Whether you provide a Stress Recess massage to your staff on a regular basis, during especially demanding periods, or as a special treat during a sales meeting or retreat, massage can really make a difference in productivity, job satisfaction, and health. Here are some of the ways massage is helping our clients:
Employee Hiring and Retention: Our healthy economy means that these days the most valuable workers can take their pick of excellent jobs. Many organizations therefore face a stiff challenge attracting and keeping good employees. Ernst and Young even found that investors are now more likely to buy stock based on a company's ability to attract talented people! Massage therapy programs help to increase job satisfaction and create a caring environment that employees really appreciate, and massage is much less expensive than many employee benefits a company can offer.
A massage program can even help attract skilled workers in the first place. In one recent article, IT manager Glen Gracia said that one of the things that drew him to apply at Rourke was their policy to provide employees with an allowance for relaxing activities such as massage.
Lower Workplace Stress Stress-related employee turnover, absenteeism and waning morale all affect the bottom line. Job stress and related problems cost companies millions of dollars each year. According to The International Labour Organization 1999, World Labour Report stated "job stress costs the US economy $200 billion annually through diminished productivity, compensation claims, absenteeism, health insurance and direct medical expenses". Similar trends are evident in our very own Australia also! At Montaine, our clients tell us that after our visits they can feel the morale lift in the office. Our corporate massage techniques measurably lower the day to day stress of the competitive workplace. Relaxed workers are more likely to cooperate with each other, and lowering stress lowers both anxiety and hostility, improving the work environment for everyone. Deal with a Crunch or a Crisis Massage can help your team get through a demanding time or reward them for their extra effort. A number of our customers use massage to relieve the stress of restructuring, moving, budget season, or other hectic times of the year. Others call us in to help keep everyone healthy and on the job when a deadline or product launch is causing stress. Some of our clients even send Montaine therapists as a gift to their clients to show support during stressful times!
Improve Productivity Massage can significantly improve employee problem solving abilities. A recent study in American Psychologist gave one group of workers a 15 minute rest, and another, a 15 minute massage. The group that received the massage performed significantly better on complicated tasks like math problems. Massage also improves creative thinking and relieves fatigue. It's better than a cup of coffee! In addition, by lowering stress, massage helps eliminate absenteeism, making your team more competitive. "Massage addressed the symptoms of stress," says Bruce Kelly, a consultant with William M. Mercer, the benefits firm, about massage at one company. "It offers people relief and helps them perform better."
Improve Health Massage can help keep your employees healthy as well as happy. Massage has been shown to reduce blood pressure, relieve arthritis, improve joint and muscle aches especially in painful areas of the neck and back, and even increase immunity to colds and flu! In addition, massage can play a very important role is preventing and treating the pain and numbness associated with excessive keyboard and mouse use.
Companies such as Merrill Lynch, Coco Cola, and IBM have determined that providing massage in the work place is good for their bottom line. Why? Chair massage yields higher revenues for these companies by decreasing workplace stress, turnover and sick days, while increasing productivity, employee morale and company loyalty. Montaine transforms a conference room or appropriate setting with amenities creating an atmosphere of calm restoration and rejuvenation. For the purpose of renewed balance, mental clarity, and increased productivity, energy enhancing amenities are combined with massage, giving each individual a lasting feeling of 'Relaxed Alertness' and overall wellbeing.
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