THE BENEFITS OF CHAIR MASSAGE
Studies have shown that happy, healthy employees contribute to a company’s success. Decreasing stress and increasing energy has positive effects that reverberate throughout the entire organization.
Our job is to help your company keep it’s competitive edge by ensuring the well-being and health of your employees.
Did you know?
- Research indicates that a 15-minute chair massage results in decreased job stress, increased alertness and increased speed & accuracy on math computations.
- Office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who weren’t massaged.
- Up to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints.
- Stress accounts for $26 billion in medical and disability payments and $95 billion in lost productivity per year.
- Over 50% of lost work days are stress related which keeps about 1 million people per day from attending work.
- Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress.
- 40% of job turnover is due to stress.
How does Stress affect us?
Stress is a fact of life, and the work place is no exception. Deadlines, rapidly changing technology and unavoidable personal conflicts are just a few of the stresses workers cope with daily. Without time to relax and regroup, stress can build up and lead to:
- Headaches, backaches, eyestrain, neck pain.
- Repetitive use injuries such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Poor Concentration, anxiety, depression, irritability, or anger.
- Physical and emotional exhaustion, or “burn-out.”
Today’s job market places strenuous demands on our bodies and on our minds. It has been proven through extensive research that massage can consistently improve performance and productivity in the work place as well as decrease the amount of absenteeism and job related accidents (Touch Research Institute).
How is Stress is costing your company millions of dollars each year?
Stress on or off the job costs U.S. workplaces and estimated $200 billion a year in reduced productivity, accidents, compensation claims, absenteeism, employee turnover, heath insurance and medical expenses. This cost amounts to more than the after-tax profits of Fortune 500 companies and more than 10 times the cost of ALL strikes combined.
Recent studies have shown:
- Close 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
“Employee Burnout: America’s Newest Epidemic” (Northwestern National Life); “Job Stess: The 20th Century Disease” (UN National Labor Organization); “Mitchum Report on Stress in the 90’s.”
A fast paced work environment with high demands, little chance of relief and limited control, characterize “high-stress occupations”. Recent studies reported work-related stress rates of 30 to 46 percent. In a study of 28,000 workers in 215 different organizations, Kohler and Kamp reported that stress at work was associated with employee burnout, acute and chronic health problems, and poor work performance. In this California study, on-site massage helped to maintain employee’s job satisfaction and more, while control-group job satisfaction diminished., University of California, Davis – Medical Center
- Many companies, (e.g.. GE, Goldman Sachs, Young & Rubicam, and American Airlines) are inviting massage therapists on-site as an employee perk and as a means of reducing stress and absenteeism.
“Pressing the Flesh”, New York 31 (1): 36-40, January 12, 1998
- At Boeing and Reebok, headaches, back strain, and fatigue have all fallen since the companies started bringing in massage therapists… Doctors are prescribing massage to help patients manage stress and pain.
“The Magic of Touch”, Newsweek, April 6, 1998
- More than 80 companies, including many Fortune 500 companies, are using massage therapy to counter such ills as musculoskeletal problems, stress, and poor ergonomic design of furniture.
“Alternative Medicine Moves Into the Workplace”, Alternative Therapies 2(1): 47-51, January, 1996
- By including 15 minutes of free massage therapy once each week, the Calvert Group, an investment firm in Bethesda, MD, reduced it’s turnover rate to 5 percent in an industry where the norm is 20 percent.
HR Focus, September, 1997: 1-3
- A growing number of businesses and organizations offer massage in the workplace, including the US Department of Justice.
“The Magic of Touch”, Life Magazine, August, 1997: 52-62
- When offered, 60% of employees take advantage of the program.
Oxford Health Plans Survey, New York, December, 2000
- On-Site massage is cheaper than vacation and childcare. On-Site massage reduces work- related stress, improves alertness, performance and productivity, and even keeps people feeling well enough to stay at work when they would rather go home.
Crain’s Chicago Business, February, 1999
- Employees that receive massage work as part of a corporate wellness program feel less stress, are more productive on the job and are less likely to take unplanned time off from work.
HR Magazine, October, 1998