The benefits of corporate chair massage are far-reaching for employees and employers. If you are thinking of bringing massage therapy to the workplace and are curious about the benefits, I am here to answer your questions. I have experience working in the corporate wold as well as providing chair massage to employees.
Benefits of workplace Massage
Many of the benefits of chair massage are similar to the benefits of receiving a regular massage at a spa or clinic, but in the comfort and convenience of your workplace. Onsite massage eliminates the need to travel to a massage facility, and is a fraction of the cost. Plus, chair massage makes the experience comfortable for those who have never had a massage before and may be uncomfortable removing their clothing as is done in a regular massage.
Many studies have been conducted on the effects of chair massage by professional organizations such as the American Massage Therapy Association. The studies referenced in this blog are specific to 15-minute chair massage. Here is what the studies have found:
- Reduces stress
This should not come as a surprise. Clients who participated in this study had their stress levels tested before and after the massage. The findings revealed that there was an 85% reduction in stress after a 15-minute chair massage.
- Decreases anxiety and depression
One of the notable benefits of office massage is that massage reduces anxiety by 26% and depression scores improve by 28% after the massage.
- Relieves muscle tension and pain
Back pain is cut in half with regular 15-minute corporate chair massage sessions. A 48% reduction in pain was noted in the studies on back pain and tension.
- Improves quality of sleep
Over multiple studies, the average improvement in sleep quality was 28%. That includes increased sleep duration as well as fewer sleep disturbances.
- Relieves headaches
Headaches are decreased by an average of 48% in duration and intensity with regular onsite massage.
- Lowers Blood Pressure
This is an important one; one of the leading causes of illnesses in America is hypertension and heart disease. Massage therapy is proven time and time again to lower blood pressure naturally. Across multiple studies, the average decrease in blood pressure is 6%. That may not sound like a lot, but that is the difference between a hypertensive blood pressure and a normal blood pressure. Additionally, these studies clearly show the effects are lasting as the massage groups in studies continued to have lower blood pressure than the non-massage groups in the studies.
- Prevents repetitive strain injuries
As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, I have worked in the corporate world for a number of years. During my time in this environment, I met a number of coworkers with carpal tunnel syndrome. This is just one example of a repetitive stress injury. Across these studies, weekly chair massage reduces the occurrence of repetitive stress injuries by 37%. This translate to less absenteeism and lowered insurance premiums for employers.
- Increases immune function
In studies, the immune system of the groups who received chair massage performed at a rate of 35% higher than the group that did not receive regular chair massage. This also leads to less absenteeism as employees aren't getting sick as frequently.
- Increases focus, productivity, and mental clarity
After a 15-minute chair massage, studies show employees have increased alertness, speed, and accuracy on math computations.
- Workplace massage creates a wholesome work environment
Business management 101 tells us that employees who feel valued in the workplace are more likely to be engaged in their work and have longevity in their career. What a better way to show your employees that they are valued than having an in office massage therapist? This inexpensive and preventative measure is a win-win for both employers and employees.
Recently, a chair massage client shared some feedback with me, "Our employees always mark massage day on their calendars and constantly mention how much they appreciate the program and look forward to coming into work on that day in particular."
I hear this same feedback from every workplace massage client I have.
If you would like more information on setting up a workplace massage program, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org