I am biased when it comes to massage, I am the first one to admit that. I have been doing/giving massages professionally since 2003 after all, and have been having regular massages myself ever since. Now I can’t do without them, and know that they are an integral part of my life.
Naturally then, I think everyone else should have them as well.
And I am not just talking about a nice relaxing hour-long therapeutic massage session here, I mean:
Bring the massage to the people, to their workplace!
After graduating massage college, I did a short part-time stint in the Health food industry, while getting into the massage. I happily left that behind and instead did full-time chair massage for over two years. I designed the Bodyworkz Performance Technique that we are currently using today with our contractors, by working out the hard way how the client could get the most out of their chair session, and I wouldn't burn myself out while doing a full day's worth of chair massage.
I enjoyed meeting new people, and seeing different workplaces (and many different meeting rooms). I liked the way I was greeted every time I turned up at an office with my chair. Big smiles and eager anticipation over their upcoming session, and often relief. “Oh, I need you today, my shoulders are really sore”, or “I am so glad you’re here, I am ready for my session”. I also enjoyed noticing how people's body awareness changed, how people became more aware of their stiff muscles and pain patterns etc, which made them able to make little changes to sit better, or stand differently etc.
However, as much as on-site chair massage makes people feel good, there are some really good points for a manager or boss to consider , when making the decision to have this service in for their staff or team.
Here are my personal 3 'basic reasons' favorites, for having on-site chair massage in your workplace:
No equipment needed: On-site chair massage is mobile service, as we come to your workplace. The therapists bring their own portable ergonomic massage chair that sets up easily anywhere you want it. It doesn’t take up space, nor does it require heavy lifting. You don’t have to do anything, except provide a meeting room, and turn up when it is your turn in the chair. It is that easy.
Short time away from the desk: The sessions are short, only 15 to 20 minutes, so you don’t spend too much time away from your desk. However there is another important benefit from a shorter sessions, and that is that this kind of massage doesn't take you into a deep relaxing state (which is the autonomic nervous system) and won't make you sleepy or too tired. This means that you will feel all the physical benefits of the massage but your mind is still able to get right back to work.
Cost effective, from a company's point of view: You pay for the massage time of the staff only. You don’t pay for breaks, or people getting in and out of the chairs etc. It is a small cost for a 15 minute massage session that has health benefits for the staff, can lower the amount of sick-days in the office, boosts morale, and most importantly, it makes you look good (okay, not most important, but a little, right? Right). The staff will love you for it anyway!
Susy Egneus -
Founder of Bodyworkz, sharing thoughts, facts and ideas about living a stress free life, and what mobile chair massage is all about!