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Chair Massage for the Holidays
This time of year employers are sponsoring lunches, shelling out baked goods, gift cards, and hosting holiday parties. Well here is a little secret:: There are some savvy employers with a unique gift this year. Onsite chair massage is the one gift that keeps on giving. Chair massage provides an immediate ROI to the company and the employees. Illinois Public Health Institute research shows an average return of $3.14 on every wellness $1 spent and as high as a $13 return.
Onsite Chair Massage is one of the few tangible wellness initiatives a company can offer, while providing a well deserved treat for your team. The gift of addressing tense neck and shoulders from long hours at the computer, becomes priceless when offered by the employer. Those managing back pain from lifting and loading, would truly appreciate the gift of onsite chair massage. You see where we are going with this.......
Be new be creative, with a tangible gift of appreciation this year. Onsite Chair Massage costs an average of $10/pp. Try comparing the benefits of lunch or gift cards to the gift that keeps on giving:: Chair Massage
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Research has validated the positive effects of massage therapy on job performance and mental alertness resulting in improved accuracy and the reduced stress-induced illnesses.
· American Institute of Stress states that an estimated 1 million workers are absent every day due to stress.
Repetitive musculoskeletal injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome have become the nation’s leading workplace health cost and account for almost a third of all workers’ compensation awards.
Massage has been shown to help in reducing these kinds of injuries, leading to reduced absenteeism, fewer workers’ compensation claims, and less cost to employers.
· American Institute of Stress www.stress.org
“Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Reaching Epidemic Proportions” (Jan 18, 2005) © Medical
·Employees are stressed out and employers are beginning to get the message. And now, both are getting the massage about massage in and out of the workplace as a corporate benefit. Here are some notes from leading publications and groups that you might want to check out if you want further information.
· Crain’s Chicago Business states businesses with as few as 14 staff members, as well as large corporations like Motorola and Amoco, are now hiring massage therapists to perform massage in the workplace. The article (referenced below for your follow-up) adds that on-site massage is cheaper than vacation and child care benefits, and more than a low-cost office perk. It goes on to say that 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.
· HR Magazine recently published a story about massage that describes various corporate wellness programs, all of which include on-site massage as an employee benefit. Some of these programs are new; some have been in place for years. All are successful. Employees are feeling less stress, are more productive on the job and are less likely to take unplanned time off from work. The positive effect of massage in the workplace reaches everyone.
· Association Management Magazine reports that The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans of Brookfield, WI conducted research on this subject and found that nearly 20% of employers now provide coverage for one or more alternative health benefits such as massage therapy.
From magazines to television to the Internet, media of all kinds are spreading the word about massage. Many employers are getting the message and implementing wellness programs that include on-site massage.
· What do back pain, stress and breast cancer have in common? Recent research shows that massage therapy provides relief for people suffering from each of these conditions and that it is an effective complement to medical care.
· Consumers have long suspected that massage helps promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. As more research demonstrates the effectiveness of massage therapy for helping to treat common ailments like low back pain, more consumers are seeking massage to improve their overall wellness and health.
· Consumers aren’t the only people recognizing the benefits of massage. Physicians and other healthcare providers are increasingly recommending massage therapy to their patients as a supplement to traditional health care.
· According to one national survey, 54 percent of primary care physicians and family practitioners would encourage their patients to pursue massage therapy as a treatment.
· Consumers surveyed over the last three years say that when they discuss therapeutic massage with their physicians, more than 70% responded favorably.
AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR LOW BACK PAIN
A study conducted by Beth Israel-Deaconess Center for Alternative Medicine Research and Education and the Center for Health Studies in Seattle concluded that therapeutic massage was an effective treatment for providing long-lasting benefits for patients suffering from chronic low back pain. In fact, researchers hypothesize that massage might be an effective alternative to conventional medical care for persistent low back pain. Researchers hope to continue their research to determine which components of the massage therapy experience contribute to its effectiveness.
HELPING BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS COPE EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY
Research shows therapeutic massage is an effective complement to traditional medical care for women suffering from the trauma of undergoing a lumpectomy, mastectomy or breast reconstruction. Pre-surgery, massage relaxes muscle tissue and increases the flow of lymph. Post surgery, women who use specialized lymph drainage techniques from a well-trained massage therapist as part of their treatment for lymphedema may experience less pain and swelling, as massage helps disperse build-up of lymphatic fluid.
Although the physiological benefits are important, many women who’ve undergone breast cancer treatment report that the emotional benefits of massage are paramount. Women report that massage helps them reconnect with their bodies after this invasive surgery.
EASING PAIN AFTER BYPASS SURGERY
According to a pilot study conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, massage therapy reduces pain and muscle spasms in patients who have undergone heart bypass surgery when patients are treated at the hospital after their surgery. Because of its effectiveness, 60 percent of the massage group expressed a willingness to pay for massage therapy out-of-pocket.
BOOSTING IMMUNE FUNCTION
During periods of stress, the effectiveness of the body’s immune system is reduced. Research indicates that massage can increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body’s immune functioning overall.
From the February, 2000 issue of E-Touch, a newsletter of the American Massage Therapy Association www.amtamassage.org
Here are a few hints:
*More hours More savings-Schedule on a day where the majority of your team is in the office. Invite one of our therapist's to perform 3-6 chair massages per hour. That allows one therapist to affect 24-48 participants in an 8hr day.
Add a second therapist and we can perform 6-12 massages an hour. Add a third therapist our team will provide 9-18 massages within an hour.
You get the picture.... More hours; more savings.
*Schedule several dates- Get your team on a regular schedule.
Weekly? Monthly? Quarterly?
*Schedule in advance- Give us time to customize your event.
Gender preference, popular dates, busy times, and 3rd shifts are always available with our team of over 35 skilled, professional, licensed therapists. Guarantee your team receives the best options for your work environment.
Allow time to compare pricing, packages, credentials and experience.
Have a large team?
*Use chair massage as an incentive- We have companies that offer chair massage to the top producers within the organization.
*Reward the money savers- accident free employees, non-smokers team members with the unused sick hours.
*Consider providing for different departments on a rotating basis
Our therapists promise to provide your company with a cost-effective wellness solution. We ultimately seek to increase your bottom line, one knead at a time. While the market offers several wellness options, onsite chair massage has made hedgeway being one of the only tangible solutions that happens at the workplace. Employers and employees alike witness the immediate ROI as employees go back to their desk more productive and more appreciated.
What We Do
We provide an immediate ROI, as we bring in our own portable ergonomic massage chairs, which only require a 5x6 ft space. Our specialists will then blend in to your work environment while providing revitalizing workplace massages.
Our chair massage specialists arrive with portable massage chairs, sanitation supplies, and music.(Upgrades available) Set up takes less than 7 minutes and we are onsite and set up prior to start time.
Our therapists understand the need to customize each participants experience to their individual needs. We provide a brief intake to understand these needs and proceed accordingly. No Set Routines.
At the conclusion of our visits we pack up our ergonomic chairs and supplies. We leave your space as it were.
When Do You Need Us
Wellness, Wellness, Wellness.
Are you looking for a fresh new wellness addition?
Are your employees at a computer for 8+ hours?
Does your team endure heavy lifting?
Is this the busiest season for your team?
Are you having an office move?
Looking for a reward for outstanding performance.
Is your office changing operating systems?
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