Massage Therapy: Benefits of a Massage Therapist
A dictionary tells us that massage is defined as ‘the act or art of treating the body by rubbing, kneading or patting, to stimulate circulation, increase suppleness and relieve tension’. This describes the physical technique; however there are well-documented psychological benefits that also occur.
Some of the best massage tools like the Hitachi Magic Wand, really do help users when used at home. These benefits can include a reduction in stress, improved sleep and improvements in mental awareness.
Stress is now the second most common reason for workplace absenteeism in Britain. Around 1 in 6 of all UK workers considers their job to be extremely stressful. In addition, the average time taken as stress-related leave is 30 days. Employers can do much to reduce this stress, and massage can assist in reduction.
The History of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is documented in 500 B.C, where daily massage was a fundamental part of Xerxes’ wives beauty regime. Hippocrates, known as the ‘father of medicine’ wrote ‘”The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing”. In medieval Romania, patients would be trodden on by a bear in order to relieve muscle pain. Thankfully, massage therapies have moved on considerably since then!
Modern day massage is comfortable, clean and therapeutic in nature. In China, Massage Therapy is taught to trainee medical staff as essential knowledge in healthcare. Worldwide, athletes are massaged after training to encourage better healing of muscles and speed recovery times. Many large companies are now realising the value of massage in the corporate environment.
The benefits of massage therapy can be transferred to a corporate environment. Massage results in better motivated, more productive staff who suffer less pain. Stress is relieved and workers develop an increased sense of relaxation and ability to handle stress. Crucially, this actually translates into fewer sick days taken, saving business valuable money and time.
Massage can ensure the longer-term health of a worker, producing an increased sense of overall wellbeing. Massage Therapy can result in a desire to better look after one’s body and mind. Whether this is by taking more exercise, eating more healthily or learning stress-relieving techniques, workplace productivity is increased.
Who uses Corporate Massage Therapy?
Many large companies have been aware of the benefits of corporate massage for some time. The US Department of Justice now employs corporate massage therapists to work with their civil servants. Reebok and Boeing have also identified the advantages of employing a relaxed, stress-free and physically comfortable workforce. While larger companies may lead the way in corporate massage, smaller companies are getting in on the act. The newest trend in staff stress management and motivation is to offer Massage Therapy in the workplace. Workers are increasingly tired, distracted and stressed-out with increased likelihood of absenteeism due to health problems. There are benefits open to employer and staff in corporate massage, which we will explore here.
Do you not have the time for Massage Therapy?
By outsourcing to mobile massage therapists, services can be offered in a convenient way with minimal disruption to the working day. There are many types of Massage Therapy available to corporate clients. This includes chair massage, full body massage or even head massage, all with different features and results. Clients are fully clothed with therapists trained to communicate throughout the process. Therapies are tailored to fit individual needs and are surprisingly cost effective. The powerful Inada Massage Chair Sogno Dreamwave is really something incredible to experience. The auto sleep function allow it to be pre-programmed to automatically shut off during your nap at your home or office. The Well-Being Programs are particularly convenient for quick recovery as well as deep muscle relaxation. At our house my husband bought an OSIM chair which works pretty well considering the much cheaper price, however you can clearly feel the superiority in quality of the Inada massage chair recliner brand.
With workplace stress and absenteeism on the rise, businesses of all sizes benefit from hiring massage therapists for employees. A happy workforce tends to be a productive workforce. A regular weekly or bi-weekly massage session will revitalize the whole workforce. Employers quickly see a return on their investment in employee health in terms of increased commitment and productivity.
Massage therapy is as old as history. The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt had people who performed simple massage on them, and such therapy has been around ever since.
It is the manipulation of the muscles in the body to find and relieve areas of stress or pain. It can also be used to help relieve tension, headache, and mood. A good therapist can leave you feeling 100% better.
Modern massage therapists receive extensive training in pressure points, nerve location, and muscular and skeletal therapy. They know how and where to use the proper technique and force to relieve many of the problems people have with back, neck, or other pain. If they find something they can’t help you with, such as a disc problem, they will let you know of it, and recommend other treatments.
What should you expect?
A qualified therapist will have a quiet, private room with a comfortable massage bed or padded table. They may play some soothing music, if you like, and help you get comfortable in your surroundings. Most therapy tables will have a head and neck extension so the therapist can reach the critical areas of your upper body while you rest comfortably. Some of them even have the Inada Sogno Dreamwave massage chair in their offices for you to enjoy.
If you are in pain, you should not expect to feel immediately soothed by your first massage. After you are done, and have given it a little time, you will begin to feel the effects. If you are not currently in pain, then you may find yourself relaxing completely. On parts of your body that aren’t sore, the massage will be very relaxing and stimulating, while sore areas will respond differently.