People often consider massages a treat – maybe they do it while they’re on vacation, or for a special occasion – but the truth is, incorporating massage into the workplace will benefit your employees.
It’s no surprise that massage relieves muscle tension and reduces stress. But did you know that massage can even improve brainpower and productivity, promote better sleep and help decrease anxiety? It can be hard to justify hiring a massage therapist, finding a relaxing space, and carving time out of the day for a massage, but a study by The Mayo Clinic shows that even a 15-minute chair massage reaps the benefits. Here are a few reasons why you should incorporate massage in the workplace.
5 Benefits of Massage in the Workplace
You may know that massage decreases cortisol, known as a stress hormone, and reduces anxiety. It also releases serotonin, which is why you feel so relaxed at the end of a massage. Gentle massage therapy, such as Swedish or a chair massage is most associated with those “feel good” vibes. Some studies have even shown that massage reduces other symptoms of stress, such as headaches, high blood pressure, and digestive disorders.
Improve Brainpower and Productivity
Just a 15-minute chair massage is all you need to improve brainpower, alertness, and productivity, according to a study in the International Journal of Neuroscience. Plus, when you slow down and relax, your mind has a chance to release thoughts. That could help your employees make a breakthrough in problem-solving.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a third of Americans suffer from sleep issues that could affect their health. Massage helps people to spend more time in REM sleep, known as the deepest and most restorative stage of sleep. More ZZZs at night means less coffee and more alertness during the workday.
Boost Immune System
Research is still emerging about how massages can positively affect your immune system, and the results are looking promising. Recently a study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that participants who received a 45-minute Swedish massage had an increase in the white blood cells lymphocytes, which help protect the body from disease.
Relieves Aches and Pains
If your employees are sitting for most of the day, chances are their back and neck get sore. Massage releases cytokines, molecules that are associated with inflammation. Some types of massages, such as deep tissue, sports, and trigger point massage are aimed to specifically address tight muscle areas. For employees suffering from back pain, a study in The Annals of Internal Medicine found that frequent massage could help relieve lower back pain.
One of Fitspot’s many wellness offerings is massage therapy. Fitspot massage therapist David Fritsch works with corporate clients in Atlanta, offering massage therapy on a weekly or monthly basis. “I’ve heard from employees that they look forward to massage, and consider it the best part of their day.”
Schedule a demo now to find out how to add in massage and other wellness-centric events into your workplace.
Alexa is the Marketing Manager at Fitspot. She’s a storyteller and wordsmith who writes anything from blog posts to e-books to infographics. She’s passionate about running and fitness, and loves to share the Fitspot message of workplace wellness everywhere!