Corporate Massage Benefits in Numbers and Research
Studies prove that Chair Massage lowers tension, stress and pain, and significantly improves emloyees´ productivity and well-being.
The impact of stress on work performance and absenteeism:
•Over 50% of lost work days per year are due to reported Back and Stress related issues costing up to 13 billion € in medical payments and decreased productivity
•68% view stress as a major issue
•Over 40% of the working population is affected by back pain and tension in shoulders
•60% to 90% of all visits to general physicians are due to stress related complaints
•Healthcare expenditures are nearly 50% more for workers who report high levels of stress
•40% of job turnover is due to stress
CBI research 2002, Occupational Health and Safety News and the National Council on Compensation Insurance (USA), Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, American Institute of Stress.
Chair Massage Benefits - Supervised Research Data:
IMPROVED WORK PRODUCTIVITY, SPEED AND ALLERTNESS
•In supervised trial all subjects who received 15 min chair massage demonstrated increased speed and accuracy on math computation.
•After over 5 week period of biweekly massage all subjects shown lower anxiety and stress levels (cortisol test), lower depression scores and decrease in mood swing
Field, Ironson, Pickens, et al., (1996) Massage therapy reduces anxiety and enhances EEG pattern of alertness and math computations. International Journal of Neuroscience 86, 197-205.
LESS STRESS, TENSION AND PAIN / MORE WELL-BEING
•Pain and tension study proved significant improvement after each of eight sessions of 15 min massages delivered to hospital staff. In all subjects pain intensity and tension levels were significantly lower while relaxation and overall mood improved after each treatment.
Katz, J., Wowk, A., Culp, D., & Wakeling, H. (1999). Pain and tension are reduced among hospital nurses after on-site massage treatments: a pilot study. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, 14, 128-133.
PREVENTION OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE & RELATED ISSUES
•Blood pressure testing prior and following a 15 min chair massage shows significant reduction in blood pressure. High blood pressure is associated with elevated anxiety, stress, hostility and depression.
REDUCTION OF TENSION HEADACHES
•4 week trial shown lower frequency of headaches in all subjects with chronic tension headaches.
Quinn, C., Chandler, C., & Moraska, A. (2002). Massage therapy and frequency of chronic tension headaches. American Journal of Public Health, 92, 1657-1661.
INCREASED STAFF APPRECIATION AND LOYALTY
•“Massage at our office helps me feel better and work better. Benefits like these make me value working exactly for the company that I am working for. Nothing would make me take a day off on the massage day!” Jason Glen, call center supervisor at Telecom Inc.