Corporate on site massage has become more popular over the last ten years with many employers contracting a therapist full time. During boom times this was often fully subsidised however employee funded schemes are becoming more commonplace.
For those who aren’t quite sure what it’s about. On site massage is typically a short seated massage done over clothing and addressing problem areas such as shoulders, arms, hands, neck and head. These areas are prone to strain and tension in desk bound employees.
On site massage is an inexpensive employee perk with massive return on investment. It has been shown to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury (carpal tunnel syndrome etc), relieve muscular aches and pains as well as improving mood. Moreover the treatment has been proven to lower blood pressure, anxiety and has been recommended in the treatment of depression.
For the company it equates to fewer sick days, fewer instances of litigation (stress related claims), an improved work environment and most importantly for the bottom line – a marked increase in productivity.
On site massage is a small but key part of any work life balance plan. The benefits are clear and well documented. The only question remaining – is it offered in your workplace?