Is massage the secret to wellbeing at work?

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Why offer massages at work?

It might not be the most typical of office perks, but most people would choose a massage over another team lunch any day. More than ever, business owners and team managers understand that they need to take responsibility for their employee’s health and wellbeing at work.

Whether it’s a quarterly “bonus”, part of a team building day or even a unique and luxurious corporate gift, massage is a soothing and inspiring way of demonstrating that you truly care about your team’s mental and physical health

Massage for mental health

Over 11 million working days a year are lost due to stress, anxiety and depression. It’s hard to control how high-stress your work is, but you can alleviate the pressure within your working environment by prioritising corporate wellness. Long hours are sometimes unavoidable, but your employees should also be taking time for regular breaks, exercise and relaxation.

A massage is a powerful and efficient way to unwind, with significant health benefits. A chair massage can be performed fully clothed, in a meeting room and at your desk, in only 15 minutes. Alternatively a 60 or 90 minute massage once a month or quarter can feel like a well earned break from the stresses and strains of daily life. Massage may assist with managing stress, promoting healthy sleep patterns, reducing symptoms of anxiety and chronic pain, and even supporting weight loss.

Although massage focuses on the physical body, it can also be a meditative and mind-clearing experience. A surprising side effect of a massage can even be a boost in creativity, as you return to your task feeling rejuvenated and refreshed!

Improve your posture at your desk

Alongside exercise and stretching, massage is a great way to loosen and release tight muscles, which may improve your posture. Sitting at a desk can result in tight pectorals, glutes, shoulders and back muscles, resulting in a hunched upper back, stiff neck and frequent headaches.

If you’re looking for something you can do every day to improve your alignment, here are a few stretches you can try. Why not walk your team through these moves during a quick 5 minute break?

  • Triceps Stretch: Put both arms straight up in the air, and use both hands to clasp your elbows over your head. Gently pull on one elbow, stretching out that side of your body. Hold for 20 seconds before repeating on the other side.
  • Pectoral Bend: Clasp your hands behind your back. Straighten your arms, and allow your chest to move forward. Gently alternate looking at the ceiling and pressing your chin to your chest.
  • Torso Twist: Cross your legs with your left knee on top. Place your right hand on your left knee and gently pull your body round to the left side. Hold for 30 seconds, uncross your legs and repeat on your right.

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