Corporate Wellness

Chair massage is an important service to add to your company budget. Happy healthy employees boost the bottom line and help to create an uplifting work environment.

Implementation of a corporate massage program is pretty simple. Therapists need a small space to set up shop, and employees schedule appointments ahead of time to eliminate waiting in line, wasting valuable work hours.

Some massage therapists take massage chairs to corporate parks and individual business offices to provide chair massages for the employees. Employers may provide this as an employee benefit or part of their health and wellness programs. Because massage has several benefits, providing this service has benefits for both the employer and employees.





Stress Reduction

Massage has positive effects on the chemicals that control the stress response of the body. In a study led by Dr. Tiffany Field of the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine, investigators found that massage increases the amount of serotonin and dopamine in the body and decreases the amount of cortisol in the body. Serotonin and dopamine improve mood, whereas cortisol levels increase as a result of stress.

Reduced Blood Pressure

Someone with consistently high levels of stress has an increased risk of high blood pressure. During a corporate chair message, the parasympathetic nervous system activates a relaxation response. Carnegie Mellon University Health Services explains that this response leads to reduced blood pressure, improved circulation, deeper breathing, reduced heart rate and relaxed muscles.

Carpal Tunnel Improvement

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the median nerve, which runs down the forearm and into the hand. Doctors describe the carpal tunnel as a tunnel of ligaments and bones in the hand. The carpal tunnel houses the median nerve. When swelling or thickening of tendons narrows the tunnel, it causes compression of the median nerve. This results in burning, itching, tingling and numbness of the fingers and palm of the hand. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke explains that workers who perform repetitive movements each day have a higher risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

In another study led by Dr. Field, investigators created two groups of participants. One group received a massage treatment while participants in the other group did not. During the massage treatment, a massage therapist used moderate strokes from the wrist to the elbow. The therapist also used a technique involving a wringing motion of the forearm. Study investigators found that the massage group experienced greater improvement in carpal tunnel symptoms than the group participants who did not receive massage. This study appeared in a 2004 issue of Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

Increased Productivity

Chair massage promotes productivity among employees because it reduces some of the barriers to productivity. Reduced stress levels allow employees to focus on their tasks and interact more positively with colleagues. Chair massage also reduces absenteeism, according to Springboro Therapeutic Massage. This leads to reduced costs for employers.