Enjoying the Benefits of Chair Massage

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

— By Pete Reinwald —

Chair massageSuburban Chicago law firm Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit treats employees to a free 20-minute chair massage once every two months. Therapists are on site once every two weeks, and employees can pay $20 for a 20-minute massage on the weeks that they’re not due for a company paid massage.

The company covers gratuity, explains firm administrator Ivie Cohn. “It’s something that we sometimes share in an interview with potential employees,” Cohn says. “It definitely speaks to our culture and our environment.”

At the Colorado Health Institute, Kathy Helm sits at a computer all day. She said one of the benefits of a massage is that it reveals problems that she didn’t realize existed. “You go in and get the massage, and you’ve got this problem and this problem and this knot,” Helm says. “Once you get it worked out, you’re able to do things better. You don’t have that tension.”

Jordan agrees, saying she gets an immediate sense of relaxation from lying in the chair and listening to the music played by the on-site massage therapist. “You immediately feel the stress level drop,” she explains. “After you’re in the chair, the therapist asks what is bothering you, if there are any areas you want her to focus on.”

Often, she’ll have the therapist work on her shoulders, tight from spending so much time in her chair in front of her computer. “So she’ll massage my arms and go down to each finger,” she remembers. “And when she’s done with that, you just feel so relaxed. Last month, I had so much stress in my back, and when she was done, I had nothing.”

Stories like these are what sway some corporations to add massage therapy to their existing employee benefits.

Employees who are happy and free of stress are more productive. “We spend a lot less for this benefit than some of the other benefits that we give them,” explains Hasmonek. “Employees look at discounts, overtime and bonuses as things they have earned as a right. This is something they look at as an employer’s good will, something they do because they really care.”

Abrams suspects the opportunities for massage therapists are many. “I’d bet that if you did a poll or a survey, it’s got to be well below 5 percent of the companies out there that are offering it,” he estimates. Even with a flagging economy, massage therapists might still find opportunities in the corporate world. Abrams is proof that employees love the benefit. “They said, Burt, take anything away,” he recalls, “but don’t take away the chair massage.”