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  • Karen Stoner, LMT

Massage Therapy and Workplace Wellness

Massage Therapy and Workplace Wellness

Admit it, we work too much. The average American who works in an office environment works approximately 1,767 hours a year which includes an average of 6.5 hours a day of sedentary work which means sitting at a desk, sitting in meetings, sitting in the commute to and from work, and staring at a computer or talking on a phone. Pair this with a competitive job market that expects people to take work home with them, or be available to work outside of regular business hours, plus a lack of standardized paid leave or time off, and the cultural concept of “you are better and will succeed more if you work harder”, no wonder we all hurt - physically and mentally.

Today's work environment and constant stresses and expectations can raise cortisol levels, causing a lack of sleep, high blood pressure, and a lack of focus during waking hours. The sedentary work can contribute to poor posture leading to pain and muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, and hips. This can lead to repetitive stress injuries both in the shoulders and wrists as well as low back.

Fortunately, many companies are paying attention and starting to prioritize employee well-being. Providing services to support the physical and mental health of employees is essential for fostering productivity, reducing stress, and promoting a positive organizational culture. Implementing massage therapy and wellness programs in the workplace can significantly contribute to employee health and overall organizational success.

Massage therapy offers numerous benefits that directly impact employee well-being and job performance. Regular massages help reduce stress levels, alleviate muscle tension, and promote relaxation, leading to improved morale and job satisfaction among employees. By relieving physical discomfort and mental strain, massage therapy sessions can boost energy levels, enhance concentration, and increase productivity in the workplace.

Massage Therapy and Workplace Wellness

Moreover, massage therapy contributes to the prevention of work-related injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. Desk-bound employees often experience issues such as neck pain, backaches, and repetitive strain injuries due to prolonged sitting and poor posture. Incorporating massage therapy into wellness programs helps alleviate these symptoms, improves posture, and reduces the risk of workplace injuries, leading to fewer sick days and lower healthcare costs for employers.

In addition to physical benefits, massage therapy programs contribute to a positive work environment and employee engagement. Providing on-site massage therapy sessions demonstrates employer commitment to employee well-being and creates a sense of appreciation and loyalty among staff members. Employees feel valued and supported when their employer invests in programs that prioritize their health and happiness, leading to greater job satisfaction and retention rates.  As a result, employees feel more motivated, engaged, and resilient in the face of workplace challenges, ultimately contributing to higher levels of performance and success for the organization as a whole.

Integrating massage therapy and wellness programs into the workplace offers a multitude of benefits for both employees and employers. By reducing stress, alleviating physical discomfort, promoting relaxation, and fostering a positive work environment, these programs contribute to improved employee health, job satisfaction, and organizational productivity. Investing in employee wellness through massage therapy programs is not only a sound business decision but also a testament to the organization's commitment to its most valuable asset: its people.

Massage Therapy and Workplace Wellness

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