Oct. 15, 2010 – West Palm Beach, FL – Chair massage North Palm Beach: Florida has documented that, for most people, the main contributor to everyday stress is the workplace. A national survey reports was recently done that shows 70% of workers surveyed stated that their job is very stressful.
Stress is the #1 cause of disability. It costs employers billions of dollars a year in lost productivity and healthcare costs. Since the workplace is the primary source of stress, it seems logical to provide some means of stress relief in the workplace. More employers every year are recognizing that a regular massage can reduce the physical and mental effects of stress, thus reducing burnout and stress related diseases and increasing productivity.
“More and more companies offer massage therapy not only as a perk, but also to increase their employees’ productivity and morale,” said E. Houston LeBrun, President-Elect of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “You get immediate results — the employees experience stress reduction and greater satisfaction with their jobs.”
Studies have shown that massage improves the bottom line of employers. A study by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami found that after five weeks, a group of 26 employees who had twice-weekly, 15-minute massages in the office fared better than a control group of 24 employees who were just told to close their eyes and relax. The massaged group experienced reduced stress and improved performance, while the control group did not. Using electroencephalograms (EEG), researchers measured alpha and beta waves in both groups, and found massage recipients to be more alert. Stress hormones in the saliva of the massaged group were lower than in the control group. The massaged workers completed math problems in half the time as normal and with half the errors they had before they were massaged. The math skills of the control group did not improve. The massage recipients also said they were less fatigued and more clear-headed.
There are no statistics on the number of companies that offer massage therapy onsite, but those that have offered it include law firms, hospitals, manufacturers and major corporations, such as Boeing, Apple Computer, PepsiCo, Sony Music and United Airlines.
Most companies contract with massage therapists who schedule appointments with employees during breaks. The recipient is seated in a specially designed chair which allows the therapist to work on the back, neck, shoulders and arms, addressing the common problem areas of today’s workers. There is no oil used and the worker is fully clothed. The massage session usually lasts 10-15 minutes, the usual time for a coffee break.
Therapeutic massage helps off-set the effects of stress in our lives and helps us to avoid stress related disease and dysfunction such as physical problems associated with repetitive tasks.
Other benefits of therapeutic massage:
Triggers the relaxation response
Relaxes tense muscles
Reduces the anxiety level
Relieves tension headaches
Releases blocked energy flow
Improves immune system functioning
Restores a calm mind and feeling of well-being
In addition to reducing stress, massage therapy is very beneficial to those who have special challenges or who have suffered a serious, debilitating illness such as a stroke, or an auto-immune disease such as MS, or fibromyalgia, just to name a few.
Sharon Cedrone is a Florida licensed provider of physical medicine for the reduction of workplace stress.
Browse her website to learn more about Sharon Cedrone and her massage expertise and credentials. Sharon travels to you Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Call 561-371-0047 to schedule a massage in or around North Palm Beach Florida with Sharon Cedrone, LMT.
FL Lic. #: MA 40102