Benefits: Massage Therapy (RMT)

Man Getting Massage

Massage makes us more functional, helps us heal, relaxes us and is great for our overall well-being. You knew massage was great for all of those things, but did you know that many companies are now choosing to grant their employees massages at work? There are companies around North America now offer chair massage and table massage for employers and employees in 15, 30, and 30+ minute intervals. Your workplace, fitness center, convention center, conference room, health fair, or even somewhere outdoors could be the next place you get a massage! For example, one popular United States company offers chair, trigger point, sports, deep tissue, clothed table, Swedish massage and even reflexology. These on-site RMT’s usually only need about 25 square feet to do what they do best, so it’s likely that even if you operate a smaller scale business, you have enough room to accommodate this amazing treat for your employees.

Advantages to Employees

The experts are correct in saying that stress doesn’t only hurt the mind. Studies have shown that employees are more productive after being relaxed by massage (see University of Miami study). Carpel tunnel, headaches, aching muscles, tendonitis, and other pains all have the potential to be reduced with workplace massage. Massages are offered over regular breaks such as coffee and lunch break massages. Many companies offer massage as part of their benefits package, which you might be surprised to know. Make sure you check your benefits package, because if so you can take it to your benefits insurer, getting your money back and basically getting a free massage. It seems well worthwhile to stay in tune with what your body is telling you, to keep your business online, you’ll need to keep your wellness program online too. Fifteen minutes isn’t very long away from your desk, but when you’re in the right hands it can make a world of difference. Workplace stress related pain could plague you your entire life, considering most of us work 9-5, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Imagine how many sleepless nights you could avoid and how many activities you could have the energy for, just from a few simple massages which are likely covered by your insurance anyway. It’s certainly seems worth a try, doesn’t it?

Advantages to Employers

Do your employees take too many sick days? Are they lacking efficiency when they are there? Do they seem stressed? Are their insurance benefits costing you a fortune? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, consider workplace massage. Programs like this have real scientifically proves results (a quick internet search will speak volumes). Your employees will be more productive, and can even solve arithmetic problems quicker, and with less mistakes (TRI study). Your employees will know that you care about them with at-work massage, and they’ll feel better from the massage. Healthy employees do better business. Whether you choose a quick 10 minute massage or one that spans up to 30 minutes or any length in between, your company gets the repayment of people that are more productive, have positive workplace energy, and pride in their working environment. Just be sure before you “buy” that you shop around for something that will be affordable, in case your company doesn’t provide massage as a benefit. You’ll also want to ensure that all of the equipment is up to snuff, and all of the massage therapists are indeed registered. Call around and compare quotes to make sure that while your employees are enjoying their massages, you can enjoy their relaxation without stressing yourself about money.

Pros & Cons

When looking at possible job opportunities it is always a good idea to write down a pros and cons list. This can help you to determine what aspects of the job you might like and what aspects you may want to change.

Some important job aspects to consider include possible travel, team outings, casual attire, flexible hours, working from home and more.

Workplace Culture

A workplace culture can have a big impact on your everyday life. If you enjoy work you will be more likely to perform better and stay interested in the tasks at hand.

Some of the ways that companies today are helping to foster a positive work environment is to allow employees access to free food and drink, showers, gym memberships, nap areas and gaming rooms.