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Nov 17 2011

Office Chair Massage Keeps Costs Low, Spirits High

With the economy struggling, and public outrage at a peak over lavish corporate expenditures, some companies are still treating their employees well. They’re doing it cheaply, right from the office by hiring massage therapists to come to their businesses and provide employees with chair massage at or near their workstations.

”The massages we provide are not the type of luxury that you might find at a resort spa,” said Alana Eve Burman, president and founder of JoyLife Therapeutics, a provider of corporate massage across the U.S. and worldwide. “The cost is much lower, and employees get a significant stress relief and morale boost.”

And these are stressful times. With corporate revenue and earnings down sharply over this prolonged recession, times have rarely been worse for corporate expenditures on employees. However, companies are finding that office massage can be a cost-effective way to reward employees and de-stress the work environment.

“We need a way to reward our employees, to show them that they are worthwhile, even if the amount of money we can spend on them to do this has been reduced,” said Diana Cortijo with World Bank, the international financing and development institution and a recent recipient of office massage. “Chair massage offers us a low-price way to bring the luxury of massage to our employees.”

Office massage, in addition to being low-cost, is also low-maintenance for companies. Generally, therapists provide their own transportation to the business, and bring their own massage chair and supplies. They then perform massage on employees on-site, with the employees fully clothed in an ergonomically relaxed, seated position. Most on-site massage happens at an impromptu station, often setup in an unused meeting room in the office.

“It really takes the stress out,” said Helene Mangones of Graf Repetti & Co, LLP, another recent office massage recipient and New York based accounting firm. “All of a sudden bigger projects seem easier to tackle. And the stress that builds up during the day is relieved, allowing for an easier finish to the day, and even the current week and month.”

This stress reduction could ultimately lead to increases in productivity and a rise in profits. Stress is one of the leading causes of lowered productivity in the workplace. One estimate puts direct stress-related costs to businesses in the US at $300 billion annually. Studies by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami have shown stress reduction, mood and immune system benefits from massage therapy.

“We notice that things can get a little stressed, especially given the current economic environment,” Cortijo, of World Bank, said. “Office massage helps keep our workers’ minds and bodies fresh, and doesn’t stretch our budget to do it.”

By David Robbie Two BAs; work experience at a massage office

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Oct 19 2009

Massage – The Best Medicine For Stress

By Jan H Schiphorst

Almost every person suffers from some sort of stress these days. School going students have stress due to the pressure of their studies, their homework and their exams. Adults bear this problem as they face difficulties in either their personal or professional life. Old people endure tension as they are either left alone by their own children or they are worried for their bright future. Mothers are worried for the ample amount of workload they have and about their family. Stress and tension does not spare anybody. It creeps into everybody’s mind even without their knowledge.

Stress is a part of life. If you do not feel stressed for a particular thing, definitely you will not make attempts to improve upon it, for example, if a person is not pressurized by his boss to complete a certain task, he will surely not bother to take pains, and if he does not work properly, will never be promoted. He works only because he has a stress or a tension to meet the objective.

Although stress is quiet common these days among all people, yet a persistent and an unceasing stress, might have adverse outcomes for you. A person might suffer from some sorts of mental or psychological disorder or in the worse case some heart disease. A stress makes a person fidgety, unconscious, and deprives him of a sound sleep.

Thus, you should adopt appropriate measures to relieve yourself from stress in its initial stage itself. The most apposite method of reducing stress is getting a massage. A massage provides energy to the body. It minimizes the effect of pains and injuries. It enhances the quality of the skin, improves blood circulation, relieves tightened muscles and last but not the least diminishes the stress providing the receiver with a healthy mind and soul. You can acquire the following types of massages to make you feel better and relaxed:

• Swedish massage: In a Swedish massage a person is worked upon with manipulating strokes all over his body surface to relieve the tension prevailing in his muscles and tissues.

• Aromatherapy: As the name suggests, this massage accompanies with it the sweet smell produced from various massage oils, candles or flowers. These gratifying odors make a person feel relaxed and abstain his stress.

• Deep tissue massage: This massage refers to applying pressure to the deep tissues and muscles of the body to relieve him of his stress.

• Trigger point therapy: This type of massage therapy is used to put some of the contracted muscles of the receiver’s body at ease.

• Shiatsu massage: This massage deals with certain specific points present in your body. If pressure is applied to these points, then a person feels relaxed.

You can find a good and a trustworthy massage therapist to relieve you of your stress by providing you with any one of the above mentioned massages. You can also choose to massage your body yourself; the only thing that needs to be remembered is that you should be aware of the accurate steps for the process.

Provided by: Jan H Schiphorst ProMassageTable.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jan_H_Schiphorst

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Oct 09 2009

coping with stress at work

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20.05.2009 | Author: indianink | Posted in Health & Fitness
Stress is becoming a much greater threat at work. On top of the stress you have at work, you also have to deal with the usual stress concerning your personal life. With the terrible economy and all of the layoffs taking place, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out.

One cause of stress could be if your company has been struggling financially and you have begun to worry about the layoffs taking place.

A large part of reducing job stress is by taking care of yourself. When stress interferes with your ability to work, you should pay attention to your physical and emotional health.

Few easy changes you can make in your lifestyle can be as simple as a couple more hours of sleep at night. Put that together with a daily meditation routine and a good diet and you’ll be on your way to a much less stressed lifestyle. A good meditation approach could start from a calming morning exercise.

It’s always recommended to prioritize and organize your responsibilities while doing your job. With time management comes organization, and it is beneficial to keep a schedule containing work deadlines and personal matters. It is important to keep a fair balance between your career and family-life/social activities.

Another easy way to relieve stress is by not over-committing yourself. Don’t try to fit things into your schedule that you know you won’t have enough time for. Frantically rushing from place to place is an easy way to arrive late and tire you out. Manage tasks in terms of importance–this will result in a more relaxed and pleasant end of the day. Just by enhancing your time management skills a bit, you can take a lot of stress out of the average day.

Unhealthy ways of coping with stress

These coping strategies may temporarily reduce stress, but they cause more damage in the long run like smoking, drinking too much, over eating, withdrawal from friends, using pills or drugs to relax, sleeping too much, taking out stress on others (angry outbursts, physical violence), procrastinating.

These coping strategies may temporarily reduce stress, but they cause more damage in the long run like smoking, drinking too much, over eating, withdrawal from friends, using pills or drugs to relax, sleeping too much, taking out stress on others (angry outbursts, physical violence), procrastinating.

Make a Positive approach

Ever notice that certain people seem to adapt quickly to stressful circumstances and take things in stride? They’re cool under pressure and able to handle problems as they come up.

Think of change as a challenging and normal part of life.
See setbacks and problems as temporary and solvable.
Believe that you will succeed if you keep working toward your goals.
Take action to solve problems that crop up.
Build strong relationships and keep commitments to family and friends.
Have a support system and ask for help.
Participate regularly in activities for relaxation and fun.

The better you become at managing your own stress, the more positive the outcome of your work will be. When you’re in control of your stress you are able to look at life in a more positive way and not let it get in the way of more important things.

Learn to think of challenges as opportunities as temporary problems, not disasters. Practice solving problems and asking others for help and guidance rather than complaining and letting stress build. Make goals and keep track of your progress. Make time for relaxation. Be optimistic. Believe in yourself. Be sure to breathe. And let a little stress motivate you into positive action to reach your goals.

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Oct 07 2009

Therapies that can help relieve stress

Massage, Aromatherapy, Hypnotherapy, Flower remedies, Reiki, Life coaching, Holistic counselling, Yoga, Meditation and Tai-chi are just a few.

You all need small doses of stress in your lives to give you motivation and stimulation and to protect you from danger, but not 24/7 in this fast moving world your body simply cannot cope.

The opposite of tension is relaxation this is really natures own form of tranquillizer
It has been proved in trials that you cannot feel fear, anger, insecure or anxious as long as your muscles remain totally relaxed, when your muscles relax so does your mind and emotional state.
Once you have mastered the technique of relaxation, by learning to ignore the conditioned responses you will have the chance to find your inner sanctuary and master your stress.

Check out are webite for your corporate, events, sports, office, onsite massages

The www.click2revive.co.uk website is free and designed to help office workers and all computer operators’ combat problems such as RSI. Back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, stress and many posture related problems at work or at home . It is full of useful health tips and timed exercise breaks.

Joyce Hardy Holistic practitioner. MICHT. Hol. Dip BTAA. IIAHS.
Bowen & Integrated Health clinic on 07781418456
© copyright 2008 Joyce Hardy

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Oct 05 2009

How to combat stress

Self awareness
The following stress relief technique and tips are extracts from my self help website www.click2revive.com.uk

Discussing your problems with a GP or trained therapist will help.

1. Eat properly good nutrition is a must, extra vitamin C & B complex can help as these vitamins are used in greater quantities by the body when under stress. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, cut down on coffee and soft drinks.
2. Get plenty of exercise, fresh air, laughter & fun
3. Avoid useless and needless stress learn relaxation or meditation
4. When away from work: practice letting the phone ring, go on with whatever you are doing, by refusing to respond to the phone call you are in fact breaking the response and learning how to relax. If at first you find it impossible to ignore the urge to respond, delay it by counting to ten before you act, this breaks up the automatic workings of conditioning allowing you to be in control.
5 Use the same method of counting to ten when you are tempted to become angry, by holding off emotions of fear, panic or anger you may be able to break the automatic reflex completely.
6 By turning off your mobile phone you will give your mind and body a rest you have programmed your mind, it is on constant alert to answer that call.
7. Find that quiet place within yourself to help distance you from the stress of the moment, practice in your mind sitting on a sunny beach and feeling the warmth of the sun on your face, you will soon find that it becomes easier to get away from stress.

Visit our website www.therapy4u.biz to book your next coporate massages, event massage, sport massages or onsite massages.

The www.click2revive.co.uk website is free and designed to help office workers and all computer operators’ combat problems such as RSI. Back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, stress and many posture related problems at work or at home . It is full of useful health tips and timed exercise breaks.

Joyce Hardy Holistic practitioner. MICHT. Hol. Dip BTAA. IIAHS.
Bowen & Integrated Health clinic on 07781418456
© copyright 2008 Joyce Hardy

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Sep 13 2009

How the body deals with stress

The reaction to stress is controlled mainly by three tiny glands: Two adrenals which sit on top of the kidneys and the pituitary which is situated under the brain. They produce unbelievably potent hormones which exercise a huge influence on vital body functions. It is the task of these hormones to combat stress and fight off any threat to the body’s welfare.
The glands attempt to adjust to the constant demands of stress, they pour out excess hormones to keep the body going and for the best part they succeed. However there is only so much this defence mechanism can stand and with time this will start to fail and break down.
The body has a great ability to adapt using other mechanisms for a while but there is a knock on effect and soon blood pressure rises, disease and other complaints may then develop and if stress is not controlled your life may well be at stake.

When you as a boss can see that your staff start to get stressed by the amount of work that may have to do. Then the cause of this effect will in turn not help in the production of there work. So by having a day once a month of onsite massage therapist to come in to your office will help to relieve this stress. Insted of the staff member concentrating on their stress when they get a onsite corporate massage this stress does go away, which helps them to deal with what they have to do rather than thinking of going home due to a headache or an over spill of hormones by either man or woman etc..

onsite corporate massages does work it is important for the bosses of this world to start to realise this valuable tool to help them and their business to grow more efficiently and get the best out of their staff.

for all your corporate massages, sport event massages, onsite massages visit:

www.therapy4u.biz

The click2revive.co.uk website is free and designed to help office workers and all computer operators’ combat problems such as RSI. Back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, stress and many posture related problems at work or at home . It is full of useful health tips and timed exercise breaks.

Joyce Hardy Holistic practitioner. MICHT. Hol. Dip BTAA. IIAHS.
Bowen & Integrated Health clinic on 07781418456
© copyright 2008 Joyce Hardy

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Sep 11 2009

What to do about stress

How stress starts

Fear, anxiety, anger, in-security, hostility and panic are all caused by our own learned responses, and are not caused by any external stimuli.

From the day you are born to the day you die your body remembers everything you do.

Response means tension for example: tension in muscles is a preparation for action.

So when you are relaxing at home and the phone rings, why is it you jump up without thinking and rush to answer the call?

The phone itself has no power to make you move. “Has it”?

For example at work you answer the phone as soon as it rings, because you become conditioned to respond at once, for fear that you may lose that client or business contract, this is a stimulus that you have learned from habit and rush to answer the call no matter what situation you are in.

Research has been done that indicated there may be a common cause for almost all disease, be it a heart attack, skin complaints, breathing difficulty, or just the feeling of being sick. It is believed that the cause is an imbalance in the body’s chemical workings caused by stress.

When you as a boss can see that your staff start to get stressed by the amount of work that may have to do. Then the cause of this effect will in turn not help in the production of there work. So by having a day once a month of onsite massage therapist to come in to your office will help to relieve this stress. Insted of the staff member concentrating on their stress when they get a onsite corporate massage this stress does go away, which helps them to deal with what they have to do rather than thinking of going home due to a headache etc..

onsite corporate massages does work it is important for the bosses of this world to start to realise this valuable tool to help them and their business to grow more efficiently and get the best out of their staff.

for all your corporate massages, sport event massages, onsite massages visit:

www.therapy4u.biz

The www.click2revive.co.uk website is free and designed to help office workers and all computer operators’ combat problems such as RSI. Back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, stress and many posture related problems at work or at home . It is full of useful health tips and timed exercise breaks.

Joyce Hardy Holistic practitioner. MICHT. Hol. Dip BTAA. IIAHS.
Bowen & Integrated Health clinic on 07781418456
© copyright 2008 Joyce Hardy

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Jul 20 2009

Headaches in a corporate world

What i find as massage therapist is that many Headaches seem to start from 2 points and many practitioners and clients do not realise this.

Point 1.

Whenever a client has a sore neck and wants to massage this area or at the base of the skull or side of the head where the pain seems to be. Yes this helps in soothing the pain but it really does not stop the headache. From my experience when doing seated massage the best place that i have found to work is by massaging down the muscle between the scapular and the spine and gently edging my thumb up behind the scapular on the effected side of the headache. This is one point that seems to stop the headache in it tract.

Point 2

It is often missed by many because most of the focus is mostly on the back and lower back and neck.
what i find is that when doing the arms this realises tension to the head more so than when your doing the back. If you where to think about this then it would make sense as you have a lot of nerves going from the neck down in to your arms and when you are on the computer for may hours of the day muscles start to become more tense and so blood flow slow down this creates pressure on the nerves and in turn this can send messages to the brain resulting in stiffness and i some cases headaches.

By combining these two strategies of massage techniques my clients have been able to get on with their work and then carry on for the rest of the day rather than thinking they cant wait to get home or indeed going home. Ether way the benefit to the client is one of relief and to the company over the long tern this saves them money and a back log of work.

Seated massage is truly one of the fastest ways to be able to do this when in an office environment and as many people work in offices it seems like the best place to go and saves clients from having to go to your clinic.

Article by Ross Brouard

http://www.therapy4u.biz

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