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BENEFITS OF CHAIR MASSAGE
Our group of caring Massage Therapist specialize in a variety of treatment services. They are professional, timely and look forward to providing a soothing and restorative event.
MASSAGE THERAPY FOR THE WORKPLACE
Common Problems in the Workplace
From laborers whose work requires heavy lifting to office workers who find themselves in front of a computer all day, pain is a common problem. Carpal tunnel syndrome and low-back pain and stiffness are two of the most prevalent issues workers face, and overuse and overexertion are often the root causes. Poor posture can also lead to pain in the shoulder, neck and back.
Massage can help reduce some postural imbalances, as well as relieve inflammation and nerve entrapment.
Eye strain. “Most of us spend our days—and evenings—engaged with one screen or another,” says Julie Goodwin, LMT and massage educator. “All of this screen time can place significant strain on the eyes themselves, as well as the muscles that move the eyes.” The numbers bear out Goodwin’s assessment. According to The Vision Council, approximately 80 percent of American adults report using digital devices for more than two hours a day, and nearly 67 percent are using two or more devices simultaneously. The toll that’s taking is reflected in the 59 percent who say they experience symptoms of eye strain.
Eye strain, too, can lead to other issues, according to Goodwin. “Eye strain absolutely contributes to headaches and to generalized fatigue,” she says.
One major benefit of massage therapy identified by Goodwin is a client experiencing actual relaxation of the muscles that move the eyelids, as well as those muscles that become mobile when the eyes are engaged, like the procerus, corrugator supercilii and levator labii superioris alaeque nasi, for example. “That awareness, with input from a knowledgeable massage therapist, can help clients identify and develop strategies for reducing eye strain and fatigue.”
Stress. A 2018 survey by the Korn Ferry Institute showed that nearly two-thirds of professionals say their stress levels at work are higher than they were five years ago. The effects of stress can be wide-ranging and varied, including fatigue, poor motivation and, more seriously, burnout and other health problems.
Massage therapists focus on specific techniques that promote relaxation.
What the Research Says About the Benefits of Massage
That massage helps with stress and anxiety is fairly well-established, though most of the research has been concentrated on client and consumer demographics where stress is almost inevitable, like pre- or post-surgery, for example, or when managing chronic disease. Then, in 2012, researchers at the Mayo Clinic investigated the feasibility and effect of chair massage for nurses during work hours. A total of 38 nurses were provided 15-minute massages weekly for 10 weeks, and stress and anxiety were measured at baseline, five weeks and 10 weeks. At the end of 10 weeks, researchers found that massage therapy helped reduce stress related symptoms.
Muscle pain and stiffness. In a 2016 study on the preventive quality of massage therapy for musculoskeletal overload and pain, researchers studied 50 office workers. Participants were divided into an experimental group and a control group. The experimental group received twice weekly 15-minute massage for four weeks. Subjective assessment tools were used, including questionnaires to measure musculoskeletal discomfort and satisfaction with the massage program. An algometric evaluation of the pain threshold provided objective measures of relief. Significant results were recorded in the experimental group, with the biggest difference being the reduction in pain in the lower and upper spine and right arm. “The pain threshold assessed by the algometry increased at all points examined in the experimental group, with pain sensitivity decreasing the most in the trapezius and supraspinous muscles on the left side of the spine,” the researchers explain. “In the control group, the changes were not significant.”
A 2017 study also looked at the effect of chair massage on musculoskeletal strain related to prolonged sitting posture, such as happens with people whose work involves long periods of sitting at a computer. Participants included 124 white-collar workers assigned to one of three study groups: chair massage, relaxing music or a control group. Pain perception was measured algometrically as a threshold for compression pain of neck muscles, and relaxation level was measured via heart rate variability. The pain threshold in all tested muscles and relaxation level both increased in the chair massage group, and there was a significant decrease in muscle tension for the chair massage and relaxing music groups. No significant changes occurred in the control group.
exceprts from AMTA research article: https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/3/MTJ/detail/4018/massage-therapy-for-workplace-injuries
WHAT TO EXPECT
from your Corporate Massage Event
Your Corporate Massage Event is designed to be stress free, so start by not worrying about any thing!
We arrive with all the equipment we need. Just have a space available with a 6-ft circle of space per therapist requested. We will need an outlet or two as well for a towel warmer and music. That’s it!
Your employees should have already signed up for time slots prior to the event and you may have distributed our “What to Expect” information to them already, but here it is anyway!
Wear whatever you have on for a regular work day. We massage on top of your everyday clothing. But, if you have skin exposed, that’s cool too.
You can take your shoes off and remove neck ties, scarves or bulky jewelry for your comfort.
Arrive at your appointment a couple minutes before your time slot so our receptionist can guide you to the proper person. If you are late, it’s unlikely we will be able to adjust the schedule, so your massage may be a bit shorter. NOTE: We often have breaks built in, so don’t think, “that therapist is just standing around”. We call that recovery!
Your therapist will ask if you have had a chair massage before and if you have any specific issues they should know about. LIKE:
Low blood pressure
Allergies (we don’t typically use lotion or oil, but just in case)
Infectious diseases, cuts, known bruises
Joint or Spinal issues
Your therapist may use a massage gun, rollerball or other tool to help increase blood flow to the area in question. They will ask your permission before doing so.
Your appointment is 5 - 20 minutes, based on what your company has arranged with us.
Your chair massage will focus mainly on the back, arms and neck, but you can request feet or leg work.
All of our therapists are insured and licensed for massage in Illinois (LMT)
We use disposable face cradle covers.
We use hand sanitizer between sessions.
Our chairs are sturdy, easy to get in and out of, and adjustable, so if you aren’t comfortable, let your LMT know!