Across the nation companies are experiencing the benefits of having massage at the workplace. When Fortune magazine featured the best 100 companies to work for, they emphasised that corporate perks such as massage were an important part of their success. These perks were shown to empower workers and positively affect the success of the business. Michele A. Paludi stated in ‘Psychology to Business Success’ that employee attitude and productivity correlates positively with business success. There’s no doubt that showing employees you care about their well-being by offering perks such as in-house massage will promote a positive workplace relationship and show employees how much you value them.
Is there any other evidence to show that massage therapy can improve mental health?
A review of academic literature undertaken in 2012 did indeed find support to the idea that massage increases an employee’s mental well-being. They reviewed a variety of studies that showed massage was able to decrease levels of stress, anxiety, and even blood pressure. As you can imagine, if employees are feeling better then they’re less likely to take time off work due to illness.
As well as decreasing stress and anxiety, massage helps to promote clearer thinking and increase alertness. Dr. Tiffany Fields reported in Life magazine’s eight page cover story on massage, that a fifteen minute massage increases alertness and performance. This concept has been further corroborated by study conducted by Dr. Fields in 1996 that found that massage increased speed and accuracy on mathematical computations and other work related tasks.
Massage doesn’t only help with the improvement of mental well-being, but also helps in the elimination of cellular waste, assists lymphatic flow and venous return, and can help to relax or facilitate musculature.
Overall, workplace massage can help keep employee’s in work meaning less loss in employee absence and increased productivity. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have estimated that U.K Businesses loose around 7.4 Billion Pounds a year to Musculoskeletal Disorders.
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