What is a Chair Massage

Companies provide on-site massage for their employees for many reasons. Companies often start a massage program because they want to see an improvement in employee wellness, lowered stress levels, increased concentration at work, and reduced injuries or muscle strain at work.

In addition to the numerous physical benefits of massage in general, office massage has these additional benefits:

  • Increased productivity
  • Increased employee retention
  • Reduction in health care costs
  • Fewer repetitive strain injuries
  • Improved employee morale

Since 60% of Americans say work is a significant source of stress (source), a service like onsite seated massage is an effective way to lower employee stress.

When workers have fewer physical complaints and lowered stress, the workday flows much easier.

Massage has not only gone mainstream- it has gone corporate!  Companies big and small have discovered the benefits of wellness in the workplace, and they’re using massage as a way to attract and keep employees. Massage in the workplace is also a great way to keep employees healthy and productive.

Corporate Chair Massage has quickly become one of the most popular and requested benefits in the workplace today. The physical and emotional stressors of extended hours sitting hunched at the computer desk and the high stress which comes from increasing demands in productivity have made all forms of work-related stress reduction increasingly important for your entire organization.

A good chair massage is always a welcomed break from daily responsibilities while managing pain and stress stimulants for increased job satisfaction and total well-being. Chair massage focuses on the easily accessible and highly stressed upper body areas which cause the majority of physical, emotional, and mental stressors

While many organizations devote a tremendous amount of effort and resources to make the workplace space more ergonomically designed with special desks, chairs, phones, and the like, nothing will replace the comfort and health benefits of skilled human touch.

Benefits of Corporate Massage:  What’s in It for You?

Benefits of Corporate Chair Massage for the Employees

Many of the benefits of chair massage for your employees are similar to the benefits of getting a full body massage at a spa, but in the comfort and convenience of your workplace. Onsite massage eliminates the need to travel to a massage clinic or spa, and is a fraction of the cost (see our article on chair massage costs for more info on that). Plus chair massage makes massage therapy accessible to those within your organization who are uncomfortable getting undressed and would otherwise never experience massage without it.

We have collected and analyzed the research out there on this subject, and have put it all together to answer your questions. All the studies used here have been done on EMPLOYER-PROVIDED 15-20 minute chair massages at work. Here is what we found.

  1. Reduces stress

A whopping 85% stress reduction! Stress levels measured before and after each massage found one of the biggest benefits of seated massage therapy to be a seriously effective office stress reliever.

  1. Decreases anxiety and depression

One of the big benefits of office massages is that massage reduces anxiety by 26% and depression scores also improve by 28% after the massage.

  1. Relieves muscle tension and pain

Back pain is literally cut in half with regular corporate chair massages. A decrease of 48% decrease was seen in the studies on back pain and tension.

  1. Improves quality of sleep

Over multiple studies, the average improvement in sleep quality was 28%. That includes increased duration as well as fewer sleep disturbances.

  1. Relieves headaches

Headaches are decreased by and average of 48% in duration and intensity with regular onsite massages.

  1. Lowers blood pressure

Across multiple studies, there was an average of a 6% drop in blood pressure, which may not sound like a lot. But that’s literally the difference between a hypertensive blood pressure and normal one, and that’s without any medication at all! Plus these studies showed that there was a lasting effect and the benefits of corporate massage programs showed very clearly as the massage group continued to have lower blood pressure than the control groups for weeks after treatment stopped.

  1. Prevents repetitive strain injuries

On employees doing repetitive movements, weekly chair massage reduces the occurrence of repetitive stress injuries by 37%.

  1. Increases immune function

In the studies on immune function, the good cells of the body perform 35% better as one of the benefits of corporate chair massage, and this is especially true for auto immune and inflammatory illnesses.

  1. Treats carpal tunnel and tendonitis

One of the benefits of chair massage programs is that people with carpal tunnel and tendonitis issues see a decrease in pain and discomfort by 14%.

  1. Increases focus, energy and mental clarity

After chair massages, employees in two studies show increased alertness, speed and accuracy on math computations following treatment.

  • relieve muscle pains and headaches
  • improve thinking and awareness
  • increase energy and stamina
  • decrease repetitive stress symptoms
  • improve sleep
  • encourage better posture
  • generate more flexibility
  • build awareness of breathing and relaxing
  • relieve physical and emotional stress
  • lower anxiety
  • increase circulation
  • reduce muscle fatigue and tension
  • boost your immune system and resistance to illness
  • lower your blood pressure

The American Psychological Association estimates the total cost of stress on the job costs companies more than $200 billion a year

On-site corporate chair massage can:

  • increase morale and company pride
  • reduce stress and promote health
  • reinforce the message that you value your people’s health and wellbeing
  • create an atmosphere of camaraderie, trust and loyalty
  • As a thank you
  • reward performance
  • As an incentive or promotional tool
  • To help with heavy work periods and when under tight deadlines
  • reduce sick time and absenteeism
  • attract and retain top-quality employees
  • reduce the high cost of employee turnover
  • increase accuracy, problem-solving and creative thinking abilities
  • decrease repetitive injuries and workers comp claims
  • As a stress management and health promotion program
  • offer an inexpensive 100% tax-deductible perk

Chair massage can also bring a breath of fresh air into busy trade shows, company parties, weddings, or anywhere people can use a little pampering and relaxation.

  • win the loyalty and appreciation of your customers and guests
  • show your valued guests and clients you care about their well-being
  • reduce stress and overwhelm at busy events with a relaxing break
  • pamper your staff so they can stay in top form
  • relieve the pressure of big days like weddings and performances

The positive effects of workplace massage creates lasting results and contribute to the well-being and success of the entire company.

Get the most out of every day! Receive massages regularly to achieve and maintain peak performance.  Do it for yourself. Do it for your employees.  Stress is the invisible Killer! It robs you of your productivity! We offer a cost – effective solution to stress and we bring wellness, rejuvenation and relaxation to your business, event or party.

If you are having an event and need the BEST advertising for your company or would like to add Corporate Chair Massage as an employee benefit, we would like an opportunity to come to your office and give you and anyone else involved in making decisions a FREE demonstration. This will allow you to experience the results first hand. We offer chair massage at events only and it is not a service we offer at the wellness studio.

Back Stage Massage Event, Administrative Professionals Day, Conventions and Conferences, Corporate Events, Employee Appreciation Day, Golf Tournaments, Health Fairs, Open Houses/ Grand Openings/Nurses Week/Trade Shows/Teacher Appreciation Day/ Private Events.

Simply call A Valley of Vitality Wellness Studio at 928.442.6026, and we will have one of our many Licensed and Insured massage therapists visit your office.