Three Ways a Massage Benefits an Employee’s Mind and Body

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Happy employees emanate a happy working environment. Fast Company reports University of Warwick’s economists recently found that employee happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved to be 10% less productive. According to Mayo Clinic, studies of massage benefits demonstrate that it is an incredibly effective treatment for reducing stress, pain, and muscle tension. By instituting chair massage sessions, you are demonstrating your commitment to your employees’ physical and emotional well-being. Employees who are happy and relaxed result in higher levels of productivity.

Let’s discuss three ways that booking massage sessions will benefit your employees’ morale and physical well-being:

  1. Relaxes and Reduces Stress:  By relaxing the muscles, a massage enables the body to regulate cortisol levels, which in turn allows the body to rejuvenate and recover from elevated stress levels. Anxiety is decreased as circulation increases. In releasing muscular tension, the body enters a serene state, and ones overall mood begins to elevate. By promoting deeper breathing, thinking becomes clearer and morale improves, which results in increased productivity.
  2. Alleviates Aches and Pains: By increasing circulation, the immune system is boosted. Endorphins, amino acids which act as the body’s natural painkiller, are released. The range of motion improves, and overused muscles are relaxed, thus decreasing cramping or muscle spasms. By promoting the body’s relaxation response, the parasympathetic nervous system is engaged and calms the stress alerts in the physiological and psychological systems. Inflammation is reduced as oxygen moves throughout the muscular system, thus inhibiting aches and pains.
  3. Reduces Fatigue and Improves Sleep Patterns: Massage directly influences the body’s production and release of serotonin, which is essential for melatonin generation. According to Medical News Today, serotonin contributes to well-being and happiness. It’s responsible for maintaining the body’s mood balance. Deficits of serotonin can lead to depression. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by your body’s pineal gland, which encourages the body to rest at night. Massage contributes to the body’s ability to generate both much-needed hormones. By enabling your employees’ relaxation and reducing their fatigue, absenteeism will decrease.  

The rewards are great for both employer and employee. By enabling your staff to feel relaxed and refreshed, you will benefit from increased retention and productivity. We have witnessed the following effects by implementing this at the workplace:

  • Overall job satisfaction is optimized.
  • Work performance intensifies, and less turnover is experienced within the company.

Massage is a smart, cost-effective, healthy, drug-free option for encouraging your employees’ health and wellness. It’s a win-win situation! So, go ahead, reserve your spots with us now!

Written by: Gunnar Thelander

Gunnar leads Massage Kneads & Wellness as CEO. Gunnar's educational background entails a BS in Exercise & Sports Science from Texas State University, and an MA and Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Organizational Leadership. He has been a teacher and coach for all individuals in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle to maximize your life in every area. He is currently OSHA certified to speak in areas of Health and Safety in the Workplace, Ergonomics, and a trainer in First Aid/CPR.

2 responses to “Three Ways a Massage Benefits an Employee’s Mind and Body

  1. I like that this article talks about how massage can relax muscles, which decreases anxiety and increases circulation. This would be a great way to keep employees happy and comfortable. If you are considering setting up employee massages for your company, it would probably be a good idea to research the different professionals that offer these services in order to find one that can help your workers reduce stress and be happy and comfortable while they work.

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