Health is increasingly important in today's society. One area that has seen a large increase in the past few years has been corporate health and wellness programs. With so many diseases and health problems being preventable, many companies are working on wellness programs for their employees.
“It’s amazing to learn that 55% of workers identified a workplace wellness program as an instrument in improving their overall well-being. In fact it equates to $250 million in savings in lowered health costs and a 50% reduction in high blood pressure among employees.”
-Dr. Roger Sahoury, author of Gladiator’s Guide to Corporate Health & Wealth
Some elements of these programs might be a company weight loss competition with some businesses offering rewards or incentives to lose weight, others might be with a goal of lowering blood pressure. Some offer different approaches such as bringing in a dietitian once a month to talk to employees about eating healthy, and the benefits of certain foods. Some larger companies may do a blood drive on location a few times a year. But did you know that some companies offer massage to their employees?
Chair massage is a fully clothed massage of the head, neck, shoulders, and back. Studies have shown just how beneficial a chair massage at work can be. Stress in the workplace can result in low morale,and an increase in anxiety and depression. However, a quick 15 minute chair massage can lower stress, anxiety, and depression. Employees also noted that they had higher job satisfaction after receiving a massage, as well as an increase in job performance. This is in addition to the many other benefits that massage can provide, such as increased circulation and flexibility, and lowering blood pressure.
Corporate chair massage is one of my specialties. I will travel to your place of business or special event. Corporate and event massage arrangements may be initiated by online contact or by phone. If you or your business is interested in a corporate chair massage, contact me today for prices and packages.
The American College of Physicians has recently come out with new guidelines recommending massage as a preferred treatment over pharmaceuticals for lower back pain. The guidelines also mentioned yoga and exercise as well. Back pain is one of the most common physical ailments in the United States.
This type of acute back pain is caused by overexerting yourself or by bending over too long, and is not to be confused with pain caused from a serious accident. This type of pain will normally go away on its own after a few days or a week. After studying over 150 different approaches to lower back pain, doctors now recommend trying massage or yoga before medication. As pharmaceuticals come with their own set of side effects, it's better not to risk it unless necessary.
Massage helps the lower back by bringing better blood flow and circulation which aids in the recovery of muscle soreness as well as decreasing tension which allows for less pain and greater flexibility. If you would like to receive the benefits of massage, book a massage with me today.
What is diabetes? Over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes types 1 and 2. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks the insulin producing cells in the body. In type 2, patients can normally produce insulin but it is not enough, or they will have insulin resistance.
Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or know someone who has? You might want to consider referring them to a massage therapist for some alternative treatments. Several years ago the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) published an article on the benefits of massage for diabetics. Some of the benefits include:
Relaxation: A good massage can lower the stress hormones which in return has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels.
Circulation: Massage increases circulation which allows for a more efficient intake of insulin by the cells.
Myofascial Effects: Elevated blood sugar can cause muscle stiffness and a loss in range of motion. Massage works with both muscles and connective tissues to loosen up the body and give you more mobility.
Although there are several ways to manage your diabetes, you should consider a massage in addition to your treatment. As always, speak to your physician first.
“Accept that diabetes care is up to you. You are the one who decides what to eat, how much to exercise, and when to check your blood glucose. Accept this for what it is—control. You are in control.”
― American Diabetes Association
Have you ever had shoulder pain or a previous shoulder injury? Although it may come as a surprise, shoulder injuries and the associated pains are relatively common injuries.
Some of the most common shoulder injuries are: a SLAP tear (superior labral tear from anterior to posterior), shoulder bursitis, acromial impingement, other rotator cuff tear. There are four muscles in the rotator cuff with the shoulder joint functioning through a roll and glide movement.
Rotator cuff injuries are common for someone who frequently has their arms above their heads for extended periods of time, such as athletes.
If you have shoulder pain, massage can be of great benefit to you. The shoulder needs to have a good range of motion for the gliding movement to work properly. A good massage can help to restore your range of motion and soothing up tight muscles in the area.
Many people overlook the importance of water in their daily diet. In fact, the human body is composed of around 60% water. Water helps in the creation of saliva and other bodily fluids that aid in digestion, body temperature, flow of nutrients, disposing of bodily wastes, and circulation. Water also helps your skin to look better as well as aiding your muscles and helping to prevent muscle fatigue.
Dehydration is a serious concern and can have major health consequences. Although you can get water from other beverages, it is a good idea to make sure you are drinking regularly. Your body will need more fluids if you live in a hot climate, are exercising, or are ill.
If you think you aren't getting enough to drink you can try a few tips to get in some extra fluid.