Corporate Massage

Corporate Massage

Corporate Massage

Massage therapy at the office relieves stress at its source.

Stress which affects how employees deal with customers and with each other. Chronic muscle tension, fatigue, and on-the-job stress accumulate throughout the day and can turn your office into a harsh political environment where productivity and teamwork suffer. Stress also has a way of spreading to others when it is displayed regularly. A calm, focused, and a healthy employee will make better decisions and better impressions on customers. Best of all, a lower-stress workplace, where massage is available to relieve fatigue and soreness, can infuse your employees with energy when longer hours are necessary to meet deadlines and customer commitments. There is no better gesture a company can make to improve morale than to show sincere concern for the health and well-being of their employees. Giving your team a strong sense of value is the most effective way to motivate them.

 

Onsite Chair Massage | Onsite convenience, in studio-quality

Why CHAIR MASSAGE?

Because it feels good, requires no effort, and has immediate effect. The average chair station we set up gets over 80% utilization in high-density personnel clusters.

OK, still not convinced? Take a read at the article below by Angela Higley:

Many organizations face the stiff challenge of attracting and retaining good employees, as the most valuable employees can often take their pick of excellent jobs due to their high qualifications. Whether your company uses chair massage through a regular employee wellness or benefits package, or as part of an incentive program, a chair massage program can be an asset to your human resource department and your company.

The number of organizations that offer massage therapy to lower stress and improve productivity is growing every year. A workplace massage therapy programs help increase job satisfaction and create a caring environment that employees really appreciate. Corporate chair massage has quickly become one of the most popular and requested benefits in the workplace today. The physical demands of long hours at the computer and the high stress of the new marketplace have made all forms of work stress reduction increasingly necessary. A good chair massage reduces fatigue and tension for greater productivity and safety.

So just what is chair massage? Chair massage focuses on the upper body areas that often cause problems for people who sit at a desk or use a computer keyboard. Chair massage can help prevent or relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, tension headaches, neck pain, and back problems. This massage technique is performed in your normal work attire and requires no oils. Instead of using a table, the massage takes place in a specially designed portable massage chair provided by the massage therapist. Leaning forward in the chair allows you to relax completely with your head resting in a comfortable face cradle lined with a soft, disposable cloth cover. The therapist(s) will bring everything that they need, including massage equipment, supplies, and music. All you need to provide is some quiet space and eager participants. Chair massage typically takes about 15, 20, or 30 minutes, no longer than a coffee break, but is far more effective!

Take a look below and ask yourself if any of these benefits could help you or your company

Reduce Stress: The overall session is designed to reduce physical as well as mental stress.

Increase Morale: Chair massage is an effective benefit that shows employees that your company cares about their mental and physical health.

Increase Resistance to Illness: Massage can help boost the immune system which helps prevent absenteeism. Decrease Repetitive Stress Symptoms: Problems like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis are examples of injuries associated with repetitive actions. This type of work leads to chronic tightness and physical injury. Chair massage helps to reduce this chronic muscle tightness and help to educate clients on correcting posture, stretches, and self-help.

Increases Flexibility: By reducing muscle tension and chronic tightness, your flexibility will increase tremendously.

Increase Range-of-Motion: Range of motion is decreased by chronic tension; massage can reduce tension and tightness, thereby increasing the range of motion.

Reduce Muscle Soreness: Poor posture and chronic tension lead to soreness and pain. By reducing the tension through chair massage and educating your employees on posture, chair massage can help eliminate the pain of this nature.

Reduce Anxiety: Sometimes our hectic lives take an emotional toll on our bodies which leads to physical problems. Massage sessions give an effective way for high-stress people to take time out.

On-site chair massage is a cost-effective way of enhancing and improving your employees’ performance. Stress-related employee turnover, absenteeism, and waning morale all affect the bottom line. Job stress and related problems cost companies an estimated $200 billion or more annually, based on information from the American Institute of Stress and the American Psychological Association. A chair massage program demonstrates an employer’s proactive commitment to the health and well-being of their employees. Chair massage techniques measurably lower the day-to-day stress of the competitive workplace. Relaxed workers are more likely to cooperate with each other, and lowering stress lowers both anxiety and hostility, improving the work environment for everyone.

After offering corporate massage services as part of an incentive program, Dave Joy, of Hannaford Brothers in Standish, Maine states: “We had a very good associate response with [chair massage]. The associates enjoyed it and it made them feel good at work. It really made them aware of their health at work, too, so it was about more than feeling good for one day. Overall [chair massage] has been a really good experience for us.”

In addition to lowering stress and increasing productivity, massage can significantly improve employee problem-solving abilities. A recent study in American Psychologist gave one group of workers a 15-minute rest, and another, a 15-minute massage. The group that received the massage performed significantly better on complicated tasks like math problems.

Massage also improves creative thinking and relieves fatigue. Massage can help keep employees healthy as well as happy and that is a great way to retain employees in your company.

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6 Health Benefits of Massage

6 Health Benefits of Massage

Relaxing is great, but massage therapy can do much more than just help you relax. 6 healthy reasons to book a massage appointment.

It counteracts all that sitting you do

“Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress,” says Aaron Tanason, registered massage therapist, kinesiologist, and owner at Paleolife Massage Therapy in Toronto. “More often than not [that stress] tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck.”

Desk workers, beware. More advanced forms of postural stress “show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting.”

Luckily, massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting, which means you can keep your desk job as long as you schedule a regular massage.

 

It eases muscle pain

Got sore muscles? Massage therapy can help. “Massage increases and improves circulation, in much the same way rubbing your elbow when you knock it on a table helps to relieve the pain,” says Tanason.

A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.

It soothes anxiety and depression

“Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing,” says Tanason.

Women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry, according to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience.

And, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after a massage.

It improves sleep

Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.

“Massage promotes relaxation and sleep in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy,” says Lisa Marie de Miranda, registered massage therapist and kinesiologist at Paleolife Massage Therapy.

Also, if you’re a new parent, you’ll be happy to know it can help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed, according to research from the University of Warwick.

“Most RMTs can do an infant massage,” says de Miranda.  And if parents want to do it themselves, it comes naturally. “There’s not really a particular technique. Whatever parents normally do to soothe their baby will be effective.”

It boosts immunity

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease).

It also “improves immune function for individuals with HIV,” says de Miranda.

It relieves headaches

Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. “Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches,” says de Miranda.

Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy has an immediate effect on perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.

 

Original article by KATHARINE WATTS

Found here:  http://bit.ly/1RR6L4O

Stress Relief – Massage Therapy

Stress Relief – Massage Therapy

There are many reasons people might seek out massage therapy, but stress relief tends to be the most popular. In general, stress is anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being. Associated with both minor and major health ailments, relieving stress is an important component of maintaining emotional and physical well-being. Plenty of research has found that massage therapy is an ideal stress relief tool, but some massage techniques are better at achieving this goal than others.

Designed as a survival tool, stress activates the body’s fight-or-flight response. This occurs when the sympathetic nervous system responds to stress by producing large quantities of the chemicals cortisol, adrenaline and nor-adrenaline. These chemicals trigger a quicker heart rate, muscular tension, sweating and alertness to help protect us from danger – enabling people to react quickly to life-threatening situations.

Unfortunately, this fight-or-flight response can be triggered by non life-threatening events and it can become chronic. Over time, repeated activation of the stress response takes a toll on the body. Research suggests that prolonged stress contributes to:

  • high blood pressure
  • promotes the formation of artery-clogging deposits
  • causes brain changes that may contribute to anxiety, depression, and addiction
  • obesity
  • insulin dependence

Going above and beyond nature’s call to shield ourselves from danger, an estimated 75 percent of Americans experience significant levels of stress. According to the annual stress survey commissioned by the American Psychological Association:

  • About 25 percent of Americans are experiencing high levels of stress (rating their stress level as 8 or more on a 10-point scale).
  • About 50 percent of Americans report moderate levels of stress (a score of 4 to 7 out of 10).

Accordingly, there is a great need for effective stress relief methods. Many studies have demonstrated that massage therapy is an effective stress relieving modality as evidenced by reductions in cortisol, adrenaline, and nor-adrenaline. One example was recorded by Mayo Clinic researchers in a study published in a November 2012 edition of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Not surprisingly, weekly 15-minute chair massages for nurses during work hours significantly reduced stress-related symptoms.
With so many modalities utilized by massage therapists, those seeking help with their stress levels may have difficulty choosing from a menu of massage styles. To help determine what type of bodywork to pick, the top four massage modalities for stress relief are listed below:

  1. Swedish Massage – The most common type of massage, Swedish massage uses a variety of motions to decompress muscle tissue, release tension and break up muscular knots. The strokes used in Swedish massage are percussion, shaking, long strokes, vibration, kneading, and friction, which enhances blood circulation, stretches tendons, lowers blood pressure and induces relaxation. However, the long, smooth, gliding strokes are typically regarded as the most relaxing component of a Swedish massage.
  2. Head Massage – Bodywork focusing on the cranium is a known stress reliever. There are thin muscles on the scalp that can hold a great deal of tension. Besides including massage of the scalp within a Swedish massage session, the traditional Ayuverdic head oil massage known as champi is an especially relaxing treatment.
  3. Aromatherapy Massage – By adding essential oils to massage oil or lotion, aromatherapy massage can be a powerful way to de-stress. The nostrils are attached to the limbic system, an area of the brain that controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. As such, inhalation of the essential oil molecules can directly influence physiological and emotional components of stress. The oils most known for their relaxation effect include geranium, lavender, and chamomile.
  4. Auricular Acupressure – Considered a microsystem for the entire body, the ear is compared to an inverted fetus; with the head on the lower ear lobe, the feet at the top of the ear, and the rest of the body in-between. Containing several hundred pressure points, massaging the ear in the area corresponding to the central nervous system encourages the release of endorphins – the body’s natural stress-relieving hormones.

Chronic stress is rampant and can be reduced with massage therapy. Unless under an immediate threat, the fight-or-flight stress response is not wanted – and ends up creating more problems than it solves. With such a high percentage of Americans burdened by significant stress levels, massage therapists should be in high demand. By offering Swedish massage, head massage, aromatherapy massage and auricular acupressure, bodyworkers will be highly effective at melting their clients’ stress away.

A first-timer’s guide to massage

A first-timer’s guide to massage

46406233_SThough it may be hard to believe, some of our newest clients have a hard time fully relaxing and experiencing the benefits of a massage therapy session. So we’ve created a guide for first-time visitors to get the most out of their massage.

Many people don’t realize they should drink a good amount of water before a massage session. Working on your hydration will help the kidneys and organs process the toxins that are often released and flushed during the course of massage work. Preparing your body beforehand ensures you are well hydrated and ready to maximize the benefits of massage.

In terms of booking your massage, feel free to inquire with our friendly receptionist to see what type of treatment will work best for you. Communication with your therapist is always of paramount importance as well. If you have any injuries, sore spots, or preferences on pressure or technique, please share this information with your therapist. This is your time and we want to ensure you are getting the most enjoyment possible. If you have any concern whatsoever or would like the therapist to focus on any one area or adjust the pressure, just ask.

Make sure to arrive early. This will provide us with enough time to check you in as well as allow you a little time to unwind and reach a state of calm before beginning your massage.

During your massage, concentrate on total relaxation. Calm your mind and your thoughts and focus on breathing slowly and deeply. Some people will unconsciously tense or contract their muscles. Make an effort to surrender to total calm and enjoyment the moment.

Following your treatment, you may want to leave your therapist gratuity if you appreciated the service they provided. If you are unsure about the gratuity range, feel free to ask the folks working at our front desk. We look forward to your first visit! To book an appointment today, simply give us a call at 801-467-3529 or book online at Zen Massage.

Good rest is a great way to fight stress and anxiety

Good rest is a great way to fight stress and anxiety

49155530 - moonrise red rock country mountains surrounding sedona arizonaTaking time out of a busy week to book a session at Zen Massage is one of the best things you can do in terms of self-care. The benefits of regular massage include relief from anxiety, headaches, insomnia, stress, sports injury, joint pain, or soft tissue strain. A session with one of our therapists is a great way to unplug from a busy week and we encourage you to set aside some time to unwind.

In addition to massage, another great way to fight stress, anxiety, and fatigue is to ensure you are getting a proper amount of rest. With deadlines stacking up, digital overload, bills to pay, and children to care for, getting enough rest can often fall low on the priority list. In reality, getting a sufficient amount of sleep is your best offense in terms of tackling your to-do list. Here are a few helpful hints to ensure you are getting the rest you need.

  • The blue light emitted from electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle. Though it’s tempting to scroll through your phone or catch a show before bed, turn all electronics off an hour before you zone out to improve the quality of your sleep.
  • Consistency is key, so try to get yourself to bed at the same time each evening.
  • Reserve your bedroom for sleeping, resist the urge to work, eat, or surf the web while in bed. By reserving the space in your bedroom for sleep and relaxation, you can create better sleep habits and fall asleep faster.
  • Avoid caffeine after 5 p.m. This may require checking labels, as some pain relievers, teas, and weight loss supplements contain caffeine.
  • Try exercising earlier in the day as the endorphins produced after a vigorous workout can keep you alert and awake for a few hours.
  • Schedule dinnertime earlier in the evening as eating a hearty meal late at night can mean your digestive system is still active as you attempt to catch some rest.
  • Try using dimmer light in your bedroom; lower light levels signal your brain to begin making the hormone melatonin, which helps the body drift off.

Get glowing: Pampering your skin after the massage is over

Get glowing: Pampering your skin after the massage is over

41511305_SA massage at Zen Massage relieves your body of tension. You leave the table feeling renewed and refreshed. Have you considered this key benefit though? Your skin feels pampered! Why not continue the pampering every day? You can do this by eating right and drinking enough water. Proper nutrition might even be the answer to blemishes and other skin problems. Incorporate the following items into your diet to help maintain a healthy glow.

Water, Water, Everywhere
Remaining hydrated is the single most important thing you can do to maintain healthy skin. Many of the structures within skin cells that support collagen require water to effectively function. When your body is hydrated, your skin will be plump and elastic as opposed to tight or shriveled. If possible, try to drink water steadily throughout the day as opposed to cramming a bunch of water in a sitting or two. Consistency is key when hydrating, so do what it takes to maintain a steady intake of water throughout the day.

Kale. Find a generous load of lutein, often found in high quantities in green, leafy veggies such as kale or spinach. The antioxidants in kale can also help your body absorb and neutralize the free radicals encountered during UV exposure. One serving of Kale will also provide a hearty dose of vitamins C and A, which offer great support to skin health.

Dark Chocolate. Finish off your day with a square or two of dark chocolate. The rich flavanols and antioxidants found in the cocoa of dark chocolate improve circulation. The trick with chocolate is to avoid sugar-loaded milk chocolate blends and opt for a dark bar that is concentrated with cocoa. Though it’s tempting to overindulge, remember that you can get too much of a good thing. One service is enough.

Olive Oil. A higher consumption of olive oil can help reduce the signs of aging. The monounsaturated fatty acids contained in olive oil help to moisturize skin and stimulate cell repair. The vitamins and antioxidants found in virgin olive oil are of great benefit to your skin.

Kiwi Fruit. The large amount of vitamin C in kiwi fruit promotes the production of collagen. This connective tissue protein helps keeps skin firm and elastic. Kiwi extract is often aded to skin care products that slow or reduce the appearance of aging.

 

Bliss at home

Bliss at home

42883379 - a lit candle on a table in a dining roomThe benefits of booking a luxurious and therapeutic massage at Zen Massage include relief from stress and pain, as well as well as oh-so-welcome relaxation. Once you leave our salon, we want you to continue to soak in the warm glow and relaxing sensations achieved by your visit with our therapists. We’ve compiled some tips to create a relaxing space at home and encourage you to make your space a haven from the hum and buzz of daily life.

If you feel up to a project, painting your walls a calming color is the most effective way to create a relaxing space. Soft colors found in nature will create the most soothing effect. Avoid bright or harsh colors and shiny textures. Envision soft tones of green or blue, warm grays or browns, or mid-tone shades of warmed pink or yellow.

If you’re not up to busting out the paintbrush, an easy way to transform a room is with a pleasant scent. A bowl of potpourri, scented oils or diffusers, or lightly scented candles can completely change your experience of a room. Consider scents that are known to relax, such as lavender or eucalyptus.

If you are able, choose a room in your house to completely clear the clutter. It’s even better if you can banish electronics from this room to fully immerse yourself in unplugging. By fostering an environment that is tidy and free of distractions, you can commit to creating a space where relaxation is the number one priority.

If possible, try to incorporate natural, living plants in the area where you like to relax. These will not only improve the air quality, but they bring nature a little closer to home. If you aren’t a green thumb, visit your local nursery and ask for advice on hardier species of houseplants.

We at Zen Massage truly want you to make your wellness a priority. If you seek relaxation, stress relief, or recovery from injury, strain, or a tough workout, book an appointment with us today. We look forward to seeing you!

Give love this Valentine’s Day

Give love this Valentine’s Day

29661339 - heart on beach. romantic composition.Valentine’s Day always tends to sneak up us. The holiday rush has subsided, you’ve reflected on your resolutions for the new year, and WHAM! You forgot to do something special to recognize and appreciate that special someone in your life and it’s Feb. 13…almost too late.

The good news is that Zen Massage has your back, literally. Book a discounted Couples Massage at our special Valentine’s rate. Book an appointment before Feb. 12 to receive $50 off our couples massage price. Imagine the bliss! Our luxurious Couples Massage experience includes a massage, aromatherapy, hot towels, tea and chocolate covered strawberries. Our $270 couple’s experience has been discounted to $220 to guarantee you don’t wind up spending the night in the dog house on Valentine’s Day. (Remember that your massage must be booked by Feb. 12 to receive this special offer, and it can’t be combined with other offers or coupons.)

While wonderful for couples, this Valentine’s Day special isn’t limited to lovebirds. Why not show a little love to someone important in your life? This experience can also be incredibly relaxing for you and a close friend or family member. Why not indulge in a little down time and quality conversation while you sip hot tea before a relaxing session with our qualified therapists? Valentine’s Day is all about sharing the love, and we can’t think of a better way to show someone you care than a relaxing experience at Zen Massage.

A massage is the ideal way to hit the reset button and escape the daily grind. Imagine soothing scents and sounds and quality time spent with someone you love. If a Couples Massage doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, we also offer gift certificates for a great variety of our spa services and massages. This personalized and thoughtful gift will demonstrate that you truly care. You can book the appointment online or by calling 801-467-3529.

From Zen Massage, we wish you a Valentine’s Day filled with love!

Give the gift of massage

Give the gift of massage

21719747 - lavender and gift cardDo you dread your beloved great aunt’s birthday every year because you can’t find a gift that will suit her wacky personality? Stumped on how to thank the dog-sitter? Not sure how to shower your partner with love? A gift card from Zen Massage is perfect for any occasion where you’d like to celebrate someone or express heartfelt gratitude.

We believe that the bliss of total relaxation is priceless but massage benefits both your body and general wellness.

  • The majority of people don’t practice correct posture. This problem can be exacerbated by work stress, which manifests in a tightening of the muscles in the shoulders and neck. Those who sit at a desk are prone to back and neck pain as well as weakness in the lower back and gluteal muscles. Massage can combat this tendency to tense up and help counteract the negative effects of a sedentary job.
  • Relaxation and stress relief can be provided by a visit to Zen Massage. According to the International Journal of Neuroscience, massage therapy can reduce depression and anxiety. Patients report feeling happier and more relaxed following a session with a friendly, trained massage professional.
  • The rejuvenating act of receiving a massage can actually boost immunity and prevent sickness. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that patients who received regular massage had a boost in white blood cell count. White blood cells help attack the germs, bacteria, and viruses your body encounters, defending the body from illness.
  • A session with our certified therapists also will improve blood circulation around the body. This boosts the supply of nutrients to individual cells and can aid in the transport of waste, detoxifying the body. Some of the benefits of improved circulation are clearer, softer skin and detoxification. (Be sure to drink a lot of water before and after any massage treatment to help clear these toxins from the bloodstream.)

This list is by no means comprehensive. Feel free to swing by Zen Massage and book an appointment to see for yourself. You’ll then understand why the gift of massage is truly a gift of the heart.

Long day on the slopes? Treat yourself to a massage.

Long day on the slopes? Treat yourself to a massage.

46807718 - skier skiing downhill during sunny day in high mountainsWinter means skiing and snowboarding season here in Utah, but all of that fun doesn’t necessarily come without aches and pains.

As our bodies age and our joints and muscles become more brittle, a day on the slopes can take a significant toll.

Have you found yourself waking up on a Monday or Tuesday morning, dreading the fact that you have to go to work?

Maybe your back, legs, or shoulders don’t take trips to the resorts as well as they used to.

Whatever the case, stopping in for a massage is sure to get you feeling better and ready to take on your laundry list of responsibilities.

Here are three areas certain to benefit from an appointment here at Zen Massage:

Improved circulation. As our muscles tighten and expand, our circulation is affected. A thorough massage can allow blood to flow more freely, leaving you feeling more vibrant and alive.

Tight muscles. Holding ski poles all day will do a number on your triceps, biceps, and shoulders. A massage is a great way to relieve the stress, and give them room to breathe and expand.

Deep tissue. Our muscle tissue is more than skin-deep, and while a surface rub is nice, a full body massage can provide relief from pain and soreness.

Don’t go another day suffering from aches and pains caused by your activity on the slopes. Come and see our friendly, professional team today!