Benefits of Chair Massage

Probably the largest determining factor of the effectiveness of a company wellness program is employee participation. Many companies are abandoning wellness initiatives due to the low enrollment and utilization (some as low as 8%) as employees are expected to make an effort off the clock, on their own time. Time which is getting increasingly scarce and precious. The sad truth is, many companies are cutting back on wellness spending not because the cost is too high, but simply because they are not seeing the ROI. And if you, as a sensible decision maker, do not see immediate, quantifiable results, any investment you made towards the health and wellbeing of your staff is in jeopardy.

Why do so many wellness programs fail? Weather you negotiate discount corporate rates for gym memberships, or sponsor weight-loss contests, walk-a-thons or a company softball team, you’re asking your people to invest their personal time. The problem is people who lead a healthy lifestyle do not need a wellness program to motivate them, and those who do not, are consciously choosing a lifestyle which is not likely to adapt healhty habits just because their work encourages it “off the clock”. And of course, quantifiable results take time. You’re waiting (sometimes months) to see any decline in absenteeism from sick days, and you are still not doing anything to target stress where it hurts you the most: in the office.

So why do we beilieve in 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 helps 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 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 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 message services as part of an incentive program, Dave Joy, of Hannaford Brothers in Standish, Maine states: “We had 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.

Why Deep-Tissue Massage?

Why Deep-Tissue Massage?

massage-389716_1920If you’ve never had a deep-tissue massage, you may be wondering why you would choose this particular type of therapy. It can be a little uncomfortable as opposed to other types of massages such as a Swedish massage, so what are the benefits?

During a deep-tissue massage, a therapist will concentrate on deeper layers of the muscle. By using firm pressure and deeper strokes, the therapist stimulates blood flow and reduces inflammation, creating a viable treatment option for a variety of ailments.

Reduces Pain

Perhaps the most common condition deep-tissue massage is sought to relieve is chronic pain. Because inflammation is the source of most pain, this type of treatment can prove very effective. Loosening tightened muscles that often accompany the pain also helps to alleviate tension and strain.

Alleviates Depression

Often depression accompanies chronic pain, and deep-tissue massage will stimulate release of hormones that will positively affect the brain. Although most any type of massage will help with symptoms of depression, deep-tissue massage is thought to be most effective.

Improves the Appearance of Scars

Over time, deep tissue massage can effectively break down scar tissue and cause it to disintegrate entirely. If the scar tissue is internal, a deep-tissue massage will help to loosen the tissue to improve stiffness and pain.

Speeds Recovery

Because it does aid in the breaking down of scar tissue, it’s a much-recommended therapy for patients after surgery. It also stimulates lymphatic production, further improving flexibility and eliminating toxins from the body, aiding in quick recovery and rehabilitation. For this reason, it’s a popular treatment among body builders to speed muscle recovery times and prevent injury.

Alleviates Repetitive Strain Injury

Painful conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome can be relieved or prevented altogether with consistent deep tissue massage.

In Conclusion

All types of massage will benefit your body in some way, but deep-tissue massage is most recommended for the conditions listed above. For questions about what type of massage is right for you, feel free to give us a call. We can custom tailor a treatment plan to fit your particular needs.

Massage Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Massage Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

People often turn to massage therapy to relieve stress because they realize the effects of releasing muscle tension and taking time to pamper their bodies. But what they may not realize is that there are physiological reasons that massage relieves stress. And these are the same reasons that massage can decrease depression.

In 1996, a study was conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine to determine the effects of massage therapy on anxiety. In this study, a group of adults were given chair massages for 15 minutes, 2 times a week.

Tests performed on the subjects showed increased frontal delta waves, proving relaxation, and decreased alpha and beta waves, suggesting a decrease in anxious thoughts.

At the end of the study, which lasted 5 weeks, the group’s depression scores were much lower than they were at the beginning.

There are a couple of reasons massage therapy is useful in treating more than muscle tension.

A main factor in anxiety is cortisol. Cortisol is released for various reasons, but when your stress increases, so do your cortisol levels. And when your cortisol levels increase, so does your stress.

See why stress is such a vicious cycle?

Massage therapy is beneficial to getting you off the cycle by decreasing cortisol levels. Once the cortisol levels are down, your body starts to naturally become more relaxed.

The other thing massage does is encourage your body to release oxytocin and endorphins. Both of these natural “feel-good” chemicals lead your body into a relaxed state of euphoria.

It’s a little known fact that before all the drugs for depression were so freely distributed, massage therapy was a common treatment for the disorder. This generation seems to be catching on to the benefits of natural treatment and seeking ways to treat disorders with fewer drugs.

While you should never stop taking a prescription without the advice of a physician, massage therapy should be a treatment that you add to your regime in order to enhance your overall well-being.

Call us today to book your massage, and get yourself back on track to a healthier outlook on life!

 

 

Sleep Benefits of Massage Therapy

Sleep Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy for InsomniaDo you have trouble falling and staying asleep? Do you find yourself staring at the clock half the night and wondering what it would be like to catch a solid 8 hours of z’s?

If so, you’re not alone. One out of every ten people on this planet reportedly take prescription sleep aids to combat their sleep problems.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that lack of sleep causes increased anxiety and moodiness, but did you also know that it can affect your health?

When our bodies are deprived of the rest they need, hormones become unbalanced and blood pressure increases causing possible health problems such as cardiovascular issues and diabetes. These issues themselves, ironically, also lead to sleep problems.

It’s a vicious cycle!

Pinpointing the cause could be helpful in controlling the problem, but there is one natural solution that could very possibly help you to sleep no matter what the reason.

Massage therapy.

Getting regular massages can help with most issues causing you unrest.

For Insomnia Caused by Chronic Pain

If pain is what is keeping you up all hours, massage therapy could definitely be your solution. Most chronic pain is either muscle or nerve related, and massage therapy helps to alleviate both. Regular massages will help to relax your muscles, thereby helping your body achieve a natural alignment, reducing most nerve pain.

For Insomnia Caused by Stress

Massage causes your body to release serotonin to the brain which is a natural anti-depressant. This combined with the relaxation factor of the massage, puts your body and mind into a more natural state of euphoria, lowering stress levels significantly.

For Insomnia Caused by Hormone Imbalance

Hormones are tricky. Any area of unbalance in the body can cause fluctuations that can cause weight gain, hair loss, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and a whole host of other affliction. Massage therapy is shown to aid the body in releasing certain hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, triggering emotions in the brain that cause a more relaxed environment for the entire body. Relieving stress alone can stabilize many hormone deficiencies.

Don’t let another sleepless night plague your health and your emotions. Book a massage today and let us help you to achieve a more natural state of relaxation!

 

 

 

5 Reasons a Couples Massage is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be a lot of pressure. Flowers…too formal? Candy…too impersonal? Jewelry…too soon?

It’s all just a little too much to take. But there is one gift that is perfect for anyone at any stage in the relationship.

A massage therapy session.

A couples massage is just the thing to take your relationship to the next level, or just have a fun and relaxing time together.

So many couples never take the time just to be together. With the stresses of balancing work, home, kids, and soccer practice, life sometimes takes its toll. Wouldn’t it be nice to just take an hour or two just to relax and shut out the world?

Although all of that is enough of a reason to go ahead and book that session, listed here are 5 more reasons a couples massage is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift:

1.      It Costs Less than Jewelry

Easier on your pocketbook and much less difficult to pick out, a couples massage says “I love being with you” without the stress of wondering if your jewelry pick says “let’s get married.”

2.      It’s Healthier than Candy

Not only are massages relaxing, but did you know that there are certain health benefits that go along with them? For example, massages are proven to lower blood pressure. They’re also a great way to help with chronic tension and prevent injuries during your next workout. What says you care more than tending to your partner’s health?

3.      It Increases Feelings of Intimacy

A massage releases serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine, contributing to an overall feeling of joy and intimacy. Having trouble getting your partner to open up? Lying next to that person in a heightened state of euphoria is the perfect time to find out just what makes him or her tick.

4.      It’s More Romantic than Dinner

Who feels intimate and sexy after stuffing themselves with spaghetti and meatballs (Lady and the Tramp recall, anyone)?  While the notion may seem romantic, the after-dinner bloat…not so much. Why not, instead, share in an experience that will leave you both feeling relaxed and amorous.

5.      It’s an Escape from the Real World

The next best thing to being stranded together on a desert island might be escaping into the serenity of the massage room. Cell phones off and kids at home with the sitter, your world just got a whole lot smaller. What could be more romantic than the thought that for a little while, you and your partner live in your own little world without all the outside distractions?

Do yourself and your relationship a favor…take the time today to call and make that appointment. It could be the most memorable Valentine’s Day you ever spend together!

The best 5 health advantages of consistent therapeutic massage

The best 5 health advantages of consistent therapeutic massage

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Reduced ѕtrеѕѕ

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Bооѕt immune ѕуѕtеm performance

Health care study ѕіgnіfіеѕ that thеrареutіс mаѕѕаgе can really help іnсrеаѕе immune ѕуѕtеm ѕtrеngth by boosting the рhуѕісаl асtіvіtу dеgrее оf the bоdу’ѕ all-natural “killer T сеllѕ ,” which deal with viruses .

Imрrоvе рѕусhоlоgісаl health and wеll bеіng

Studу ѕuggеѕtѕ thаt indications оf ѕtrеѕѕ , раnіс together wіth depression ( almost аll correlated wіth psychological wеll-bеіng ) mіght be іnѕtаntlу іmрасtеd with thеrареutіс massage .

Tаkе care of the раіn

Suffering саn еаѕіlу nеgаtіvеlу affect a реrѕоn’ѕ vаluе of life and аlѕо іmреdе restoration from аіlmеnt or еvеn іnjurіеѕ. Mоѕt rесеnt dіѕсоvеrіеѕ еmрhаѕіzе thе role of mаѕѕаgіng іn раіn mаnаgеmеnt .

Enhаnсе рhуѕісаl fіtnеѕѕ

Exclusive and also recreational аthlеtеѕ similar wіll bеnеfіt frоm mаѕѕаgе thеrару-mаѕѕаgе hеlрѕ to reduce muѕсlе tіѕѕuе strain , dеvеlор еxеrсіѕе funсtіоnаlіtу and put оff injuries .

( ѕоurсе – American Thеrареutіс Massage Association )

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5 Massage therapy techniques

5 Massage therapy techniques

hotstoneA lot of people imagine lengthy , gliding strokes along with the tender kneading of strained muscles provided by competent hands covered in fragrant natural oils and also comforting lotions . Whilst Swedish massaging is easily the most frequent modality in the USA , there are virtually thousands more treatment methods from which to pick while participating of the bodywork smorgasbord !

Reflexology

Are you aware that your very own foot consists of roughly 7 ,000 nerve endings ? A reflexology therapist is applicable pressures to particular places on the feet that correspond to the body’s organs and also techniques . This pressures , used from the front part of the foot going back to the heel , sends alerts via vibrant pathways that stabilize the nervous system , boost blood circulation , and also discharge endorphins that decrease pain and also stress .

Spots on the feet that correspond to :

the heart together with upper body are situated close to the ball of the foot
the liver , pancreas , together with kidney are around the arch of the foot
lower backside in addition to intestines are around the heel

Reflexology is good for individuals who spend considerable time on their feet and also for anyone with unpleasant foot problems . A survey in the American Cancer Modern society journal discovered that one-third of cancer patients applied reflexology since a complementary treatment to decrease pain , sadness , and also anxiety whilst marketing relaxation and sleep . Reflexology can be useful for post-operative or even palliative care in most cancers patients .

Neuromuscular Massaging

In a neuromuscular treatment period , the specialist alternates amounts of highly concentrated pressure on trigger point aspects of muscle tissue spasm utilizing his fingers , knuckles , or even elbow for ten to thirty seconds . This regenerates blood circulation together with oxygen to the muscle tissue , releasing the lactic acidity accumulation that resulted in the spasm .

NMT is simple and highly effective for stopping both chronic pain and acute pain as a result of injuries and surgical treatment . Lots of people identify NMT to be the most efficient massage treatment for back pain brought on by softer tissues personal injuries together with muscle problems .

Craniosacral Therapy

craniosacral-therapy Using a really tender touch , a craniosacral massage therapist gently palpates the client’s skull , face , backbone , and also pelvis to evaluate ease of movement along with the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid . She after that tenderly release limitations in the delicate tissues that surround the central nervous system . Every day stresses result in tightening and also distortions to type around the brain together with spinal cord that could produce inhibitions in the healthy operation of the central nervous system .

CST is perfect for alleviating pain from painful headaches , temporomandibular common disorder , and also neck together with lower back pain . A survey launched in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine recorded that attendees who obtained massage therapy similar to craniosacral therapy appreciated much better rest and less migraines , even weeks after therapy stopped .

Rolfing

Rolfing works on the body’s connective body tissues that assist every one of the muscles , bones , nerves , and also organs . The specialist applies slow-moving , certain pressure to various areas of your body utilizing her hands , fingers , together with arms to realign and also balance the entire body structure . You may be required to breathe in and out into a location or make very little motion to aid emit regulations in the tissues .

Rolfing reduces pain , restores versatility , revitalizes power , also enhances posture . Sportsmen also dancers apply it to strengthen overall flexibility , control , stability , and also acceleration and speed . Rolfing is especially useful for recovery scar tissues and even repeated stress injuries just like carpal tunnel ailment .

Ashiatsu

In lots of ashiatsu periods , the massage therapist makes use of his feet to massage your backside , shoulders , hips , in addition to legs with a long , deep strokes when using bars suspended above the table for assistance . The knees , elbows , palms , and also fingers can also be integrated to stretch out and also stimulate acupressure spots with meridians by utilizing deep tissue methods .

Holiday Massage

Holiday Massage

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The holiday season may be the most joyful and exciting part of the year but it can also be one of the most stressful. Despite the colorful lights and loving attitudes that accompany December’s holiday season, the stress of buying the perfect present or deciding who to spend the holidays with can become overwhelming. What better way to combat this holiday stress with a little present for yourself in the form of a Holiday Massage from Zen?

A good holiday massage can reduce your stress and also keep your spirits up during the frigid weather the holiday season brings with it. A hot stone massage could help warm your inner core during this icey cold season.

Lets not forget that the holiday season can be stressful for your loved ones as well. If you’re still looking for a present for a loved one, why not give the gift of relaxation through a Holiday Massage? If you would like to give this gift to a loved one, click here to see our gift card prices.