Remedy for Job-Related Stress
Workplace Wellness Programs: Wise companies support the health and well-being of their workforce. Workplace benefit plans help businesses mitigate job-related stress to promote healthy, productive and loyal employees.
There are so many employer benefits to having a healthy workplace. It can attract and retain top employees, and improve morale and employee productivity. It can reduce sickness and absenteeism, not to mention accidents, injuries and disability claims.
In a study published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, employees in a company experiencing downsizing took part in an on-site massage therapy program. The employees who received 15-minute massages during one work break each week showed significant reductions in anxiety, compared to the group that received 15-minute work breaks but no massage therapy.
A review of 37 studies of massage therapy showed its many health benefits. The researchers looked for both physical and psychological benefits. They also separated the results into ones that happened after just one massage therapy session and ones that occurred after many sessions.
What they found is that even just one massage therapy session reduced anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate. After several massage therapy sessions, there was reduced pain. Overall, massage therapy’s largest effects were in reducing anxiety and depression, found to be equivalent to going to psychotherapy.
The authors state: “This meta-analysis supports the general conclusion that MT [massage therapy] is effective.”
Many benefit plans include massage therapy services in their coverage of paramedical services. Massage therapy is consistently recognized as an effective intervention to the effects of stress, strain and pain.
If you’re an employee, check your employer benefits package to see if massage is covered. If it is, then be sure to use your allotment for your own self-care. If massage therapy isn’t included, then request it be included as soon as possible.
Did you know companies like Google and Boeing offer massage therapy to their employees while they’re at work? In fact, Google employs 35 massage therapists in their United States offices, including a massage program manager. Did you also know Google is consistently rated one of the best workplaces in the world? A likely reason for this accolade is that by going above and beyond what employees expect, their employees go above and beyond as well.
If you’re an employer, here is a resource to help you implement or update your workplace health and wellness program. Be sure to include massage therapy to utilize its many proven benefits.
Registered massage therapists (RMTs) are trained professionals, bound to ethics and standards under the Regulated Health Professions Act, and an essential component of paramedical care in our healthcare system. Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa employs only RMTs in the provision of care to our clients.
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