A study on anxiety published by the Touch Research Institute (International Journal of Neuroscience, 86, 197-205) showed massage therapy reduces anxiety and enhances EEG patterns of alertness and math computations. During the research adults were given a 15 minute chair massage, and the control group adults were asked to relax in a chair for 15 minutes, two times a week for five weeks. Frontal delta power increased for both groups, suggesting relaxation. The massage group showed decreased alpha and beta power, and increased speed and accuracy on math computations. At the end of the five-week period, depression scores were lower for both groups but, job stress scores were lowered only for the massage group.
From an employer's standpoint, work-related stress undoubtedly limits job satisfaction among employees, adding to increased turnover. By lowering stress, massage helps eliminate absenteeism, and improves employee resilience, performance and productivity. “Massage addresses the symptoms of stress,” says Bruce Kelly, a consultant with William M. Mercer, the benefits firm. “It offers people relief and helps them perform much better.” With a regular massage program, an employee is certain to miss fewer days of work due to illness, ultimately contributing to lower health care premiums. A recent study by the American Psychological Association states "massage therapy can lower blood pressure, slow your heart rate, and boost your immunity." The number of corporations that offer massage are growing every year. As an addition to your existing health benefits, massage therapy helps create a workplace where employees can see that management is striving to reduce stress and foster an environment in which they can build a long-term career.
A Regular Chair Massage Program has been scientifically shown to improve health by:
- Decreasing stress and anxiety levels by reducing inflammation which is a precursor to many health conditions and disease
- Improving joint/muscle aches in the neck, back and shoulders due to improper ergonomics or posture
- Preventing/treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or the pain and numbness associated with repitive keyboard and mouse use
- Raising immunity to colds and flu
- Lowering blood pressure
- Increasing circulation allowing more oxygen and nutrients to vital organs and tissue
Other Benefits of Regular Massage:
- Increases range-of-motion
- Decreases injury and illness recovery time
- Relieves fatigue and provides more energy
- Improves sleep