Salus@Work at ARM wellbeing day

ARMWellbeing201606CloseupHave you ever considered arranging a wellbeing day at work? This is a great way to reward your employees for their hard work and loyalty.

Salus Wellness Clinics were recently contacted by ARM, the largest high tech company based in Cambridge, enquiring into the provision of 10-minute seated massages at their well-being day.  They knew about a similar gig we recently did for the Forward Institute and wanted exactly the same.

ARMWellbeing201606QueueMyself and my colleague Julie Taylor-Allan treated a total of 45 people and, it was so popular, that not all those who attended could be allocated a treatment due to time restrictions.

Those who did receive a treatment, commented on how much better they felt both physically and emotionally. Amongst the many comments were:

“Most excellent, I wish you came here every day”.

“Really worth doing. Should be done more often. Great 10 minute break. Thank you!!”

“Very good!!! I had a sore back, it was gone after the massage”.

“My first massage ever and I’m really glad I had one. Felt very relaxed. Will be back for more.”

ARMWellbeing201606In these highly stressful times, it is extremely important for hard working employees to feel appreciated and valued by their employer, particularly in highly paced and demanding environments typical of high tech fast growing organisations.

This gesture by the employer in turn will raise morale and loyalty in staff, reduce sickness absence and improve productivity. A win:win for both the employees and employer.

To think it only takes as little as 10 minutes, the same time as a coffee break, to help someone feel relaxed, re-energised and rejuvenated was very rewarding

The organisers and all those who attended the wellbeing day were very warm and welcoming and it was a very enjoyable experience for all of us.

Our Salus@Work initiative was created years ago upon request of an event organiser who wanted to help their guests who just flew in for the event.  The amazing success and feedback we received encouraged us to package Salus@Work as an initiative we offer to local organisations both as one-offs as well as for regular weekly/fortnightly/monthly slots.

To-date among our clients we can list event organisers, high-tech and bio-tech companies as well as professional service firms.

The benefits of chair massage @ work

Could a 15 minute chair massage whilst working at the office save employers 24 days off sick/year?

Naomi DavidsonStress is a well-known cause of sick leave, but how much does it really affect workers and is there anything employers can do to alleviate this?

The latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures show that in the UK stress is the second most commonly reported condition in self-reported work-related illnesses. An estimated 428,000 workers (40%) in 2011/12 suffered from stress due to their current or past employment and on average each person took an estimated 24 days off work. It is also estimated that 10.4 million working days were lost in 2011/12 due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety.

What is onsite chair massage?

On site acupressure massage is a hybrid of the ancient Oriental massage arts of Anma and Shiatsu. It is a meridian based therapy in which thumb, finger, elbow and knuckle pressure are used on over 90 specific acupressure points on the back, arms, hands, neck, head and legs. It is carried out with the client fully clothed and sitting in an ergonomically designed chair and takes between 15 to 30 minutes.  On site massage is therefore one of the most effective, convenient and popular therapies particularly in the Corporate sector. This helps to stimulate and balance the flow of energy throughout the body in turn stimulating the circulatory, muscular, nervous, immune and lymphatic systems. It promotes the release of endorphins and important mood regulating neurotransmitters which leaves the client feeling relaxed but energised and alert. It also helps reduce muscle tension in the upper body by concentrating on those areas most affected by prolonged repetitive activity.

Benefits to the employer

  • improves staff health, energy and performance
  • demonstrates genuine commitment for the welfare of your employees
  • improves productivity and concentration
  • reduces sickness absence
  • creates a healthier and happier workforce
  • is affordable

Benefits to your employees

  • relieves stress, tension, anxiety and irritability
  • increases energy levels and helps boost the immune system
  • promotes a sense of well-being
  • lowers blood pressure
  • reduces stiffness, muscle tension and improves flexibility
  • reduces and prevents repetitive strain injury

An American Study, recently published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, looked at the “feasibility of chair massage during the work hours of nurses in inpatient and outpatient settings and its effect on stress-related symptoms.” Thirty-eight nurses, ranging in age from 21 to 65 years, each received a 15 minute chair massage once a week for ten weeks. These treatments were specifically tailored by three massage therapists to suit the individual’s needs.

The participants were assessed at five and then ten weeks for overall quality of life, levels of stress, anxiety, and symptoms relating to anxiety. The results demonstrated that stress and anxiety related symptoms improved for all 38 participants at five weeks and further at ten weeks. Those nurses working a 12 hour shift (rather than those working 8 hour shifts) reported considerable benefits from massages between week five and week ten. Thirty-five of the 38 participants (92%) gave positive feedback about chair massage in relation to improved sleep, a reduction in pain, headaches, tension and stress. 70% felt it had improved their overall job satisfaction, and 60% suggested they would be willing to pay for short chair massage sessions if these were made available in the workplace.

The researchers concluded that “offering chair massage for nurses in a psychiatric unit or a pain rehabilitation unit during work hours – although challenging because of busy clinical schedules – reduced stress-related symptoms significantly and was highly appreciated by the nurses.”  (Source: International Therapist Magazine, Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). Issue 103 January 2013)

Salus@Work, official launch

Salus Wellness is officially launching today Salus@Work, a corporate service offered to local service companies, helping employers to improve the quality of their working environment.

Long hours sitting at the desk and stress can cause tension to shoulders, arms and neck. If ignored, these can cause debilitating pain which may reduce productivity and possibly even increase sick leave.  Work related stress, according to the Health and Safety Executive, is costing British companies in excess of half a billion per year with over 14 million working days lost between sick leave and reduced productivity.

The Salus@Work scheme offers a practical hands-on solution to release tension and stress in the form of a short 5-15 minutes massage to the shoulders, neck area, hands and head for all employees who wish to partake.  These massages are performed while fully clothed and from a seated position, either at the employee’s desk or in a purposely set-up massage chair located in a function or meeting room depending on the employer’s preference.

Obvious benefits are:

  • Increase productivity
  • Improve working conditions and environment
  • Increase staff retention
  • Reduce sick leave
  • Promote team building

After running successful trials with a short list of local companies Salus@Work is now available to all companies in Cambridgeshire that care about their employees and keen to invest in their wellbeing and make their company a place people want to work for.  Moreover Salus Wellness is offering a totally free session to the first 5 companies that get in touch before 21 December.