Massage at Work – The Benefits

What Benefit Is In A 15 Minute Chair Massage?

Researchers have found that the impact of a 15 minute chair massage is just as effective as a one hour long table massage in countering the effects of stress. The significant finding was that having multiple or frequent massages seemed to be the biggest indicator of benefit. The usual 15-20 min time frames of chair massage means a lower per treatment cost making it an affordable and extremely effective solution for employers and employees.

Source: Moyer, C., Rounds, J., & Hannum, J. (2004). A Meta-Analysis of Massage Therapy Research. Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 130, No. 1, 3-18.

What are the benefits of a regular seated, neck & shoulder massage at work?

Stress Management

As the benefits of massage are realized, more businesses are offering chair massage in the workplace as an employee incentive and health maintenance resource. According to Pete Reinwald of American Massage Therapy Association, companies such as Boeing and Google offer massage to their employees as part of their wellness programs. Workplace massage can help reduce employee stress while improving overall job satisfaction.

Improved Workplace Mental Health

Margaret Hodge, Ed.D., R.N. and colleagues note that stress at work can “result in low morale, increased anxiety and depression, as well as other health-related concerns.” A 1996 study conducted by Shulman and Jones of the Touch Research Institute in Miami, Florida, found that massage in the workplace helped reduce anxiety. The study indicated that 15 minutes of chair massage was more effective than a 15-minute break to reduce anxiety.

Increased Job Satisfaction

Massage at work can help improve general feelings of contentment and health. A study conducted by Margaret Hodge, Ed.D. R.N. and colleagues in 2000, found that accupressure performed at the job site improved overall feelings of well-being among workers. Those receiving the massage reported feeling an increase in general well-being, less depression and anxiety symptoms, an increased ability to control their emotions and an increase in sleep. The general finding of the study was that the employees receiving massage maintained their job satisfaction whereas those not receiving massage had a decrease in job satisfaction.

Article : What are the Benefits of Chair Massage in the Workplace?

By Jeanne Troncao, MS, LMT


What Is The Impact Of Unhealthy Employees On Your Business?

A study undertaken by Medibank Private revealed that the “…healthiest Australian
employees are almost three times more productive than their unhealthy colleagues.”

Unhealthy Employees:

    • 18 days annual sick leave.
    • Self-rated performance of 3.7 out of 10.
    • 49 effective hours worked (full-time) per month.
    • High fat diet.
    • Low energy levels and poor concentration.
    • Obese or overweight.
    • Irregular sleep patterns.
    • Poor stress management techniques.

Healthy Employees:

      • Two days annual sick leave.
      • Self-rated performance of 8.5 out of 10.
      • 143 effective hours worked (full-time) per month.
      • Healthy diet.
      • Fit, energetic and alert.
      • Normal body weight.
      • More attentive at work and better performers.



Statistics Show the Importance of Employee Engagement Programs

“Research has found that companies reporting high engagement levels achieve
significantly better results, including 29% higher revenue; they are also 50% more
likely to have above-average customer loyalty and are 44% more likely to turn above
average profits1. Research has also shown that highly engaged workgroups are 50%
more productive and 33% more profitable. Their retention rates are 44% higher
and customer loyalty is increased 56%2. Clearly, engagement matters.”

1 Izzo, John B. & Withers, P. Values Shift: The New Work Ethic & What it Means for Business. Prentice Hall Canada, 2000.
2 Weir, J. 2003. Reporting findings of First, Break All the Rules, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman and
Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton.