The scientifically backed benefits of professional therapeutic massage techniques have been in the limelight now for several decades, but only in recent years has the business world truly begun to recognize its benefits for the workplace, and it isn't merely about promoting "fluff-time" for your employees. While professional therapeutic massage is known for its ability to induce relaxation and mental calm, it has a myriad of other benefits that can help form the foundation of a well prepared work group, even improving your bottom line in the process! How so? Professional therapeutic massage can help boost your business by ensuring employees better cope with stress (often over an 80% reduction!), which in turn can help:
All of these benefits are intrinsically linked to the overall health and wellness of your business. It is a well known fact that employees are more willing to go the extra mile for businesses that take good care of them. More than that, happier, healthier employees typically produce higher customer service ratings which in turn translates into repeat business. Best of all, showing your employees that you really care about their wellness beyond the job can significantly boost office morale.
Offering your employees the option of taking a "stress recess" once a month by scheduling a professional therapeutic massage might just be as effective an investment as any, with a higher ROI than other comparable offerings. Whether you opt to cover the cost of the treatment, either in whole or in part, or simply allow your employees a one to two hour window (for a one hour massage session plus commute) is up to you. While your financial contribution certainly would be added incentive for employees to partake of the offer (remember the ROI), many times simply allowing them the ability to take the time off during the work week without penalty to schedule a massage will persuade them well enough. Additionally, professional massage therapists are usually willing to offer group or corporate discounts for businesses or their employees who commit to regular sessions throughout the coarse of a year.
You may be thinking, "Why do my employees have to miss work to get a massage?" Though it's true, some massage therapists take appointments in the evenings or weekends, many have families and obligations of their own and are not able to provide treatments apart from the standard workweek. By allowing your employees to take their stress recess during the workweek, you help ensure therapist availability, and provide employees their own family time during their off hours.
We encourage you to consider making this investment in your team members, it truly is a win-win for you and your employees alike. In our stress-filled world, even adults need recess too -- including YOU!
Jerri W., LMT, CWC
Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Wellness Coach with over 23 years of experience in pain management, relaxation techniques and lifestyle education.
Heather R., LMT, CWC
Certified Wellness Coach and Licensed Massage Therapist with a passion for helping others achieve optimal wellness through healthier living.
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