Massage for thousands of years now benefits both our body and spirit. It is integrally connected to our wellbeing.
For your Team
Corporate massage can increase your team’s performance as well as nurture a feeling of belonging.
640 Employees / 11 Points 4 Days / Athens-Larisa-Thessaloniki
‘’They offered 12’ of rejuvenating dry massage sessions without oil, in each one of us, in the meeting rooms we provided them. In combination with the energy drinks and special food mixtures they offered us at the end, they left each receiver perfectly happy, rejuvenated and in a really good mood’’
‘’The implementation methodology had an amazing flow, it anticipated for every possible detail and it was also flexible enough to adjust to our own particularities and rules. They were consistent, organized and handled professionally the project that we assigned them. Hygiene levels were high and the overall organization required little of our own time.’
OTE – Cosmote Group
1200 Workers / 6 Points / 4 Days / Athens
‘’They responded to our every request with great willingness and flexibility in the intensive program, they showed absolute adaptability to different audiences and cultures, and thanks to their communication skills they won all the employees.’’
‘’In the few minutes of break time for the workers in the Call Centers, Mark and John worked intensively and with great quality thereby giving really valuable moments of wellness to our employees, which was recorded on the assessment form completed afterwards.’’
‘’We believe that the opportunity will be given for a new cooperation – particularly in the context of Internal Communication programs – for the OTE Group employees, as a request has already been made for the resumption of a Wellness program with our partners Mark and John.’’
We have a series of delicious and beneficial suggestions that will accompany and supplement your people’s experience. Our focus is exclusively on super-foods and antioxidant mixes that boost your mood and increase your energy levels.
Our goal is to educate you about methods that promote physical and mental wellness as well as new ways of diet. If we influence your nutritional habits positively, we will also help you change your daily routine. Changing your daily routine helps improve your body’s energy reserves, boost your mental power and consequently increase your productivity.
Implications of Stress @ Work
Can stress actually cost you money? We think so. But it’s not just us. Research shows that employee stress is at an all time high, and it’s leading to increased costs among organizations. Employees are working longer hours and have more responsibilities, in an uncertain economy. Extra sick days, carpal tunnel (καρπιαίος σωλήνας), and worker’s compensation claims are all stress related, and end up costing you more money. Research in workplace stress found that physically, stress causes: headaches,backaches, eye strain, neck pain, lowered resistance to infections, high blood pressure, ulcers and heart disease. Emotionally, stress causes : depression, anxiety, poor concentration, irritability and anger. One in five employees report taking a sick day to relieve stress Link Repetitive motion, such as grasping tools, scanning groceries, and typing, resulted in the longest absences from work among the leading events and exposures – an average of 17 missed workdays. Link According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly two-thirds of all occupational illnesses reported, were repetitive stress injuries to the wrist, elbow and shoulder. Over 70% of workplace injuries are caused by repetitive motion. Link Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that repetitive strain injuries are the nation’s most common and costly occupational health problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of American workers, and costing more than $20 billion a year in workers compensation. Bursitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are the two most expensive worker’s compensation claims, both can be decreased through regular massage. Link Carpal tunnel claims are the most likely claims to transition from medical-only to lost-time, with the probability of such a transition being approximately 34%. Link Carpal Tunnel ranks second overall in terms of total incurred financial losses and lost time from work. Link Carpal tunnel syndrome results in the highest number of days lost among all work related injuries. It takes at least 27 days to recover from, which is longer than it takes to recover from a fracture or amputation. BLS Article Link According to OSHA, Musculo-Skeletal Disorders (MSDs), such as carpal tunnel and tendonitis, account for $1 of every $3 spent on Workers Compensation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, MSDs accounted for about one third of all workplace injuries and illnesses requiring time away from work. BLS Article Link
Evaluating Your Wellness Program
There are a lot of moving parts to a robust workplace wellness program. You may have to start small and build your program piece by piece. But eventually, you’ll want a program that covers all these bases. Ok, you might be wondering ‘What Wellness Program’? But, even if you are at the stage of giving fruits every Wednesday, that’s a great start! We believe the following will simply help you get better at it. Cause in principle I think we all agree that a healthier workplace, can bring out the best in your people!! √ Prioritize physical fitness The cornerstone of a complete wellness program includes keeping bodies fit and strong. This can happen in several ways: Gym passes Personal trainers Fitness challenges Team sports Wearables (like a FitBit) Incentives for biking to work √ Address chronic conditions Achieving a regular habit of physical fitness might be determined by workers’ current physical conditions. For some, addressing lifelong habits or other chronic conditions is where the first focus should be. A program for employees dealing with bigger health issues can help them turn their health around. Provide resources for issues like these: Diabetes Heart disease Metabolic syndrome Obesity Smoking √ Reduce mental stress A well-rounded wellness program will address the mind as well as the body. And as we’re discovering more and more, the mind and the body aren’t separate from each other: a frantic, stressed out mind, and a body full of tension and injuries go hand-in-hand. Address emotional and mental health with resources like these: Guided meditation groups Mental health support Mindfulness training and practice √ Improve nutrition and diet We all know that the fuel that keeps our bodies going is just as important as physical fitness. Make it easier on employees by encouraging healthy eating habits at home and at the office: Water vs. soda Meal planning help from a nutritionist Food allergy testing Replace vending machines snacks with fruits, veggies, and nuts Cooking demonstrations to help create healthy meals at home √ Be proactive about wellness The best cure is prevention! And lucky for us, we’re living in a time when we have more options than ever to keep illness and injury at bay. For employers, it makes financial sense to ensure employees are healthy and safe on the job. It saves a ton of money in worker’s compensation claims as well as an employee’s absence due to a work-related injury. In-office massage reduces carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, repetitive motion injuries and general stress and fatigue Ergonomics keeps work stations safe and reduces risk of developing work-related injuries √ Get everyone involved This really should be rule #1. Before developing an office wellness program, ask employees what they want and what they would use. Maybe everyone has a gym they already love and aren’t interested in the new gym passes you’re giving out. Or maybe you’re putting tons of money in a huge smoking cessation program, only to find out very few of your employees smoke. It’s a drastic example (hopefully you know more about your employees in the first place), but it makes a point. There’s no sense in building a wellness program that no one will use.
Job Performance and Massage
Coffee breaks and lunch hours are traditional parts of a work day. In recent years so are fruit days, in house catering services and in some cases, in house exercise rooms – wouldn’t it be nice if massage sessions were too? Perhaps they should be and there is enough research to support it. This research evaluated the efficacy of employer-funded on-site massage therapy on job satisfaction, workplace stress, pain, and discomfort. Twenty-minute massage therapy sessions were provided. Evaluation demonstrated improvements in job satisfaction, with initial benefits in pain severity. (Back, C., Tam, H., Lee, E. Haraldsson, B. The Effects of Employer-Provided Massage Therapy on Job Satisfaction, Workplace Stress, and Pain and Discomfort.Holistic Nursing Practice, January/February 2009 – Volume 23 – Issue 1 – p 19-31.) Abstract At the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute, studies suggest that massage therapy reduces job stress. The purpose of the Job Stress study was to determine whether massage might improve job performance. Twice a week, 26 adults were given 15 minute chair massages in their office, over a period of five weeks. Immediately after the massage sessions, the subjects experienced: A change in brain waves in the direction of heightened alertness Better performance on math problems (completed in less time with fewer errors) At the end of the five week period, subjects reported: Reduced job stress Less depressed mood state In a study on 52 adults, the massage group showed increased relaxation, decreased frontal alpha and beta power (suggesting enhanced alertness),increased speed and accuracy on math computations, decreased anxiety,and, at the end of the 5 week period, depression and job stress scores were lower only for the massage group versus the control group. (Cady, S. H., & Jones, G. E. (1997). Massage Therapy as a Workplace Intervention for Reduction of Stress. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 84, 157-158.) Abstract The immediate effects of brief massage therapy, music relaxation with visual imagery, muscle relaxation, and social support group sessions were assessed in 100 hospital employees at a major public hospital. The effects of the therapies were assessed using a within-subjects pre-post test design and by comparisons across groups. The massage groups reported decreased anxiety, depression, fatigue, and confusion, as well as increased vigor following the session. (Field, T., Quintino, O., Henteleff, T., Wells-Keife, L. & Delvecchio-Feinberg, G. (1997). Job stress reduction therapies. Alternative Therapies, 3, 54-56.) Abstract Adults were given a chair massage, and 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 increased 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 decreased only for the massage group. (Field, T., Ironson, G., Scafidi, F., Nawrocki, T.,Goncalves, A., Burman, I. , Pickens, J., Fox, N., Schanberg, S., & Kuhn, C. (1996). Massage therapy reduces anxiety and enhances EEG pattern of alertness and math computations. International Journal of Neuroscience, 86, 197-205.) Abstract