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.
An Honest Review on Standing Desks
Improve your focus, productivity, and health with this simple office fix Source: Inc Ever feel completely drained after a flight, long car ride, or just a day of sitting at a desk? Even though you were just sitting for a long time, you felt exhausted. There are so many negative side effects to simply sitting for extended periods of time. Yet, Americans sit for on average 8 hours a day, with most of these hours being at work. Sitting for such a long time can negatively affect your health, side effects include: Weight gain Poor blood circulation Heart disease Weakened muscles Diabetes Posture problems Chronic Back and neck pain Anxiety and Depression Sitting for long periods of time can cause more harm than good, especially for office workers. In an attempt to avoid these side effects, standing desks have become more and more popular. Not only do they avoid these harmful consequences of sitting, but standing desks actually improve health. Studies have shown standing desks actually increase productivity and focus in the workplace. An article by the Washington Post cited a recent study conducted by Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center School of Public Health that tested the benefits of standing desks. The study, which monitored 167 employees in a Texan call center over a six-month period, found that employees using stand-capable desks were more productive than their colleagues in standard, seated desks. And, the productivity of the standing-desk workers continued to increase over their seated colleagues steadily. In the first month, the stand-capable group had 23 percent more successful calls than their seated colleagues, and by the sixth month, they had 53 percent more successful calls. In addition to increasing productivity, standing desks have been sought out for numerous benefits. These benefits include: May lower risk of weight gain and obesity May Lower blood sugar levels May lower risk of heart disease Reduce back and neck pain Improve mood and energy levels With as many benefits that come with a standing desk, it is no wonder they have become so popular in the workplace. Improve your focus, productivity, and health with this simple office fix. Conclusion We tried at WorkWell working on a DIY standing desk for 3 days in a row and to be honest it was a pleasant change. Yet, we noticed there were other muscle groups under continuous strain that needed attention. In result, the need to mobilise our body and avoid working in the same position, proved once again necessary. We even asked Plaisio employees their opinion about the standing POS and we got similar feedback. Instead of standing breaks, walk it out If you like your standing desk, Inc doesn’t see any issue with keeping it. Just don’t expect that it’s substitute for exercise. What matters most is that you get moving and don’t stay in one spot all day long. Inc recommends the tried-and-true walking break to get moving throughout your work day. Take the stairs, schedule walking meetings, and make a point to get outside at least once a day. Just 10 minutes of walking a day has brain-boosting benefits.
PhD Research on Stress Management Techniques | University of Athens
According to the World Health Organization, stress is a significant problem of our times and affects both physical as well as the mental health of people. Stress is defined as a situation where the organism‘s homeostasis is threatened or the organism perceives a situation as threatening. Stress coping methods are the cognitive, behavioral and psychological efforts to deal with stress. After a thorough literature review some of the following techniques were identified: Transcendental meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Source Life exists through the maintenance of a complex dynamic equilibrium, termed homeostasis, that is constantly challenged by internal or external adverse forces, termed stressors, which can be emotional or physical in nature. Thus, stress is defined as a state of threatened or perceived by the individual as threatened homeostasis and it is re-established by a complex repertoire of behavioural and physiologic adaptive responses of the organism. Evidence-based stress management techniques Transcendental Meditation ™ History: The TM technique, a simple, psychophysiological stress reduction procedure, was introduced to the West by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a scholar of the ancient Vedic tradition of India. Method/Pathophysiology: The TM technique is simple and easily learned, requiring to be practiced for 20 minutes twice daily while sitting with eyes closed and repeating a mantra, a meaningless sequence of sounds specific to each individual, to promote a natural shift of awareness to a wakeful but deeply restful state. TM is not a religion or philosophy and is taught through a seven-step course of instruction by a certified TM teacher. During the TM practice, a reduction in mental and physical activity occurs and that is the result of the individual‘s experience of a mental state called transcendental consciousness, which is different from usual waking, dreaming, or sleep states. This experience is deemed responsible for the restoration of normal function of various bodily systems, especially those involved in adapting to environmental stressors or challenges. Results/Benefits: The TM technique appears to be distinctively effective in modifying several clinically relevant physiological and psychological outcomes in different disorders. There is substantial evidence indicating that psychological stress contributes to hypertension and cardiovascular disease and that TM can lower blood pressure. Clinical effects of TM impact a broad spectrum of physical and psychological symptoms and syndromes, including: reduced anxiety, pain, and depression enhanced mood and self-esteem decreased stress, and faster recovery from stress Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Origins: MBSR was pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and assisted by Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. and colleagues in 1979 at the University Of Massachusetts Medical Center. MBSR classes are usually taught by physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists, who are seeking to reclaim and deepen some of the unique reciprocity inherent in the doctor-caregiver/patient-client relationship. Method/Pathophysiology: MBSR is a structured 8-week group program employing mindfulness meditation in order to alleviate mental and physical suffering, associated with physical, psychosomatic and psychiatric disorders. MBSR is not a religion or dogma and is based upon a systematic procedure to develop enhanced awareness of moment-to-moment experience of one‘s own mental process. Results/Benefits: MBSR has been used successfully on mood and cardiovascular variables, it can control severe headaches, it helps reduce stress in patients with aneurismal haemorrhage and is effective for anxiety and depression in individuals and groups.
A 3-Step Approach to Handle Flu Season @ Work
The winter season in Greece has began and its marking its way with symptoms of cold and flu. Here’s how to keep your workplace healthy — or fight back when something ends up going around. Source: Inc Along with the rain and the cold, the change in time and the sorter day, your employees are probably inadvertently tracking plenty of germs into the office. That’s nasty for them and nasty for you — sick employees are (contagious) unproductive employees. You can’t make it warmer in November so what, if anything, can be done to keep your workplace as healthy as possible?Here is a sensible approach to three key areas. Prevention The first step is stopping people from getting sick in the first place. Of course you can’t keep them away from their neighbor’s germy kid or that cough-filled metro, but at least you can help them arm themselves for cold and flu season. “Some businesses schedule on site flu shots which makes it easy and convenient for employees. If you don’t have the resources to do that, you can email out a list of nearby locations that have flu shot services available,” suggests Untemplater, and don’t forget to leave some free Vitamin C lying around so employees have it to hand at the first sign of sickness. Another, and must admit more Greek approach is of course Echinacea/Εχινάκια tea bags or pills or drops that you can leave next to the fruits basket and email a leaflet explaining the use and benefits of it. Echinacea encourages the immune system and reduces many of the symptoms of colds, flu and some other illnesses. It works best at the early stages, so its a preventive measure in a way! Quarantine Okay, the cold isn’t some medieval plague, but the principle of keeping the sick separate from the healthy still obviously applies, and, as we all know, modern office workers sometimes soldier on when it would be far better for the whole office if they headed home. As the manager, make sure you encourage them to stay away when sick. “Get a clear sick leave policy in place and stick to it,” suggests Untemplater. “You want people to be able to take time off to recover without feeling guilty, stressed, or worrying if they’re going to get paid or not.” But just setting out a sensible policy on sick leave isn’t enough. You also need to reinforce it on the ground: “keep a close eye on your teams especially during the height of cold and flu season. If you notice certain individuals displaying symptoms, take the initiative and send them home to rest. Some people are stubborn or hesitant to speak up about going home and will try to work through sickness when they’re actually at their most contagious.” Sanitation Keeping infected employees out of the office is a great start to battling seasonal sickness, but it needs to be paired with sensible sanitation measures, according to Untemplater. Anywhere lots of people touch is likely to be teeming with germs. Go on the offense. Wipe off that grimy cellphone, and disinfect microwaves doorknobs, light switches, etc. Another germ breeding ground you might not have considered is sponges.Throw them away. “Paper towels are a good alternative, microwaving damp sponges to kill germs, or replacing sponges often can help prevent cold and flu in the office,” notes Untemplater. Stay out of the office kitchen. Most people don’t realize that office kitchens are often a breeding ground for the flu, Moffitt says. “Try not to share eating utensils, dishes and linens if possible. During flu season it’s best to use disposable products. If those aren’t available employees should wash everything thoroughly before they use it.”