Massage for thousands of years now benefits both our body and spirit. It is integrally connected to our wellbeing.
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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.
6 Yoga Exercises You Won’t Be Embarrassed to Do at Your Desk
Many of us sit behind our desks and stare at computer screens for far too much of the day. Although concentrated work can be beneficial to our jobs, it can be taxing on our bodies. The following yoga exercises will help you relieve any tension you might feel after too many hours of poring over spreadsheets. The poses also provide long-term benefits with regular practice. Each pose takes fewer than two minutes to complete, and you can do the whole series in just 10 minutes—but I promise you’ll feel the effects long after. Source: Harvard Business Review Breathe deeply throughout the poses because sending oxygen to your muscles allows them to relax. Shoulder Rolls (2 minutes) Sitting upright, lift your right shoulder to your ear. Slowly roll your shoulder around and back, dropping it away from your ear. Lift your left shoulder to your ear. Slowly roll your shoulder around and back, dropping it away from your ear. Continue these rolls three more times, alternating right and left. Lift both shoulders up to your ears and hold for a breath. Release them, slowly rolling your shoulders around and back, dropping them away from your ear. Repeat five times and then relax your shoulders. Open Chest Stretch (1 minute) Sit near the edge of your chair and interlace your fingers behind you, palms together and facing your back. Lean forward slightly, lifting your arms so that you feel the stretch in your chest. Inhale slowly, lifting your chest. Exhale and relax your shoulders away from your ears. Hold for 10 to 15 breaths. Slowly release your hands and return them to your sides. Neck Stretch (1 minute) Sit upright without letting your back touch the back of the chair. Hold your head directly over your spine, as if there is a string lifting the crown of your head up. Drop your right ear toward your right shoulder without lifting your right shoulder or turning your head. Take several breaths in and out, feeling the stretch on the left side of your neck. To create a deeper stretch, reach your right hand over your head and place it on the left side of your face. Hold the pose for at least five more breaths and then release your hand and straighten your neck, gently massaging your neck and shoulders with your left hand. Repeat on your left side. Chair Twist (2 minutes) Sit near the edge of the chair, but turn your thighs toward the right side of the chair so that you are sitting diagonally. If you have an armrest on the side of your chair, bring your thighs as close to it as possible. Move your arm to the back of the chair on the opposite side, taking hold of the chair back with your right hand. With your left hand, take hold of your right knee or armrest. Breathe deeply, focusing on lengthening your spine. Twist to the right, pressing your right hand against the back of the chair to deepen the stretch. Focus on drawing your shoulder blades down. Breathe deeply, completely filling and emptying your lungs. Hold the pose for 10 to 15 breaths. Return to the center. Repeat on your left side. Reverse Prayer Pose (2 minutes) Sit near the edge of your chair. Reach your arms around behind you and bring your palms together, fingertips pointing down. Rotate your wrists and turn your fingertips in toward your spine until your fingertips are pointing up. Slide your palms back together in prayer position. Use one hand to help pull the other hand up further on your back, to a comfortable spot. Be sure your shoulders are straight, not rounded. Press the outside edges of your palms lightly into your back. Press your palms together gently. Press your feet into the floor. Breathe deeply, completely filling and emptying your lungs. Hold the pose for 10 to 15 breaths. Exhale and release your arms. Twisted Arms (2 minutes) Sit upright without letting your back touch the back of the chair. Reach your arms out in front of you at shoulder level. Tuck your right elbow into the crook of your left arm, and curl your forearms up into a 90-degree angle. The backs of your hands will be against each other. If you can, place your left fingers on your right palm, keeping palms straight in a single line with your nose. Breathe deeply, completely filling and emptying your lungs. Hold the pose for 10–15 breaths. Return to the center. Tuck your left elbow into the crook of your right arm, and curl your forearms up into a 90-degree angle. The backs of your hands will be against each other. If you can, place your right fingers on your left palm, keeping palms straight in a single line with your nose. Breathe deeply, completely filling and emptying your lungs. Hold the pose for 10 to 15 breaths. Exhale and return to the center. WorkWell can help you develop & implement end2end your own customised Office Yoga & Ergonomy seminars
Best Health And Fitness Management Apps
Are you running the same route, eating the same grilled chicken and veggies for dinner, or listening to the same playlists over and over? Anyone can fall into a rut, but it’s time to push past the monotony and re-energize your habits. Choose among these apps to find inspiration and ideas to eat, exercise and, yes, sleep better every day. Source: Forbes Meditation Studio Meditation has been proven to help people decrease stress, reduce anxiety, improve sleep and generally aid in managing challenging situations. Meditation Studio is one of the best apps in helping newbies and more advanced meditators alike achieve their zen goals. The app features a wide scope of meditation collections for many of life’s challenges, including stress, pain, sleep, happiness, confidence, performance, all designed to fit easily into peoples’ lives. It also provides access to some of the world’s most influential experts, including Dr. Elisha Goldstein, Emily Fletcher, Michael Apollo, Susan Piver, and so on. Meditation Studio is an easy-to-use app that introduces meditation in a well-designed and intuitive interface for users of any level. Aaptiv – around 10 euro / month If you’ve made a commitment to find and stick to a fitness plan, terrific. But sometimes you can feel lost as to what to actually do once you get to the gym or head outside. While there are countless workout video apps and web sites, Aaptiv sets itself apart by offering on-demand audio fitness training through your smartphone, letting you take personal coaching on the go with you from a trail run to an at-home yoga session. Each trainer motivates you to get up and get going, while perfectly matched music keeps you energized and sees you through. Headspace – free; iOS, Android While allowing yourself the time and focus to clear your mind can feel like a luxury that we can’t afford, it is crucial to maintaining balance. But if you have trouble blocking out the noise and finding some peace, Headspace can be your guide. (Wall Street execs, Olympic athletes and moguls from Richard Branson to Gwyneth Paltrow are among the app’s more than 10 million users worldwide.) Start off with the free Take10 program, which introduces you to the practice of meditation for 10 minutes a day in 10 days, while a subscription unlocks access to a deeper range of mindfulness exercises from just a couple minutes to one hour. Tailor it to focus on what matters to you most, then follow the straightforward guidance on breathing and visualization to reap the benefits every day. Sleep Cycle – free with in-app purchases on iOS, 1 euro on Android When trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we track everything from our steps to our calories and our water intake. But have you ever examined – or even thought about – your sleep patterns? The Sleep Cycle app gives you that insight by monitoring your your sounds and movements while you sleep to detect when you’re in your deepest sleep. It then adapts to your rhythms to wake you up at your lightest sleep state so you’ll start your day feeling more naturally refreshed. Combine that with the app’s analysis of your time asleep, and you’ll feel motivated to place more of a priority on making good sleep a part of your daily routine. Keelo – free (plus paid premium plan); iOS, Android We all want to make the most of our time and exercise app Keelo gets this by focusing on high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and offering strength, cardio and conditioning workouts ranging from about 7 to 20 minutes to complete at the gym or at home. Keelo can devise a workout plan based on your goals, then spell out each stage of the workout so you know exactly what to expect before you begin. Plus, with the option to sync with Apple Health, you’ll have the ability to track your results and even access a virtual coach to keep you going. Healthy Living – free; iOS, Android Once you’re eating more organic foods and reading more nutrition labels, that’s great – but what happens when you start asking questions about what’s in your everyday products like shampoo or shaving cream? Who do you ask? Enter Healthy Living, a comprehensive, ratings-based app that explains exactly what ingredients are in more than 120,000 food and personal care products. You can search for a product by name, scan a barcode or scroll through the app’s own recommendations on what to buy. Dooey Dooey claims to be the world’s first messaging app created to simplify the lives of mobile users by bringing their work and social communications to one place. It aims to keep communication simple by consolidating messaging from its current fragmented state into a single coherent platform. The app is divided into two dedicated channels; a place where users can seamlessly switch between “social” and “business” modes with one toggle so that they can more easily focus on different projects. It looks to give users full autonomy across both aspects of their lives, allowing them to decide which contacts they add to each section of the app. While the social side gives users a space to chat freely to friends and family, the business side will only be visible to chosen work contacts, helping users to retain a healthy work life balance. Moves The Moves app is a free application available on both iOS and Android that makes use of the accelerometer and GPS functions of a smartphone to collect information such as distances traveled between exact locations on a map and even calories burned. I have found that this was a very reliable way of tracking my own steps when traveling locally between my home and office, but also further afield, too – even when you don’t have data roaming switched on. It’s also completely free. Bonus! Conclusion Smartphones are as close to us and nearly as necessary as our house keys. Therefore, using the right apps that can boost our energy levels, assist us with better eating options and motivate us, is a rather efficient and tech friendly approach! So, be brave and delete the FB app and replace it with any one of the above! Related Articles | 12 Stress Management Apps to Relax Your Mind & Body
What’s the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs? HBR
Since 1995, the percentage of Johnson & Johnson employees who smoke has dropped by more than 2/3rds. The number who have high blood pressure or who are physically inactive also has declined—by more than 1/2. That’s great, obviously, but should it matter to managers? Well, it turns out that a comprehensive, strategically designed investment in employees’ social, mental, and physical health pays off. J&J’s leaders estimate that wellness programs have cumulatively saved the company $250 million on health care costs over the past decade; from 2002 to 2008, the return was $2.71 for every dollar spent. Source: Harvard Business Review What Is Workplace Wellness? Our extensive research on workplace wellness has led us to arrive at this definition of it: an organized, employer-sponsored program that is designed to support employees (and, sometimes, their families) as they adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organization’s bottom line. Government incentives or not, healthy employees cost you less. Doctors Richard Milani and Carl Lavie demonstrated that point by studying, at a single employer, a random sample of 185 workers and their spouses. The participants were not heart patients, but they received cardiac rehabilitation and exercise training from an expert team. Of those classified as high risk when the study started (according to body fat, blood pressure, anxiety, and other measures), 57% were converted to low-risk status by the end of the six-month program. Furthermore, medical claim costs had declined by $1,421 per participant, compared with those from the previous year. A control group showed no such improvements. The bottom line: Every dollar invested in the intervention yielded $6 in health care savings. 57% of people with high health risk reached low-risk status by completing a worksite cardiac rehabilitation and exercise program We’ve found similar results in our own experience. In 2001 MD Anderson Cancer Center created a workers’ compensation and injury care unit within its employee health and well-being department, staffed by a physician and a nurse case manager. Within six years, lost work days declined by 80% and modified-duty days by 64%. Cost savings, calculated by multiplying the reduction in lost work days by average pay rates, totaled $1.5 million; workers’ comp insurance premiums declined by 50%. 4% is the voluntary turnover rate at SAS Institute, thanks in part to a highly effective employee wellness program. What’s more, healthy employees stay with your company. A study by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health shows that organizations with highly effective wellness programs report significantly lower voluntary attrition than do those whose programs have low effectiveness (9% vs. 15%). At the software firm SAS Institute, voluntary turnover is just 4%, thanks in part to such a program; at the Biltmore tourism enterprise, the rate was 9% in 2009, down from 19% in 2005. According to Vicki Banks, Biltmore’s director of benefits and compensation, “Employees who participate in our wellness programs do not leave.” Nelnet, an education finance firm, asks departing employees in exit interviews what they will miss most. The number one answer: the wellness program. Nelnet asks departing employees in exit interviews what they will miss most. The number one answer: the wellness program. To understand the business case for investing in employee health, we examined existing research and then studied 10 organizations, across a variety of industries, whose wellness programs have systematically achieved measurable results. In group and individual interviews, we met with about 300 people, including many CEOs and CFOs. We asked about what works, what doesn’t, and what overall impact the program had on the organization. Using our findings, we’ve identified six essential pillars of a successful, strategically integrated wellness program, regardless of an organization’s size. Passes to fitness clubs and nutrition information in the cafeteria are not enough, as you’ll see Develop hand in hand with WorkWell your own Wellness Program and improve your people’s everyday life’s