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.
How to Release the Stress stored in our Bodies
Do you spend much time sitting in front of a computer, on a plane, in a car? If so your hips may be locked up which effects your ability to dance, but worse than that it may be causing you undue stress and fear. Source Taking Time to Unlock the ‘Muscle of the Soul’ The Psoas Muscle, is a long muscle located on the side of the lumbar region of the vertebral column and brim of the pelvis, that is also known as the “muscle of the soul”. It is one of the largest muscles in the body and it is a place where we often store stress or trauma that can literally influence our mood and our outlook on life. We recently explored in depth just how much fear can inhibit our ability to think clearly thus creating an unhealthy perspective that can harm us and those around us. Now let’s look at where that fear might be stored in our body, and a few ways to release it. In humans, the extremes of the two polarities might appropriately be described as LOVE (+) and FEAR (- ). Love fuels growth. In contrast, fear stunts growth. – Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. How built up stress makes us easy to manipulate Being in a state of fear allows us to be easily manipulated. Advertisers and politicians have learned to capitalize on this biological aspect of humans also known as the lizard brain. Unfortunately our fast-paced lifestyles (mentally), combined with our relatively stagnate physical activity (driving, working at computer, etc.) causes our bodies to be ineffective at releasing built up stress which manifests in our thoughts as fear or anxiety. If you spend long hours sitting, your hips may be locked up, causing you undue stress and fear Lizard brain refers to the oldest part of the brain, the brain stem, responsible for primitive survival instincts such as aggression and fear (flight or fight) – Joseph Troncale M.D., Psychology Today Where is a majority of the stress stored? It is often stored in one of the largest muscles in our body, the psoas. This muscle stretches from our lower trunk through our hips into the top of our thighs, it is used for core stability and the fight-flight reflex. Every time we see something that startles us (real or perceived threat) like an animal crossing the road while we drive, or a violent scene in a movie, our brain sends signals our body to respond by releasing epinephrine (adrenaline). The muscle that is most central to our fight/flight response is the psoas. When we don’t respond, these stress hormones go unspent and become stored in the body. This can bring many health problems including insomnia, lowered immune system, anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and living in a constant state of fear or alert. Because the psoas is so intimately involved in such basic physical and emotional reactions, a chronically tightened psoas continually signals your body that you’re in danger, eventually exhausting the adrenal glands and depleting the immune system. As you learn to approach the world without this chronic tension, psoas awareness can open the door to a more sensitive attunement to your body’s inner signals about safety and danger, and to a greater sense of inner peace. – Liz Koch, Author of The Psoas Book Therapeutic Approach Since stress accumulates on an unconscious level, healing our bodies is a process that must happen consciously. There is no single way to do this, it requires gradual lifestyle changes and a daily practice. Craniosacral Therapy is powerful because it helps teach our body how to relax into a parasympathetic state which relaxes the nervous system. This gentle and non-invasive approach helps us bring awareness to and melt away the stress stored within us. To work with the psoas is not to try to control the muscle, but to cultivate the awareness necessary for sensing its messages. This involves making a conscious choice to become somatically aware. – Liz Koch, Author of The Psoas Book Yoga and Personal Practice The best doctor is already within you. There is no replacement for cultivating a practice that heals, replenishes, and relaxes you from the in-side, out. There are numerous yoga poses that can help you on your journey of releasing this stress, anxiety, and fear stored within your psoas. Yoga calls this “the muscle of the soul” so any focus here is sure to give great results to your overall well-being. Yoga International seems to have a comprehensive list of photos and descriptions of poses that can start you on your journey.
Seven Reasons Every Home or Office Should Have An Essential Oil Diffuser
If you’re no stranger to natural living, you’ve probably already read a recommendation or two about using essential oil diffusers to improve your health, increase your energy, or to help you sleep better. The fact is, these handy little devices are great for all of those things and more. Source 1. Relaxation and Sleep One of the best and most well-known uses for essential oils is their ability to help you unwind at the end of a hard day. While there are several other methods for getting your soothing oils from the bottle into your blood stream where they start to work their magic, the diffuser is by far the easiest and longest-lasting of them all. Keep one at the office to help you relax on your lunch break. Have a diffuser ready to go with the push of a button when you get home from work in the evening. Set one on the bedside table to help your mind and body relax so you can sleep better at night. Recommended oils: chamomile, lavender, clary sage 2. Mood Elevating Just as a diffuser can help you to de-stress, they can also be used to create an energizing mood. This is not only great for when you’re feeling sad or depressed. You can use your diffuser to inspire high spirits during the holidays, to set a positive atmosphere for business meetings and social gatherings, to help you get moving on a slow morning, or even to create a romantic atmosphere for that special someone in your life. Recommended oils: sweet orange, jasmine, rose, scotch pine, sandalwood, vanilla 3. Ward Off Illness Using a diffuser in your home or office is a great way to keep cold, flu, and other nasty illnesses at bay that works on three levels. First, many essential oils are powerfully anti-microbial and when introduced into the air in vapor form, the organic compounds within the oils come into direct contact with airborne pathogens before they can invade your body. Second, essential oils can also be used to boost the immune system. Last but not least, some diffusers also double as humidifiers which will help to keep your airways moist and healthy so you are less susceptible to any microbes that do make it into your body. Recommended oils: tea tree, sage, rosemary, grapefruit, lemon, thyme 4. Helps You Breathe Easier Essential oils are great for reducing inflammation and congestion in clogged airways to help you breathe more easily. If you are prone to allergies or other breathing disorders, try diffusing essential oils in the room (or rooms) of your home where you spend the most time. Just remember to keep a box of tissues handy as your nose and sinuses begin to open so you can also avoid that mad dash to the bathroom! Recommended oils: peppermint, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus 5. Pain Relief While most people will tell you to apply essential oils directly to the body for pain relief, you can also use a diffuser to extend their effects. This method is an excellent way to combat persistent pain such as that caused by headaches, sore joints, and overworked muscles. Recommended oils: ginger, chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, clary sage, rosemary, bergamot 6. Improve Cognitive Function Using essential oils in a diffuser is a highly-effective way to super-charge your brain cells. Again, this effect works on multiple levels. First, many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities – meaning that they are soothing when you’re stressed, but they can also give you a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down or sluggish. By leveling out your mood, the oils in the air will help you to focus. Also, there are several essential oils which are known for their powerful ability to balance the body’s hormones. With regular use, these oils can actually help to heal the underlying causes responsible for hampering cognitive function. Recommended oils: peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, pine 7. Repel Insects Whether your problem is mosquitoes, house flies, fruit flies or moths, you can use essential oils in your diffuser to deter these critters from entering your home. Recommended oils: clove, lemongrass, rosemary, cedarwood In Conclusion So far we’ve covered the top nine reasons that owning a diffuser is an investment in your health and well-being, but it’s more than just that. With all of the versatile uses for essential oil diffusers around the home which ultimately lead to less doctor visits, lower electric bills, fewer cups of coffee and better productivity; you will soon discover that this handy little device is a money-saver as well!
18 Simple Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude at Work
What if there was a way you could easily expand your mind and see greater possibilities in life? What if you could develop better skills naturally? When people think of having a positive attitude, they probably think it’s little more than plastering a smile on their face and trying to think happy thoughts. But it’s more than that. Source A positive attitude is something that goes deeper and has an effect beyond surface cheer. Negative attitudes promote fear, and a narrowing of focus and the mind, while positive attitudes do the opposite. No one should live in a constant state of “fight or flight”, but negative attitudes create exactly that scenario. Studies have also shown that having a true positive attitude makes your view of life seem broad, full of possibilities. That view leads to actually living your life in a way that makes it natural to be exposed to and acquire new skills. Here are some ways to maintain a positive attitude in the workplace, regardless of whether it comes naturally or not: 1. Surround yourself with positive people. The old saying “birds of a feather flock together” can be viewed two ways. Either people who are similar naturally find each other, or people in a group become the same over time. Who you hang around with rubs off on you. If you’re always with negative people who complain about everything, you’ll become a complainer and see the world as negative as they do. You might think you can stay positive and change them, but that’s not going to be the case. Try to connect with people who like their job, have new ideas, and are interested in lots of other things besides work. It’ll make your whole outlook better. You can’t always pick your co-workers, but you can be cautious about how much time you spend with them, and in what setting. If you’re stuck with a negative bunch, be careful not to participate in the negativity. Take breaks and go for a walk rather than immerse yourself in negative breakroom drama and gossip. 2. Fill your mind with positive input. The same way that the people you are around change you to be more like them, so is what you feed your mind. Listen to positive music with headphones. Listen to uplifting audio books on the drive into work. Read books that are encouraging. Watch videos and listen to podcasts that are positive or help you improve skills. If you are what you eat holds true for your body, your mind is what you feed it. 3. Control your language. No, this isn’t about the language police, or trying to swear less (although the latter is probably a good idea). This is about being conscious of the words you use when speaking and thinking. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis suggests that the structure of language affects a person’s view of the world, and the way they think. Taken to the furthest extent, your language actually limits or delineates how you are able to perceive the world. It’s a hypothesis, granted. But on a smaller level, the language you use every day, both in thought and spoken word, has a cumulative effect on how you think about yourself, your work, and those around you. This may seem like a silly example, but it might be the difference between seeing your day as filled with tasks, or filled with opportunities. The former is tiring and arduous, making you feel trapped in a daily grind. The latter is exciting with potential. Be aware of how you choose to think and speak at work. Find a positive way to view everything and everyone. 4. Create a routine for the day. Routines get a bad reputation. It’s easy to think that if you have a routine at work, you’re stuck in a rut or you’re not “flexible”. The truth is, though, that routines give us good fall-back structure. A morning routine is especially good, since for many people, the morning is both when we’re most alert and awake yet sometimes not able to buckle down and get started. Create a routine that helps you get the most important work done, take breaks at the right time, and leaves the last hour or so of the work day for less arduous work and preparation for the next day. Most of us get tired by the end of the day, so don’t leave tough work for then. It’s important to end each day by getting prepared for the next. 5. Be nice to other people – Really need to point out the importance of that! Being kind to other people makes you happy. A study in the Journal of Social Psychology found that doing something kind for people has the same effect as trying new and exciting things when it comes to feeling happy. Even better? A study in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that the memory of doing something kind for someone causes us to want to do it again. So. If you make being nice to other people a regular thing, it’ll become a cycle of generosity and happiness that makes you feel good as well as causes those you are nice to, to feel happy as well. Think of the worst negative work environment possible. Negativity feeds on more negativity until it seems overwhelming. Be nice to other people and watch them pay it forward. If your work is difficult and you can’t get away from that, and finding a positive attitude about the work itself is a challenge, be kind to the people around you and let that be an effective substitute. 6. Don’t rely on an outside source of positivity. Carry a positive attitude with you. Think of a positive attitude like a survival tool: carry it with you at all times for emergencies. Whether you rely on a phrase that you repeat over and over when times are stressful or you have some other trick to help resurrect and keep a positive attitude, be sure to come up with a mechanism that doesn’t rely on someone else or a specific situation. 7. Create high points in each day and week – Especially if you live in a blessed country like Greece! One of the best parts of an exciting vacation is the days leading up to it, when you have it to look forward to. Knowing something good is coming can make otherwise dreary days more bearable. You can create the same effect by creating small “high points” in each day to help you get through projects or days that might otherwise seem draining. This is why taking breaks is important, but not every break is as valuable as they could be. A few suggestions: Don’t turn to unhealthy food as a reward. You’ll end up with negative effects and a bad habit for junk food or excessive coffee. Take breaks outside or away from work when possible. Consider a walk, solitude, silence — whatever sounds good and is doable where you work. Find a place to read a book not related to work. Daily high points should be small and simple, not requiring money or creating a habit that could have negative effects on your health or budget if you do them every day (e.g. walk to the bakery for a donut and coffee every day). Weekly or monthly high points can be a bit bigger. Maybe every Thursday you eat lunch at a restaurant nearby instead of bringing in your own lunch. Whatever it is, create something to look forward to. 8. Assume responsibility, and choose your response. Refusing to take responsibility for your actions and your situation, or not taking control of how you respond, kills a positive attitude immediately. After all, if something happens and you’re at fault or in some way responsible, refusing to acknowledge it means you can’t correct the behavior and it will happen again, and you also set yourself up for a victimhood mindset in which things happen to you. You will be more positive seeing life as something you have some control over rather than at the mercy of fate. Think of it as an equation: E + R = O (event + response = outcome). How you respond has an effect on the outcome, even when events are out of your control. 9. Decide your reaction to known problems ahead of time. Whether it’s clients or co-workers or regular projects, there are some things at work that you are always going to dread dealing with.You know they upset you. Decide beforehand that they will not. If a client always has to make changes, expect it. Choose to be calm about it, to not let it bother you. Try to look at the client or co-worker that’s driving you nuts in a different way. Maybe they are having a bad time at home, or they are stressed themselves. 10. Breathe deeply. Breathing deeply tricks your body into calming down. Calm people have better attitudes. If you find yourself getting a bad attitude about something, find a place where you can be alone, and do some deep breathing exercises. Not only does it reduce stress, but it helps you clear your mind and see the situation in a different way. This is definitely recommended by WorkWell 11. Make a mission statement. Do you have a personal mission statement? Where you work probably has a mission statement, but you should have one yourself. A personal mission statement will help you define your purpose at work, what your life is about, and what motivates your behavior. It’s a good thing to fall back on when work gets crazy and you’re confused about what it is you’re doing. When you feel like you have purpose, you can be positive. When you feel like you don’t have a purpose or you don’t know what you’re doing at work…not so much. 12. Have personal goals. Goals are a bit different from personal mission statements in that they are specific things you want to achieve. They’re kind of like the rewards I talked about earlier in that they give you something to look forward to. However, goals aren’t just “fun in the future”, but are the actual guides that you use to achieve. It’s tough to be positive if you think you’re going nowhere. Goals are the proof that you have a plan and you’re working towards something. They are evidence of forward, positive motion. 13. Remember that no one owes you anything. One of the worst killers of a good attitude is going through life thinking people owe you. No one owes you anything. Life’s not fair. Believing anything else sets you up to be in a constant state of blame, victimhood, anger, passive-aggressiveness, and joylessness. Negativity is the standard state of existence if you think the world owes you. How do you get rid of an attitude of entitlement? It’s up to me to make things happen. Hard work is what brings good things. I have to be willing to accept change quickly. When things are difficult, I still keep going. If those four concepts are in your head, you’re not going to be wallowing in negativity waiting for the world to do something for you. 14. Stop complaining. We mentioned how you need to control your language. That obviously covers complaining, but complaints are such a huge issue that they warrant their own section. Stop complaining. Complaining does nothing. If you’re around people who complain a lot, get away from them. Try to see the situation in a positive or different light. Complaints are a way of seeing everything in a negative light without considering any other explanation. It’s a one-way road to dissatisfaction that builds the further you travel it. 15. Embrace laughing. Laughing is good for your physically, and of course, it helps you feel much better. Who doesn’t love a good laugh? Humor is especially good when things are going terribly wrong. Who doesn’t love the guy who, in the middle of some nightmare project, offers a quip that suddenly makes the entire mess seem hilarious? Be that guy. Try to find humor wherever you can. Laughing with people is different than laughing at them. Never joke about others to get a laugh at their expense. 16. Be curious and embrace learning. A mind that is closed to learning new things grows stagnant and negative. Change, new ideas, or any additional task becomes onerous to someone like that. Be a person who is willing to learn and is curious about many things. Your attitude will be positive because you are forward-looking and wanting to understand instead of closed off. Being curious about a new situation or what’s going on tends to make you mindful and aware of the present moment, and that tends to force out negative attitudes. 17. Look to long-term instead of short-term. When the situation is difficult in the short-term, adjust your vision to the long-term. Short-term situations tend to be heavy on the emotion. Making decisions or taking action based on that is not only a bad idea, but tends to feed negative attitudes. Viewing things in the long-term, on the other hand, make the challenges of the now seem much less terrible because the bigger picture reveals an exciting outcome. While it’s not good to live in a realm of make-believe, thinking realistically in the long-term provides a positive spin to your day and helps you construct those goals we mentioned earlier. 18. Fake it until you make it. No, this is not a call to be be a hypocrite. The reality is, though, that sometimes we don’t always “feel” the emotion we want. Sitting around waiting for it to come upon us is a sure way to make certain it never comes. You often have to fake it until the real deal arrives. Don’t feel happy? Don’t feel excited about a presentation? Fake it. More often than not, the real emotion will show up. You’re not going to feel super excited and positive every day, but don’t let that stop you from the behavior that goes along with it, anyway. Drive your emotions; don’t let them drive you.