Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Effects of Massage in the Workplace

Effects of massage on job performance

The great thing about massage is that it feels awesome, it’s very good for your health and it’s great for business!

Research never lies! Here are a few reasons why massage is good in the workplace, your business and for YOU!

Massage has been shown to decrease cortisol levels in the body, cortisol is known as “the stress hormone”. It helps us deal with stress by shutting down functions that are not a necessity at that specific time, for example, the reproductive system and the immune system. This is so that the body can deal with one stress at a time in short bursts. But as we all know, this isn’t the case as stress can be a chronic problem. Have you noticed the constantly stressed people are always ill? Cortisol helps with making new glucose and the breakdown of glycogen stored in the liver and muscle cells. Cortisol also stops insulin from transporting glucose into cells. So this causes too much glucose in the blood, which makes it impossible to calm the body down. It can also affect bone and muscle growth due to inhibiting the uptake of amino acids into muscle cells which means less fuel going to the muscles. It can affect the formation of bones due to stopping the calcium absorption. So chronically stressed people who want to join the gym should really begin with some massage therapy sessions!

Did you know that massage can cure stress and anxiety? It has been proven that a massage on a regular basis in the long term can increase happy, feel good hormones (dopamine and serotonin) and decrease our over-excited hormones (norepinephrine and epinephrine). If our happy hormones are too low for a long period of time, this can cause depression. If our over-excited hormones are too high it can cause anxiety and panic attacks. So think twice about going to the gym on 3 hours sleep, are you really going to benefit from it? Probably not! Don’t get bogged down with too much project work, it’s best to set yourself realistic goals and use time more efficiently. We’re only human!

So how can massage help people in the workplace?

It helps by keeping those happy hormones happy, this means better blood flow and better movement. This allows for better posture sitting at a desk and less pain in general when moving around too!

There are a number of studies that have demonstrated if the core muscle transverse abdominis is not activated and lacks motor control, this can lead to lumbar spine instability therefore can increase the risk of lower back musculature getting injured or becoming painful. Another study looked at how to decrease this risk of lower back pain by taking the muscles through 3-D movement patterns. It found that people in the workplace who were lifting all day had a lower risk of low back pain if they practiced moving the trunk in 3 different dimensions. They are bending over and arching back, side bending each way and rotating to each side. Have you tried moving in 3D? Try bending forwards, sideways with a slight rotation all at the same time. Videos on our channel coming soon!

So if you want a pain-free, happy driven life then book in your corporate massages now for your employees at 20% off the normal price! They don’t have to be deep they can be soft too! If you're not sure about the corporate deals, then why not try one for HALF PRICE? 

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