Anybody who has experienced massage can attest to its amazing effects on the body and mind, rejuvenating us for the road ahead. That said, there remains a frustrating lack of large-scale research studies to prove to modern medicine that massage really works! Fortunately, certain pioneering groups have taken it upon themselves to push the science forward. Let’s take a closer look at some of their studies to find out what has been learned:
“Significant reductions were also shown in the Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaire values for the neck (2.8±0.8 to 1.9±0.6) and the upper back…” Although this study showed the most significant positive outcome from twice-weekly massages, it has been my experience that employees experience notable pain-relief from even a single monthly chair massage!
“…a 15-min. on-site massage while seated manifested immediate, significant reductions in physiological stress indicators…” It has been proven that high blood pressure takes a toll on cognitive function. “Cognitive abilities that are affected include memory, speed of processing and executive function (ability to organize thoughts, manage time, make decisions, etc.)” (study here). A reduction in systolic blood pressure by 6 points is equivalent to an overweight individual losing over 13 lbs of excess body weight! Save that tedious report until after your session!
“…the level of serum Cortisol was reduced significantly. The level of serum IgA was elevated significantly.” Cortisol is the body’s main stress hormone. When chronically elevated, cortisol negatively affects the performance of immune cells. IgA stands for “immunoglobulin A”, which is “an antibody that plays a crucial role in the immune function of mucous membranes.” (link here). Bottom line, more massage means less sick days.
“…the massage group showed increased speed and accuracy on math computations while the control group did not change…” These effects were noted after just a single 15-minute chair massage! Imagine the benefits that ongoing chair massage can provide?
5. Feeling appreciated boosts workplace productivity (another study here)
“…more than 80 percent of employees say they’re motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work…” For the past 13 years, I have performed chair massage on countless employees from all different types of organizations, and they always express the exact same thing: how grateful they are that their workplace provides them with such a amazing service. This doesn’t only happen once in awhile, either. It happens Every. Single. Time.
How about you? Have you worked at an organization that provided on-site chair massage? We would love to hear about your experience in the comments below!
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