On-site massage refers to a massage therapist that goes directly to the client. The setting can be in the client's home or workplace, however corporate massage (where the employer hires a massage therapist to come into the office a few times per week to perform 10- to15-minute massages right in the work place) is becoming more and more popular as an employee incentive in the workplace.
When an employer decides to offer massage in the workplace as an employee incentive, it says that the company cares about the health and well-being of their employees. It also addresses stress-related and repetitive stress injuries that the client may not even know exist. This will cut down on work-related injuries down the road. Lets face it, our bodies weren't meant to stay seated behind a desk for 8-hours a day.
In addition to enlisting the help of a massage therapist in a preventative nature, studies show that a weekly massage can reduce an employees stress and tension by half; while doubling employee concentration, immunity and flexibility. Bottom line a healthy, happy individual makes for a healthy, happy employee.
On-site massages are typically performed over the clothes. The client is seated in a massage chair with the headrest of the chair cushioning their head and face. Their hands, behind and knees are supported by the chair as well. The massage therapist then applies an acupressure-type massage called ANMA, a Japanese-style massage thats applied in press and rub motions to stimulate the muscles, nervous system and circulatory system. This style of massage applies enough pressure so that its still very effective when applied over clothing.
On site massage has the following benefits for an office environment:
- All the equipment it requires is a very portable massage chair.
- Massages are quick between 10 and 30-minutes long, so they dont interfere with work.
- Employees are able to keep their clothes on so there are no privacy or hygiene issues.
- There are no massage lotions or oils required so there is no mess or clean-up involved.
- A brief massage has been shown to boost office morale.
- The boss will like the fact that massage has been shown to boost immunity and decrease employee absences.