Massage Therapy: The Fresh Face in Corporate Wellness April 28 2014
More restful sleep? Heightened and sustained energy? A healthier immune system? These are just a sampling of the many benefits of regular massage therapy that can support a happier, healthier workplace.
With soaring health care costs and impending policy requirements for businesses, now is the perfect time for managers and business owners to put preventative health care measures in place for their employees. Keeping staff healthy not only improves their day-to-day work, but saves substantially on the company's bottom line when you factor in less sick days, chronic health conditions, worker's compensation claims and lowered health care premiums. It costs much less to promote health among your staff on a sustained basis than it does to treat illness and disease later via costly surgeries and prescription drugs. Managers and owners want very much to take care of the health of their staff, but sharp rises in carrier premiums and bureaucracy too often curtail the ability for small and medium-sized businesses to afford and offer traditional benefits. In many cases the co-pay required from employees is more than they can reasonably afford. Thankfully, new alternatives are available to help keep your hard-working staff healthy with real and meaningful preventative health benefits.
Massage therapy is an ancient health practice being rediscovered in modern times. As massage becomes more mainstream, greater numbers of people are experiencing its benefits firsthand. What was once considered an occasional luxury or a privilege of the wealthy is now accessible and available for under $2/day. Individuals are flocking to spas and massage centers for on-going services and driving the growth of this healthy practice and industry. In an effort to make massage therapy affordable and maximize its benefits, an increasing number of spas are offering Massage and Wellness Memberships. Similar to a gym membership or health club, individuals and employers may pay one monthly fee in order to receive discounted services and health products. Massage therapy in particular is a welcome employee health benefit - not only does it offer myriad positive effects on the benefits, it also feels wonderful to receive, promotes relaxation and eases overall stress.
Some of the benefits of massage are:
- Heightened immune response = less sick days
- Improved flexibility, mobility & circulation = less workplace accidents and prevents chronic injuries
- Overcome back pain and correct posture imbalances due to long periods of sitting at a desk, in a car seat or flying
- Ease jetlag due to frequent air travel
- Improved mood and energy = happy employees are productive employees
- Lowered anxiety and promotes restful sleep = sufficient rest lays a foundation for other healthy habits such as good nutrition and regular exercise
- Lessen the occurrence of debilitating headaches and migraines
Many employers have opted to create Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Savings Accounts (commonly known as HSAs or FSAs) for their staff that often allow individuals more flexibility in selecting their health care practices. For example, massage therapy, acupuncture and naturopathy may be applied to HSA savings, where they may not from a traditional private insurance policy. Management can help teach employees how to effectively use their HSA account, and in turn help themselves by creating and maintaining a healthy, vital workforce. Additionally, many companies are opting to offer corporate massage and wellness memberships to their staff or executive teams. For less than $2/day per employee (less than what many spend on a daily latte!), employers can provide a monthly massage and other wellness benefits. Massage therapy also makes for excellent employee incentives and rewards in the form of gift cards or company sponsored member accounts. On-site massage performed at a company's workplace is an excellent option during busy or high season when staff might be working extra hours and under increased physical demands. Nothing puts a smile on the faces of your staff like a midday massage break provided by the company; it's an excellent opportunity to take care of your staff's health and show you care and appreciate them.
If you're interested in making Massage Therapy part of your company's wellness plan, give us a call at 707-843-3539 - we look forward to learning how we can help you keep your company healthy!