Ever Felt like this?

In 2007/08 it was estimated that 13.5 million working days where lost due to work-related stress*

One of the main contributors to everyday stress is our workplace. We spend a major part of our lives at work and according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) illness caused by stress at work has increased by 500% since the mid 1950's, 70% of all illness is caused by stress.

The body's stress response is designed for the short term only. Although it may improve our performance initially, continual pressure weakens the body. One of the therapies available is Indian Head Massage which can help to restore balance to your mind, body and spirit.

It therefore seems common sense to provide some means of stress relief at the workplace. More and more employers are recognising that a regular workplace massage can reduce the physical and mental effects of stress, thus reducing burnout and stress related diseases.

Workplace Massage in the United Kingdom is a relatively new concept but in the USA studies have proved how successful this has been and companies that now offer workplace massage include major corporations, such as Boeing, Apple Computer, Pepsi Co, Sony Music and United Airlines.

Employees can experience a 10 to 30 minute seated massage with minimal disruption within the workplace, this is long enough to feel the stress relieving benefits that the treatment offers.

Symptoms of Stress may include:

•Lack of concentration/memory loss 
•Heart Palpitations/High Blood Pressure
•Overeating/Loss of appetite
•Anxiety attacks/Excessive sweating
•Unexplained absence 
•Sick days
Treatments offered in the workplace are:

Seated Massage: A combination of gentle but effective massage techniques used to relieve tension around the neck and shoulders, incorporating the back, shoulder and arms.

Reflexology: Gentle manipulataion of the feet, applying pressure to certain points helps remove toxins enabling the body to heal itself.

Tension Head Massage: Massage of the neck and shoulders incorporating pressure points around the head.

Neck and Shoulder Massage: Massage of the neck and shoulders helping you to relax, improve your mental and physical health.

Zone Therapy: Gentle manipulataion using massage and stretching techniques to either
Arms - incorporating the hands and wrists to help ease tension
Lower Limbs - incorporating the feet and calves to help soothe and relax
What is a Seated Chair Massage?
The client: 
- Sits in a chair ergonomically designed to support the full body and head (face forward)
- Remains fully dressed, massage is performed without any oils/creams

Holistic therapies are effective tools in the management of work-related stress. Just one session can help to reduce blood pressure, calm anxiety, induce relaxation and focus a busy mind allowing one to return to work feeling refreshed, revitalised and most importantly de-stressed!

As well as reducing sickness absence costs, tackling stress can have a positive effect on:

•Employee commitment to work
•Staff performance and productivity 
•Staff recruitment and retention
•Customer satisfaction
•Organisational image and reputation

Please contact me to discuss your requirements and for details of costs.

* source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress/index.htm

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Below is an article extracted from www.timesonline.co.uk

Britain counts £100bn cost of stress in the workplace (The Times 16 May 2005)

STRESS at work is causing depression and anxiety in one in five Britons and costing the country £100 billion a year in lost output, the mental health charity Mind said yesterday.

Mental health problems have replaced back pain as the main reason why people claim incapacity benefit and do not work. Not only is anxiety and stress responsible for 45 million lost working days a year, but they reduce the effectiveness of many who do not take sickness leave.

Among the causes of workplace stress are poor working conditions, personality clashes and employers’ failure to take stress seriously.

Early warning signs include insomnia, fatigue, muscle tension, palpitations, breathlessness without exertion and headaches. If left untreated, excessive stress could eventually lead to a suppression of the immune system. If severe, it could lead to a range of medical, psychological or behavioural disorders.

Research by the Health and Safety Executive suggests that 20 per cent of employees suffer from stress levels described as “very” or “extremely” stressful. The TUC reported that 58 per cent of workers complained of stress because of their jobs

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