For many, massage can seem like something of an indulgence. Whether it is a simple hour-long massage or half a day at the spa, massage can often be seen as a luxury; however, some executives have begun to view massage as a key factor for optimal performance in the same way as a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Studies show that massage is highly beneficial, which is making many businessmen and women stop treating it as a luxury and start to integrate it into their workplace routines.
Massage frees up creativity
In today’s highly-charged, stress-filled business world, it can be hard to think imaginatively. Yodi Richeson, a California-based massage therapist, explains that stress can make an individual unable to see things clearly and that massage can unlock this stress so that the person can slow down and problem solve effectively. Richeson has many corporate clients who have found business benefits through regular massage.
Massage can make you healthier
The well-known Mayo Clinic has demonstrated that massage can have a real impact in stress reduction and in the relief of pain and muscular strain. Further studies have linked regular massage to reduced symptoms in those suffering from headaches, digestive issues, back pain, tension and other conditions.
Many of us spend much of the working day at a desk, often with pain in the back, shoulders and neck. Regular massage could help with these issues, while also boosting energy levels and performance. Massage could also be seen as a preventative treatment, helping executives to stay healthy and avoid sick leave.
Massage can improve workplace performance
Studies over a long period have shown that massage can improve mental function and personal performance. This helps to explain why more than one-tenth of US companies offered workplace massage last year, with this trend set to increase year-on-year. Workplace massage can be as simple as a 15- to 30-minute massage for employees, scheduled conveniently in the workplace.
Massage can improve sleep
Deep sleep is vital for mental and physical rejuvenation, with research showing that massage can increase the amount of deep sleep an individual gets. An executive who is prone to restless nights before important meetings could really benefit from an after-work massage the day before.
Massage can relieve stress
Studies have also shown that massage can produce chemical changes within the body that help with relaxation. Regular massage stimulates a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol, which is linked to high blood pressure, obesity and a weakened immune system. Regular massage does not need to be time consuming for benefits to be felt – even 15 minutes can make a difference.
Richeson suggests that executives take a regular weekly massage, tailored to the individual. Massage services are widely available for corporate clients, from workplace massages to spa-based treatments. It is important to find a massage therapist you trust and with whom you feel comfortable.
As Richeson says, massage provides a time for rejuvenation, which could unlock peak performance for many executives.
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