18.06.2024

Reducing Absenteeism through a Weekly Chair Massage Routine

Dealing with absenteeism is a common challenge for business owners, as individuals occasionally require time off due to various reasons such as illness, stress, personal issues, and more. Finding ways to support your team and minimise absenteeism is a major priority. One effective method gaining traction in many workplaces is the incorporation of chair massages. While this practice may be unfamiliar to some, it’s actually quite popular nationwide among corporate businesses seeking to enhance their employees’ well-being and reduce sick days.

In this post, we discuss how incorporating weekly chair massages can significantly reduce absenteeism within your team, building a workplace where your employees feel better and take less time off. From lowering blood pressure to alleviating mental stress and reducing fatigue, the psychological and mental benefits of chair massages can greatly contribute to your team’s overall well-being.

What Are Chair Massages?

 A chair massage, often commonly used for office settings, involves a massage therapist providing massages to employees while they remain seated in specially designed ergonomic chairs. These chairs are portable and adjustable, allowing for easy setup in an office environment by the therapist.

The massage typically focuses on the neck, shoulders, back, and arms, areas where office workers commonly experience tension and discomfort due to long hours spent sitting at a desk and from performing repetitive movements.

Chair massages are typically shorter in duration than traditional massages, ranging from 10 to 30 minutes (therapist dependent), making them convenient for fitting into busy work schedules.

 How Office Chair Massages can Contribute to Reducing Absenteeism

  •  Prevention of Musculoskeletal Issues

Prolonged sitting at their desks and repetitive movements at the office like typing or picking up the phone can lead to lots of musculoskeletal problems like back pain, neck strain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Office chair massages are beneficial for preventing musculoskeletal issues by targeting areas of tension and discomfort commonly experienced by office workers, such as the neck, shoulders, and back.

Through gentle manipulation and kneading techniques, chair massages help release tight muscles, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation. By addressing these issues early on, chair massages can prevent minor discomforts from escalating into more serious musculoskeletal problems like back pain or repetitive strain injuries. When employees experience less pain and discomfort, they are more likely to maintain regular attendance at work. 

  • Boosted Immune System

Stress and fatigue both weaken the immune system, making people more susceptible to illness. A lot of the time employees can feel stressed and tired, whether its due to work or personal factors, which is where office chair massages can make a huge difference.

Chair massages have been shown to stimulate the lymphatic system, which plays a crucial role in immune function by removing toxins and waste products from the body. By enhancing lymphatic circulation, chair massages can help bolster the immune system, reducing the likelihood of employees falling ill and needing time off work due to sickness.

  • Lower Blood Pressure

Office chair massages can also help to lower blood pressure. Massages stimulate blood flow, which help to ease the heart’s workload as it delivers oxygen and nutrients. Additionally, the relaxation that comes from the massage triggers the body’s calming response, reducing stress hormones like cortisol and promoting blood vessel opening, which lowers blood pressure.

By reducing blood pressure through chair massages you can cut absenteism in your team. Having high blood pressure can lead to health issues requiring time off, but managing it with massages can reduce the risk. Plus, lower blood pressure results in better overall health and energy levels, reducing the need for sick days and boosting productivity at work. 

  • Improved Mental Well-being

Office chair massages can not only improve physical health, but also improve the mental well-being of your team. Mental health issues like anxiety and depression can contribute greatly to absenteeism, making it a great reason to introduce it to your team’s weekly routine. The massage techniques and relaxation induced by massage promote the release of endorphins, our bodies natural feel-good hormones.

These hormones that work to elevate mood, boost happiness and reduce stress. Regular exposure to these positive effects can help your employees maintain better mental health, reducing the need for time off to cope with mental health challenges. They also help your employees to feel more at peace and relaxed, making them better equipped to cope with the demands of their job, and make them less likely to experience burnout. 

  • Increased Job Satisfaction and Employee Engagement

Providing chair massages to your team on a weekly basis also really demonstrates an employer’s commitment to employee wellness and morale. When your employees feel valued and supported by you, they’re more likely to feel satisfied in their jobs and engaged with their work.

A positive work environment builds a sense of loyalty and motivation, potentially reducing the likelihood of employees taking unnecessary time off. Additionally, the anticipation of a weekly massage can serve as a motivating factor for your employees to remain present at work, knowing they have a relaxing perk to look forward to every week.

Could your Team Benefit from a Weekly Office Chair Massage?

Here at Joyful Living, we are an employee well-being provider with over 200 practitioners nationwide ready to visit your office. Our wellness services are tailored to companies all across the UK, aiming to enhance the health, happiness, and productivity of your employees, building a thriving organisational culture. Specialising in different corporate well-being services, we’re dedicated to helping your office team thrive, reducing sick days, alleviating stress levels, and promoting a culture of health and well-being in your workplace. One of our signature services is Corporate Massages, delivered directly to your workplace.

Since 2012, we’ve provided on-site massages to over 1,000 clients, earning their trust in improving team well-being. We offer two types of on-site corporate massages; Office Chair Massages and Desk Massages. Office Chair Massages involve one of our specialist massage therapists delivering massages on a specially designed portable ergonomic chair, in a separate conference or meeting room or an area of your office. Alternatively, Desk Massages are ideal for those who prefer not to leave their desks, requiring no additional equipment or space.

We’ll work with your business to schedule your team’s massages on days and times that suit your schedule, providing flexibility for frequency, whether you prefer weekly sessions or less frequent appointments. We accommodate office teams of all sizes too, catering to companies with as few as 15 employees or larger teams of over 50. Office massages are generally quick to perform too, with customisable durations ranging from 10 to 30 minutes based on your preferences.

To learn more about our on-site office chair massage services, reach out to our team today. Just fill out our online form or give us a call at 0203 691 9420, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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