Refresh On-Site Chair Massage in your work place.

Chair massageI’m sure , by now, you have heard of On-Site Chair Massage. You may have seen it in an airport or perhaps in your local mall. It can provide a 10 minute reprive from the demands of the day. Are you aware that On-Site Chair Massage can be a stategic addition to your organization’s business plan for success?  Stress is expensive. On-Site Chair Massage is a low cost, high return offering, that addresses the impact of stress in the workplace.

Employers- Finding new employees to meet your business’s needs can be a long and expensive process. You are looking for the best candidate. Once you’ve found that person you will want to retain them and get the highest return on your investment of time and money. On-Site Chair massage is a great addition to your employee benefit package to help achieve that goal. It is also a perfect fit as part of any Wellness or EAP program that may already be in place. The offering of On Site Chair Massage as a benefit can set you apart from your competition and be a positive addition to any advertisng or public relations campaign.

Studies have shown that as high as 60% of all employee call-ins are in some way stress related. This creats a major strain when trying to meet your company’ s goals. Providing On-Site Chair Massage to employees directly addresses the inescapeable workplace stresses that can drain your workforce’s productivity and lead to absenteeism.

  • On-Site Chair Massage is a great morale booster. Employees anticipate the day, enjoy and benefit from the massage, and feel it’s effects (both physically and emotionally) well beyond the day of the massage.
  • Educational materials can provide suggestions  for general wellness and specifically address the impact of repettitive action injuries.
  • Creating a culture of being appreciated promotes loyalty and team building within your organization.
  • The addition of On-Site Chair Massage can seperate you from the crowd at job fairs you attend, in search for that ideal employee candidate, by creating a buzz of activty at your booth.

Employees-On-Site Chair Massage allows you to have those problem areas where you carry your tension massaged away. Studies have shown that massage leaves you more alert and better able to focus on the task at hand. You are left feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to take on the challenges of the day. It feels great and it’s great to be appreciated! Seize your day with On-Site Chair Massage. Contact your HR Dept.manager or Wellness Coodinator to explore On-Site Chair Massage at your place of employment.

 

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Summer Vacation: We’re all looking for Stress Relief.

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We look forward to it all year long. We head to the beach, or the mountains, the warmer weather, the countryside, a change of scenery and an escape from our everyday responsibilities. It may be a week or two. It may be traveling to far, far away or taking short day trips. Whatever the distance or the destination we look to relieve the effects of stress that have accumulated over time.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes even going on vacation can be stressful! There’s the planning and the packing. Will your means of getting there work out without having to stress over connecting flights or hours in standstill traffic? Depending on the number and ages of the people you are traveling with, there can be many different plans for what will be done once you arrive at your destination. Some folks want to head “straight for the beach” and unpack and settle in latter. Others want to get that behind them before they can truly start to unwind. Some may want to “check out the town” or head out to the outlet stores or local treasure shops to catch the first of many, hoped for, bargains or mementos. Some folks want to”pack in” as much activity as they can while others just want to “veg out”. It can be stressful successfully navigating everyone’s expectations of this precious and limited commodity called vacation time.
So with all that having been said, here are a few suggestions to (hopefully) increase the chances that you don’t return from vacation, in need of a vacation!

🙂 It all starts with communication. Doesn’t it (or shouldn’t it) always! Time for a family / group meeting. If you have decided on a location, get a feel for who might fall into the above mentioned categories. (I’m sure you’ll discover as many categories as there are people going.)

🙂 Discuss group time vs individual time. Find out if there are any common interests and if there any special “most do” activities for anyone.

🙂 Look to share the inescapable everyday responsibilities so that no one person is saddled with them. For example, create a shopping list and take turns getting the groceries. Take turns making meals. Dinner is a nice time to reconnect after a day of everyone “doing their own thing”. New experiences and new discoveries can be shared with the group. In doing so, you never know, you may turn a “shopper” into a “ocean watcher” or vice versa!

:-)Try not to chisel any plans in stone, but instead, go with the flow. This way expectations and disappointment can be (better) held in check.

🙂 If aches and pains turn up from increased physical activity or stress finds it’s way into your vacation time, check out a local massage therapist. They can provide a “reboot” session and get you back into vacation mode again.

Planning a journey

So how does all of this relate to Therapeutic Bodyworks, you might ask? Receiving regular Massage Therapy sessions can be the escape and relief that you seek in a vacation. Imagine feeling de-stressed, refreshed and renewed in the middle of your demanding work week! Ready to get out, and have more to give, toward “getting the job done”! When you take advantage of one of my massage packages, you can decompress from stress as frequently as you’d like without having to wait for months on end. Some customers come every two weeks to get a handle on their stress, then shift to monthly massages. Imagine feeling as relaxed as you do at the end of a “beach day” in the middle of a work week! That’s what a massage session can do for you. Really! Call or schedule your next vacation, I mean massage, from the booking page, here on the website!

Here’s hoping your vacation is all that you hoped for! When you get back home, and before you fall back into that daily routine, schedule your next appointment. You’ll thank me for it. 🙂

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Water Wise

Depositphotos_8452909_xsDid you know that if you use the feeling of thirst as your signal to replenish fluids, your body is already on it’s way to a state of dehydration?

Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60% of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. We loose up to 20 oz of fluids each day before factoring in any activities and our bodies have no way of replenishing this on it’s own. Some of the signs of dehydration include: thirst, headache, dizziness, lightheadedness and fatigue.

So how much should I drink? It is a simple question with no easy answer. Your water needs will depend on many factors including your health, how active you are and where you live. The Institute of Medicine determined that a healthy adult male living in a temperate climate should consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total fluids (this would include water contained in foods you may eat). A healthy adult female in that same temperate climate; 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total fluids a day.

What about the advice to drink eight glasses of water a day? That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation. Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it is easy to remember. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day and including foods high in water content is a good way to reach your target fluid intake.

Factors that influence fluid replacement:

Exercise- If you sweat, you need to drink extra fluids to compensate for that loss. Short bouts of exercise: rehydrate with 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 cups. Intense work outs lasting more than an hour will require more fluids. You may also want to alternate with a sports drink.

Environment-  Hot humid weather or heated indoor air can both create a need for fluid replacement.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding- This is a time of great changes within a women’s body and there is an increased need for fluid intake in these circumstances. Consult your doctor for your specific fluid replacement needs.

Illness and Health Conditions- Fever, vomitting or diarrhea will cause fluid loss, you will want to increase your fluids. Your doctor may recommend rehyration solutions. Some circumstances on the other hand, such as heart failure, some types of kidney, liver and adrenal conditions may impair excretion of water and even require that you limit your fluid intake. Consult your doctor in case of illness or health issues for their specific guidelines.

So, what fluids should I choose?- Water is best. No surprises here! Avoid fluids high in suger or artificial flavors or other additives. Caffinated teas, coffee and soft drinks will cause you to loss more fluids than you are consuming. (It is suggested that you consume 2 glasses of water for each caffinated beverage you consume.) An occasional caffinated beverage is OK, but don’t count on them for fluid replacement.

Is there a way to know if I’m adequatley hydrated?- Generally, if you drink enough fluids so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce 6 or more cups of colorless or light yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate.

If you are committed to a healthy lifestyle and long-term health, make drinking water a habit and a priority in your life.

(See Medical Disclaimer Blog Post)