Individual benefits of massage
- Relieves stress by calming the nervous system
- Decreases muscular aches and pains
- Boosts energy and alertness
- Helps with prevention of repetitive strain injuries
- Relieves tension headaches
- General body maintenance
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Business benefits of massage in the workplace
- Boosts employee morale
- Endorphines are released giving a feeling of good well being
- Decreases absenteeism
- Increases Productivity
- Boosts the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients for better brain function
- Decreases employee turnover
- Staff are happy and more loyal as they feel a valued part of your team.
Stress hormones like adrenalin and cortisole are decreased with massage. When these levels are elevated for prolonged periods it can play havoc with other body functions increasing the risk of many health problems.
A study undertaken by Medibank Private found that healthy workers are 3 times more productive than those who define themselves as having poor health – taking on average 18 sick days a year as compared to 2 for those who describe themselves as having good health. Workers with good health and lifestyle habits take less sick leave, are more satisfied with their performance and perform more effective working hours each month.