Effects of chair massage

Research has shown that chair massage has lots of positive effects. Clients are more alert, performances improve and lower back pains, sleep disorders, stress and chronic headaches are reduced. All are the result of the physiological effects of chair massage:

  • The whole body is provided with extra oxygen, nutrients and essential trace elements.
  • More happiness hormones like serotonin, dopamine and endorphins are produced.
  • Fear and stress hormone levels like cortisol and norepinephrine are reduced. This is of importance as stress through the nervous system may lead to higher muscle tension.
  • The activity of white blood cells, and with that our immune system, increases.
  • Normalisation of blood pressure and heart rate. Increased lymph activity, more flexible muscles and joints.

As blood circulation and lymph are activated, muscle breakdown products are released. Because of this it is of importance to drink lots of water after the massage!

Extra bonus: more creativity!

Most creative ideas come in moments of relaxation. Archimedes discovered his law in bath. Einstein put together the pieces of his relativity theory puzzle while walking along the beach. And also Kazuhiko Nishi, who together with Bill Gates made Microsoft what it is today, has indicated he has his best creative ideas while relaxing in bath or bed. Who knows, one of your employees may have a burst of creativity during or after the relaxing treatment on 2blossom's massage chair…

Want to know more?

Some interesting research has been listed:

https://www.kata.nl/pages/91/wetenschappelijk-onderzoek/ Effects of chair massage on the health experience of employees. There have been several researches on the effectiveness of (chair) massage. The Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Maastricht has performed research on the health experience of employees. Results show that mental fatigue and complaints of the intervention group of the locomotor system had decreased significantly in comparison with the control group.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8884390 Chair massage improves alertness and performance on mathematical calculations and decreases work related stress and anxiety.

http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/Massage.html  Lower back pain and sleeping disorders decrease after massage therapy.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1360859206000313 Massage therapy group, as compared to the relaxation group, reported experiencing less pain, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance. They also showed improved trunk and pain flexion performance

http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/Massage.html Decreased level of stress hormones. Lots of effects of massage seem to be linked to a decrease of stress hormones. During the massage the body produces the hormone oxytocin which counterbalances the stress hormone cortisol. This in turn improves alertness, performance and auto-immune problems.

http://www.bodyworkmovementtherapies.com/article/S1360-8592(01)90251-7/abstract The effects of massage therapy on the human immune response in healthy adults. The study of the effects of massage therapy poses an exciting challenge in psychoneuroimmunology. A start of exploration.

Why 2blossom?

2Blossom has a network of certified masseurs at HBO level with a quality mark (affiliated with occupational group KNGF , ESA, TouchPro, or NWP).

2blossom's masseurs:

  • Provide additional prevention through tips and specific advice.
  • Have the knowledge to determine when referral is indicated and towards what type of practitioner.
  • Are broadly educated. The chair massage is based on the Shiatsu and in addition, several complementary techniques are used from deep tissue, Tuina to Swedish massage.
  • Are required to obtain annual training points & are members of a quality-assurancing complaints commission.
  • Maintain a file of clients in the case of structural assignmentsso so they can work on prevention or treatment of complaints (guaranteed privacy).

Fit and motivated employees?

Research has shown that employees have a 12% higher performance rate when they feel good. A 20 Minute massage can already work miracles.

-Source:Warwick University, Happiness & Productivity-

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