Decreasing Stress in the Workplace with Chair Massage and Spinal Adjustments

Deanna C. White of Accounting Web reports, “There are a lot of words that can describe the offices of a tax firm nearly three weeks before the corporate tax filing deadline. Harried, stressed, and frazzled come to mind.”

For many accounting firms across the United States, the early Springtime months bring with them an envoy of work, and subsequently, stress.  It is not always easy to find the time, or even remember to take a break to relax.
“But at the suburban Chicago offices of Porte Brown LLC the mood is surprisingly unruffled, focused, almost serene. Porte Brown offers weekly chair massage sessions for team members during tax season. The firm also offers free spinal adjustments,  and on-site wellness screening/assessments.”

Wednesday is Massage Chair Time
“The firm brings in a certified massage therapist every Wednesday during tax season to offer employees fifteen-minute chair massages. The massages are designed to help employees decompress during the stressful, deadline-driven season and to alleviate the physical tension and general aches and pains created by sitting in a chair and hunching over a keyboard all day,” 

It is necessary for all meticulous workers to try to find balance in their life.  Often times, employees working within a high-stress environment take their work everywhere with them in the form of stress or physical tension.  Many progressive companies understand the need for balance to keep their employees content, and thus making them more efficient, happy, and less likely to take a day off.  Providing massages and adjustments is a small implementation that can help create a better working environment, and perhaps a more effective business.

Licensed massage therapist Allison Grothaus outlines the benefits of Massage and Adjustments:

•   Alleviate common office ailments, such as headaches, neck, pain, and lower-back strain caused by spending hours sitting in the same position or hunching over computers.

•   Produce noticeable physical benefits. Massage calms the central nervous system, promotes deep breathing, boosts circulation, lowers blood pressure, improves skin tone, and lengthens and stretches strained and swollen muscles.

•   Reduce stress and boost mental focus and a sense of inner calm which, in turn, increases and enhances employee productivity, like rebooting a computer.

Grothaus states, “Chair massage is also proven to dramatically reduce worker's compensation claims and absenteeism, due to reduction and alleviation of repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve impingement, and lower back pain. Because of technology, everything in today's workplace is literally within people's reach, so they're not moving at all."

If you are a tax team employee, you might pass the idea along to your employer.  Or, if you happen to be an employer or employee in another high stress field, you might explore the benefits of chair massage, spinal adjustments, and wellness checks.

Chair massage has been tried in many fields already.  One busy Physician in a California hospital, set up chair massages for all of his staff. Not surprising, they were the most productive group in the entire hospital.
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