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Massage therapy is health care, not luxury.

July 12, 2013

Expedite Group is bringing on-site massage to one of our corporate clients.  The employees are thrilled for a midday massage break just steps away from the office.  And while it is great for morale, it may feel indulgent.  But on-site massage is more than a convenience service. This is work-life balance with serious health benefits.

ImageYou may have missed this tidbit, but I hold a New York state license and national board certification in therapeutic massage (although arthritis ended my bodywork career and my registration has expired).  Training for future therapists includes rigorous coursework in anatomy and physiology, pathologies, and kinesiology, cultivating an understanding of how the body moves and functions under ideal conditions as well as how to facilitate recovery from injury and illness.

  • Relaxation.  The tip of the iceberg.  Stress management is essential to productivity and peace of mind in your work and your life.
  • Injury prevention.  Massage helps keep muscles and joints in supple shape, promoting efficient movement and stability.
  • Improved immunityMassage encourages an efficient lymphatic system, directly moving the lymph and increasing its circulation.
  • Pain managementMuscular spasms, or “knots,” are congested areas with limited circulation.  This constant muscular contraction creates a build-up of toxins that in turn causes pain signals, and the pain signal cyclically tells muscle cells to contract.  Massage interrupts this pain-spasm-pain cycle, relaxing the muscular contraction while promoting the circulation and elimination of cellular waste.
  • Improved moodsDepression and anxiety are emotional illnesses that decrease productivity as well as quality of life.  Through the sense of touch, massage encourages the body’s production of biochemicals that promote an emotional sense of well-being.
  • Skin careSkin is the largest organ of the body, and its health plays a crucial role in elimination and protection.  Massage stimulates the shedding of dead skin cells and the efficient elimination of dirt and oils.
  • Improved athletic performanceHealthy exercise habits are excellent care for your body.  If your exercise routine has you setting performance goals, massage can help you meet them by keeping your muscles supple, ridding your muscles of lactic acids, and encouraging proper form and efficient movement.
  • Better sleepA great night of sleep is crucial for a great day of work or play.  Massage helps you fall asleep more easily and sleep more soundly.
  • More energyBetter sleep, efficient elimination, endorphin production and pain control all contribute to a revitalized body.  Do more with ease!
  • Overall improved wellnessBecause of the significant increase in circulation, cellular waste elimination, and endorphin production, the functions of all vital organs are improved as well, including digestive health, reproductive health, and management of chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, migraines, and more.

So now that you know WHY massage matters, what if your employer is not providing Expedite Group’s onsite massage for your benefit?

Search the following databases for qualified therapists near you:

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, http://www.massagetherapy.com/find/index.php

National Certification Board for Massage Therapists, http://www.ncbtmb.org/tools/find-a-certified-massage-therapist

* * * A note on massage therapy chains * * *

Before you roll into the nearest MassageEnvy or other such franchise, consider this: while rates for an independent practitioner are often comparable to what you will pay at a chain, a therapist working at a chain is only paid between one third and one fourth of the franchise price.  Therapists receiving your full payment will provide a better massage than those with a far lesser financial stake in your session.  So if you do choose a franchise therapist, tip generously.  Massage therapy is a strenuous skill that merits adequate compensation.

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