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Does Seated Massage Increase Employee Productivity?

Oct 1, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Productive employees work hard, work smart, and check things off their to-do list. If you're a business owner or manager, you want your employees on their A-game as much as possible.

But rather than leaving it to chance (or hoping everyone got a good night's sleep or enough coffee) you can actually create an environment that supports the productivity you want to see. 

 how to increase productivity with chair massage

The Link Between Seated Massage and Employee Productivity


What do you mean by "productivity"?

Let's break it down -- first, what's needed for someone to be productive?

  • Mental focus
  • Low stress levels
  • Physical ease enough to focus on the task at hand


How does massage affect productivity?

No business owner wants to think about how much money they're paying employees to space out on the job while they deal with mental fatigue everyday. But there's a fix for that.

Sitting down to a brief chair massage is like hitting the restart button on an employee's day -- they are mentally alert, physically comfortable, and creatively active.

Related: The Anatomy of a Better Workday Break

The effects of a 15-minute chair massage include:

  • Increased mental focus
  • Decreased levels of stress hormones such as cortisol
  • Physical relief from muscle knots and soreness

Aside from the more obvious physical benefits of a chair massage, simply having 15 or 20 minutes to sit still in silence and relax does wonders to clear the mind of mundane worries and stresses.

Related: Benefits of Workplace Massage


Don't just take our word for it 

In a study of 52 adults, the group receiving regular massage over 5 weeks experienced the following benefits:

  • Increased relaxation
  • Decreased frontal alpha and beta power, suggesting enhanced alertness
  • Increased speed and accuracy on math computations
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Lower scores for depression and job stress


When productivity killers play the long game

In the long run, the loss of employee time off due to repetitive strain injury (such as carpal tunnel syndrome) means a more productive business overall.

The preventative massage techniques used during chair massage do the following:

Related: Stress in the Workplace: How Massage Can Help


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Erin Hall
Written by Erin Hall