By Hanna Kim - July 13, 2018
What is a Wellness Program?
In recent years, people have started to pay more attention to their health and for many good reasons. It’s coming into light that in order to be healthy, we must take a proactive role in how we treat our bodies. It is no longer enough to just not be sick to consider ourselves well.
People have busier lives than ever between work, family and friends, and hobbies. The US Department of Health and Human Services states that only one in three adults in the country receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. However, most people want to be able to make the right choices to keep their bodies strong and able. Moreover, they want to be mentally and emotionally nourished.
"The Washington State Health Care Authority reports companies see a 3 to 1 return on their initial investment into a wellness program."
A wellness program is a strategy employers can use to enhance their staff’s wellbeing. Programs may cover a wide array of health issues, not limited to: nutrition, fitness, managing habits, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, and stress management. Employers help their employees make healthier choices, and in turn see the benefits of happier and healthier employees. The Washington State Health Care Authority reports companies see a 3 to 1 return on their initial investment into a wellness program.
Why Incorporate a Wellness Program?
A wellness program has advantages for both employees and employers Employers can see benefits in the form of reduced absenteeism, lower health care costs, increased productivity and a boost in morale. AFLAC’s 2016 Workforce Report found that 76% of companies with wellness programs say they are able to offer lower health insurance premiums as a result. A push in the right direction can really get the ball rolling towards the lifestyle people need to prolong their well-being and ward off preventable diseases.
"61% of employees in a nationwide survey agree their company’s wellness program helped them make healthier lifestyle choices and they also report higher rates of workplace satisfaction."
They also found that 61% of employees in a nationwide survey agree their company’s wellness program helped them make healthier lifestyle choices and they also report higher rates of workplace satisfaction. People who are more satisfied with their work environments are more likely to stay and be a team player. Employee retention is a more cost-effective solution than the time and resources it takes to hire, on-board, and train a new worker.
LoDo Chair Massage Can Simplify Wellness for Your Company
LoDo Chair Massage provides a number of services designed to make wellness easy for your company. Our trained massage therapists and yoga instructors bring their services right to your door. For chair massage and desk chair yoga, all your employees need are some time and a quiet space to rejuvenate their minds and bodies. Past participation rates for chair massage and office yoga events are very high, so you can feel assured this is a service your employees will take advantage of. Our wellness programs are now available in 21 cities with hundreds of highly satisfied clients.
Give us a call at 888-673-2535 to learn how we can help you and your employees gain from a health-boosting massage or yoga.
By Hanna Kim - July 9, 2018
Zohra Aly of The Sydney Morning Herald examined that the US job market has recently seen the rise of men working non-traditional jobs formerly considered ‘women’s work.’ From ballet to nursing to teaching, there is a rise in men who want to take on more caring roles. Labor economist Teresa Ghilarducci adds that “young men aren't saddled with the kind of sexism that women aren't their equals, or that working with women or being supervised by women would be demeaning."
Massage is still a career field largely dominated by women; according to the American Massage Therapy Association, 85% of massage therapists in the United States are women. Part of this unbalanced proportion of female to male workers in this field is that clients tend to prefer a female massage therapist for a number of reasons. Some may assume a woman might have a more nurturing touch than a man, others worry about body shaming, some men are uncomfortable with the idea of another man touching them, and some women worry a male therapist may be more threatening in a vulnerable environment.
"Massage is still a career field largely dominated by women; according to the American Massage Therapy Association, 85% of massage therapists in the United States are women. Part of this unbalanced proportion of female to male workers in this field is that clients tend to prefer a female massage therapist for a number of reasons."
Chair massage provides a more accessible path for many newcomers to massage therapy who can benefit from effects including relaxation, stress relief, and pain relief. It is a less intimidating way than a full table massage for those who want to experience therapeutic touch, since participant are fully clothed and in an open setting. Through learning and exposure, experienced massage clients often say they care less and less about who is massaging them, and more about what the massage therapist can do for them.
If you are newer to massage, it is still important to do what you are comfortable with, after all, one of the intended outcomes is relaxation. Over time, you may find yourself looking for particular skills instead of placing barriers based on gender identification.
The shifting definitions of and within gender identity is helping people be seen and see themselves simply as individuals with unique interests and abilities. Thankfully in recent years, we are realizing as a society that people don’t necessarily have to fit one of two molds of male and female. Not every woman is meant to be a nurturer, and some men do excel in providing a healing and therapeutic massage.
"Thankfully in recent years, we are realizing as a society that people don’t necessarily have to fit one of two molds of male and female."
“Found this little gem on Yelp and TripAdvisor prior to a trip to Denver with a friend. My 90 minute massage with Anthony was one of the best massages of my life! He clearly enjoys what he does very much, and does such an excellent job. If I were a local, I would book monthly for sure. Thanks so much! Will recommend you guys to anyone I know who travels to Denver!”
Another review for Brandon, who is also in our Denver team of chair massage therapists highlights his strong listening skills and therapeutic touch:
“My boyfriend and I received a wonderful cbd oil massages from Brandon. He listen to me about where I was having aches and pain. He has strong hands and used the perfect amount of pressure . He really loosened the tight muddles in my back and neck . Brandon was extremely professional and polite. The LoDo was nice and clean. The service all around was awesome."
LoDo Chair Massage works hard to hire the right people for chair massage at your office or event. It is important for us to inform clients our staff includes male bodyworkers who are just as highly trained and capable as any of our female therapists. Our staff, regardless of gender, is always reliable and can bring the therapeutic bodywork your employees deserve right at your place of business. You can contact us today at 888.673.2535 or get a quick quote online to provide corporate wellness through massage and yoga.
By Hanna Kim - July 2, 2018
lands on a this year, and for many Americans, it is a much anticipated day off from work.
In a letter to John Adam's wife, Abigail, he described how the first Independence Day would be filled with "pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations.” We spend July 4th in a similar way today; many of us spending the day grilling food and watching fireworks with friends and family.
It can be easy to forget the intended purpose of this holiday marking the day the Declaration of Independence was published. With the current political climate, many of us experience mixed feelings towards America and some of us may even balk at the idea of considering ourselves patriotic. However, it is possible to love our country and celebrate its founding principles of liberty, equality, and individual rights.
With the current political climate, many of us experience mixed feelings towards America and some of us may even balk at the idea of considering ourselves patriotic.
How Can Make This Holiday More Meaningful?
Participating in politics, including state and local elections can have more of a direct impact on you in many ways. It’s amazing to see more Americans today choosing to participate in the political process. The Hill's recent analysis of the 30 states’ primaries that have held contests up to Tuesday, June 26 shows a boost up in both Democratic and Republican voter participation compared to the last two midterm elections.
As we grow up, we realize the things we love are not perfect. We realize there may be flaws and instead of giving up on it, we remember the good and figure out where we can help things improve. As we love our country, we can also practice gratitude for the agency, we have to say and do what we believe in, in order to see the changes we want to see. We can be proud and have optimism that things are good, and will continue to get better.
We realize there may be flaws and instead of giving up on it, we remember the good and figure out where we can help things improve.
Injustice is what drove the Founding Fathers to strive for independence. Thankfully with the hard work of many dedicated Americans, certain injustices have gradually been lifted over time, but problems still exist, leaving marginalized and oppressed groups. Hot-button issues such as sexism and racism linked to a history of unequal power dynamics, fear, and misunderstanding didn’t appear out of blue, but they are surely more visible with a shift towards greater media presence. We can be thankful we have the institutions in place with the space available for us as individuals to voice our concerns.
Despite the constant bombardment of news highlighting the negative, there is a lot to celebrate and love about our country. We never hear about all the small acts of kindness or even about many of the larger-scale organizers efforts to ensure rights and equalities for all that help America change for the better everyday.
Despite the constant bombardment of news highlighting the negative, there is a lot to celebrate and love about our country.
A good way to learn is to simply talk to our neighbors and get to know the community outside our immediate circles. Look at issues and how they impact different people. Listen to why someone might feel or think a certain way and open a path to them to listen to you too. We can celebrate the diversity our country’s founding principles have allowed for, and help diversity further flourish.
All of us at LoDo Chair Massage wish you
and America a happy and patriotic Fourth of July!
By Carolina Cuartas - June 29, 2018
The BodySound™ Chair
Stress Reduction Technology for your Office or Event
LoDo Chair Massage and Yoga is now partnering with BodySound™ Technology to bring profound, restorative relaxation and stress reduction to your workplace or on-site event. Service currently only available in Denver and Minnesota.
The soothing sounds, gentle vibrations, and magnetic stimulation induce deep levels of relaxation by quieting the mind and sensory systems. Experience true relaxation in just 30 minutes, equivalent to taking a 3-4 hour nap!
What Is It?
BodySound™ was created 17 years ago by a team of 40 healthcare professionals including doctors, neurologist, therapist, nurses, healers, and life coaches.
It consists of an amplifier and transducers built into a comfortable delivery platform, which uses layered music to induce synchronized sounds, vibrations and electromagnetic fields, designed to produce profound relaxation, stress reduction and facilitate personal growth.
BodySound™ technology consists of amplified layered music played through transducers that generate sound and vibration in addition to synchronized electro-magnetic fields affecting the central nervous system and the human energy system, respectively.
“Our patented technology is at the forefront of stress reduction wellness tools available today. The World Health Organization estimates stress costs U.S. companies at least $300 billion a year through absenteeism, turn-over and low productivity. Stress accounts for 60 to 90 percent of doctor’s visits in the U.S., according to the Benson-Henry Institute. We offer a powerful solution to stress that is both meaningful and cost effective.” (source)
How Does It Work?
“Typically, when you go to sleep at night, you turn the lights off and close your eyes. We will darken the room and instruct you to close your eyes and fall asleep. As a result your visual system will receive no stimulus. We play layered music during the session. Multiple melodies are played simultaneously so it is difficult for your brain to follow the music. This dramatically reduces or eliminates your desire to listen or attend to the music, while allowing you to feel all of the bass and midrange frequency content that the transducers turn into vibration.
The relatively constant sound and vibration cause the neural circuitry associated with hearing and touch to be far less responsive to the stimuli. As a result, these portions of the nervous system become less active. Turning off much of the circuitry related to sight, hearing and touch, which supports your survival mechanism causes you to become less vigilant or tense and as a result you drift toward sleep.”
How Does It Make You Feel?
The BodySound™ technology positively affects individuals physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Since the days of our early ancestors we have been endowed with a nervous system that has a built-in, hard-wired survival mechanism. With this mechanism we are always scanning our environment, consciously and subconsciously, for potential danger. The survival mechanism is supported primarily by 3 of our senses, sight, hearing, and touch. While you’re in a BodySound session there is no need to worry about your survival because you are safe so it’s okay to turn this mechanism off or nearly so.
This is accomplished by systematically turning off or habituating your senses of sight, hearing and touch. Reducing these sensory inputs to your survival mechanism deactivates or markedly reduces it, producing a brain state of inattention, so that you can relax.
BodySound™ technology consists of amplified layered music played through transducers that generate sound and vibration in addition to synchronized electro-magnetic fields affecting the central nervous system and the human energy system, respectively.” (source)
Best Used For:
After You'll Feel:
$85/hour. 4 hour minimum.
What to Expect:
Synchronized sounds and vibrations
Preset 30 minute playlists to induce deep relaxation
Full Transportation and set up with headphones and iPod
What You Will Need:
5x5 ft space
By Hanna Kim - June 25, 2018
People love massage and there are many reasons why. Most people agree that massage simply feels good, and that it is an effective self-care tool for treating common issues such as back pain, which can come from sitting at a desk long hours.
The health benefits of massage are not limited to just alleviating the physical discomforts a person might have. There are many mental and emotional benefits to receiving a massage. Massage reduces stress and anxiety that come from work and everyday life, and therefore promotes relaxation, focus, and better sleep. Providing a stress relieving activity in your workplace helps employees be their best selves.
The Significance of Workplace Appreciation
Researchers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania conducted a study on the correlation between gratitude and work engagement: Researchers randomly divided university fundraisers into two groups.
One group made phone calls to solicit alumni donations in the same way they always had. The second group—assigned to work on a different day—received a pep talk from the director of annual giving, who told the fund-raisers she was grateful for their efforts. During the following week, the university employees who heard her message of gratitude made 50% more fundraising calls than those who did not.”
During the following week, the university employees who heard her message of gratitude made 50% more fundraising calls than those who did not.”
We always hear how it’s better to show instead of tell, and this is true for gratitude too. Why not show your employees your gratitude for their hard work, in a way that boosts not only performance and engagement, but also the employee’s well-being and health?
There is a trending popularity in better work-life balance, especially amongst Millennials who were born between 1977-1997. Millennials make up a large portion of today’s workforce, and they seek a company culture that promotes work-life balance. A Future Workplace survey found that 91% of Millennials expect to stay at a job for less than three years.
As a company that puts time and resources into training and development for an employee, consider how combining the benefits of gratitude with the benefits of massage can provide a sound return on your investment. Job growth is at an all time high in cities all across the US, and unemployment rates are at an all time low. It is crucial to your business to give the best employees reasons to stay. A token of appreciation like chair massage can be part of your employee retention strategy.
We Make Chair Massage Simple, Effective, and Reliable
LoDo Chair Massage makes it possible to bring the benefits of massage into your place of business. People with all sorts of jobs, whether they are sitting at a desk, standing on their feet, or doing hard physical labor, can benefit from a small massage session during the work week. Our massage therapists have provided chair massage to workers in all sorts of settings: start-up’s, law firms, factories, hospitals, schools, and more.
LoDo Chair Massage keeps it simple. Call or email us with your needs. Get a quote for on-site chair massage right away. Get on our calendar. Relax.
LoDo Chair Massage keeps it effective. With participation rates for chair massage ranging from 80-100% and scores of 5 star reviews, your event will be a success.
LoDo Chair Massage keeps it reliable. Our team of chair massage therapists therapists are vetted specifically for reliability, and our management team is available to help if emergencies arise.
You can count on us! Let us do what we do best- help you and your team relax.