How a Wellness Program Creates a Healthier Work Environment

Find out what a wellness program is and how to incorporate wellness in your office.

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.


 



About The Author
Hanna Kim has been practicing massage therapy at LoDo Massage Studio since 2016. She ventured into the world of complementary healthcare through massage, after studying Advertising and Intercultural Communications in college. She enjoys combining her passions for writing and wellness, and loves sharing what she learns with others.


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The Truth About Male Massage Therapists...

Is That They’re Just as Great as Female Massage Therapists

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."


Here is an enthusiastic
Yelp review for one of our male massage therapists, Anthony, who is also available for corporate chair massage in Denver:

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.


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Bringing More Meaning to the Star-Spangled Banner.

Appreciate Those 4th of July Fireworks Even More

By Hanna Kim - July 2, 2018


July 4th lands on a Wednesday 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?

 
  • By being informed and active citizens, we support the values set forth in the constitution.

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.

 
  • Being grateful for and celebrating what our country stands for.

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!

 



 

About The Author
Hanna Kim has been practicing massage therapy at LoDo Massage Studio since 2016. She ventured into the world of complementary healthcare through massage, after studying Advertising and Intercultural Communications in college. She enjoys combining her passions for writing and wellness, and loves sharing what she learns with others.


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