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Gratitude For Our Veterans

Hanna Kim - November 10, 2018

The History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day was this past Sunday, November 11th. In 1918, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month originally marked the end of World War I and was celebrated in the US and other countries as Armistice Day. Congress enacted Armistice Day as a federal holiday in 1938 and was changed from “Armistice” to “Veterans” Day in 1954 as a day to honor all veterans.

Telling someone in uniform “thank you for your service” seems the right thing to do on Veterans Day, as military service too often comes with hardships where service men and women must make personal sacrifices in order to accomplish them. A verbal thank you may bring a sense of comradery, but the message may seem peculiar coming from a complete stranger, feel like an empty gesture to some veterans, and may even evoke unpleasant memories for others.  

Ways to Show Our Thanks to Veterans

As the saying goes, it is often more meaningful when we show our gratitude rather than just saying so. Here are some ways to show we mean thanks that make a positive impact on veterans:

  • If you own or manage a business, offer discounts for veterans and service people.
  • Hire a veteran or military spouse to be a part of your business. Organizations like PsychArmor provide educational resources to hire, train, and retain veterans and military spouses
  • Send a postcard or letter to any veterans in your life, or those you might know who are still away on active duty. Check up on those who are adjusting to life back as a civilian, and see if they’d enjoy your company.
  • Volunteer your time at an event or with an organization dedicated to veterans. The skills you have developed from your job could be very helpful; for example, you can put your knowledge of construction to help build homes for veterans or expertise in law to assist veterans experiencing legal issues. Massage therapists and yoga instructors can also help veterans experiencing PTSD.
  • If you don’t have time, non-profits like the Wounded Warrior Project and many other organizations for veterans could always benefit from donations.

Veterans Day serves as a reminder to be grateful for those who show up for a challenging line of duty. Consider one of these ways to show our thanks to those who have served our country.


Stress Awareness Day Brings Awareness About Stress

How can managers help reduce workplace stress?

Hanna Kim - 11/4/2018

National Stress Awareness Day is this Wednesday and serves as an important reminder to take a moment to notice how stress may be impacting our lives. The International Stress Management Association established Stress Awareness Day to provide guidance to employers manage employee stress.

Stress and Stress Awareness Is on the Rise

In 1997, a large corporation conducted a survey over three years and found job-related stress lead was responsible for 60% of the times workers called in sick. Another survey of 800,000 workers in 300 companies found a 300% increase from 1996 to 2000 in employee absences due to stress. One reason stress may be a more commonly reported reason for calling into work is that today’s culture has grown to be more open about mental health, which is a good thing. Awareness about an issue is the first step towards change and betterment.

Top common stressors on Americans’ minds today include money (62%), and work (61%), according to a 2018 report by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA’s 2017 survey was the first in ten years of surveying where there was a statistically significant increase in respondents reporting feeling stress. Moreover, women and people of color, who make up more of today’s workforce reported feeling more stress than the average respondent.

Reduce Workplace Stress with Corporate Wellness

Two great additions to a corporate wellness program to help your employees reduce stress are chair massage and yoga. Both massage therapy and yoga reduce cortisol and norepinephrine, two hormones that are produced when someone experiences stress. Chronic stress lead to increased risks for a number of health conditions including anxiety, depression, weight fluctuation, heart disease, sleep issues, memory impairment, and digestive problems.

Employers can and should make use of their awareness of the growing predominance of stress to create a healthier work environment where employees can flourish. Companies that make an investment into a corporate wellness program can see up to a 3 to 1 return, according to the Washington State Health Care Authority. Contrarily, companies that do not foster a healthier work-life balance will see diminishing productivity, higher health care costs, and greater occurrences of employee absenteeism.

Lodo Chair Massage offers Corporate Wellness Programs

LoDo Chair Massage provides corporate yoga and massage packages for companies looking to provide regular wellness services at work. We want to help you and your employees have a stress-free holiday! Follow the LoDo Chair Massage Facebook page for updates on a big Cyber Monday discount on on-site chair massage and corporate yoga.


LoDo Chair Massage Cyber Monday Sale

Book on-site chair massage and yoga on Cyber Monday for our best deals on corporate wellness!

Hanna Kim - 10/29/2018

LoDo Chair Massage Cyber Monday Sale

Thanksgiving is just a month away! It’s the time of year when we think about all the things we’re grateful for - our loving families, our caring friends, and the delicious Thanksgiving feast we get to share with them. You’ve probably made plans in preparation for the holiday, whether it’s flying back home to spend time with your parents or hosting friends and family in your own home.

While holidays bring fun and festivity, it can also bring some stress. You and your team can relax and enjoy this time off more knowing there’s office chair massage and yoga to look forward to as well, on your return to work. That’s why we’re offering a steep discount on corporate wellness this Cyber Monday.

Your Team Deserves Holiday Well-Wishes and Wellness

As a manager or human resources specialist, consider how grateful you are to all the individuals in your company that helped make this year a success. Celebrate your employees by offering a stress-reducing group yoga class or deeply relaxing chair massage during the workday. They’ve earned it.

Our Biggest Annual Discount on Chair Massage and Yoga

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a happy return to work! We are offering the following discounts for on-site corporate wellness services booked on Monday, November 26, 2018:

  • On-Site Chair Massage:

We’re offering 10% off 4 or more hours of Chair Massage booked on Cyber Monday. It’s up to you how you want to share this with your workers. A 15-minute chair massage can be a relaxing addition to the workday, or perhaps consider gifting 30 minutes of blissful relaxation.

  • Corporate Yoga Classes

Receive 10% off On-Site Yoga classes booked on Cyber Monday. Our corporate yoga classes can be enjoyed by athletes of all abilities, catered to reducing work-related stress and injuries.

Make 2019 The Year of Wellness

The upcoming new year makes a great time to think about how you can continuously improve your company culture. Demand for workplace wellness is growing, so consider hosting holistic health services like on-site chair massage or yoga for your employees on a regular basis. Contact us about package discounts for even more savings on corporate wellness throughout the year.

TL;DR: LoDo Chair Massage is offering 10% off 4 or more hours of workplace chair massage and $10 off workplace yoga classes booked on Cyber Monday. Enjoy your turkey/tofurkey come Thanksgiving and give us a call on Monday, November 26 at 888.673.2535 between 8 AM and 5 PM MST to save big on wellness.


3 Tips to Getting A Good Night's Rest

Sleep Well Despite Daylights Savings

Hanna Kim - 10/23/2018

Daylight Savings Returns in November

 Daylight savings makes a return on the first weekend of November. We wake up and fall back, gaining the hour we sprung forward this past spring. Despite getting an extra hour added back onto Sunday the 4th, most people don’t tend to benefit from an extra hour of sleep. 

A review in Sleep Medicine by Dr. Yvonne Harrison shows the opposite: for many people, the one hour change often results in sleep fragmentation and sleep latency (the amount of time it takes to fall asleep). Furthermore, this disruption in sleeping patterns can take up to a week for people to readjust, and the lack of sleep can affect people’s moods, performance at work, and even the ability to drive safely.

Taking some additional measures around daylight savings can reduce these potential negative impacts. Here are some ideas for self-care to help you sleep:

Optimize Your Sleep Space

A comfortable and relaxing environment is conducive to restful sleep. According to Tide, 70% of what you wash away on your sheets is invisible. Change your bedding regularly to clear dead skin cells, body oils, dust mites, and other allergens that could reduce the quality of your sleep.

Having a dark, quiet room helps most people sleep. Turn away electronics or cover their surfaces so you’re not distracted before bed. Consider black-out curtains and a white noise machine if you’re in a busy city like New York or Seattle. 

Do Something Active Each Day
Having physical activity during the day can help you feel more relaxed and ready for bed in the evening. Stanford Medicine researchers conducted a study on how exercise affects sleep patterns for people who are not physically active and have insomnia. The study found that participants who exercised 20-30 minutes every other day were able to fall asleep 50% faster and sleep almost an hour longer. 

Most people benefit from exercise earlier in the day; either first thing in the morning to help wake up or mid-morning after the body fully wakes up. A strenuous workout right before bed is not recommended, as that can keep you awake longer.  Yoga can be an excellent addition to your workout routine as it helps to stretch and strengthen muscles that are overused at work.

Get Offline Before Bedtime

Have you noticed your eyes getting tired if you have to stare at a computer screen later in the day? Device screens are designed to be bright like the sun. Exposure to blue light from your laptop, cell phone, or tablet can prevent you from falling asleep, so it’s best to shut off electronics a couple of hours before you go to sleep.

Software such as f.lux adjusts your device screens to show warmer colors later in the evening, helping reduce eyestrain and sleep disruption from blue light. A newer laptop or phone may also have an option for this built in already.

These sleep tips are also helpful to keep in mind throughout the year, especially if you need to travel across time zones for work or work shift jobs as a nurse or firefighter. By making a few small changes to your daily habits, you can get better sleep despite daylight savings.

Improve Employee Retention with A Wellness Program

On-site chair massage and yoga can help your company improve employee retention

Hanna Kim - 10/12/2018

Corporate Wellness Is the New Norm

These days it’s not just high-tech companies in Silicon Valley offering employee benefits. In 2015, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found over two-thirds of employers in the U.S. were offering wellness programs as part of their benefits packages.

This trend has not shown a decline – their updated 2018 survey shows 72% of organizations increased their benefits to retain employees and respond to employee feedback. In SHRM’s job satisfaction survey, 92% of employees said benefits were essential to their job satisfaction. Benefits are a significant part of employee retention strategy, as employees who are satisfied with their jobs are more likely to stay with a company long term.

Benefits also help attract new talent in a competitive economic climate with low unemployment rates. Millennials, or the younger generation who will make up 46% of the workforce by 2020, place a high value on work-life balance and seek a corporate culture in line with their own.

How Does A Wellness Program Improve Employee Retention?

 Employee retention creates less strain on company resources than the efforts it takes to onboard new hires. The SHRM survey found that companies strategically using benefits were more effective with employee retention (28% vs. 11%), and even saw higher employee performance than those that did not (58% vs. 34%). On-site yoga and massage are two wellness benefits companies can use as part of an employee retention strategy.

Massage helps employees manage work-related stress, which is a leading workplace problem. Massage lowers blood levels of cortisol, a hormone produced in the body due to stress, and increases production of serotonin, a hormone that decreases pain. Introducing regular exercise helps employees reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, angina pectoris (chest pain), and heart attack. These conditions are four of the ten most expensive health conditions for U.S. employers. Yoga is a fitness activity that is accessible for people at a wide range of athletic ability and can be tailored to target common work-related issues like neck and back pain.

LoDo Chair Massage Offers Corporate Yoga and Massage

Bringing wellness benefits for employees helps companies perform better in the long run. Every $1 invested in employee wellness has an ROI of $1.50 according to a study by RAND Corporation. We have found that on-site chair massage and yoga are two wellness benefits with a high participation rate throughout companies in a variety of industries.

LoDo Chair Massage has just turned 10 this October! In 2008, we started providing on-site chair massage and yoga in Denver, and have expanded to cities across the country, from Los Angeles to New York. LoDo Chair Massage also offers package discounts for ongoing workplace wellness programs. To learn more about the services we provide in your city, call us at 888.673.2535


LoDo Chair Massage Makes Corporate Wellness Affordable For Your Small Business

By Hanna Kim- October 8, 2018

The idea that massage is a luxury seems to be an outdated one these days. More and more people are looking to holistic remedies like massage therapy as a more natural way to manage pain and stress. The American Massage Therapy Association found in their 2017 consumer survey that 72% of participants who received massage therapy in the past year did so for medical (43%) or stress-related (29%) reasons. While financing full massage sessions for employees may not be feasible, LoDo Chair Massage makes on-site chair massage affordable.

Benefits Of On-Site Chair Massage With LoDo Chair Massage

Responsive and Responsible Team

As a small business ourselves, we know that you are busy, so we strive to make booking on-site chair massage as smooth as possible for our clients. Thanks to our vast network of massage therapists, we are able to accommodate you chair massage event. Massage therapists in each city receive rave reviews for being courteous, on-time, and skilled bodyworkers who know how to relieve pain in overused areas of the body like the neck, shoulders, and lower back.

Schedule with Ease

It is pretty infrequent that you hear of someone turning down a massage, especially one provided for by their employer. Our online scheduling system is easy to use and ensures that everyone can sign up for their desired time. It also eliminates waiting in line and missed appointments. Our team can access the calendar and choose a time slot that works for them.

Flat-Rate Pricing

LoDo Chair Massage offers workplace chair massage at a flat fee, w
hich also includes gratuity. Because we have a small staff and streamlined operations, we can pass on the savings to our clients. Our rates are often up to 20% lower than that of our competitors. With discounted pricing on chair massage packages, your company can save even more on corporate wellness.

We only require a 2-hour minimum booking per event so employees of smaller and newer businesses can still benefit from chair massage. Two hours of chair massage

Chair massage is an excellent way to show your employees you value them and their hard work. Join the trend of businesses integrating wellness into their corporate culture for a happier and healthier workplace.



How to Get to Know Your Customers Better

By Hanna Kim - September 28, 2018

At the start of each quarter, Get to Know Your Customers Day is a reminder for business owners to get to know our customers and their needs so we can figure out how might be of better service to them. As we’re heading into the final quarter of the year, we might wonder how we can make a stronger impression on our clients. Here are some ideas to help your customers feel as valued as much as you appreciate them:

Personalize Your Thank You’s

    We wouldn’t be where we are without our customers, especially those who are repeat customers. A personalized thank you note shows customers how highly you think of them. Addressing your customers by name where you can is of utmost importance - it grabs their attention and shows you notice them as an individual. You could go farther and include a special discount within that message to encourage future business. You can also consider handing out useful keepsakes like water bottles or post-it notes with your business’s logo on them. A few simple gestures to show loyal customers you care can keep your business on the top of their minds the next time they need your product or service.

Surprise Customers with a Customer Appreciation Event

    A customer appreciation event can be a fun and unexpected way for businesses to show customers they care about them. As many significant holidays draw nearer, it is an especially good time for retail companies to begin to think about what sort of events might intrigue their customers. An in-store chair massage is one way to draw in more people that day as well as bolster your regular customers’ decision to shop at your store.

    Offering a chair massage event shows customers you care about their health and wellbeing, instead of just their business. It provides an opportunity for them to shop around and see new products or services if there is a bit of a wait before their turn. Also, people feel happier after a massage and be in a better mood before making purchase decisions.

    Businesses that don’t have a retail location can also share chair massage as a gift for their clients. LoDo Chair Massage offers gift certificates that can be sent to your favorite clients to use. Our massage therapists are now available in 24 major cities and surrounding neighborhoods. Taking the time and effort to show your customers some love keeps is bound to keep them happy to come back to your business time and again.

Actions That Show Your Boss You Appreciate Them

By Hanna Kim - September 26, 2018

Bosses have a lot on their plates, with agendas ranging from planning to scheduling to budgeting. The diversity of critical tasks takes a lot of energy and skill to ensure a successful business. Your boss is a human being, and just like everyone else and those who go above and beyond deserve the same workplace appreciation as any other employee.

Instead of the typical candy or flowers, you can use your attitude and actions oriented towards your boss, at the workplace to show your appreciation for your boss in a more meaningful way. Here, some ideas are presented to help you show that you sincerely care about your boss and your job:

Be On Time

The saying goes, ‘to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is unacceptable’. Similarly, getting to work - ready and on time is the first impression that you make each day. As such, try getting your outfit ready, the night before to save time in the morning. Check your calendar to get to the meetings on time each day. Your boss is sure to appreciate and be impressed by your readiness at work.

Invite Open and Professional Communication

It is far easier to have a business run smoothly when the team members are in openly interacting and sharing how they’re doing at work, especially in case of any problems. Stressing out over a difficult project doesn’t do anyone good. Address any work-related concerns or complaints you have with your boss in a timely and professional manner. This approach also helps to be open to honest feedback on how you may be able to improve. Effective leaders will be glad to help find a solution, and grateful that the issue doesn’t continue to linger.

Offer to Help Where You Can

Having a ‘can-do’ attitude at work is a way to get noticed for all the right reasons. A tight deadline or gap in scheduling, in case a coworker is sick, results in adding more work to your boss’s plate. Offer a coworker help if you see them struggling with something you’re adept in, or task yourself on a project that needs more attention. Your boss is sure to appreciate that you are someone she or he can rely on for more than their assigned duties.

These subtle but imperative ways of showing your boss appreciation not only helps your boss but also helps you move forward in your career. Fostering a good relationship with your boss will come in handy when you need their support for a raise, promotion, or even a referral. Thus, finding ways to show thanks in worthwhile ways will go a long way.