Because job-related stress is becoming an increasingly common problem for most organizations, more people are having to take time off their jobs just to combat stress-related health issues. This loss of employee contribution to the workplace also increases the expenses employers have to accommodate for the loss of work production. To alleviate this elevating concern, employers are investing in more stress-relieving techniques to foster better work production. A growing option is to offer employees a company massage. The following describes the ten most popular massages offered in the workplace.
1. Swedish Massage
The Swedish Massage is a basic massage technique that all masseuses learn during their beginning training. There are five basic steps that comprise the Swedish massage technique.
Effleurage: This step is designed to provide muscle relaxation by using the hand to make broad gentle strokes over the body.
Petrissage: This step combines muscle relaxation with enhanced circulation by gently squeezing and lifting the muscles.
Friction: The skin and muscle tissue are heated up and stretched by stroking the skin in circular motion. This deep rubbing and heat action removes any knots found in bound muscle fibers and helps improve joint mobility.
Tapotement: Also known as percussion, this sub-technique of the Swedish massage engages muscle tissue so that it can help exchange gas. This process helps to enhance circulation and tighten the skin while alleviating any muscle tension. All of this is accomplished by using the hands to create a rhythmic chop or tap on the skin.
Vibration: The final step relieves any remaining muscle tension while improving circulation by using the fingers or hand to softly shake the skin.
2. Deep Tissue Massage
A deep tissue massage targets specific body sections using elbows or knuckles to make deep impressions on the muscles and tendons. This type of massage helps to release oxygen in the muscles and gets rid of stubborn muscle knots.
3. Sports Massage
The Sports Massage is a combination of the Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Trigger Point massage techniques. In addition to the techniques already described for the Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, the Trigger Point massage targets hard tissue and keeps working on that part of the body to alleviate muscle fatigue, inflammation, and tension. This massage also produces more flexibility while relaxing the muscles.
4. Indian Head Massage
This massage—also referred to as the Champissage—is an upper body massage involving the neck, shoulders, and the head that is known for relieving headaches caused by stress and sinus problems. The massage begins at the shoulders and eventually moves up to the head. The scalp is gently massaged with the finger tips as if a person is getting his or her hair washed while the masseuse’s wrists rest on the client’s head. This massage allows the brain to have increases blood supply and circulation. Next, the masseuse massages the temple in circular motions. Then, the forehead is massaged by moving back and forth between the center of the forehead and the temples on each side. This is repeated until the fingers gradually lift away from the body.
This stress-relieving massage technique is designed for the hands and feet. The technique starts with gently stroking the feet and hands so they can become warm before the massage begins. The masseuse searches for abnormalities under the skin by using the thumbs and fingers to examine the client’s fingers, toes, and the spaces in between. Troublesome areas are given extra attention by being stroked and rubbed. Once the entire hand or foot has been massaged, the masseuse will rub these areas again to alleviate stress.
6. Hot Stone Massage
This technique uses smooth stones that are water-heated and placed on certain body parts for improved circulation, mobility, and pain relief. The stones penetrate the muscle tissue to helps to relax the muscles while improving blood circulation. The masseuse will then take the stones massage all parts of the body except the face.
7. Shiatsu Massage
This massage has its origins in the Orient and incorporates acupuncture pressure points into the finger and thumb (and sometimes the elbows and knees) compression technique. This technique is also known as acupressure in which the masseuse taps, strokes, deeply presses, and squeezes the body’s pressure points in order to stimulate the body’s energy flow, alleviate pain, improve blood circulation, and remove muscle tension.
8. Neuromuscular Massage
This technique targets specific muscular problems and enhances blood circulation while relieving pain and other muscle complaints. The masseuse will discover and focus on a particular trigger point responsible for the muscle complaint. The fingers, knuckles or elbows will be used to apply extended steady pressure to the area until the complaint goes away.
9. Thai Massage
The Thai massage involves rhythmic and deep static pressure as the client is loosely clothed while laying on a floor mat or mattress. Whether done solo or in groups, the massage often involves having the client in yoga-type positions while being massaged.
10. Aromatherapy Massage
This technique is not really a massage style and actually refers to the adding of essential oils to the aforementioned massage techniques. Massage motions are more gentle to accommodate the effect of the oils the masseuse has chosen for that particular session. Each essential oil yields its own unique physical and psychological effect; so, the patient and the masseuse usually reach a consensus on which oils will be used for the massage.
These massage techniques positively impact both employers and employees because they relieve stress which causes people to be more productive and content while at work.
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