Massage at staff functions and parties

Massage at staff functions and parties.

Do you remember the days when everyone looked forward to a staff function?
The free booze, the free food and then the regret the next morning when your friends remind you about the conversation you had with your boss, clearly expressing what you thought of him! We’ve all been there!! Fortunately, much of this occurred before the explosion of social media. Imagine how much trouble we could get ourselves into these days!

‘Events’ have changed for the better

However, those days are mostly gone and things have changed for the better. There is now greater planning and purpose behind organising staff functions. Rather than it being a ‘swim through’ of alcohol and silliness, it is instead more relaxed and purposeful. Rather than there being an emphasis on how much you can drink from the open bar, it is much more about networking, goal setting and planning with your colleagues and management.

Events are planned now

We now regularly see event planners showcase the events they have planned for clients through social media platforms. What is noticeable about these events is their diversity. Team building seminars, weekend retreats as well as the more ‘traditional’ staff party are just some of the ways in which staff functions are presented. What is also noticeable though is how event organisers are always trying to find unique ways in which to reward and entertain their staff. Photo booths and lolly jars are often a popular ‘add on’.

Add some ‘Wow’ to your event

Therefore, what can you do when planning your next staff event that will give it the ‘WOW’ factor, impressing your staff and colleagues, as well as creating envy amongst their friends outside the business?

Adelaide Mobile Massage is the answer.

We come to you. Our professional therapists will be fully briefed on your requirements for the day which includes set time for each massage and the massage options that you would like made available for your staff. We pride ourselves on making the day as relaxed as possible for not only the recipients of the massage but also the event planner.

Regular contact will be made with the event planner in the lead up to the event to make sure all requirements are met and work with you on any last minute changes that require to be made.

Imagine telling your staff that prior to the staff Christmas dinner or before the next staff training session, they will each be treated to a massage!!

Make your event a success

Call to book your event or function now. Show your staff that you appreciate their hard work and reward them with a massage. Happy staff makes for a happy office which makes everyone productive!! You are the real winner here!!

Is Your Body a Vintage Car?

Therapeutic massage helping older people

The human body can be thought of as a vintage car. It starts off new and shiny with everything in perfect working order. As such, we tend to give it a fair ‘thrashing’ in its younger years, but over time as the years and kilometres accumulate, it starts to show signs of wear and tear.

As a result, we need to tinker with it, make some repairs and try to drive it with a little more love and care! That love and care consists of trying to make lifestyle modifications to enable prolonged longevity.

As we reach our elderly years, these modifications can be the difference between ending up on the ‘scrap heap’ of life or enjoying our ‘vintage’. One way for the elderly to achieve the latter is to partake in regular therapeutic massage.

As we reach our elderly years, these modifications can be the difference between ending up on the ‘scrap heap’ of life or enjoying our ‘vintage’. One way for the elderly to achieve the latter is to partake in regular therapeutic massage.

Therapeutic massage – a significant positive impact

Multiple studies have shown that therapeutic massage can make a significant positive impact on multiple body domains, including physical, psychological, emotional and social, within elderly patients.

Link between massage and postural control

A US study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork revealed improvements in balance and postural control after a 6 week trial of one hour weekly massages with a group of 35 people aged between 50-69 years of age. The study suggested that improvements in physical balance and posture may reduce the risk of falls in the elderly often the result of muscle imbalances, muscle atrophy and decreased range of movement.

The study showed a positive relationship between massage and improvements in the aforementioned points. Another potential benefit raised from the study was a lowering of blood pressure, which could have positive benefits on the reduction of cardio-vascular related diseases.

The study showed a positive relationship between massage and improvements in the aforementioned points. Another potential benefit raised from the study was a lowering of blood pressure, which could have positive benefits on the reduction of cardio-vascular related diseases.

The study suggested that improvements in physical balance and posture may reduce the risk of falls in the elderly often the result of muscle imbalances, muscle atrophy and decreased range of movement.

The study showed a positive relationship between massage and improvements in the aforementioned points. Another potential benefit raised from the study was a lowering of blood pressure, which could have positive benefits on the reduction of cardio-vascular related diseases.

Massage aid alzheimer patients

In addition, studies by the Touch Research Institute shows that massage facilitates communication and relaxation, and is therefore an effective therapy in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients. The manipulation of specific points on the body has also been shown to promote the natural lubrication of joints, greatly assisting in the pain management of patients suffering from the stiffness of arthritis.

Massage and the recently retired

Other studies have also demonstrated the social and emotional benefits of regular therapeutic massage. With thousands of baby boomers now retiring every day, there is an increased focus on the social and emotional health of these people. Transitioning from working to retired life can be difficult for many, often resulting in anxiety and depression like symptoms.

Massage – a good non-pharmaceutical option

Massage has long been considered a good non-pharmaceutical option to manage such symptoms. In addition to this, regular massage can also be a great from a social perspective. Loneliness and a lack of communication in elderly patients can be overcome with regular interaction with a trusted massage therapist. While the message and benefit is a simple one, it is often forgotten in a busy world.

Knowing that someone cares about your wellbeing is important to your overall sense of place in the world because ultimately don’t we all want to be connected with others. A simple massage and the conversation it evokes may be enough to keep our elderly loved ones happy.

So, whether you are an elderly person who has ‘thrashed’ the car a bit much in its younger years, or you are the loving caregiver of an elderly relative, why not explore the benefits of therapeutic massage?

Why massage is a bottom-line winner for business.

Why massage is a bottom-line winner for business.

Massage has been proven again and again, study after study. So why the scepticism?

It’s a mindset thing! Progression and acceptance is slowly changing this perception, for individuals and businesses in turn.

At work massage has proven benefits

Progressive businesses all over the world have been offering massage to their staff on a regular basis over the past 20 years. Massage in the workplace not only acts as a means to improve physical and mental health but to impart cultural change and provide healthy staff morale.  It’s a bottom-line winner!  Following are some of the ways in which a business can benefit from providing a regular massage program for their staff.

 

Improved job satisfaction.

Employers know that job satisfaction isn’t just about the work. An enlightened business offers a range of activities and opportunities to enhance job satisfaction and morale for their staff. Massage can enhance job satisfaction and happiness, this then leads to:

High staff retention. Once a massage program is in place it becomes part of company culture. With healthy business culture and morale, staff members are proud to be part of a progressive caring company and are less likely to look else ware.

Increased productivity. For the past 20 years, there have been studies linking massage to productivity and improved intellect. According to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management over the past 2 years, approximately 11% of companies offered workplace massage and 3% of companies plan to add corporate massage.

Inspire creativity. The business world is stressful and fast-paced. Massage is a wonderful escape for staff. It enables them to slow their minds, relax and take themselves away from the problem in order to reset and think of a better solution.

Help reduce pain. Massage has proven to be an effective treatment for reducing pain and muscle tension. More workers are sitting at desks for long hours causing RSI  (repetitive strain injury), neck, shoulder, arm and back pain. A massage may be just what is needed to feel better, think clearer and reduce pain.

Boost your immune system. Research now indicates that massage can help boost the immune system. To help staff avoid taking time off for sickness, staying healthy during the cold and flu season is imperative. Regular massage can increase the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that fight viruses enhancing your immunity.

Massage yourself to a better night’s sleep. Studies have found that people who have regular massages spend more time in restorative stages of the deep sleep cycle. To avoid restless, poor quality sleep, especially before a big presentation or a day packed with meetings –  have a massage the day before to feel refreshed and restored ready for a quality night’s sleep.

Relaxation and ROI in minutes.  Businesses love ROI. Regular massage enhances stress relief and relaxation which in turn reduces cortisol levels (a major stress hormone). High levels of cortisol can cause high blood pressure and lower immune system function. Studies have found that a 15-minute chair massage once a week can reduce cortisol levels and promote relaxation. This gives business ROI in minutes – a winning combination with staff taking less stress days and always coming to work on their massage days!

Massage  =  Happy Staff  =   A bottom-line winner!

Massage to get you through Winter

As we grind our way through another year, particularly now as we experience a cold and wet winter, we often need to take stock and evaluate how we are treating ourselves.

  • Are we working too hard?
  • Are we feeling run down?
  • Is the dreaded ‘lurgy’ taking hold every few weeks it seems?

Are we making excuses for not looking after ourselves or worse not prioritising our well-being, pushing it down the list of importance?

Stop the ‘Rot’

If this is you, then perhaps you need to look at how you can ‘stop the rot’. Many studies confirm that stress causes a multitude of problems to our minds and bodies. Chemically, the body’s inability to ‘switch off’ the fight or flight hormone Cortisol, leaves us in a permanent state of stress, affecting us physically, emotionally and psychologically.

Massage to help manage your stress

Massage is one way to manage this stress. Studies have proven that regular massage reduces cortisol levels in the body as well as increasing the release of numerous ‘feel good’ hormones. So why not treat yourself to some regular massage?

It’s good for you, and while a bottle of red wine may be cheaper and give you short-term feelings of euphoria and well-being, the effects of a good massage are much longer lasting and you won’t get the morning after hangover!

So during these bleak days, be sure to book you and your loved ones a well-deserved massage.

Hydration

We encourage you to rehydrate after your treatments.
Your body is made up of about 70% water.  You lose approximately 2 Litres of water a day through breathing, perspiration, and urination.  Water plays an essential role in ensuring that both body and brain function well. Water is used to perform various functions such as helping with circulation, temperature control, digestion, assimilation of nutrients and oxygen into the cells, and elimination.
Massage will shift the build up of toxins in your body. These are filtered through your liver and other organs. To help this process hydrate hydrate hydrate!

Sleep

YOU NEED IT! Recent studies are now suggesting it is more important than exercise and diet. We are a sleep-deprived society. We are going to bed later as a society and getting up earlier. Sleep experts recommend that adolescents and adults require 8.25 – 9.25 hours of sleep each night. Research now strongly suggests that sleep is the most important skill in memory consolidation. Cortisol also increases with a lack of sleep, resulting in increased levels of stress. There is also an association between sleep deprivation, diabetes and obesity; that is, a lack of sleep can result in poor eating habits and lifestyle decisions. So, remove the distractions, leave the iPhone and other electronic devices out in the kitchen and get some quality shut eye!

Research now strongly suggests that sleep is the most important skill in memory consolidation. Cortisol also increases with a lack of sleep, resulting in increased levels of stress. There is also an association between sleep deprivation, diabetes and obesity; that is, a lack of sleep can result in poor eating habits and lifestyle decisions. So, remove the distractions, leave the iPhone and other electronic devices out in the kitchen and get some quality shut eye!

There is also an association between sleep deprivation, diabetes and obesity; that is, a lack of sleep can result in poor eating habits and lifestyle decisions. So, remove the distractions, leave the iPhone and other electronic devices out in the kitchen and get some quality shut eye!

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Corporate Massage – Staff Productivity & Wellbeing

CORPORATE MASSAGE, STAFF PRODUCTIVITY AND WELLBEING

Many senior executives advocate for ‘brain breaks’ for their valued employees in an effort to enhance their well-being. These breaks are often only short in duration (10-15 minutes), but allow staff to gather their thoughts, get some quiet time and allow for a mental ‘recharge’. A quiet space, including comfortable chairs, soft music, and the relaxing touch of massage is a great way to get staff to “zone out” and get some head space and mental clarity.

A short break to clear your head

How often have you sat at your desk and stared blankly at the screen in front of you? It is an all too common occurrence in the work place, where no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to find the solution to the problem staring back at you.

More often than not the best thing to do is to walk away for a while and clear your head. Distracting ourselves for a short period of time often helps to provide us with clarity and allows us to return to the original problem with a ‘fresh set of eyes’.

Massage is a great way to help people get the perspective and clarity they often need. The release of feel good hormones and neurotransmitters, in addition to improved blood flow circulation, often gives the brain the ‘refresh’ it needs to solve the problem.

Many clients have said, ‘you nearly put me in a trance’. As qualified massage therapists, our staff gain great satisfaction having helped clients leave issues and thoughts behind for a while.  The brain is like a muscle, it needs to rest too.

Call 1300 55 87 55 or visit adelaidemobilemassage.com.au and book a workplace massage today.

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Create the Ultimate Event with Massage

Incorporate Massage into your event

Whether you are hosting a conference, seminar, birthday party, golf day or sporting event, incorporating massage is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, amongst your invited guests.

Use Massage to show others you care

Our aim is to provide you with a service at your event that compliments the positive environment you wish your guests to experience. Providing massage at your event will have your guests feeling relaxed, indulged and appreciated, and will leave them in a positive frame of mind. Massage will help you demonstrate to your guests that they are valued.

Event Massage Benefits

Studies have demonstrated that massage is a great way to manage anxiety and stress and boost immunity. It aids in releasing endorphins in the body, which in turn promotes relaxation and happiness. In a modern society where mental well-being is becoming increasingly important, massage has a proven record of improving our mental health. Why not include massage at your event in an effort to improve the psychological well-being of your guests?

What do we bring and provide?

No matter what the location or type of event you plan, our fully accredited massage therapists will provide your event with chair or table massages. All that is required is a quiet space, for our therapists to work their magic. We can provide multiple therapists for any size event.

So be the hero at your next event. 
Arrange for our amazing therapists to attend and make your
next event a great success!  Contact us here for more information

Massage… Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Saviour!

Our mental health

Our mental health is as bad as it has ever been. The Blackdog Institute states that one in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorders.

What many people don’t understand about mental health is that it is largely a chemical imbalance. The brain is flooded with hormones and neuro-transmitters. If the balance of these ‘neurochemicals’ are “out of whack” then our mental health suffers.

Cortisol, commonly referred to as the stress hormone, is often delivered in excessive amounts, as a result of our busy lives, resulting in an inability to switch off from stress.

In addition to this, dopamine, which is often seen as a good chemical and helps us to be alert and enthusiastic, can also have a negative effect on us, if we can’t turn it down when the body requires rest.

Unfortunately, our obsession with technology, particularly games, raises dopamine levels (this is why they often become obsessive) and we remain in a state over over-stimulation.

Massage can help with our mental health

Fortunately, massage can be of great help to our mental health. In particular, regular massage can assist in balancing these neurochemicals. Repeated studies have demonstrated a reduction in cortisol levels.

In addition to this, massage also triggers the release of serotonin, a neurochemical which acts as a calming agent, acting as an energy re-fueller, rather than an energy user.

The great thing about serotonin is that it also triggers the production of melatonin, which is essential for sleep. An increase in melatonin helps us to enjoy blissful, sound sleep, something so many of us are deprived of these days.

Help your mental health with a massage

So… do yourself a favour and book a massage. While many people recognise that it’s a great way to relax and sooth aching muscles, more importantly, it balances the brain.

Our brain influences how every other system in our body works, as well as how we feel, act and respond in every moment of every day. It makes sense to look after it so be sure to reward it with some massage today.

Do you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis?

A Message from Massage Therapist Narelle:

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that effects joints.

The immune system tries to destroy the healthy tissues for no known cause.  It attacks the lining of the joints causing inflamed, swollen and painful joints. Rheumatoid arthritis effects other areas of the body not just the joints.  Three times as many women are

Three times as many women are effected by Rheumatoid arthritis than men.  The condition is chronic and progresses over time where you can have flares or times of remission.

Morning joint stiffness is common and can last 1-2 hours and can effect range of motion causing stiffness problems with buttoning up a shirt or opening a jar.

Smaller joints such as the hands and wrists are affected first then larger joints such as hips, knees and shoulders.

Massage can Help

Massage can help using only moderate pressure.  A relaxing massage can assist with the stress and tension of suffering constant pain during flares.

Massage aims to sooth the joints and muscles and ease anxiety.  Regular massage once a week helps to ease the pain and stiffness, assisting with range of motion and hand grip strength.

Shoulder Bursitis

A Message from Massage Therapist Rob:

Shoulder Bursitis

Musculoskeletal complaints are one of the most common reasons for primary care office visits, and rotator cuff disorders are the most common source of shoulder pain.

Shoulder bursitis is a condition caused by inflammation of the bursa that separates the superior surface of the supraspinatus tendon from the overlying coraco-acromial ligament, the acromial arch and from the deep surface of the deltoid muscle. The subacromial bursa helps the motion of the supraspinatus tendon of the rotator cuff in activities such as overhead work.

Symptoms of Bursitis

  • Pain on the outside of your shoulder.
  • Pain may spread down your arm towards the elbow or wrist.
  • Pain made worse when lying on your affected shoulder.
  • Pain made worse when using your arm above your head.
  • Painful arc of movement – shoulder pain felt between 60 – 90° of arm moving up and outwards.

Bursitis Treatment

Inflammation of a bursa is not helped by direct massage. Directly massaging an inflamed bursa will cause more pain.

However, in the case of impingement of the rotator cuff muscles, massage can help with the reduction of tension of these muscles which can result in less pressure on the bursa.

Other options may include pain-relieving medications, cold packs, gentle mobilising exercises and rest. Anti-inflammatory medications or injections of corticosteroids may be used in cases of severe pain. If

  • pain-relieving medications
  • cold packs
  • gentle mobilising exercises and
  • rest.

Anti-inflammatory medications or injections of corticosteroids may be used in cases of severe pain.

If infection is present treatment with an appropriate antibiotic is necessary.

If the bursitis was triggered by a particular form of overuse, it is important to avoid that activity, such as a sport.

New Years Resolutions

TIS’ THE SEASON FOR NEW YEAR’S  RESOLUTIONS

It’s that time of the year again, where we eat, drink and be merry! And rightly so; it’s been a long tough year, so don’t we deserve to let our hair down a little?

Everything in moderation

As we start to enjoy ourselves we are constantly reminded by the media that everything should be done in moderation. All the celebrity gym junkies and fitness obsessed personalities, give us ‘advice’ on how we can avoid ‘over-indulging’. Let’s be honest, we aren’t going to give up our champagne for that everything should be done in moderation. All the celebrity gym junkies and fitness obsessed personalities, give us ‘advice’ on how we can avoid ‘over-indulging’.

Let’s be honest, we aren’t going to give up our champagne for that everything should be done in moderation. All the celebrity gym junkies and fitness obsessed personalities, give us ‘advice’ on how we can avoid ‘over-indulging’.

Let’s be honest, we aren’t going to give up our champagne for sparking mineral water! Give us a break! It’s the festive season, why not enjoy it?! We are all intelligent enough to realise that we can’t abuse our bodies in such an

We are all intelligent enough to realise that we can’t abuse our bodies in such an over-indulgent manner for too long. So, come January 1, we resolve to make some changes. However, how many of them do we keep? Often, we set ourselves up for failure, not intentionally but because our goals can become a  challenge considering the stresses and demands that our lifestyles dictate.

5 top tips for New Year Resolutions

So, here at AMM, we would like to offer you some sensible and realistic advice in an effort to support you. Here goes;

  1. Start small
    When making resolutions, start small. Consider the daily challenges placed on you from your family and work environments and resolve to make some small changes that can be incorporated into your daily routines. Such as drink a glass of water when waking in the morning.
  2. Set achievable goals
    and let someone know about it. An accountability partner is a great way to help support you keep you on track throughout your journey.
  3. Don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go to plan.
    We often ‘fall off the wagon’ because after a slip up we speak negatively to ourselves. This negative self-talk tells us that we are failures and should just give up. Replace the negative talk with positive talk.
  4. Don’t give up.
    Resilience doesn’t come from not failing but instead rising every time you do fail. After a setback, pick yourself up and dust yourself off and try again.
  5. Reward yourself
    when reaching small goals. The human brain craves a reward system. It helps release ‘feel good’ hormones. So when you do something good, reward yourself and then start working towards your next goal.

The team at AMM wish you a happy and healthy 2017 and hope that all of your resolutions and goals can be achieved. If we can support you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.