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Stress at Work
Working in an office has been linked to health risks like stress, headaches and body pain. These issues usually stem from poor posture, prolonged sitting and general inactivity. And even working hard to meet deadlines can cause moments of stress among staff.
The consequences can range from the need for a morale boost among employees to lost productivity when team members call out due to poor health. In fact, according to Medical News Today, “back pain is one of the most common reasons for employees missing work and is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor.”
So, how can we keep ourselves healthy and minimize the effects of office life?
The Benefits of Massage
Massage has long been thought of as a special treat for those visiting a spa or suffering from severe limitation to movement. However, as The Mayo Clinic points out, “massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.”
Forbes also advocates the practice of regular massage for those on the business world citing further benefits:
- Sparks creative ideas
- Boosts your immune system
- Increases your productivity
- Helps you sleep better
PDCflow understands how important all of these benefits are to a happy, productive workplace.
“I like to think of the massage benefit from this perspective–work can sometimes be stressful. Home life can sometimes be stressful. Why not allow our employees a little bit of relief from all the stresses we face?” says PDCflow’s Human Resources manager Emily Wilde.
That’s why we combat the physical and mental stresses that may come along with work by offering bi-weekly in-office massages.
“While we do not ask our employees to work long hours, weekends or holidays, our employees work hard and are under pressure to complete projects on time,” Wilde explains. “I feel, offering a massage from a licensed Massage Therapist every other week does help energize and rejuvenate our employees’ minds and bodies. It allows them an opportunity to fully relax for at least 20 minutes every other week and let go of all of life’s stresses.”
This time with local Licensed Massage Therapist Jody Lucas is a welcome highlight for many PDCflow employees. “Having an in-house massage therapist is such an unusual perk for a company to offer its employees,” says PDCflow’s Marketing Manager Dawn Updike. “I definitely take advantage of those bi-weekly massages whenever I’m in the office. They have helped me both physically and mentally many times!”
Jody Lucas is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of iMassage, located in Layton, Utah. She loves not only helping people but also teaching them to help themselves do and feel better.
She attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho where she studied Interior Design and Family Science. She also completed Cosmetology school. Jody discovered her interest in massage therapy later in life, which has allowed her the opportunity to work in many fields over the years: CNA, Peer Parent, Para Educator for children with special needs and hospice volunteer.
Jody and her husband, Nate, have fostered over 30 children and are the proud (and tired) parents of 15 children between the ages of 26 and 2. In her spare time, you can find her camping, walking, dancing and singing with her children or crashing on the couch with her 175-pound dog, Othello! Or, helping someone in need.