Employee Perk

Here's the answer to your employees' aches, pains and stress.

Looking for an affordable perk that both your employees and yourcompany bank account will appreciate? Try on-site massage. It canreduce stress, help manage work-related pain from carpal tunnelsyndrome or neck cramps, and even enhance productivity.

A growing number of big corporations, small businesses and evengovernment agencies have found massage to be a low-cost investmentthat produces big returns. The Touch Research Institute at theUniversity of Miami in Florida has documented the positive effectsof massage therapy with research that indicates a basic 15-minutechair massage, provided twice weekly, results in decreased stressand increased productivity.

Clients remain fully dressed and sit in a specially designed chairwhile the massage therapist works on their neck, back andshoulders, explains Marilyn Kier, a nationally certified massagetherapist and owner of Wellness at Work in Wheeling, Illinois.Though pricing varies, the average hourly rate for workplacemassage is $60, and Kier says she averages three employees perhour. Companies handle the fees differently: Some pay the entirefee, others split the cost with employees, and others provide thespace and opportunity but ask employees to pay the fullamount.

To locate a certified massage therapist in your area, contact theAmerican Massage Therapy Association at (847) 864-0123 or visit itsWeb site at http://www.amtamassage.com.

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