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On Site Chair Massage Toronto – Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does on-site chair massage differ from massage therapy?
2. Do employee insurance benefits plans cover on-site chair massage sessions?
3. What kinds of companies use corporate wellness programs or initiatives?
4. Is there a business case for an on-site wellness program? Yes!
5. What kinds of employees use corporate wellness programs?
6. Does Energetic Connections provide chair massage in other Canadian cities?

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1. How does on-site chair massage differ from massage therapy?

Massage Therapy is performed by a Registered Massage Therapist, a medical professional who has been trained to treat injury and provide rehabilitation after injury through the practice of therapeutic massage.

During a therapeutic massage session, a detailed medical questionnaire is completed and the massage therapist addresses specific physical complaints and injuries. A massage therapist is required to keep records regarding treatment. Therapeutic massage treatments generally last an hour.

On-Site Toronto Chair Massage is designed to address stress-related discomforts that often arise as a result of keyboarding, telephone work, and repetitive tasks. A Certified Chair Massage Practitioner is specifically trained to perform this type of on-site massage which is designed to trigger a relaxation response which can reduce blood pressure and relax tense muscles in the neck and shoulders.

At-work or on-site chair massage follows a specific format, designed to cover the back, neck, shoulders, arms and hands. It lasts about 15 minutes. It is a hybrid of several massage techniques, including acupressure, shiatsu and assisted stretching. As Certified Chair Massage Practitioners we do not treat injury. Each massage recipient is screened. If massage therapy is required, he or she will be advised to seek medical attention. Certified Chair Massage Practitioners carry professional liability and business insurance.

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2. Do employee insurance benefits plans cover on-site chair massage sessions?

Yes and No!

Yes if... Since workplace on-site massage is a preventative wellness strategy it qualifies for coverage if the employee benefit plan includes 'individual discretionary funds', funds that the employee can use for complimentary services like relaxation massage, nutrition counselling or health club fees.

No if... Your employee benefit plan requires a doctor's certificate to obtain massage therapy coverage. This type of insurance benefit is designed to address specific injuries through the use of therapeutic massage. In this case, on-site chair massage is generally not covered.

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3. What kinds of companies use corporate wellness programs or initiatives?

Generally, companies that employ highly trained, skilled workers are offering corporate wellness programs at work. There is a recognition that good employees are expensive to recruit and train and often the workplace is very stressful.

Many employees are front line, interacting with the client, for instance in the call center environment. The employee needs to remain focused and alert in order to address the needs of the customer. A 15-minute on site massage is a great way to refresh and re-energize an employee.

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4. Is there a business case for an on-site corporate wellness program? Yes!

Health Canada reports on its Web site a Return on Investment of $3.40 on each corporate dollar invested in corporate wellness programs and initiatives. The return is in the form of reduced turnover, productivity gains, and decreased medical claims.

Research: On site massage contributes to increased productivity with substantially fewer errors. The University of Miami studied the effects of a series of chair massage sessions. They determined that the massage recipients did computation tests in half the time with half as many errors as they did before the study.

Corporate wellness programs or initiatives attract excellent employees. Many companies use a corporate wellness program to attract potential employees to work for their company. It is an excellent non-verbal way to communicate a sense of care for the well being of the employee.

A turnkey outsourced chair massage program is ideally suited for small, medium and large corporate groups. It is a great way to outsource a corporate wellness program without building a fitness facility or hiring an employee to design an in-house fitness program.

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5. What kinds of employees use corporate wellness programs?

Every corporate group has a variety of fitness levels reflected in their staff. Very fit employees often obtain their own gyms memberships. The average staff member may be less active but no less stressed.

On site massage is used by staff at all fitness levels. It is well suited to reach staff who might not otherwise participate in stress management initiatives on their own.

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6. Does Energetic Connections provide chair massage in other Canadian cities?

Yes! We can organize and manage chair massage for your wellness program, special event or Golf tournament in the Greater Toronto Area, Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver as well as Ottawa, Kingston, and South Western Ontario.

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Contact us at Energetic Connections for more about on-site massage and the benefits to employees and companies.

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