Reflexology in the Workplace
Whatever the size of your business, it makes sense to look after your biggest asset, your employees. A fit and healthy workforce is key to an organisations performance and each year millions of working days are lost to stress-related illnesses.
Work related stress is the largest occupational health problem in the UK today. According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of sick days claimed by employees stood at some 27.3 million in 2014/15, with stress accounting for 35% of all work-related ill health cases (Mintel “Complementary and Alternative Medicine UK December 2015)
Excessive stress, without the opportunity to recover, can cause physiological and psychological problems such as tension, fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, irritability and lowered immune system to name a few. Specifically, in the workplace, the effects could result in:
How can reflexology help your company?
Reflexology is a non-invasive therapy, does not require the use of drugs or chemicals and has no side effects. Its holistic approach treats the person as a whole and by focusing on prevention rather than cure, it can help maintain good health in the long term and may be one of the ways to mitigate the effects of persistent stress on our health and wellbeing.
As part of your ‘Health and Wellbeing Strategy’, each company can choose its own level of involvement. Treatments can be paid in full by each employee, in full by the employer or the employer can subsidise the employee, so costs are shared. Treatments are carried out in-house, in a small quiet room. I will provide the necessary equipment, and will be tailored depending on the time-scale available.
The frequency of visits will be agreed with the company but ideally should be weekly or fortnightly and the company should ensure sessions are promoted internally. Referrals and bookings can be made direct through the company or on an individual basis.
Reflexology treatments also provide an ideal situation to raise various health issues and thus enabling people to make healthier lifestyle choices, providing the perfect opportunity to positively impact on your employees health. By removing or reducing some of the financial and time barriers to accessing such services, it could pave the way for more employees to access services which they would otherwise not have the opportunity to receive.
If you are interested in offering Reflexology in the Workplace, please contact me and I would be happy to offer a free consultation to discuss your organisations needs.
Rates to be agreed on application.
Benefits for Employers
Facts and Figures
A brief history of reflexology in the workplace
Some Western countries, more notably Denmark, have been addressing the issue of stress in the work place for a number of years. It is known as the country with one of the best work-life balances in all of Europe and they are also the most likely to use reflexology to support their health. Studies have been conducted of on-site reflexology in various work forces including councils and the Danish Post Office which have shown: