Modern life is stressful. Office workers everywhere suffer from accumulated fatigue and stress, stiff shoulders and back pain. While this may seem trivial in aggregate this can harm your company.
To address this more and more companies around the world commit thinking and resources to a corporate wellness programme designed to enhance worker health, reduce sick leave, improve morale and increase productivity. Today rest areas in many companies offer massage chairs for staff use to reduce their work day fatigue and stress.
A NASA study proved that a short nap taken during working hours increased productivity by 35% and improved judgement by 50%. The University of North Carolina compared a 10 minute massage break to a standard coffee break, it revealed that a massage proved a more effective way for relieving stress at work. Indeed the largest search engine company in the world provides its staff with Inada massage chairs for their breaks. Some companies indeed realise that just a little relaxation time in a massage chair can improve productivity.
The following statistics show that a great deal of financial loss is suffered by employers due to back and stress related illnesses.
- A staggering 33 million workdays were lost in 2001 due to Back and Stress related illnesses costing the UK economy £11.8 billion (CBI survey 2002)
- 68% view stress as a major issue
- Stress is the main cause of absenteeism
- Over 40% of the working population is affected by back pain (back pain is not specific to manual work force but a major problem among office staff too, who tend to spend most of their time behind desks)
- Over half a million people are affected by back pain each and every day
Here at Inada we can assist companies in providing a massage benefit to employees. Already many companies in Europe have deployed our massage chairs. Inada started manufacturing massage chairs in 1962.
Our consistent focus on technological development and our faithful commitment to massage excellence reflects our mission to offer improved mental and physical health to those who use our products. Over the years Inada has conducted many independent studies and Dr. Matsuura, a doctor of acupuncture advises us how best to provide a chair massage comparable and of therapeutic value to that of a professional expert in Asian massage techniques. Dr. Matsuura warns us that stress and stiff body parts should not be taken lightly. Stress may lead to headaches, stiff shoulders, eye strain or more serious conditions such as cold hands and feet or illnesses that affect internal organs. Insomnia and even depression may be a consequence of stress. Massage releases endorphins, an important pleasure hormone with soothing stress reducing qualities. Endorphins are released when a person feels pleasure or enjoyment and are believed to boost immunity as well as the self healing powers of our bodies.
Even with the knowledge that a massage is effective for easing fatigue, modern workers are too busy with work and home life to find the opportunity to get massages on their own. With Inada you and your employees can enjoy the pleasure and benefits of a short high quality massage. Let us briefly introduce some features of our massage chairs:
- All our products use our proprietary infrared scanning technology to accurately locate
individual pressure points and to tailor our massage sessions appropriately for the specific user.
- Data collected from a vast sample of body profiles enables our massage to accommodate many body types.
- Our massage mechanism design is based on the geometry of human hands and its ability to create a number of irregular movements make it possible to achieve massage variations that mimic real human hands.
- The design of the massage mechanism allows faithful imitation of human massage techniques and offers a wide and varied massaging effect.
We have also focused on effectively massaging the extremities. Air cushions located at the instep and sole of the feet massage each toe to the tips, it massages your heels and calves. Air cushions in the seat massage the hamstrings and buttocks. The palms of your hands and your fingers which are the site of many important pressure points, are also completely massaged and loosened. As an example one company that installed Inada over 10 years ago placed five massage chairs in the staff lounge which anyone could use before work, during breaks or after work. Here’s what one employee had to say.
“Stiff shoulders and fatigue caused pain in my neck and shoulders and also handling packages gave me lower back pain. The company massage chair provides me with a lot of comfort. I use it almost every day. I think it helps me focus on my work in the afternoons” The University of Bergische (Germany) conducted research to evaluate this company’s corporate wellness programme. The results were surprising. 47% of employees reported a decrease in drowsiness as well as relief from tension, whilst 67% reported feeling increasingly refreshed. Inada have provided more than just stress relief and health maintenance for workers, it also delivered an increase in productivity that benefited the workers and managers of the company.The University of Bergische (Germany) conducted research to evaluate this company’s corporate wellness programme. The results were surprising. 47% of employees reported a decrease in drowsiness as well as relief from tension, whilst 67% reported feeling increasingly refreshed. Inada have provided more than just stress relief and health maintenance for workers, it also delivered an increase in productivity that benefited the workers and managers of the company.
If you are interested in experiencing the stress relief, morale improvement and productivity gains you can expect from Inada we do offer purchasing or leasing options from which your company can choose. Please contact us for further information. We hope you will allow Inada to help you and your company to be a better place to work.
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