Winchester City Council; Serco Group; GDS Instruments; Cibus Training & Consultancy;
Castle Hill Primary School, Basingstoke
Our Equilibria Massage event was extremely popular and well-received – and it was very easy working with Emma to make it happen.
Whether you are arranging a one-off or developing a whole new approach to employee wellbeing, I would recommend a conversation with Emma.”
UK Talent Acquisition Director
Serco Group plc
We received 100% positive feedback from the team, all of whom commented on how professional, respectful, and attentive you were.”
Innovative onsite solutions like our end-of-term event with Equilibria Massage help us to address that need in a positive, practical and thoroughly engaging way.
It was a real highlight for everyone and something we very much look forward to repeating.”
Castle Hill Primary School
By teaching our team simple, new techniques for managing their own wellbeing in sometimes stressful and strenuous work environments, Emma helped us to refresh our approach in an effective and enjoyable way.”
Cibus Training and Consultancy Ltd.
She is a skilled massage therapist and an asset to Hands on Health UK – professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy.”
Director & Massage Therapist
Hands on Health UK
Her participation really helped to make our event a success and we are very grateful. The day was very interesting and a lot of fun too. We are looking forward to our next event.”
Corporate event client
Regain balance, improve focus and increase resilience through massage therapy
Massage therapy is an effective tool in personal stress management strategies1 and workplace wellbeing programmes. Scientific studies have shown that massage therapy has many benefits beyond the nice to have, including a positive impact on our mental and physical health and general wellbeing.
Elevated levels of stress hormones have been linked to potential triggers for mental illness and decreased resilience2. They also suppress immune levels, making us more susceptible to illness, and reduce our ability to concentrate by diverting blood flow from the brain.
Massage therapy helps us to combat these risks. It can reduce stress hormones3 by increasing blood flow, which helps to cleanse our bodies and carry more oxygen to the brain. It also lowers blood pressure, raises serotonin and dopamine4 levels and calms our bodies, helping to deactivate the heightened state of stress.
Tight, knotted muscles can cause headaches, discomfort and pain, brought on by poor posture, overuse, repetitive strain or stress. Massage can help to bring relief by releasing tension and breaking down knots.
Studies in 2001 and 2011 showed that the benefits of massage therapy for both men and women include reduction in non-specific back pain, depression and anxiety, as well as improved sleep5, and improved movement and reduced absence6.
- Mayo Clinic (2016) ‘Chronic stress puts your health at risk’ www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037
- Bergland, C. (2013) ‘Cortisol: Why the “Stress Hormone” Is Public Enemy No. 1’ Psychology Today www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/the-athletes-way/201301/cortisol-why-the-stress-hormone-is-public-enemy-no-1
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2010) ‘Adults demonstrate modified immune response after receiving massage, researchers show’ Science Daily www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100908094809.htm
- Field T., Hernandez-Reif M., Diego M., Schanberg S. and Kuhn C. (2005) ‘Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy’ International Journal of Neuroscience. Abstract retrieved from The National Center for Biotechnology Information www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16162447
- Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Krasnegor, J. and Theakston, H. (2001) ‘Lower back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after massage therapy’ International Journal of Neuroscience. Abstract retrieved from The National Center for Biotechnology Information www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11264915
- Cherkin, D., Sherman, K., Kahn, J., Wellman, R., Cook, A., Johnson, E., Erro, J., Delaney, K. and Deyo, R. (2011) ‘A Comparison of the Effects of 2 Types of Massage and Usual Care on Chronic Low Back Pain’ Annals of Internal Medicine http://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/747008