At Loszach Report, we are partnered with many fantastic companies working in the corporate wellness industry, and we want to spread the word about them!
We are conducting regular interviews with the leaders of our partner companies to spread the word about the interesting services they provide, and find out what has inspired them to do what they do. We can all benefit from learning about the great services available for companies investing in corporate wellness.
This week we interviewed Isis Balaban, founder and owner of Workplace Wellness Massage:
1. Can you please tell me about yourself? What inspired you to massage therapy? How long have you been open / working in your field?
My name is Isis Balaban, founder and owner of Workplace Wellness Massage. I am a professionally trained, certified and insured massage practitioner and have always had a talent for therapeutic touch. Combining this talent with a strong interest in the wellness field led me to work in health-related environments such as medical, chiropractic, and physical rehabilitation. After gaining 15 years of experience in clinical settings I decided in 2006 to focus strictly on mobile chair massage in order to have an active role in helping employees deal with stress-related symptoms.
I work with a network of exceptional massage practitioners who share my enthusiasm for workplace massage and from our administrative office in Richmond Hill, Ontario we co-ordinate bookings in major cities across Canada.
2. What is it exactly that Workplace Wellness Massage does?
Workplace Wellness Massage is a mobile on-site chair massage company. We specialize in fast and effective job stress management by providing stress relief and instant relaxation to employees at the workplace or at corporate events.
Chair massage is performed by professional practitioners who use a combination of deep tissue and Swedish massage techniques, usually on the muscle groups in the neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. The client remains fully dressed while sitting on an ergonomically designed massage chair.
Documented benefits of chair massage include:
- Reduced muscle tension, fatigue and anxiety
- Increased energy, alertness and productivity
- Improved mental acuity and creativity
- Immediate and cumulative results
3. What makes your service different and really stand out?
On-site chair massage differs from other relaxation techniques (tai chi, meditation, yoga etc.) and wellness programs because the employees always want to participate and no incentive is necessary. Session lengths are usually only 15 or 20 minutes long which allows employees to use their break-time for chair massage.
Compared to traditional table massage Workplace Wellness Massage doesn’t require complete privacy and can be enjoyed by people of all cultures and religious backgrounds.
An outsourced chair massage program is a perfect turn-key operation for businesses of any size. No dedicated facility, equipment or maintenance are required.
We have experience in coordinating bookings for small businesses as well as large multi-office corporations and can organize a chair massage program or event in just a few days.
4. How can your service create positive change for business clients and their employees?
We look at the task of stress management from the employer’s as well as the employee’s perspective. A strong and healthy workforce builds a successful business. Employers know that in today’s stressful work environments, relaxation is an important part of overall health but we live in a time where everything happens extremely fast and we even have to relax “in a hurry”. Workplace Wellness Massage eliminates the employee’s need to travel, park, wait and waste precious time by providing massages right at the work-site.
With on-site chair massages we are able to trigger the Relaxation Response in just a few minutes. Studies have shown that, compared to just taking a break, chair massage produces:
- Lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels
- Reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure
- Increased delta brain wave frequency (indicative of deep relaxation)
- Increased speed and accuracy on math computations
5. Why did you agree to partner with Loszach Report?
I was impressed that the Loszach Report doesn’t offer “cookie-cutter” wellness programs but provides tailor-made solutions for the unique requirements of individual organizations.
6. What advice would you give to HR people that manage wellness programs?
I would encourage HR professionals to keep things simple. Whether they are re-organizing an existing wellness program or implementing wellness strategies for the first time, the goal is employee participation.
A fast and convenient way to get employees motivated is a workplace massage program which can easily be incorporated into a company’s work schedule, making it an effortless way to promote corporate wellness.