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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Porritt

Stepping Up Workplace Wellness: The Benefits of Reflexology on the Job

As the world becomes increasingly fast-paced and stressful, companies are starting to take employee wellness more seriously. Many employers are realising the benefits of incorporating wellness programs and services into the workplace, such as yoga classes, meditation sessions, and healthy food options. One wellness service that is gaining popularity is reflexology, and for good reason. Bringing a reflexologist into the workplace can provide a range of benefits for both employees and employers.

Now before you start coming up with excuses as to why this is a daft idea, as you don't pay your empoyees to come to work and relax, read on...

Reflexology is a complementary therapy that involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or ears. These points, also known as reflex zones, are believed to correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. By stimulating these points, reflexologists aim to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve overall health and wellbeing.

So, why bring a reflexologist into your workplace? Here are some of the key benefits:

· Reduces stress and anxiety: Stress is one of the leading causes of absenteeism and decreased productivity in the workplace. Reflexology has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, helping employees to feel more relaxed and focused on their work. By reducing stress levels, companies can improve employee morale and job satisfaction, which can lead to a more positive work environment.

· Improves physical health: Reflexology is believed to have a range of physical health benefits, including reducing pain and inflammation, improving circulation, and boosting the immune system. By improving employees' physical health, companies can reduce healthcare costs and improve productivity.

· Increases energy and concentration: Reflexology is known to increase energy levels and improve concentration, which can help employees to be more productive and focused on their work. By providing this service in the workplace, companies can help employees to perform at their best, leading to better results and higher job satisfaction.

· Boosts morale and motivation: When employees feel valued and cared for, they are more likely to be motivated and engaged in their work. By offering reflexology as a wellness service, companies can show their employees that they are committed to their wellbeing, which can lead to higher morale and job satisfaction.

· Enhances company culture: Companies that prioritize employee wellness and wellbeing tend to have a more positive company culture. By bringing in a reflexologist, companies can demonstrate their commitment to employee wellness and create a culture that values health and wellbeing.

· It’s easy to do – it doesn’t take up as much space as say massage, and in the case of hand reflexology – can even be done at an employee’s desk. Also the length of a session can be tailored to your needs, even 10 minutes of an energising reflexology sequence can make a big difference to mood, creativity and productivity!

In addition to the above benefits, reflexology can also help to improve communication and teamwork in the workplace. By providing a shared experience, employees can bond over the experience of receiving reflexology, which can help to improve relationships and foster a more collaborative work environment.

When it comes to implementing reflexology in the workplace, there are a few different options. Some companies choose to bring in a reflexologist for a one-time event or workshop, while others offer ongoing reflexology sessions as a regular wellness service. As many of you are aware, I offer reflexology to NHS staff at Warrington and Halton Hospitals, and for many it is a welcome break to a busy, stressful week, and my sessions are always booked up within a few minutes of going online.

Overall, bringing a reflexologist into your workplace can provide a range of benefits for both employees and employers. By reducing stress and anxiety, improving physical health, increasing energy and concentration, boosting morale and motivation, and enhancing company culture, reflexology can help to create a more positive and productive work environment. If you are looking to improve employee wellness and create a more positive workplace culture, reflexology is definitely worth considering.

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