Treatment in the workplace


CONTACT INFORMATION

Suzanne Travis
Telephone: 01427 872154
Mobile: 07791 753888
Web: www.reikiandreflexology.co.uk
 

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This service is available in Doncaster, Scunthorpe and surrounding districts
Up to 10 people a day can be treated with short, effective half hour sessions
All that is required is a small quiet room being made available
CHARGES: £18 per person for a half hour session
Treatments can be paid in full by each employee, in full by the company or the company can subsidise the employee so costs are shared.
Sessions can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly as an ongoing service or as a one off event as a staff incentive or reward.
Home visits available for employees on long term sick leave
 
REFLEXOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE
FACT: Healthy and happy employees take less time off sick


 STRESS & ILLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE
In a MORI poll research, stress was cited as having a negative effect on the health of over a third of the working population (amounting to approx. 8.5 million people). It is estimated that up to 75% of all illness is stress-related.


THE EFFECTS OF STRESS:

  • Substantially reduced efficiency and accuracy of work produced
  • Reduced performance in physical tasks
  • Negative effect on abstract planning, decision-making and creativity
  • Tiredness and irritability

Approximately 360 million working days are lost annually in the UK at a cost of £8 billion, and half of these absences are 'stress related'. Peter Matthews, International Stress Management Association, states that companies would be well advised to have in place a 'stress management policy' and an 'employee stress management programme' or they could find they are faced with a spate of legal claims for stress-related conditions, caused by stressful work environments. Unless employers proactively address this NOW they will have a significant problem on their hands.

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

Some countries overseas, notably Denmark, have been addressing this problem for a number of years. Their occupational health services have been working closely with employers to provide a flexible approach to the reduction of stress and work related illness. As part of this initiative, some firms now involve complementary therapists in the maintenance of well-being amongst their work-force. Reflexology has proved very popular in this field, and reflexologists are increasingly employed by companies in Denmark, with impressive results.

HOW CAN REFLEXOLOGY BENEFIT YOUR COMPANY?
Regular reflexology treatments not only help to reduce stress and tension, but they can also speed recovery from a wide range of acute and chronic illnesses.

Benefits to your company can include:
  • Increased morale, satisfaction and loyalty of the staff
  • Enhanced concentration, efficiency and accuracy
  • Improved creativity, planning and decision making
  • More motivated workforce
  • Better relationships amongst staff and between staff and management
  • The ability of staff to cope more effectively under pressure
  • Pain relief for stress related conditions, such as headaches, migraine etc.
  • Enhanced staff resilience and resistance to infection and disease
  • Optimum care for your staff by complementing conventional medicine

Reduced sickness and absenteeism, increased productivity and financial benefits for the company are the visible results. Less obvious, perhaps, are the positive effects on morale amongst employees who feel they are being treated with respect and a caring attitude.


HOW CAN REFLEXOLOGY BE USED IN YOUR ORGANISATION?

The benefits of reflexology can be made available to your staff in a number of different ways, depending on the degree of input your organisation wishes to have - from simply helping staff to become aware of the help that reflexology can offer, to providing subsidised treatments in-house for your employees.



Options include:

  • Talks, taster sessions and leaflets made available to educate staff in the benefits of the therapy; in this case, the organisations involvement would be minimal, and might be confined to making a room available and publicising the talk; andy employee take-up would be a purely personal matter.

  • Staff could be encouraged to attend for a course of treatment, and incentives could be offered by the organisation to enable them to attend regularly.

  • Working times could be made flexible to accommodate daytime treatment sessions for staff who wished to participate; or treatments could take place at lunch time or after working hours.

  • A room could be made available within your promises from which the practitioner can work.

  • Employees can be fully responsible for the cost of their own treatment; or treatment can be subsidised in part or in full by the organisation.

Charges for Treatment
Treatments are charged at £18 per half hour session.
To discuss your individual requirements please contact Suzanne by telephone, email or using the contact form on the website.

Treatment Programmes
You can choose to have these treatments provided as an ongoing service (for example: weekly, fortnightly or monthly); or as a one-off event such as a reward for hitting performance targets, for staff motivation or a team building event.

Employees on Long Term Sick Leave
Where any business has an employee or employees who are on long term sick leave with issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, chronic back pain, episodes of severe migraine, or chronic fatigue syndrome; a course of treatment can be given to those employees in their own homes, to aid their recovery and speed their return to work.

EXAMPLES OF REFLEXOLOGY RESEARCH STUDIES IN THE CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT

Since the early 1990’s there have been a number of investigations and clinical studies into the effectiveness of Reflexology and in recent years there has been an enormous increase in public interest and growing attention from the medical profession. In Denmark for instance Occupational Health Services have worked closely with employers to develop a flexible approach involving complementary therapies, particularly reflexology. The results have been impressive.

REFLEXOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE - TRIAL 1
Trial: A reflexologist was hired by a Scandinavian airline’s cargo department to improve staff morale and reduce sick leave for it’s 60 employees.

Result: The company reported huge monthly savings and stated ‘Our work is done through computers and people spending many hours in a chair doing their work, resulting in aching shoulders and back. Since we employed our reflexologist we have experienced a substantial decrease of people being ill and away from work. It has had a physical and psychological effect. There is a much better atmosphere in the department, because the employees feel there is something being done about their problems’.


Research: FDZ-Danish Reflexology Association

REFLEXOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE - TRIAL 2
Trial: Danish company Telecom Taastrup hired a reflexologist 3 days a week for its 800 employees. 156 employees participated in the trial which took place over 1 year. 60% of problems were for back/muscle tension, headache/ migraine, stomach/intestinal problems whilst the remaining employees had problems relating to movement.

Result: 40% had their sick days reduced, 56% indicated that reflexology had helped, 29% indicated that reflexology had partially helped and 15% felt it had not helped. It was concluded that there was a direct economic benefit (due to the lower sick days) as well as increased well-being and productivity of the employees.

Research: FDZ-Danish Reflexology Association


In the UK the Danish examples are now being followed by large and small businesses and organisations of all kinds including City and Borough Councils, Schools, Hospitals and Football Teams.

Odense Post Office (Denmark) has employed a full time reflexologist since 1990, the results were a 13.3% reduction in sickness and absenteeism which produced savings of around £100,000 a year.

Ishoj Municipal Health Department (Denmark)
recorded 2500 fewer sick hours over a six month period where employees received regular reflexology treatment. This produced savings of around £21,400 for the business.

Foss and Hove, solicitors in Kolding,
found that employees receiving treatment showed greater motivation and enhanced working ability. After a four year period, the need for treatments declined because of minimal sickness and absenteeism.

Firms in the UK
are now beginning to follow suit by offering reflexology to their staff. They include such organisations as multi-nationals; city councils; oil companies; football teams; supermarket chains and department stores; computer firms; a dance company; a fire station; schools and hospitals; and many small businesses.

Examples of further research can be found in RESEARCH