Stress is a natural part of life. It is the feeling of being under pressure. This however is not necessarily a bad thing, as it may be a motivating factor, and may also improve productivity at work and outside of work. However, when the ability to cope with the demands of life fail, then the negative aspect of what we term stress results. These may include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Feelings of anger, fear and anxiety
- Negative effect on relationships
A modern day plague
With the ever increasing pace of modern day living, stress is becoming more and more of a problem. Such is the magnitude of the problem, that the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has published large volumes on tackling the issue.
There are a number of approaches to stress management, and one approach, massage therapy, is becoming more and more recognised as an effective method of stress reduction.
Personal and corporate benefits of intervention
More than 100 million days are lost each year costing UK employers over £1.2billion. More and more companies are realising the benefits of massage for their employees in terms of stress reduction, employee retention, reduced absenteeism with the result of increased productivity and subsequent increase in profit.