What exactly is Office Massage?

Ever wondered what exactly happens when you book a mobile massage therapist to visit your office? Here is an account from one of our clients in London of their whole experience. It might be helpful for you if you are wanting to book an office massage therapist but are not sure what to expect.

Pre Massage
I sit cradling my work phone between shoulder and ear, typing furiously, whilst an infuriatingly incompetent operator puts me on hold for the fourth time. I throw exasperated glances at my colleague opposite only to find her also balanced in a similar pose, although she has also skilfully added a cup of coffee and a ringing mobile into the equation (show off). Not being able to bare the horrendous call waiting music any longer I hang up, grip the edge of my desk and take a deep breath, something that seems strangely unfamiliar, and I realise I have been holding it in for far longer than my doctor would recommend.

There seems to be some commotion from the entrance to the office and as I stand up to get a better look I see a woman dressed in sage green, with white flowing trousers being introduced as our office massage therapist for the day. Meeting room 1 is transformed from it’s usual function as a stage for our office politics into her office massage haven. I am intrigued as I see anxious, buzzing colleagues disappear behind the closed doors and then 15 minutes later return smiling, with shoulders no longer hunched by their ears and heading straight in the direction of the water dispenser.

My Office Massage
Finally my turn arises and I reluctantly finish an email and take a last sip of coffee throwing my cup in the recycling en route to the door. I am greeted by a strange looking chair and a girl in her twenties who looks far more relaxed and comfortable in this room than I have ever seen even our highest executive. She introduces herself and explains what will happen. Apparently she will massage my shoulders, neck, upper back and upper arms, whilst I sit perfectly balance in the ‘ergonomic chair.’ It will be a mixture of Thai massage, Indian Head Massage and acupressure. She shows me how to get onto the chair (actually surprisingly comfortable), checks that I am ok with all the areas being massaged and promises not to mess up my hair.

I wonder if this is a joke as I am hardly sporting the latest chic hairstyle but she does not look like she is trying to insult me so I assure her she can do whatever she likes, quickly adding ‘within reason’ and instantly regretting it. But she laughs, and I am relieved to discover that I remain fully clothed as she places her hands on my shoulders. She tells me to take a deep breath (something which I have just discovered is alien to me) and then the magic begins. My shoulders start to come alive, instead of two solid lumps joining my neck to my arms, they start to relax and she finds specific points (called knots) that she massages more intensely to release tension.

She moves onto massaging the neck and I suddenly feel a headache that I had long come to accept as being part of me, easing away. I nearly fall asleep as she massages my head as every nerve ending seems to be having a wonderful party and I pray that somehow time can come to a standstill for everywhere except meeting room 1. Unfortunately it does not. After massaging my arms and my hands (oh the hands! who knew my hands needed a massage???) and some more work on my upper back, the massage finishes with a flurry of chopping movements on my back which serve to wake me up in time for her request that I take another big breath. This breath astonishes me at its depth and length – like the kind of breath you take at the end of a long holiday, overlooking a calm ocean.

Post Massage
She advises me to drink lots of water as massage releases toxins that have been stored up and so if I drink water I can use it as a detox to wash them out of me. ‘Sounds good to me’ I say, as I guiltily think of my pre-massage coffee. I shake her hand and wonder if I can return for another one if I come back in disguise. Or say I have a twin? Hmm, not sure she will be convinced.

I leave the room and head straight to the water dispenser. I take a few beautiful sips of the clear cool water and return to my desk. Everything feels different. Same desk, same piles of paper and same bulging email account. Same list of things to do and same full schedule of meetings to come. But I feel different. I feel as though I can see everything with clear perspective and I feel a new sense of confidence that I can take the right actions to move forward. I am no longer scrambling up the steep slope of an impossible mountain, with the peak growing further away with every step I take. Instead I feel as though I am looking down on the mountain and realising that it is just a mole hill that I can take in my stride. Who would have thought 15 minutes of quality pamper time could save me hours of flustered mistakes. My only question is…when can I get my next fix?

10 Small Ways to Change Your Life

 

Guaranteed to make a big difference.

1. Start the day with some inspiration.
Whether you sign up to a free online daily guidance site so that your first email at work can put you in the right frame of mind, or you flick open a book of inspiration at random while you have your morning tea, that 1 minute can change the other 1439 minutes of your day.

2. Make goals, not resolutions.
Set your mind to what you want to achieve this year, concentrating on the positive not the negative. Thinking ‘I want to be a thinner, happier, more active person’ will inspire you to take a lot more action than ‘I want to stop being fat, miserable and lazy’.

3. Make exercise fun.
Decide with a group of friends what suits you best and then whether it’s Salsa or Break dance Mondays, five-a-side football Fridays or weekly boxing/yoga sessions, make an event of it. This way it becomes something social to look forward to each week and you can support one another to keep going.

4. Learn to master our mind and do not let it master us.
In the not-so-secret ‘The Secret’, it is suggested that the universe responds to our thoughts but does not know our intentions, so if we are thinking ‘I must get out of debt’ it hears ‘debt’, whilst the positive ‘I want to make money’, it hears ‘money’. Small changes in the way we think can have huge effects on the way we feel and behave.

5. Enjoy the moment.
Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh writes that it is better to enjoy doing the washing up and take a little longer than to rush it and waste the moment wanting to be doing something else. If we are always thinking about the future or what we want to be doing next, we can lose sight of the happiness that can be felt right at this present moment.

6. Travel.
Go somewhere you’ve never been before and explore. Whether it’s Cornwall, Paris, or Thailand be adventurous and book to stay away from the main English tourist resort, get a great guide book and learn how to say ‘please,’ ‘thank you,’ ‘help,’ and ‘could I have a glass of wine please?’ in the local language.

7. See the happiness of yourself and the happiness of others as the same thing.
One person’s happiness can never be at the expense of someone else’s. If someone gets a promotion that you wanted, really trust that that was right for their life and that something else fabulous is right for yours. Envy is just fear that our own lives will not be wonderful. Likewise, happiness derived from the exploitation of others or your environment will be short lived. Trust that happiness can be created, not just traded from one person to another.

8. Learn something new.
Take a deep breathe and an honest look in the mirror. What is that secret thing you’ve been yearning to learn for years? How to write a script, speak Italian, sing, play the violin, rockclimb or dance the tango? This is the year to really go for it. Have a look on the internet and at local gyms or colleges for classes. If you’re feeling shy see if you can join the class as a spectator for the first week.

9. Take some Me-time.
Make it a priority to do something you find relaxing once a week; go for a massage (or even better, book an Office Massage Therapist to come to your office,) read a book, go for a walk in the countryside or have a long relaxing candle-lit bath.

10. Give three compliments a day.
To friends, family, your partner, colleagues or complete strangers; strive to search for people’s positive qualities and to let them know. Try this everyday and see how things subtly change within a week, month or year. If you get home and realise you’ve missed one you can give it to yourself, but make sure it’s a sincere praising of something fabulous about your self!