Massage Away Stress

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Massages are increasingly finding their way into the workplace – and for good reason. “An estimated 1 million workers are absent every day due to stress. […] Research has validated the positive effects of massage therapy on job performance and mental alertness,” according to the American Institute of Stress. In fact, just a single massage can produce measureable changes in the immune system.

Before the holidays, Kaplow treated employees to workday massages. Our guest massage therapist, Irina Michael, gave personalized 30-minute sessions throughout the day. When my turn came, she took the time to chat with me about my aches and pains. I explained that I have a 30 lb., 19 month old son who jumps and leaps into my arms any chance he gets. She nodded and laughed, sharing that she’s a mom too, and knew exactly what I needed!

Of course, we can’t have massages every day, but these stretches will help you de-stress in minutes:

Upper Body: Sit up straight. Stretch both arms up over your head with palms together and hold for 20 seconds.

Neck Stretch: Keep your shoulders down and relaxed. Gently let your chin fall towards your chest and slowly rotate your head clockwise, followed by counter-clockwise.

Leg Extensions: Grab the seat of your chair to brace yourself and extend your legs straight out in front of you so they are parallel to the floor. Flex and point your toes five times.

Cat-Cow (Back) Stretch: Put both feet flat on the floor and put your hands on your knees. On your inhale, arch your back and look at the ceiling. On the exhale, round your spine and let your head drop forward, your chin to your chest.

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