The effects of chair massage offered to office workers during work hours on stress and well-being
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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BACKGROUND: Studies that demonstrate ways to reduce occupational stress and its negative impact on health and well-being are few and limited. The aim of this study was to add to the research by investigating the relationship between onsite massage therapy and work-related stress and well-being. RESEARCH QUESTION: What are the effects of onsite chair massage on work-related stress and wellbeing in office workers? METHOD: A case study approach, employing a single-subject experimental design with three stages of the study, was used on five. There was a 2 week baseline, 4 week intervention with a weekly chair massage, and a 2 week follow-up phase. Data were collected during each phase to monitor change in stress and well-being. RESULTS: Although, stress levels did not improve for four participants after the course of the study, short-term effects were shown for all participants in concerned symptoms and factors associated to well-being. CONCLUSION: The results of this research suggest that onsite chair massage was effective in improving some of the aspects associated to workplace stress and well-being, at least in the short-term. Further study on the longer term effects of chair massage, with a wider scale of participants is warranted.
B.SC.(Hons) Complementary Therapies
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