More and more of us are spending many hours sitting in front of a laptop screen either at work or at home, or both. Our bodies are not built to be sedentary and ideally we are designed to use all of the muscles in our bodies. Interestingly enough we do adapt to new environments but we can also make it easier on our bodies by taking regular breaks away from our work stations, stretching regularly, eating lunch away from our desks in a quiet location and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
Encouraging business owners to look after their staff and preventing possible sick days by offering on-site massage in the office environment is a growing trend and is refreshing to note. Fresh Therapy Corporate Massage offers on site massage in the work environment. Their contact is:
Dale Grust is a therapeutic massage therapist and he suggests the following techniques to help reduce stress at work.
Massage Therapy to Relieve Tired Eyes
"This one is great for tired eyes from staring at the computer -- it brings circulation to the area and relieves sinus pressure, eye strain, and headaches," says Dale Grust, President of the New York Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association and a licensed massage therapist in New Paltz, N.Y., for 23 years.
Close your eyes. Place your thumbs under your eyebrows, starting at the inside corner of each eye socket. Press and gently move the thumbs in tiny circles, working slowly towards the outsides of your eyebrows and continuing this movement all around your eyes, ending back at the bridge of your nose.
Repeat this several times, spending a little extra time at the indentation of the inner eye socket, where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows - an especially tender point on many people.
Massage Therapy to Ease Headaches and Tension
Start by placing your thumbs on your cheekbones close to your ears, and use your fingertips to gently apply pressure and rub the temples (the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your ear).
Using very firm pressure and a tiny circular motion, gradually move your fingers up along your hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, massaging your entire forehead and scalp as you inch along.
Massage Therapy to Relax the Hands
Here are several moves that will relieve the strain from pounding the keyboard all day.
Stretch your hands and fingers out. Rub each finger from the base to the tip, gently pulling and twisting each finger as you go.
Next, rest your left hand, palm upward, on your lap. Squeeze the fleshy part of your palm between your right thumb and index finger, moving from your wrist to the base of your thumb.
Now squeeze that web between your left index finger and thumb several times, looking for any tender points.
Then rub the entire palm with your right thumb, applying firm pressure and using gliding strokes from the wrist to the base of each finger.
Repeat this process on your right hand.
"Massaging the hands is not only great for the hands but can help to relieve headaches as well," Grust says. The hands, like the feet, contain reflexology points that correspond to the entire body, including the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and sinuses.
Encouraging business owners to look after their staff and preventing possible sick days by offering on-site massage in the office environment is a growing trend and is refreshing to note.