Massage Gives Employees Reprieve From Desks

Do companies care if their staff is happy? No it’s not a trick question, some do, and the way they show it is in sponsoring opportunities that benefit employees.¬†The Marlin Company, a Wallingford workplace communications publisher, takes it one step¬†further, and held a massage day, Friday, to keep staff relaxed.

Licensed Massage Therapist Carol Starrett, left, works on Sandy Anderson's back during office visit at The Marlin Company, massage day.

For a ten-minute spot all that was required was an r.s.v.p. Two Licensed Massage Therapists, Carol Starrett and Jenny Mooney, set up chairs on site and made a lot of people feel better.

For desk-bound workers sitting in one place for long periods of time can cause stiff necks, and lower back problems. “It’s important to get up and stretch periodically,” said Starrett who also is a licensed LPN. Starrett says she became a massage therapist simply because she enjoys learning about the body and helping people improve their overall health.

While administering the massage Starrett checks in with client’s concerns, asking them if the pressure being applied is ok. There were no objections. Three women each said they felt great after their ten minute massage and even though it was short, being able to relax had an immediate effect on their body.

Debra Moody is treated to a neck massage by Licensed Massage Therapist Carol Starrett, who visited The Marlin Company for massage day.

Typically during a massage session that can last one hour, a client can opt to concentrate on problem areas. There are several different kinds of massage techniques such as Reiki, Shiatsu, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Sports, Neuromuscular, and Rolfing that concentrate on specific areas.

In order to practice massage therapy licensing is required and the terms vary by state. In Connecticut 5oo hours of classroom time in an accredited school, followed by exam and course fees apply. For a full description outlining Connecticut requirements visit Department of Health link.

Massage can also improve headaches associated with prolonged eye strain from staring at a screen. Simple sets of repetitive shoulder rotation may reduce muscle tension that can cause chronic headaches.

Licensed Massage Therapist Carol Starrett adjusts the head rest for Sandy Anderson during her visit to The Marlin Company for massage day.

Starrett offered other techniques such as setting up your workstation and your position in the chair in an ergonomic fashion. If a person wears bifocals, it’s important that the reading height is comfortable to avoid straining the neck to read the screen.

The timing of massage is always right, but was particularly delightful on the Friday before a long Memorial Day weekend.What a nice send off for the holiday!

Carol Starrett’s company ‘Star Touch Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork’ offers services in the Meriden, Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford and surrounding communities and can be reached via email at c.starrett.lmt@gmail.com until website is finalized.