WORKPLACE WELLNESS INITIATIVE

Before Covid-19 came into our lives, stress had become an increasing problem with 11 million days a year lost at work due to work-related stress. This was a big concern for employers in the UK and worldwide. In 2015/16 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health were the result of stress. 42% reported they had considered resigning due to stress in the workplace. In addition, medium to large businesses have significantly higher rates of absence due to stress compared to small businesses.

 

Fast forward to a world where the majority of the population are returning to work, following lockdown and we see a new type of stress - more complex than we have seen before. A study of 80,000 people conducted by UCL found that easing of restrictions has caused a spike in stress levels. Being back at work is not straightforward for a lot of us.  Distancing rules at work as well as worries about job security and childcare issues have the potential to cause anxiety in the workplace, which is not going to help with productivity.

 

This is where reflexology comes in. Reflexology, as opposed to many other therapies can be focussed entirely on the feet, which is the furthest point from the face. What we know about Covid-19 is that the virus gets into the body via the nose, mouth or eyes, so anatomically treatments of the feet will be the safest. Add to this extra time between clients for cleaning; a risk assessment completed the day before every treatment; a waiting area limited to only one person; hand sanitiser available on arrival and face masks worn by both client and therapist and the investment in workforce wellbeing comes with minimal risk, whilst helping people deal with the very real worries that affect us all in an uncertain world. I am still waiting for the green light to treat again but i have no doubt my services will be needed more than ever.

Following treatments, clients often report feeling a sense of wellbeing, reduction in stress, tension and improvement in sleep. By offering reflexology treatments to your staff, you can empower your employees to make a healthy choice for their stress levels. They can pay for their own sessions or you can contribute some or all of the cost via voucher scheme or reimbursment. In return you get a workforce - which according to data collected in Denmark – has improved wellbeing, with lower absenteeism and a higher regard of your company as an employer.

Before Covid-19 I visited Thrive Agency in Norwich, offering fifteen minute taster hand and feet reflexology sessions (depending on preference). Staff were offered a discount if they wanted a full session at a later date. 

As you can see from these testimonials, I left behind some very relaxed and happy staff:

“An absolutely wonderful experience from start to finish, Nadine was professional, expert and made us all feel so relaxed. It’s a perfect way to incorporate a little bit of wellbeing into the workplace. And a fantastic introduction to the world of reflexology.”

 

“The session was just the right length to fit in a working day and was hugely relaxing, a particular help for me on one of the most stressful days I’ve had in a very long time. I emerged with my blood pressure about half of what it was when I went in! I would happily pay for future session if Nadine planned to make regular visits and would thoroughly recommend it for general staff wellbeing.”

 

“I’ve never had hand reflexology before, but the effect is just as good as reflexology: I felt very relaxed, balanced and thoroughly spoiled.”

 

"I’ve never had a reflexology session before this so I was quite nervous, but Nadine was super friendly and put me at ease right away. Despite still being in the office, Nadine helped to set a very soothing atmosphere and was very gentle - it was nice to get away from work for a bit!"

 

“Nadine is a talented therapist who gave me a good dose of feelgood on an otherwise grey day. She also provided some excellent tips on using reflexology pressure points to help settle my nerves before presentations – highly recommended.”

 

“I must confess, I was a bit sceptical about reflexology, but Nadine came to our office in the middle of an intensely stressful day, and by the end of our session I was feeling totally calm and relaxed. Would definitely recommend!”

 

“I loved it.  A bit of time out from the computer screen.”

 

"My session with Nadine was very relaxing, she made me feel very comfortable and at ease, which really helped. Given that my session was in the office, and fairly short, I still felt the benefits of the time out."

The World Health Organisation calls stress the “Health Epidemic of the 21st Century”. Most companies have realised how important the wellbeing of their staff is and have put a plan in place. Do you have a plan? Please do not hesitate to email me on: reflexologybynadine@gmail.com or call me on: 07853577866 to discuss how I can help you.

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