In addition to my qualifications and experience in Complementary Therapies and a diploma in Anatomy and Physiology, I also have over 12 years of experience in Health and Safety, in both an advisory and management capacity. I have a post-graduate diploma in Occupational Safety and Health, together with an MA in Human Resource Management.
I am in a unique position where I can offer advice on health and safety issues as well as helping to reduce the symptoms of workplace injuries, such as repetitive strain injury or manual handling injuries. I have the experience of developing and delivering Health and Wellbeing programmes and I also provide in-house therapy treatments, which help relieve the symptoms of stress.
For a full list of my health and safety experience and further qualifications, please refer to my LinkedIn page.
The importance of looking after your staff
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In an increasingly competitive market, companies are constantly in need of opportunities to help increase productivity, whilst at the same time reducing costs.
Stress is a common factor of modern life and is now arguably the single most common cause of absence from work. More and more companies are discovering the benefits of introducing stress relief and wellbeing programmes.
Stress is well recognised as contributing to:
- Absence from work
- Reduced levels of concentration
- Inability to sleep
- Poor performance
- Low morale
- Loss of staff
- Increase in bad habits that damage help (e.g. smoking, drinking, over/under eating, illegal substance abuse)
- Increase in blood pressure
- Heart problems
- Increased anxiety
- Increased irritability
A few simple and relatively inexpensive steps can be taken to introduce a stress reduction programme, through the provision of on-site Bowen Therapy, Indian Head Massage or Reiki.
There are also many workplace situations where there is a risk of musculoskeletal complaints – from office workers and cashiers sitting for long periods of time and the repetitive action of using a keyboard or till, to shop assistants standing for long periods of time and production line workers or shelf stackers lifting, bending and stretching. Therapy treatment, in particular the Bowen Technique, can be used as a remedial therapy to reduce the impact of injuries in the workplace.
Stand alone treatments can be provided, or they can be incorporated with health and safety advice on specific issues such as DSE workstation set up. Treatments can also be provided as part of a regular ongoing service, or as a one-off event, such as a wellbeing awareness day or as a reward for staff performance.
The benefits to your organisation
There are two aspects here – stress reduction and reducing the impact of injuries within the workplace.
Some of the benefits are:
- Increased productivity
- Increased motivation and commitment to work
- Reduction in sickness and absenteeism
- Retention of key staff
- Reduction in costs, resulting from absenteeism, recruitment, medical costs and stress related claims
- Reduction in healthcare costs of employees
- A more profitable business
- Customer satisfaction
- Complying with legal obligations and duty of care
- More socially responsible
- Improved Corporate image and reputation
- Wellbeing programmes and stress management can mitigate the risks of an ageing workforce
- Management of minor health problems at work
- Employees are likely to feel more valued as individuals (a key ingredient to high level performance and productivity)
The benefits for the employees
Some of the benefits of stress management for employees are:
- Reduction in stress, fatigue and anxiety
- Relief of muscle tension in the upper body and other symptoms as a result of the repetitive use of a keyboard or other equipment
- Increased mental focus and concentration
- Relieves headaches and migraines
- Calms the nervous system
- Stimulates and increases blood circulation
- Strengthens the immune system
- Boosts morale and enhances the working environment
Why Bowen Therapy
Bowen Therapy can be used as a remedial therapy for numerous ailments, including workplace injuries, skeletal and muscular problems. It is also effective in reducing stress and proactively maintaining wellbeing.
Bowen is a gentle and non-invasive technique, which can be performed through light clothing, so it is ideal for the office environment. In many situations, several people can be treated at the same time (as there are regular pauses during the treatment), which also makes it cost effective.
The Bowen Technique may help with the symptoms of conditions such as:
- Anxiety, stress and tension
- Back pain and spinal problems
- Frozen shoulder
- Knee and hip restrictions and misalignments
- Muscular and skeletal disorders
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Pelvic tilt, leg length, hip imbalance
- Poor mobility
- Repetitive strain injury
Why Indian Head Massage?
Indian Head Massage has an amazing de-stressing effect on the whole body, by relieving tension in key areas and unlocking energy and toxins trapped in the muscles.
Indian Head Massage is ideal for the corporate environment because the treatment is very good for immediate stress relief, but also leaves the member of staff feeling revitalised and mentally alert, it is performed fully clothed, no oils, creams or special equipment is used, and the treatment itself is relatively quick. Treatment times can be as short as 15-20 minutes, although 30 minutes is more advisable.
Indian Head Massage may benefit the wellbeing of the individual in the following ways:
- Release of mental and emotional stress and tension
- Elimination of toxins from tense, knotted muscles
- Improvement in lymph and blood circulation
- Relieves migraines and headaches
- Improvement in concentration
- Boosts the immune system
- Improvement in joint mobility of neck and shoulders
- Chakra balancing and energetic healing
- Increase oxygen uptake in tissues
- Loosening of the scalp
- Relieves depression
Reiki is ideal for the corporate environment because the treatment helps promote a sense of wellbeing and reduces stress, it is performed fully clothed, no special equipment is used and the treatment is relatively quick. Treatment times can be as short as 15-20 minutes, although 30 minutes is more advisable.
Reiki may also:
- Restore the whole person to a state of harmony and balance
- Cleanse toxins from the body and stimulate the immune system
- Relieve pain, stress, tension, anxiety and muscle spasms
- Increase energy and vitality
- Release blocked energy and promote a state of total relaxation Help with insomnia