Masseuses carve corporate health niche

AN ON-SITE massage service is carving a niche in the WA corporate health market.

Ruth Carroll and Sandra Despard decided to combine their skills as professional therapists to form De-Stress, a company specialising in occupational stress relief programs.

Ms Despard said while some companies viewed the service as flippant and unnecessary, others had felt its benefits on the bottom line.

She said many De-Stress clients had enjoyed increased productivity, boosted morale and less absenteeism from stress-related ailments.

“It’s not a deep tissue massage that we offer,” Ms Despard said.

“Rather, we work on pressure points to relieve tension.

“We do it in an unobtrusive way so they can continue working at their desks.

“It is becoming popular with call centre staff because they can enjoy the seven minute massage while they continue to work with their headsets on.”

Ms Despard said focussing on the neck, shoulders and back of the head increased circulation while encouraging the entire system to become alert.

Telstra West End call centre manager Danny Ross said the service had resulted in improved team attendance.

“It has reduced our number of absentees by half to around the 5 per cent mark,” Mr Ross said.

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