• Holistic Edge is a caring and dedicated business who have nearly 20 years experience of taking complementary therapies and stress management services to businesses and organizations nationally
  • Our directors have nearly 40 years combined experience of running private practises within the field of complementary medicine
  • We have a consistent high quality track record with repeat business
  • We not only provide therapies but can monitor their effectiveness
  • We offer packages tailored to your organisation
  • We offer value for money with competitive pricing
  • All therapists that work for Holistic Edge are fully qualified, insured and may hold multidisciplinary qualifications
  • All therapists adhere to a strict code of conduct and working ethics
  • We have a strong local network of referral partners
  • As well as treatments we also provide additional advice on posture, exercise and dietary support
  • We offer individual personal monitoring to help detect issues before they become a problem

Unlike most techniques for de-stressing which call for the individual to learn certain skills or behaviours and then implement them, the provision of complementary treatments work immediately at both a physical and mental level leaving the recipient relaxed yet alert. They can provide an “oasis” in the day when the individual can take time out for themselves away from the pressures of the workplace thus facilitating more objectivity and calm when they return to the task in hand.

    These are many and varied:
  • Absentee rates can be reduced and these can also be monitored.
  • Staff motivation can be increased.
  • The organization will be seen as a caring one and therefore attract staff who want to work there.
  • Productivity can be positively affected which can result in better bottom line performance and person commitment.
    They should experience:
  • Less risk of RSI and stress related illness.
  • Fewer general aches and pains.
  • Greater awareness of stress and tension and therefore be able to do something about it before it affects their health.
  • Better quality of sleep.
  • Improved concentration and focus.
  • Less days off sick.
  • A regular support and health monitoring service.

Private healthcare is fine when it comes to providing for immediate medical conditions and to give peace of mind but it does not offer practical stress management. Complementary therapy treatments will complement your healthcare provision and may even lead to fewer claims for stress related illness and therefore lower premiums for the company and its staff.

Many people are not aware of increasing stress levels or feel they should be able to cope. Others may feel uncomfortable confronting issues with counsellors or that it is admitting weakness to do so. Because the therapist will see the individual on a regular basis a trusting relationship often develops which means that levels of stress can be monitored more easily over time and problems addressed in the early stages. The therapist therefore becomes an on-site extension to the assistance you are providing but still an external and therefore neutral ear.

This is very worthwhile for the 10% who use it but it is generally recognised that the employees who use the facility are often those that least need help. When OSM is available help will be provided for a wider number of staff and hopefully reach some of those that need it most.

This is very informative and helps staff understand how stress affects the body and can provide the tools to deal with it. It may also help the person make some life changes over time. Unfortunately, the resolutions may be short lived unlike the good habits that can be established through regular one-to-one contact with a therapist and physical therapies.

Several studies have been done. One study by Margaret Hodge and colleagues in the US comparing work-site acupressure and massage in work breaks in a group of 50 male and female health workers with a similar group of 50 receiving no treatment. The massage therapy group received treatment twice weekly for 20 minutes while the control group did not receive any specific intervention during break times of equal duration.

Results are as follows:

    Unlike the control group
  • The treatment group demonstrated significant decreases in anxiety as well as significant increases in feelings of emotional control.
  • They also showed a significant decrease in perceived sleep disturbances and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure post-treatment.
  • The treated group showed significant improvements in their overall health rating and decreases in perception of muscle tightness and overall fatigue.

From this it was concluded that there are benefits to work-site acupressure massage and that future studies may show that this has a positive effect on the patients these employees treat.

(Ref: Massage Therapy Journal 2000, 39(3), 48-64; 39(4), 40-47.)

Although the member of staff will receive good medical attention, many problems, such as RSI, could be prevented with access to complementary therapies thus averting the need for treatment, additional expense and time away from work. In addition, many people feel that you don’t bother the doctor with “just not coping” or “feeling stressed” as these aren’t considered medical conditions, albeit they can progress to more serious problems like depression and anxiety. The therapist can be an early warning detector for some of these conditions and help the individual to deal with them or seek help through the most appropriate channel. This enables the company doctor to concentrate on more needy cases.

Benefits will vary from client to client and frequency of treatment will depend on affordability. Most clients receive weekly or two weekly treatments. There is evidence to suggest that a cumulative effect occurs with the seated acupressure but this does not occur with treatments less frequent than once a month. Many clients report that by having regular i.e. one or two weekly treatments they have learned more about how stressed they are, what causes it and how to prevent it resulting in physical and mental symptoms. At this point treatments may be required less often as the client has achieved a knowledge of self-help.

Bearing in mind individual responses, the effect can last anything from a few hours to two weeks.

Organizations vary when it comes to payment. Some pay in full, or subsidise, their staff’s treatments. In which case this should be treated like any other taxable benefit. Others provide the facility and the time, or just the facility, while the staff pay the cost to the therapist. How an organization chooses to acquire the funding is up to them.

The full treatment takes only 20-25 minutes though shorter, effective treatments can be provided. This means that the member of staff will be away from their work-station for only about half an hour maximum. This should be weighed up against the costs of absenteeism through stress related illness. It can also be favourably contrasted with the discretionary time for cigarette breaks allowed by many organisations.

The space required depends on the treatments being provided and the equipment needed to perform those therapies. 5 ½ ft by 9ft is the smallest space recommended to work in which allows just enough room the setting up of a treatment couch. More space is not essential but does allow for the provision of exercises to be demonstrated or an additional piece of equipment to be set up. A small meeting room or office, preferable with natural light and adapted for privacy should be adequate.