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Stressed council staff offered massages in Brighton and Hove
Tense and stressed-out council staff can sign up for massages at work.
A message sent to Brighton and Hove City Council staff has promised the opportunity to “relax and unwind” as a specialist visits its headquarters to perform 20-minute chair massages at the cost of £10.
The local authority said all the fees would be covered by individuals with experts adding it was important to treat any injuries that may be suffered at work.
But Brighton and Hove City Councillor Dawn Barnett said: “I don’t think it is right for people to get massages at work.
“People go to work to work, not to be pampered and receive treatments.”
A council spokeswoman said: “From time to time we allow health professionals to visit council offices to offer their services to staff. “These events normally link to national initiatives like stress awareness and back care week.
“Employees make the appointments in their own time and cover all costs.”
Ali Walters, of Brighton-based Dream Time Treatments, who will carry out the work, said it would reduce stress, encourage relaxation and ease tired muscles. She said, according to the NHS, back pain is the second most common cause of long-term sickness in the UK.
Ms Walters added other firms, such as Ikea and DHL, already offered chair massages to its staff.
Ms Walters said: “It’s a responsible firm or organisation that thinks about its workers and how their environment affects them.
“Sitting down all day in an office environment has a big impact on our bodies and causes lots of strains – it’s the equivalent of running on concrete for an extended period.
“This is not fluffy bunny stuff. This is about treating things that can affect companies and their staff.
“The council does not pay for any of this. It has been initiated by individuals who do this in their breaks.
“It is quite a cheap treatment but I have made my own decision to keep prices low so they are accessible to everyone.”
Appointments are being offered for August 24 at King’s House in Grand Avenue, Hove.
According to the message sent to all workers, it said: “Treatments involve, massage, acupressure work and stretches and mainly focus on the upper back and shoulders. “However, work on the arms, head and neck as well as the lower back is also common. “A limited amount of work can also be done on the legs and feet.”
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