Nike, Hulu and NBC Universal among first to sign up for new program as Soothe expands its on-demand services to offer massage as workplace perk
Soothe, the large and fast-growing on-demand massage and wellness company, today announced the launch of Soothe at Work, a subscription service that offers companies of all sizes weekly, bi-weekly and monthly in-office chair massages.
Stress has been called the ‘health epidemic of the 21st century’ by the World Health Organization, and it is costing American businesses up to $300 billion a year. To combat this epidemic, Soothe at Work aims to reduce anxiety and stress by bringing the healing power of massage directly to the workplace.
“Employees are a company’s greatest asset, and we believe that investing in human capital is just as important as investing in any other area of a business,” said Merlin Kauffman, CEO and founder of Soothe. “With the 24/7 work culture at all-time high, it’s imperative for companies to recognize that stress is very real and massages have the ability to create a healthier, happier and more productive work environment.”
According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, receiving a massage decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol and amplified levels of a vital player in the body’s immune system—white blood cells.
“Soothe at Work has been a great perk to our team members,” said Gina Forrest, benefits specialist at Hulu. “Everyone leaves their massage looking refreshed and truly grateful for the opportunity to get pampered at work! You can’t beat the convenience factor.”
Soothe at Work is designed to provide every employee with an in-office chair massage for 10-15 minutes. The cost to the employer stars at $25 per employee, excluding higher rates in New York City. During the chair massage, employees will receive a hybrid of deep tissue and Swedish massage, which is meant to alleviate the areas of the back that ache as a result of sitting at a desk all day. To learn more or enroll for Soothe at Work, visit sootheatwork.com.
Soothe, the on-demand massage service and app, lets users schedule a same-day massage in the privacy of their home or hotel. Soothe currently serves the following cities and regions: Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, London, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Ft. Lauderdale, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Long Island, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark/northern New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, Scottsdale, Seattle, St. Louis, Vancouver (British Columbia) and Washington, D.C.