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Happy New Year from Rejuv At Work!

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 16:57 -- Rejuv At Work W...

Happy New Year! We wish you a joyful and rejuvenating 2017. May all your positive aspirations come to fruition, and may you experience equanimity and warmth in the coming year. Last month we introduced mindfulness meditation and what makes it so compelling. Now we would like to share with you what researchers are saying about it and how it can be helpful in the workplace. Enjoy!

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What are researchers saying about meditation?

In the past 10-15 years researchers have been studying and documenting the many positive effects of a mindfulness meditation practice. Here is a small sampling of what has been discovered:

  • Better sleep: researchers found that mindfulness meditation helped to treat chronic insomnia, decreasing the total time awake and enhancing levels of melatonin.

  • Increased ability to focus and pay attention: Harvard researchers discovered that people who meditate actually grow a thicker prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain associated with self- awareness and attention.

  • Less workplace burnout: Teachers at a school for children with severe behavioral problems who meditated regularly experienced a new resiliency.

  • Decreased depression: Johns Hopkins researchers found a 10-20% reduction in depressive symptoms of those who were treated with meditation compared to others treated with a placebo.

  • Weight loss: In a clinical study, it was found that 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation every day helped patients to reduce ‘stress eating’ and lower cortisol levels.

 

How is mindfulness meditation particularly helpful in the workplace?

  • Increases Teamwork: In the competitive global economy, with its fast-approaching deadlines and multitude of voices asserting differing opinions, multi-faceted problems demand teamwork. Challenges invite employees to work together, pooling their intellectual resources to succeed. Unfortunately, when people feel fear and tension, or they are too distracted to really hear each other’s point of view, it’s common to slip into a more competitive state of mind which can lead to the formation of an unsafe cut throat culture. Meditation helps people connect with the heart, enhances the ability to listen and allows for a moment to slow down and evaluate a challenge without fear and tension. From a more human, relaxed thoughtful point of view, true collaboration emerges and people can bring out the best in each other instead of pointing fingers.

 

  • Boosts Health: Pervasive stress wears down immune systems. Health expenditures at high pressure companies are tremendous: the American Psychological Association estimates that more than 550 million workdays are lost each year due to stressful experiences at work. Meditation’s relaxing effects help employees to shed nervous tension and stay healthy. Stress also degrades a person’s ability to think clearly and focus; so, helping workers to relax can actually improve the quality of their work and reduce needless mistakes born from distraction.

 

  • Improve Work Culture: While a high-intensity workplace culture of fear can ensure employee engagement, research suggests that the tension created from working within an environment such as this over the long term can harm both employee health and company outcomes. When the principals taught in meditation practice expand beyond the cushion, they can promote the cultivation of an emotionally safe workspace. The more individuals practice self-compassion and non-judgement, the easier it is to see things from others point of view, and to respond instead of react when crucial moments arise. Meditation can bring out the best in each individual, and promoting creativity and collaboration. This can help to magnetize top talent and to reduce costly turn over.

 

  • Inspire Creative Solutions: Allowing space and time to integrate the experiences of one’s life can create more psychic space. Without so much noise in the head, it’s easier for new ideas and ways of thinking to spontaneously arise. It can also help meditators to get in tune with a sincere sense of purpose and vision. Employees who experience this kind of clarity and connection in their meditation make thoughtful decisions and bring fresh ideas to the table. With a team of clear-thinking workers, true innovation is possible.

Happy Holidays from Rejuv At Work!

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 12:44 -- Rejuv At Work W...

All of us at Rejuv at Work wish you Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year! The holidays provide an amazing opportunity to take stock of our lives and set new intentions and goals. We are here to partner with you every step of the way. We hope you enjoy this article about mindfulness meditation, and learn more about this dynamic practice and it’s capacities to support personal growth and reduce anxiety and stress.

 

Part 1

What is mindfulness meditation?

Simple yet profound, mindfulness meditation practice invites participants to bring their complete attention into the experience of the present moment, without evaluating or judging it.

In a mindfulness meditation session, practitioners simply observe their thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and the environment, letting everything be exactly as it is. If the mind drifts into moments of rehashing the past or anticipating the future, practitioners gently guide themselves back to the present, letting their thoughts float by like clouds in the sky, greeting everything experienced with a sense of hospitality and acceptance. Sometimes meditators choose one aspect of consciousness, such as the breath, as an anchor. When thoughts arise, practitioners abstain from labeling them as “good” or “bad” and simply continue to focus on the breathing process. In fact, the practice involves knowing that nothing needs to be changed. Mindfulness meditation practice invites practitioners to be curious and willing to learn, like an astronaut exploring inner-space. The more one practices, a sense of awareness, insight, and calm focus emerges and integrates into the experience of daily life.

Why is this practice so compelling in 2017?

Life can present all kinds of unexpected twists and turns, and meditation helps one to cultivate a calm internal oasis of stability regardless of external circumstances. Here is a sampling of the many challenges that meditation practice can help to address:

· Stress Induced Illness

In particular, during these fast paced modern times, even though we have so many amazing medical advances, people continue to get sick due to stress-induced illness. Anxiety can creep up in subtle ways, or it can strike acutely, especially during times of major transition such as a job change, the ending of a relationship, or an expected health issue. Meditation allows people to get a grip on stress, finding the balance between suppressing unpleasant emotions and lashing out.

· Perfectionism

Another common obstacle to wellbeing and happiness can be striving for perfection or comparing one’s own life to an unrealistic idealized image of how life is supposed to be. These common mental afflictions leave us constantly chasing after something intangible and feeling unsatisfied. Meditation can help to dissolve the root of this challenge by addressing the original mental conditioning and setting it free, helping one to feel a sense of ease with life and its many unique imperfections.

· Searching for Community

In this information age, news from all over the world travels fast and we are exposed to inconceivable suffering. This can be overwhelming and leave us with a general sense of malaise. It also seems like the more we utilize digital communication in this time of technological advancement, the more isolated and lonely we feel. In the past, it was common in many socieities to remain in one village or town for one’s entire life. Nowadays, people move frequently and often have family members living all over the world. All of these factors can leave us feeling fragmented or alienated.

Meditation practice can be helpful, allowing practitioners to cultivate a home within themselves, and an open heart that builds bridges that connect with others in an authentic manner.

Yoga at Work

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 16:57 -- Rejuv At Work W...

Have you heard the news? Sitting is the new smoking. Yes, that’s right, sitting. According to Dr. James Levine, Director of May Clinic Arizona State and the inventor of the treadmill desk,

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

New evidence research has emerged suggesting that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, various types of cancer, and heart disease. And, similar to smoking, the results are not reversible; nothing can be done to counteract too much time spent sitting at a desk.

Why not take a break during the workday to bend, stretch, and twist? Yoga is an ancient practice that was originally developed to support dedicated meditation practitioners so that they could sit for extended periods of time. Sages understood the importance of the body as a vehicle to cultivate wisdom; so they spent their lifetimes practicing yoga. Nowadays, we can benefit from the apprenticeship, research and practice of these ancient yogis, applying their time-tested methods to help modern-day people to cope with stress. Yoga, in its current western-friendly form, simply stated, helps people to relax. When we relax deeply here is what happens in the body:

  1. Endorphins release in the brain and relax the muscles
  2. Relaxed muscles allow for better circulation
  3. Increased blood flow leads to elevated levels of oxygen in the body
  4. Accelerated blood flow allows nutrients to be absorbed in to the body
  5. Then enzymes can build up to help the body’s digestion
  6. Hormones become balanced
  7. Toxins release and cells can regenerate and become healthy

When this process which some have called “the relaxation response,” takes over, individuals experience a deep sense of well-being. It’s no wonder that the immune system receives a boost when this level of physiological stabilization occurs. Healthy, balanced employees maintain more harmonious relationships, make wiser decisions, and come up with creative ideas. They also take fewer sick days and help to cultivate a positive culture that can magnetize top talent to the company. Who knew that this positive domino-effect could be achieved by taking some time to practice yoga? Well, the sages certainly did!

 

Rejuv's 5th Year Anniversary

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 22:43 -- adminrejuv

In 2015, we celebrate our 5th anniversary of serving companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Read this LinkedIn post about some of the great people we have on our team.

Hands-On Massage at Stanford

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:13 -- adminrejuv

Last week was Stanford's 'dead week,' an intensive study time before finals. Rejuv At Work was honored to offer both individual massages and group massage workshops to students across the campus.

Chair massage focuses on releasing tension in areas of the body that get especially tight when studying - neck, shoulders, hands, and lower back.

Massage workshops are fun and informative events for students to learn basic massage techniques. Students learn to use different massage strokes for Swedish Massage, pressure points for Shiatsu and yoga stretches for Thai Massage, all with ergonomic body positioning. It was a new experience for a lot of students, and many were enthusiastic about learning more.

Best wishes for finals!

Welcome

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 14:28 -- adminrejuv

At Rejuv At Work, we know that massage is about more than just luxury or a special treat.

Our Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area corporate wellness programs help our clients stay healthy, focused, and ready to get things done. We make sure you and your colleagues have what you need to be successful at work and in life.

We use this space to share ideas that can help your team keep that focused state of mind, even between our wellness sessions. We’ll help you stay relaxed and productive wherever you are.

Here are some of the topics we plan to write about:

  • Wellness tips, ways to reduce stress, and increase productivity.
  • Stories of professionals like you who are living well and helping their companies thrive.
  • Best practices in corporate wellness and profiles of innovative companies that are doing things right for their employees--and their bottom line.
  • News, events, and a behind-the-scenes look at our team.
  • Different modalities of massage, our passion!

There is no more exciting place to work than the Bay Area. Every day, I’m inspired by the hard-working, creative, and passionate people that we meet on-site at our Silicon Valley and San Francisco workplaces.

We’re eager to help your company continue to innovate and change the world.

Stay in touch by following us on this Blog, LinkedIn and Facebook.

--Serge Dautricourt
Founder/Director of Rejuv at Work

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