What has been the success of these programs?
"I think that what people have found is that at the end of the day, wellness in the workplace has a huge return on investment. It helps to reduce a lot of health care costs, absenteeism, turnover, all of which cost a company a lot of money. But, it also can do things like really boost morale, and it’s interesting because morale in the corporate setting is always lower than employers think it is. So, just sort of taking care of people in the corporate setting can boost that morale, and it can help with team-building. Basically, corporate wellness is just good for business. That’s the bottom line."
Can you tell us a bit more about doing "desk yoga" and how that might benefit someone who sits at their desk all day? I know that applies to a lot of us.
"Right, you first start with mindfulness and breathing. We take people through a short routine that they can do throughout the day. Usually, it begins with a person checking in with posture, starting from their sitting bones and moving up to their spine, then up to the crown of their head. As they do this, they're softening their shoulders, softening the musculature of their face, and softening the musculature behind their eyes, which are staring at a screen all day long, so there’s a lot of stress there.
Do you have any success stories that particularly stand out in your mind where people or companies really responded positively and noticed real results?
"Our corporate business employees are finding that it is such a useful tool for them to have in their workday. It becomes almost indispensable. For healthy businesses who want to continue to grow and evolve, our clients find that their employees are staying longer. They have good reason to not go looking for another job. We had one corporate client where one of the female employees wrote us an email essentially saying, 'My employer can thank you guys for me being such a loyal employee all these years. Because the offerings that you provide are now so essential to my life, and I would not be able to integrate them into my life if I left.'