Try an office massage

PUBLISHED: 17:30 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 26 October 2009

Prue Nichols

Prue Nichols

DEADLINES, buzzing computer screens, telephones ringing off the hook – office life can be hectic. However, it s time to throw away those stress balls, put down that herbal tea and unburden those shoulders with an office massage. Being the pioneering force

DEADLINES, buzzing computer screens, telephones ringing off the hook - office life can be hectic.

However, it's time to throw away those stress balls, put down that herbal tea and unburden those shoulders with an office massage.

Being the pioneering force that it is, the WHT invited in Brookmans Park-based Prue Nichols, owner of on-site massage company The Orange Grove, to test a concept relatively new to Hertfordshire.

Setting up in our office, the holistic therapist gave 20-minute head, back, neck, hand and shoulder treatments to the majority of us here in Times Towers.

Prue had designed a special massage to meet the need of a journalist, something that she takes into account ahead of visiting offices around the county.

One by one, members of the team drifted away from their computers and returned eulogising about how relaxed they felt.

Reporter Naiomi Madden said she felt "completely refreshed" after her stint in the massage chair.

"It was really nice. I didn't want to leave but when I got back to my desk I felt so much better," she said.

"The headache I had before the massage had gone."

News editor Chris Lennon said: "I was actually quite surprised just how relaxed it made me feel.

"It's not the sort of thing you usually associate with a busy newsdesk, but it certainly did the trick."

It was while working in PR in London that Prue, from Brookmans Avenue, realised that performing on-site massages was what she wanted to do.

"I remember seeing someone doing it and decided that this was what I wanted to do," she said.

"After qualifying at the end of last year I added my on-site qualification to my reflexology studies and aim to build up a business through word of mouth.

"It's a great chance for workers to just let things out and feel refreshed while at work.

"I think it is so important to know where people need the massage, so I will always look at what the specific workers do before starting.

"Every company has a different demographic."

To find out more about The Orange Grove call 07811 473748 or visit www.theorangegrove.net


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