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Massage: En hälsofrämjande metod under arbetstid: En kvalitativ studie med öppna brev
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Introduktion: I nuläget existerar det en stor del forskning kring hur massage påverkar människan rent fysiologiskt, exempelvis sänks stresshormonet kortisol och hjärtfrekvensen minskar. Till vår kunskap är det få som har fokuserat kring hur individer upplever massagebehandling, inte minst på arbetsplatser vilket denna studie har riktat in sig på. Syfte: Syftet med studien var att identifiera anställdas upplevelse av massage som hälsofrämjande metod under arbetstid. Metod: En kvalitativ metod med öppna brev användes där deltagarna först fick ta del av en 15 minuters avslappnande massage följt av en enskild reflektion kring deras upplevelse av massagen. I studien medverkade 27 deltagare som är anställda på en arbetsplats inom vård- och omsorg i norra delen av Sverige. Resultat: Resultatet visade att massagen gav de anställda flera viktiga fördelar som bidrog till en bättre prestation på arbetsplatsen. Dessa delar bildade 3 underteman: “Betydande element som följd av massage”, “Förmånlig insats som sker regelbundet” samt “Upplevd meningsfullhet och tacksamhet” som resulterade i ett huvudtema: “Välgörande massage skapar en helhet på arbetsplatsen”. Slutsats: Efter interventionen upplevde de sig vara mer återhämtade, ha mer energi till sitt fortsatta arbete samt att de önskade en regelbundenhet med massage som en förmån under arbetstid. Andra professioner som arbetar hälsofrämjande kan ta inspiration från denna studie till att förbättra hälsan hos anställda runt om i landet inom vård- och omsorgsyrket.

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Introduction: At present there exists a great deal of research on how massage affects humans physiologically, for example lowering the stress hormone cortisol and reducing heart rate. To our knowledge only a few people have researched on how individuals experience the massage, especially at the workplace which this study focused on. Purpose: The aim of the study was to identify employees experience of massage as a health promotive method at the workplace. Method: A qualitative method with open letters was used, where the participants first had to take part in a 15 minute relaxing massage followed by a reflection on their experience of the massage. 27 participants who are employed at a health care facility in the northern part of Sweden contributed to the study. Results: The results showed that the massage gave the employees several benefits which they consider important to be able to perform as well as possible at work. These benefits formed 3 sub-themes: "Significant elements from the massage", "A contributed benefit that happens regularly" and "Experienced meaningfulness and gratitude" the sub-themes resulted in a main theme: "Beneficial massage creates a wholeness in the workplace". Conclusion: After the intervention the employees felt more recovered, gained more energy for their work tasks and wish they could be offered massage as a regular benefit in the workplace. Other professions that work within health promotion can be inspired by this study to improve the health of employees around the country in the health and social care profession.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 29
Keywords [en]
Health-promotion, health, massage, recovery, intervention, workplace, qualitative method, open letter
Keywords [sv]
Hälsopromotion, hälsa, massage, arbetsplats, återhämtning, intervention, kvalitativ metod, öppet brev
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Other Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74948OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-74948DiVA, id: diva2:1329822
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Vård- och omsorgsboende
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Health Promotion, bachelor's level
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Available from: 2019-06-25 Created: 2019-06-24 Last updated: 2019-08-05Bibliographically approved

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