The phrase “Workplace Workout” was coined by Obi C Agor in the mid to late 2000s
In Obi’s words……
“Workplace Workout- the beginning
Workplace Workout was born out of the facts of how office e’ees spend so much time in a seated position at the cost to their health and wellbeing. The negative consequences of stress on the workplace, can impact hugely on the individual and organisational bottom line.
My solution at that time, was an easy-to-learn system of desk-based movements (some of which are performed even in a seated position), which are based on traditional Callanetics and Qigong movements. These were created to naturally promote energy flow through tissue and joints and bring more oxygen more effectively to the vital organs. The results of such exercise particularly during short breaks, not only revitalise, but heal and preserve the individual.”
Combining our joint areas of expertise and experience, we have now developed our specialist, and uniqueWorkplace Wellness Programmes, that provide a powerful win-win solution for both employee and employer
Essentially, each session contains at a minimum of three components. We work with them in the following order:-
Meditation – to centre and ground people and clear their physical; emotional and mental bodies of the build-up of negative energy from “life” in general. A recent report (2017) by Dr Matthew Thorpe, MD, PhD, centres on 12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation,. Those cited, include Reduces Stress; Controls Anxiety; Lengthens Attention Span; Improves Sleep; Helps control pain and reduces blood pressure. One of the specific group-based meditation we use, is designed to bring the whole body into balance. During a 20-minute presentation at a Business Networking Meeting of 26 business owners, in 2017, Emily used this technique to great effect: Without exception, everyone at the end was de-stressed; “chilled-out” and calm. After the one-to-one meetings, which followed, the majority of those present came up to Emily and thanked her:. There were many who were skeptical at the beginning: not by the end! Rather than being "woo-woo", these types of techniques REALLY work
Qigong with Obi C Agor, who will work with the basic elements of Qigong as well as specific special tones and movements according to what he feels the group needs. ( Click here for a science-based comprehensive review on ProMed's website of clinical trials and studies into the health benefits of both Qigong and Tai Chi)
Sound Therapy with Emily McMorran, working with specific tones to bring balance into all the energy centres of the body as well as specific tuning forks, as appropriate for the group. (There has been scientific research into the effectiveness of using sound to bring the body back into balance. Further medical-based evidence of this can be found in an interview with Doctor Helen Lavetsky on Sound Healing.Dr. Helen Lavretsky is a Professor In-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and a geriatric psychiatrist with federally-funded research program in geriatric depression and integrative mental health using mind-body interventions.)
Our bodies are not merely a machine, they are in fact “energy” - indeed, everything IS energy (this is the basis of Quantum Physics, after all!) And energy can be changed – from positive to negative and vice versa in numerous kinds of ways. We have many business clients who use our other products regularly to relieve stress .And amongst these products are the Bespoke Energy Creams; Sprays and Drops, which Emily created back in 2014. These products are based on Quantum Physics and thus work on multiple levels: physically; emotionally; mentally and spiritually - they play their part in enabling the individual to return to a place of balance and wellness.
Two of the range of sprays are generally used at the beginning of each session as they act to 'clear' the energy field around the individuals, and with the special aromatherapy blends, bring a sense of calm and peace to the groups we work with. Their names are Clearance & Protection Spray and Sacred Love Spray. (Please feel free to click the appropriate links to find out more). These two powerful sprays also contain special blends of specific essential oils designed to bring clarity; balance and upliftment to a person's mood and mindset. The first clears away all negative energies from around and within people's energy fields and the second - made with a combination of Rose; Geranium and Ylang Ylang - immediately brings a sense of calm; joy and focus to the mind.
Emily has many business and personal clients who regularly use these and others sprays she creates in order to clear away tension and bring a sense of calm back into their being. As we are all “energy”, these positive energy tools can bring balance; clarity of mind and calmness into a person when in a stressed or tense environment or when pressed by tight deadlines or other pressures in the workplace. Therefore, they would also be fabulous when kept in the office to clear the air, literally, and bring about calm in the environment.
Another of our components: Pain Management Workshops, which incorporate all the above modalities, can also be tailored specifically as Workplace Workout Half-Day sessions for employees suffering from physical and / or mental pain.
As part of each Workshop, Obi will teach all individuals some of his easy-to-use desk-based exercises that they can incorporate into their daily work routines.