With stress costing South African
companies an estimated R40 billion a year,
it's time to invest...

 
 

An estimated 40% of employee absenteeism is attributable to stress, which is costing the South African economy R19-billion in direct costs. The indirect costs associated with lost productivity run to almost R40-billion per year. (Manpower SA)

 
 

Solution

End Stress aims to do just that: eliminate stress. It is proudly idealistic – just because something seems impossible, doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing! Consider: if participants do just a quarter of what they’ll learn on our workshops, it will already have a profound effect in dialing down their distress and raising their resilience. We continually see the dramatic effect of lives transformed. Stress management is of the utmost importance to maintain health and wellbeing and a creative, productive workforce.

 

Expected Results

  • Improved productivity and creativity
  • Reduced absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Higher levels of company morale and loyalty
  • Smoother interpersonal relations
  • Improved health (and therefore reduced use of health benefits, directly affecting premiums for large group employers)
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm (resulting in a positive public and community image)
  • Improved day-to-day quality of working life for the employer and employee

 
 

Workshops

Our fun, experiential workshops are catered to your company’s needs, with a variety of structured options tailored into an effective staff health and wellness programme.

End Stress re-introduces a dimension to life that is missing for most people in modern culture. We are all well trained to use the accelerator (sympathetic nervous system) to achieve and improve and succeed. But we are never taught the skills to balance that with effective use of the brake (parasympathetic nervous system). These two parts of the nervous system actually complement each other, and absolutely need to be in balance for optimal performance.

End Stress will bring back this balance, helping people create cohesive environments in which individuals have better health and more energy, joy and satisfaction in their daily lives. A contented and well-balanced employee is a productive and motivated employee, which translates to an overall positive return on investment.

 

Office Massages

Numerous scientific studies have proven that massage consistently yields strong positive effects on both body and mind, while a review of 30 such studies concluded that a mere 20-minute session sufficed to see these benefits. Biochemical reductions in the stress hormone cortisol, coupled with an increase in feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, attest to its powerful stress-busting effects. The ancient Japanese art of shiatsu massage also works on acupressure points to help employees be centred and alert. This is an easy solution or addition to your staff wellness programme:

Option 1: R100 per employee fully covered by the company
Option 2: R100 per employee, with 50% subsidised (i.e. the employee pays only R50)

Our 20-minute head-neck-and-shoulders seated massage, in our specially designed chairs, is not your average back rub – it is skilled and effective. Try it and see for yourself!

 
 

Zo Hoka Dashati

Inspired by the remarkable effects of the weekly seated workplace massages at her office in London, Zo Hoka Dashati decided on a radical career change to devote herself to the study of shiatsu and yoga. Shiatsu is an ancient massage therapy that accesses not only the muscles, but also the bio-electric currents in the body, and for several years Zo immersed herself in the world of bio-energetics through some of the most challenging and cutting-edge workshops and experiential retreats. She has also developed and introduced mindful movement and yoga at a variety of South African companies.

 

Albert Buhr

Endorsed by Dr Mark Williams (originator of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), as well as mind-training pioneer and author Rob Nairn, Albert Buhr has facilitated at a diverse range of companies, from bankers to Bostik, from designers to Discovery. He has worked with Harvard's Langer Mindfulness Institute to take his workshops as far afield as the Caribbean, has been an editor for the University of Aberdeen’s Mindfulness Association, as well as the daily mindfulness coach for Oprah’s online platform in South Africa.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
- Buddha

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