Flow is a state of mind that we have been exploring here are The New York Corporate Char Massage Company – www.eventschairmassage.com
Flow is so named because several people described their “flow” experiences using the metaphor of a water current carrying them along. If a company can create tasks for their workers that put them in a state of flow they will be more productive.
One of the great breakthroughs in the integration of the arts, massage, dance, gymnastics, somatics, and sports psychology in the workplace has been research into the concept of flow.
In recent years the knowledge derived from breakthroughs in chair massage and somatic movement, combined with research in “Flow” have transformed corporate stress consulting.
One of the reasons why I became a professional massage therapist was as a result of an experience I had getting a massage in an old Russian/Turkish bathhouse in NYE in the early 1970s. I went into this amazing state of calmness and intense focus. It felt like I had almost left my body and was holding on to it with this thread of euphoria. I later learned that what I had experienced is called “Flow”. In positive psychology, flow also known as the zone among athletes is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Of course, when getting a massage one is not involved in any activity other than laying on a massage table.
When one is in a state of flow, In essence, they are completely absorbed in what they are doing and if they are not doing anything they experience that “nothing” fully. In Chinese this is called Wu wei, the action that has no action. The word “Flow” was the name applied to this state by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, (born 29 September 1934) a Hungarian psychologist who is the Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. The former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College he did extensive research on the subject and eventually published a best selling book on the subject. According to Csikszentmihályi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture while performing a task, although flow is also described (below) as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions.
Flow has many of the same characteristics as (the positive aspects of) hyperfocus. However, hyperfocus is not always described in a positive light. Some examples include spending “too much” time playing video games or getting side-tracked and pleasurably absorbed by one aspect of an assignment or task to the detriment of the overall assignment. In some cases, hyperfocus can “capture” a person, perhaps causing them to appear unfocused or to start several projects, but complete few.
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Today’s stress management blog is presented by a grant from Events Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com – a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planners, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States.
Chair Massage can help increase productivity for any business. Here is a great video on how to do Chair Massage.
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