Perhaps one of our biggest responsibilities is caring for our seniors. Senior massage is a wonderful way to respond to this charge, and provides them with many physical, as well as psychological, benefits.
This very important segment of our population often feels a sense of isolation or loneliness, and some medications can contribute to depression, which can often exacerbate these feelings of seclusion. Massage can be an effective tool in helping seniors reconnect with their bodies and allowing them to verbalize feelings of sadness about the death of a partner or the loss of their friends and loved ones. Human connection is vital to all of us, and massage provides a safe situation in which seniors can experience human touch, care, and concern.
Seniors also have different requirements than the younger population: their skin is thinner, and bruises or tears easily. They may have arthritis or osteoarthritis, which would call for a special type of massage. They also generally have less muscle tissue than a younger person, so a gentle touch is necessary.
Elder massage is an important tool to use in creating a sense of well-being and tranquility. Seniors also find satisfaction in the knowledge that they are doing something for their body that enhances wellness, is excellent for their general health, and provides many benefits. Many seniors have found that massage alleviates low-back and hip pain, providing increased range of motion and allowing them to experience more freedom of movement; this, in turn, can give the impetus they need to exercise more frequently, which is always beneficial. This is a time in their lives when they have concerns such as control of blood sugars, blood pressure, heart health, and bone health. Massage can be a key component in addressing each of these conditions, as well as enhancing the immune system by stimulating lymph flow, our bodies’ natural defense system. Two additional benefits of massage are increased circulation to joints and tissues, and increased endorphins, which cause that natural feeling of euphoria!
Consider a gift certificate for a family member, neighbor, or friend who may be needing therapeutic touch, and always look for a massage therapist who specializes in elder or senior massage, as that person will have the knowledge and skills necessary to assist this very important and growing part of our society: our elderly!