The effects of massage on older people
The positive effects of massage on the health of older people are well documented by research. It’s been proven that even the gentlest of massages can benefit the circulation and nervous systems, so if a gentle touch is required for older clients, it will still work just as well as a powerful sports massage would for an athlete.
Massage is known to help stimulate circulation naturally and without causing any discomfort, so many older people are happy to put themselves in my hands when they are feeling tension or pain and are in need of healing touch.
One important benefit of massage is that it doesn’t have any side effects and won’t interact with medicines that you are taking for conditions that may be affecting you (diabetes, depression, Parkinson’s, dementia and other common conditions.) In some cases, physicians have even been able to reduce regular medications because of regular massage sessions. My clients often suffer from symptoms caused by conditions like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. This can often leave them with limited mobility and poor circulation. On top of this some report feeling depressed or lonely. Massage at ‘living well’ can help boost their physical health, but also relieve the depression that sometimes goes with it. It gives my clients access to comforting, healing touch.
- Help boost quality of life and sense of well-being
- Improve sleep quality
- Relieve stress, depression and even loneliness
- Provide relief for headaches and other aches and pains
- Restore some mobility due to Parkinson's disease, arthritis and other limiting conditions
Geriatric massage uses the same techniques I use for all massages. You see, at ‘living well’ everyone’s session is tailored to their specific needs. A geriatric massage may last for a little less time than a standard massage session, as a long treatment may be too much if my client’s body is not used to regular massage.
- I use gentle techniques; gentle movements are used that are designed to be soothing and at the same time improving circulation. This can be especially helpful if someone has a diabetic foot condition or has a build-up of muscle tension.
- Gentle hands and feet massage with moist heat (if desired) to sooth swollen joints, and relieve stiffness.
- Stronger movements, friction and pressure will be used with care to help improve flexibility in larger areas like shoulders.