Massages and Seniors
If the thought of getting a massage as a senior scares you, it shouldn’t. Massages pose a great opportunity to relax and rejuvenate; these opportunities don’t end just because you age. There is even research that shows that getting massage therapy or going to a massage school at an older age has strong, life-enhancing benefits.
The techniques used at a massage school differ when treating senior citizens versus when treating younger individuals. It is important that massage therapists know how to alter these techniques to best treat their patients accordingly.
Elderly Psychological Benefits
Receiving a massage as a senior is thought to help treat and prevent age-related diseases as well as be a healthier and more beneficial alternative to pharmaceutical treatments. Not only will you feel healthier, but you’ll also feel younger and more balanced as well.
Your quality of life greatly increases as a result of the amount of endorphins and serotonin (the body’s natural painkillers and mood regulators) that are released during a massage. Massage therapy can also reduce heart rate, blood pressure, enhance immune function and reduce stress hormones in the body.
In addition, by massaging specific points on the body your joints can more effectively lubricate naturally, which helps to control pain in patients suffering from arthritis stiffness.
How To Massage the Elderly
Massaging the elderly involves gently kneading stroking and applying light pressure to specific points on the body. Some studies show that massages helps enable communication and relaxation within the patient, therefore also being a helpful aid in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in patients.
If you or an elderly loved one has ever considered massage therapy, check with your doctor to make sure massage therapy is right for you. After receiving permission from your doctor, make your way into your local massage therapy school and book an appointment with our skilled professionals.