With regular massage, seniors can experience an improved quality of life, increased energy levels and feel younger and healthier overall lifestyle.
Most importantly, however, lonely and isolated, depressed, anxious and fearful senior citizens derive pricelessly valuable benefits from the simple pleasure of the caressing human touch and the intimate companionship afforded them during massage therapy sessions.
As therapists, we strongly believe in the power of human touch…of human interaction. We think of it in the same manner as a plant…needing light…to live. Well human beings need to feel cared for…need to feel the touch of another caring human….the power of human touch is very therapeutic and necessary for quality of life and for life in general.
We looked about for studies that were done on the effects of massage on seniors and found a fabulous one done by The Weaverís Tale Retreat Center in the State of Oregon. They actually conducted a two-year study examining the effects of massage therapy for senior citizens and they found that at least 50 percent of the elderly who were tested showed a reduction in their rates of breathing, an increase in their range of motion, an improvement of their postures, development of more body awareness, their skin took on healthier colours and their muscle tones were enhanced. The same study also showed that 100 percent of the senior citizen who were tested showed a dramatic improvement in their moods and their attitudes toward life in general. This is phenomenal information supporting the benefits of massage for our aging population…our seniors.
Massage therapy for senior citizens does not differ in technique but it does differ, and it differs greatly in the application of that technique, whichever that technique may be. In other words, just about any of the different massage techniques can be used on senior citizen but they must be modified enough to accommodate the facts that, very often, the skin of senior citizens have become thinner while growing much less pliable and much more easily broken, their bones are thinner and more brittle, their joints are more stiff with reduced range of mobility, their blood vessels are more prominent and closer to the surface of the skin and their overall health, vigor and vitality have been downgraded through the years. Taking all that into consideration, extra care musts be taken when positioning them on the massage tables, they should never be expected to perform the same movements as younger adults, and wheelchair-bound or bedridden seniors should get their massage treatments while remaining seated in their chairs or reclining in their beds.
Most massages for senior citizens are limited to anywhere from thirty to forty five minutes because the elderly seem to respond better to shortened sessions with greater frequency. Furthermore, greater time is usually spent on massaging their hands and feet than any other part of their bodies. That is especially true for those seniors who have lost the use of their hands and feet as massaging them will enhance their body awareness as well as increase sensations and blood circulation throughout.
We all need plenty of TLC (tender love and care) but senior citizens need and deserve quite a bit more of it and at Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage, our ultimate goal is to aid in improving the quality of life and overall health of our seniors. Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage is strongly committed in providing the highest quality service to our seniors.
Our philosophy is one of professionalism, sensitivity, and total commitment to each of our clients. We are completely dedicated in promoting health, wellness, relaxation and self care for our clients.
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