What Is Senior Massage?
Senior massage encompasses basic relaxation and stress relief and is also a beneficial tool in fighting many of the symptoms of aging. Today, massage in all its forms is at the forefront of alternative and complementary therapies utilized by millions of people.
How Will It Benefit Me?
Senior massage can increase blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain
of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall well-being.
Alzheimer’s patients exhibit reduced pacing, irritability, and restlessness after neck and shoulder massage.
Massage therapy can add to the quality of a senior’s life, both physically and emotionally. Consider booking a session for someone you love, and make a difference in their life.
What Should I Be Prepared For During The Massage?
There are certain things you should expect during a massage. Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax on the table, and cover yourself with the top sheet on the table. Throughout the session, you will be properly draped or covered. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. A light oil or lotion may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. The average full-body session lasts approximately one hour, but some clients enjoy shorter, thirty-minute sessions.
Should I Have A Doctor’s Permission?
In most cases, the answer is yes. If you have a specific health condition, you must receive permission from your physician to proceed with massage. This is merely a precaution to ensure your good health. As with any population, there are certain conditions that are contraindicated for massage, hence the importance of communication.
Finding A Qualified Practitioner
Your massage services should be provided by a professional who has received proper training. Don’t hesitate to ask practitioners about their background, training, and experience. Referrals from friends can usually be relied on. Members of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals have met eligibility requirements regarding training and must adhere to a strict code of ethics in order to remain members.