• Seniors Massage Therapy & Holistic Healing

    Older bodies sometimes need extra special care. Understanding the uniqueness of each individual is crucial to reducing pain, increasing comfort and creating an overall sense of well-being.

    Benefits of Massage for Seniors

    Massage therapy for seniors has been proven to have positive effects on:

    • Pain due to osteoarthritis. A study showed that seniors who utilized massage as part of their treatment for osteoarthritis had less pain and stiffness and improved physical function over the course of a few months.
    • Sleep habits and quality of sleep. Seniors who receive weekly massages report that they are sleeping more deeply and for longer lengths of time. This results in an overall feeling of better health as the body is being allowed more time to repair itself.
    • Agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that slow-stroke back massage on Alzheimer’s patients helps alleviate some of the agitation expressions that come with the disease, like wandering, pacing and resisting.
    • Alleviating depression. Touch has been proven to provide comfort to the elderly- especially since so many of them are deprived of it- which can help improve mental health.
    • Physical and mental relaxation. Massage has been shown to decrease the unhealthy buildup of cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” in the body, allowing the body to enter a rest and rejuvenation period.
    • Quicker healing from injuries or illnesses. As we age, our joints and muscles tend to tighten, which can make it more difficult to heal from an injury because our range of motion is restricted. Massage therapy keeps muscles, connective tissues, joints, tendons and ligaments more fluid and even less injury-prone in the long run.

    Try incorporating massage into your healthcare routine to see what benefits and relief you begin to experience yourself.

    (from American Seniors Community)

    Benefits of Massage for Alzheimer's Patients

    Here are some amazing benefits of therapeutic massage for Alzheimer patients.

    • The quality of life – massages enhance the quality of life for Alzheimer patients. It helps them to relax, and sleep better.  According to a well-known massage therapist, massage gives psychosocial benefits to the patient. However, when you touch a patient and massage with lotions; it soothes the skin and increases the blood circulation. This way the medicines effect better and nerves remain relaxed.
    • Memory loss – as the blood circulation improves, the process of memory loss slows down. When an Alzheimer patient gets regular massages, positive progress can be seen in memory loss. A ten-minute massage at the right place can be relaxing and comforting for the patient.
    • Disruptive behavior – massages have positive effects on other symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Not only hand massage but massaging chairs also have same level of benefits for Alzheimer’s patients. Massages are quite effective on disruptive behavior and wandering habits of the patient.
    • Lost dignity – touch is something a patient needs. It is a natural behavior that when a person is sick, he feels unwanted and undesirable. So, massages can bring back their lost dignity. It develops a bond a trust between the therapist and the patient.
    • Interaction – massages help the Alzheimer patients to interact easily. The confidence they lose due to being sick can be retrieved by talking to them. Massages give them the confidence to interact with other people so they can express their feelings and thoughts.
    • Endorphin levels – as massages improve the blood circulation, endorphin levels are raised. Endorphin contributes towards the overall health of the body.
    • Brain activity – the boost in blood flow due to therapeutic massage improves the brain activity of the patient. It makes them active and more aware of their health status.
    No perfect treatment plan is designed for Alzheimer’s. However, there are always ways to soothe the patients and retain their confidence and dignity.