This form of touch therapy is tailored to meet the needs of the individuals who are 65+ years of age. Slow, gentle strokes are used to relieve aches and pains associated with an ageing body. While the hands, feet and scalp are the primary focus of this therapeutic treatment, the full body movement and reflexology techniques used can serve to help stimulate healing in other parts of the body where pain, poor function or disability exists.
Geriatric massage offers a host of health benefits and has been proven to help treat common conditions found in elderly people including arthritis, bursitis, headaches, and sleep disorders, not to mention, particularly for seniors who are touch deprived, it’s relaxing & just ‘feels good’.
- Aids Relief with back pain, stiffness, arthritis, sciatica, migraine etc
- Relaxes tones and stretches tight, injured or weakened muscles.
- Helps muscles prepare for and recover from operations or periods of bed rest – reduces spasms and cramping.
- Increases oxygen to the muscles by 10%
- Increases flexibility and improves range of motion
- Reduces post-surgery adhesion and swelling, reducing scar tissue.
- Improving circulation aiding tissue regeneration.
- Enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow – body’s natural defense system.
- Improves the condition of the skin, breaking down fats & cellulite deposits.
- Increases endorphins lessening depression and anxiety
Chronic pain in the elderly is prevalent in most seniors’ lives and is usually controlled with medication. However Complementary Therapies, primarily Massage & Reflexology Therapy, have become widely used in the aid of this. The experience of chronic pain coupled with, in some cases, decreasing social contact makes massage therapy a particularly effective treatment and approach for seniors.
Studies show residents of care facilities regularly using Complementary Therapies have reported decreased problems with constipation, insomnia, and appetite loss. Pain is reduced and stress relieved.
Complementary Therapy has aided those suffering from – Arthritis, Cancer, Strokes, Mobility problems and Depression to list a few, reducing the pain of chronic disease and minor injuries, decreasing muscle spasms and stiffness, and increasing mobility.
For anyone with Alzheimer’s disease, these benefits also apply, because massage therapy can be used in two ways, either to relax or to stimulate, it elicits both calming and responsive effects.
Massage can alleviate some of the anxiety associated with Alzheimer’s by inducing relaxation, but it can also stimulate the nervous system to maintain nerve passageways in decline because of the disease. Touch therapy through massage can offer great relief and even aid the drug therapy that elders with Alzheimer’s disease are often prescribed.
Massage is not a cure-all for ailments or illness’s but it is clear is that massage supports comfort care, implies a compassionate regard, is non-intrusive, meets the unique needs of individuals, and encourages a relaxation response that causes a chain reaction of positive benefits.
How we can help?
We can provide On-site services at Residential Homes, Community centers or for Community groups.
If you would like to provide an On-site service to your residents or are part of a Community group or run a center and have a number of people interested in using the therapies available with us then we can come out to your facility on a weekly or monthly basis and spend some time with you.
What do you need to do?
Once you have a minimum of 4 people who would like to have at least one treatment, give us a call to arrange a day and time to come out. Each treatment we offer will last approximately 20-30 mins and can be adapted to suit the mobility of each client, so please bear this in mind when booking. We ask for a 20% non-refundable deposit on booking. Let us know which treatments you would like us to do when you are booking so we can bring the appropriate equipment.
*Please discuss any additional requirements with us and we will happily accommodate where we can.