Massage & Aging

According to the US Census Bureau, the approximately 73 million Baby Boomers will be 65 or older by 2030. While we can’t stop the aging process, we can improve quality of life as we age.

Geriatric massage has a wide range of benefits, from the active elderly marathon runner, to providing end-of-life comfort for the hospice patient. Given the varying levels of health for older clients, geriatric massage must be tailored to the individual’s needs. Certain contraindications are necessary depending on level of health, but generally speaking, elderly clients can benefit greatly from massage. In additional its helpfulness, the non-invasive and gentle treatment is also highly attractive to a people group who may receive regular, uncomfortable and even painful medical care.

Below, we have summarized many of the benefits of geriatric massage and possible modifications.

Benefits

  • Comfort to touch-deprived elderly
  • Decrease loneliness, stress and anxiety
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Increase mobility by relieving stiffness and pain
  • Improve circulation
  • Speed healing
  • Potentially reduce need for certain medications (under direction of a physician)
  • Increase energy
  • Improve immunity
  • Temper affects of dementia, high-blood pressure and osteoarthritis
  • Improve balance and postural control

Possible Session Adjustments

  • Shortened session lengths
  • Decreased pressure, with occasional movements of deep pressure when necessary
  • Adjusted position for safety
  • Any other necessary adjustments for specific medical conditions

Our experienced massage therapists are trained in therapeutic massage and can tailor a session to your specific medical needs. At Heaven & Health, we help you become your healthiest self, regardless of age!