Massage for seniors is great because your need for touch doesn't go away as you age although the results you want from professional bodywork may have changed. First of all,massage can help increase your vitality, giving you more energy to do what you enjoy. And because it helps you relax, it can improve your ability to drop off into restful sleep at night. Massage improves circulation, so it can help increase the flow of oxygen to the brain, temporarily boosting mental clarity. Increased circulation can also impact how you look and feel by improving the condition of the body's largest organ - the skin. And improved circulation can actually help speed healing from injuries or surgery.
For many people painful conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, the relaxing and soothing effects of massage may come as a life saver. It can relieve swelling and coax you to breathe slowly and deeply, reinforcing the relief of anxiety and pain. Studies have even shown a decreased need for pain medications with regular massage.
The best thing about massage may be that it simply feels good. It can increase your flexibility and help you feel more at home in your body. It can improve your sense of well-being for hours, and even days after a session.
With all our advances in science and nutrition, seniors are living longer, more active and healthier lives. As part of that development, more people are exercising. That may, at times, present challenges such as muscle pain. On the other hand, if you are exercising very little or infrequently, you may be experiencing loss of strength, or your muscles and joints may feel tight and uncomfortable. Whether you want to maintain your active life or prepare to step up your activity, massage for seniors can help.
Massage helps increase lubrification and flexibility in and around joints, and specific techniques stretch and lengthen muscles. Increased flexibility and muscle length makes movement easier and more comfortable. On top of that, because massage increases circulation, more oxygen and nutrition flow to contracted muscles, helping them to relax and recover whether you have been inactive or too active.
When your muscles and joints feel better, you are more likely to want to exercise. Combine massage with exercise and stretching, and you can maintain or begin to regain agility, balance and mobility.
Massage therapists like to enter into a partnership with their clients. They want you to have the best massage you can. And that depends on hearing from you about your needs. Almost everything about a massage can be adjusted, such as your position on the table. You can receive a massage without turning over on your stomach, or even lie on your side for the entire massage. Dress is also optional. You can undress partially, completely or not at all.
Pressure can be an issue. Your massage therapist can use light to deep pressure, it just depends on what you like. Here's the rub, however - your massage therapist can't read your mind. That includes music selection. If you prefer to have a quiet room with no music, tell your therapist. If you have some favorite music, ask your your therapist if you can bring it with you to play during your session.
If you are sore or extra tired after a massage, tell your therapist at the next session. She or he can help troubleshoot. Maybe you would do better with shorter, more frequent massage for instance. If you have arthristis or some other painful condition, your therapist can also talk with you about coping strategies between session.
If you don't drive or you have difficulty getting around because of a recent surgery, injury or other condition, consider asking if your therapist can come to you. Whether you live in your own home or a retirement community, massage therapists are usually a phone call away.
If you are a family member, regular massage can offer your elder comfort that goes beyond words. In addition to bringing all the benefits of touch right to that special older adult in your life, massage therapists also develop a meanginful and heartfelt connection with the folks they serve.