Ageing

Touch is an essential element of who we are. Human touch is powerful at any age. Unfortunately, many seniors find that they have fewer opportunities to experience simple acts of touch as they age – and the benefits that touch brings.

Massage therapy can offer senior citizens numerous benefits that will greatly improve their sense of health and wellbeing. Studies have shown that massage therapy can have a direct impact in managing the effects of aging.

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Isolation

The elderly may become especially isolated from the healing benefits of touch. There are many varied reasons – some may be widowed, have restrictive health issues or simply loose contact with friends and family members. They may miss a warm hug, the company of grandchildren or their local community. Many people spend a lot of time, in their old age, in isolation. Research has shown an increased risk of depression, cognitive and physical decline and even mortality, as a result of senior isolation.

When babies do not experience touch they can develop “failure to thrive syndrome.” Later, researchers found out that this phenomenon also extended to the elderly who lived in nursing homes. This syndrome happens when people, regardless of age, aren’t touched.

Senior massage provides a beneficial experience of human connection. The loving touch that goes along with therapeutic touch is immensely powerful.

Depression

Many seniors who are lonely can often feel symptoms of depression, and the company from an experienced massage therapist can be beneficial. Massage can help reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety. Greater social interaction enables the release of endorphins and strengthens a sense of well-being.

Dementia

Studies at the Touch Research Institute, find massage to be extremely useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients, as it can facilitate relaxation and communication. It can increase body awareness and alertness and ease feelings of confusion and anxiety.

Careful massage for seniors combines personal focused attention, care and understanding, and gentle touch. It can help provide them with symptomatic relief and an extension to the vitality in their lives.

Our mobile services allow clients to receive treatments from home, wherever home might be. If you have any queries about our massage services, or would like to make a booking, please feel welcome to call Judy on 0423 041 122.

Benefits

Massage for people of all ages has many health benefits. For the elderly, massage can be of great assistance. Benefits include:

  • improving blood flow and immunity
  • reducing blood pressure
  • decreasing joint inflammation swelling and stiffness
  • accelerating the healing process
  • increasing muscle tone strength and mobility.

Massage can be an effective coping and management technique for seniors suffering from chronic pain, such as arthritis. According to the Touch Research Institute, massage also triggers natural joint lubrication, which is extremely important for those suffering from arthritis. Massage can improve both quality and quantity of sleep in the elderly.

Judy massaging elderly lady's hand
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Client stories

 

Pearl, senior client

Pearl was in her nineties and had been diagnosed with early dementia. Her daughter lived with her, as her carer. Mindful of the importance of touch, particularly with the elderly, the daughter requested regular weekly massages for her mother. Pearl loved her massages and always looked forward to them. She felt safe and happy. Her body relaxed and she often dozed off. “5 Star”…“Better than Bali”, she would say of the massages.

 

Doris, senior client

Doris, nearly ninety, had been treated for breast cancer about twenty years previously, then a series of falls, broken bones and emergency heart surgery meant that she could no longer care for her sick husband Sam. She and Sam moved into aged care, far from their home town. Doris had mild lymphoedema in her left arm and chest wall. Recently she had been experiencing increased pain in her left shoulder, could no longer lift her arm and was finding it difficult to sleep. I was asked to visit Doris and offer her regular massage. Doris enjoyed our sessions. She found it was her best way to manage the ongoing side effects from cancer treatment. Lymphatic massage and scar release work helped her lymphoedema. Gentle body work techniques and lower level laser seemed to provide some additional ease for her painful shoulder. Doris enjoyed the opportunity to feel pampered by massage and to reminisce about her life with Sam.

 

Maria, senior client

Maria, an Italian woman in her eighties, was in constant pain from her arthritis. Her daughter organised a massage session for her and was present to assist with language difficulties and helping her mother on and off the massage table. Maria had not received massage before, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “When you touch, it feels like magic.”

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