'I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don't have to.'
- Albert Einstein
'Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.'
- Betty Friedan
'Refire—an attitude of embracing the years ahead with enthusiasm rather than apathy.'
- Morton Shaevitz
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Geriatric Massage

Oftentimes, when someone thinks of massage, he or she envisions a deep tissue massage or a long, relaxing session at a day spa or salon. There is a misconception that massage is for young people or athletes, while in fact our aging population can significantly benefit from massage.

The term geriatric massage is an umbrella term which refers to impairments that are caused by physical changes in the body usually resulting from chronological aging. However, this massage protocol is not limited to working only with the elderly. The specialized techniques are appropriate for aging patients as well as those with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, ALS, MS and cancer. Geriatric massage directs its efforts to specific conditions with the expectation to improve them. I have witnessed first hand the effects of the compassionate power of touch. These techniques can be performed wherever the client, Resides. Or, for those who are more robust, I have three convenient Studios. The session is usually performed in a regular chair, a recliner. Massage tables are rarely utilized.

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The benefits of Geriatric Massage include:

  • stress reduction
  • increased circulation
  • pain reduction
  • a decrease in anxiety
  • a sense of well-being

Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients receiving massage demonstrate reduced agitation, offering a sense of peace and calm in an otherwise chaotic world.

These benefits are especially important for a population that is less active. Geriatric Massage is a modality that has gained recognition in making a difference in the lives of seniors.

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