In the 21st century, more and more older adults are turning to massage to relieve the pain of arthritis, help recover from surgery or injuries, and maintain flexibility and fitness. Seniors are also finding massage to be an effective support for other therapies such as chiropractic and physical therapy. What's more, doctors are increasingly referring more of their patients to massage therapists to reduce stress and assist healing.
Massage For Good Health Your body repairs itself throughout your lifetime, but each year it gradually loses some of its ability to spring back from the wear and tear of daily living. Though this is unavoidable, you can take steps to improve your strength, flexibility, coordination, and energy no matter how old you are.
Regular therapeutic massage is a supportive and restorative measure you can take to maintain physical and mental well-being throughout your life. For seniors in particular, this remarkable therapy supports recovery from setbacks as well as resilience in the face of daily stresses. Not only is massage enjoyable, it is beneficial and healthful, especially when received on a regular basis.
The Many Benefits of Massage Research shows that massage reduces muscle tension, increases circulation and calms the nervous system. These effects give rise to a wide variety of benefits. Specifically, massage:
Relieves pain from tight muscles. As the nervous system calms, it sends a message to muscles throughout your body to let go. Gentle kneading and stretching relaxes specific muscle spasms.
Improves health and mobility of joints. Massage relieves tight muscles that restrict joint movement. Better circulation improves natural joint lubrication.
Improves posture and coordination. Relief of chronic tension supports ease of movement and return to normal posture.
Relieves itchy, dry skin. Increased circulation nourishes your skin and improves elasticity.
Reduces swelling from excess water retention. Massage gently moves fluid into the circulation system where it can be eliminated.
Speeds healing from injury or surgery. Increased circulation improves the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and removes waste products.
Eases breathing. As massage calms the nervous system, breathing slows, and deepens. Relief of tension in your shoulder, neck, and chest muscles also allows for fuller chest expansion.
Increases vitality, energy, and mental alertness. Increased circulation brings nutrition to your cells and oxygen to your brain. This can boost your energy and temporarily improve mental clarity. You may then find it easier to be more mentally and physically active which can further increase your energy.
Practical Considerations Communicating your needs. Share with me why you are getting a massage so that I can adjust the focus to meet your needs. For example, you may want relief for sore feet or tight shoulders, or you may just want to relax.
Dress. I will leave the room while you undress. You will be covered at all times except for the area being massaged. Share with me if you prefer to leave some or all of your clothes on.
Getting comfortable. If you wish, I will help you get on or off the table. Cushions may be used for support. If needed, I can work with you seated in a chair.
Special concerns. Always tell me if the pressure used is comfortable. Indicate if you do not want any oil or lotion, or if you prefer them to be unscented. Tell me if you are hard of hearing. If you are too cold or too hot, the heat or your covers can be adjusted.
After your massage. Before getting up from the table, give yourself a few minutes to reorient from a state of deep relaxation.
Your Massage Therapist I have extensive training that includes massage technique, anatomy and physiology, and knowledge of when and when not to perform massage. In addition, I am certified and licensed in the State of Colorado and have advanced training in many types of massage and bodywork.
Massage and Stress Stress not only interferes with your ability to enjoy life, but can also threaten your good health. Research indicates that unrelieved stress can impair the body's immune system and aggravate many chronic ailments, such as headaches or asthma. Because the effects of stress are cumulative, managing it becomes increasingly important with age.
Therapeutic massage can result in a deep sense of relaxation, which for many people is reason enough to have one. Massage calms the nervous system relaxing muscle tension and allowing anxiety to fade. With regular massage therapy you can even improve your ability to relax on your own. This can translate into increased energy for daily activities, more patience with life's minor irritations, and a renewed enthusiasm for daily living.
When To Get Massage Massage is almost always useful for stress relief and the other uses already mentioned. However, for some health conditions massage should be avoided, or at least cautiously done. Always inform your massage therapist about changes in your health, even minor ones. In some cases, your massage therapist may ask permission to contact your physician for more information. The more often you receive a massage, the more benefits you are likely to notice. With experience, you and I can set a schedule that is best for you.
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