Everyone loves to have a pampering massage whether in the prime of our youth or wisdom of our elders. This article will consider senior people’s happiness, comfort, health, emotions, and soul experience—the essence of who they are. Seniors are a treasured wealth of knowledge to their kids and especially to their grandchildren. Because we love them so much, we want their wise knowledge to be with us forever. Why not treat them with the same care we give ourselves? They deserve so much for their long-lived journey sharing their rich experiences, knowledge, and insight. Incidentally, never verbally or physically abuse one of our elders.
What Exactly is a Senior Massage?
The method for doing a body massage is unlike a massage for younger people. A certified massage therapist will know this and how to manipulate an older person’s body. She or he will listen to the elder client’s comments and any criticism for feeling discomfort. Pressure is applied differently for the client’s comfort, yet might be therapeutic for their well-being. A therapist has the best massage table for support and comfort.
As we all age, the quality of life diminishes, our sense of purpose seems to disappear, and our muscles are not as strong. Skin starts to wrinkle and sag, sorry to say, but true. Physical disease, weakness, and illness come about. A soothing and calming massage can sometimes be all it takes to take the edge off.
Benefits of Massage
Everyone loves to be touched, and seniors are no different, perhaps needing it more. Massage offers healing benefits and removes stress.
- It is beneficial for those with Alzheimer’s to help them be calm and able to talk;
- Helps those with arthritis by lubricating the joints for smoother functioning;
- Assists with muscle coordination, dexterity, balance, and strength;
- Range of motion is improved;
- Lifts mental alertness and energy levels;
- Aims to improve posture by strengthening muscles in the spine reducing tension;
- Better sleep quality for deeper sleep; and
- Reduction in prescription medications and/or over-the counter drugs.
Aromatherapy for Elder-Care
If you are not familiar with aromatherapy here is an overview. Aromatherapy, the use of essential oils, has been used for thousands of years by ancient cultures such as the those from India, China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The oils were used in baths, perfumes, and cosmetics. Aromatherapy uses nature’s plant oils for fragrance (aroma) and body (therapy). The oils are known to heal, are hygienic, and the ancient civilizations used them in their rituals.
Massage therapists and aromatherapists add essential oils and oil blends to lotions or creams and rubs that into the skin with massage motions that are beneficial. Essential oils are affordable, last a long time, and are available at health food stores, drug stores, and big box stores.
Aromatherapy is not shown medically to cure or prevent disease, yet it does improve anyone’s over-all well-being.
If your elder parent, grandparent, or loved one lives independently or lives with you, you might want to consider massaging techniques for them to feel better. A massage chair is one of the best things you can give to your special person. They can recline, they can use the built-in massager with a host of other beneficial feel-good features. What’s more, you will enjoy these devices as well.
On the other hand, a hand-held massage can be used by elders themselves, or you can use it to give them a gentle soothing massage. Some are electric and some run on batteries. Or try a neck and shoulder massager with heat to have it massage your lower, mid- and upper-back, shoulders, legs, and thighs.
Massage—A Natural Way for Senior Conditions
- Sciatica nerve pain originating from the lower spine area and TENS units can help this pain along with massage.
- Rotator cuff pain in the shoulders.
- Craniosacral therapy to relieve pain and tension in the skull for harmony and natural rhythm in the central nervous system.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the wrists.
- Tension, stress, knotted, and sore muscles.
- Reduce pain and improve the mood of those with advanced cancer.
Many aches and pains will vanish with a good massage.
Elders have been venerated by many cultures for eons. These worthy people have been respected, valued, and honored and still need to be so today.
With the population aging and many medicines and surgery procedures available today, these people are living longer than ever before. Love your elders, adore, and idolize them and teach this to your children to do the same.
Seek counsel from these peaceful old oak trees who will hold you under their gentle branches with their age and experience. They will be patient, moderate, forbearing, and gentle teachers.
Our society benefits from healthy people, and elders deserve the best health they can get—including a weekly massage.