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Massage Therapy: A Soothing Treatment Promoting Senior Well Being

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Nestled in the middle of California’s Napa Valley Wine Country, it was the ultimate experience of self indulgence, relaxation and rejuvenation. The entire region is known for it, but we seized ours in the tiny town of Calistoga. Prior to the mud bath, we stripped down and rinsed off in natural mineral water showers, then reluctantly slithered our bodies into the tubs of warm gooey detoxifying mud. It smelled strongly of the earth as it enveloped and soothed muscles we did not know had been aching. After relaxing there for nearly an hour, it was back to the mineral water shower and then under the warm, suppressing weight of the blanket wrap, we slide. One more step before the best part, and that was floating around in the natural mineral springs Jacuzzi tub before heading directly to the peaceful nirvana of the massage table. Ahhhhh! The strong confident hands of the therapist manipulated our every muscle, tendon, ligament and joint to the point of ultimate well-being and complete relaxation.

Although exercise is widely recommended for healthy living at any age, as we get older, our body is naturally prone to becoming less active. Lack of physical activity can lead to the onset of other conditions, which, if not treated, can greatly reduce quality of life. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork has been promoting massage therapy for some time now. According to a recent study, there is a general awareness of massage therapy but a lack of understanding of its benefits. A number of studies have shown that massage therapy can have a direct impact in managing the effects of aging.


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According to the Touch Research Institute, massage therapy is extremely useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients, as it facilitates relaxation and communication. In the case of arthritis sufferers, it can greatly help in pain management and help increase range of motion. It also triggers natural joint lubrication, which is extremely vital for those suffering from arthritis. Massage therapy has also shown promise by helping to increase strength and muscle coordination. It can also help improve one’s posture by reducing muscle tension, which has the added benefit of improving quality of sleep. Touch therapy or massage is also known to boost one’s natural energy levels, which in turn assists with improving mental awareness. Massage and touch therapy services are offered at Assisted Living Homes and Retirement Facilities to help seniors with joint problems, muscle pain and relaxation.

Until recently, the interests of the pharmaceutical industry dominated the common approach to pain management. Exercise, proper diet and massage therapy have gained immense popularity and outstanding positive results as effective and natural solutions to some of the elements linked with the process of aging. The overall sense of well being provided by therapeutic massage helps motivate and encourage seniors to improve other aspects of their lives such as diet, exercise, and general health care.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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