Geriatric Massage

Benefits of Geriatric Massage Therapy

Geriatric massage therapy is designed to address the specific needs of the elderly population. This type of massage for the elderly uses gentle and light application of massage techniques and can include passive stretching and a light oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin.

Many elders have acute sensual awareness. If they have lost hearing or vision, their sense of touch may be heightened. For those who seldom receive touch, massage may bring tears of gratitude or release somatic memory. Benefits for elders:

  • Reduces stress
  • Deepens relaxation
  • Deepens breathing
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Relieves joint pain
  • Reduces swelling and edema
  • Stimulates bowels
  • Stimulates flow of lymph
  • Improves sleep
  • Releases endorphins
  • Decreases fear and anxiety
  • Brings sense of well-being
  • Decreases isolation

Helpful Wellness Tip

Many clients who use geriatric massage have a friend or family member join them for their first visit to ensure they have a comfortable and relaxing experience. You may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear during your massage. Throughout the session, you will be properly draped or covered -- only the area being worked on will be exposed.