Geriatric massage has been designed to specifically meet the needs of elderly massage recipients. Your massage therapist at SMART integrative massage group will use active and passive massage techniques to reduce body tension that can occur with age.
Geriatric massage sessions run for about 30 minutes to reduce the change of strain and injury. Your therapist will use soft, gentle hand motions to improve circulation, foster relaxation, and reduce inflammation.
Elderly individuals receive the following benefits from specially tailored massage sessions: reduced headaches, improved sleep, improved mood, and self-esteem, improved lymphatic flow. Geriatric massage may benefit individuals who experience loss of mobility due to conditions such as Parkinson’s or arthritis. It can also benefit individuals who suffer from other age-related diseases such as diabetes or stroke.
Palliative Care – Hospice Care
A serious illness can be one of the most difficult challenges in life. While in the hospital, rehabilitation facility, or hospice care, comfort-based palliative care can relieve some of the anxiety and stress along with also reducing tension and pain and providing relaxation. Palliative care allows a client to receive positive touch to counteract the invasive nature of the treatments that usually accompany a serious illness. The nervous system calms, breathing eases, and rest deepens as the pain is reduced. Showing care for someone who is near the end of life is one small way to reassure them of their worth and humanity. A skilled and highly educated empathetic licensed massage therapist will use a variety of light touch comforting techniques that may include Reflexology on the hand or feet, Reiki, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, or light Swedish massage. Each session will be tailored to the client’s current condition and sessions may be shortened as necessary.