If you are retired, you don’t need to feel tired–you may just need some elder massage! You may have assumed that pain, loss of mobility or various chronic ailments are natural. They are not. They are often the result of putting everything and everyone else first, and not attending to your body’s needs.
It is not selfish, but healthy to retrain habits, to sit, stand, and walk more easily. You can “wake up” areas of numbness or disuse. You can heal faster from illness and injury. You can even reduce the need for pain medications!1
Elder massage with the gentle joint mobilization of Ortho-Bionomy® can restore your joy in life. Were you were raised in the generation that was supposed to keep a stiff upper lip and put up with discomforts? Your body feels much better when you can allow these to bring you comfort, calm and ease.
Ortho-Bionomy® is the bodywork style I do. Ortho-Bionomy®, is very gentle, relaxing and never creates more pain. It can help you better inhabit your body, where you really live. (more on Ortho-Bionomy® here and here.)
Research benefits for elder massage
- lower blood pressure
- relieve joint pain
- reduce the need for pain medications
- recover from surgery or minor injuries
- enhance immunity
- promote relaxation
- improve sleep
- improve circulation
- reduce stress, fear and anxiety
- improve mood
You might be surprised to see the emotional benefits on this list, such as reducing fear and anxiety. Actually, many of the benefits of massage and bodywork come from how they affect the nervous system and brain! Elder massage restores a sense of calm and inner peace, and supports your motivation to take charge of your life. This is especially important when you have health conditions that may be discouraging at times.
More than just massage with Integration Massage
When massage, sensory awareness and movement are combined, they amplify the benefit. With increased joint range of motion, and decreased pain, you maintain flexibility. You release spasms and cramping. You learn proper movement dynamics from Body Mapping4 with Senior Sovereignty™5. It helps with arthritis, stiffness, postural pain, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, and self-esteem.
Many seniors are concerned with modesty, or have trouble lying flat on a table. Ortho-Bionomy® is done fully clothed, and you can have your head or knees elevated, or you may even sit in a chair. I can ease an achy back, or tight shoulders, and release tension in the feet you didn’t know was there–and will only work where you want.
Foot, hand and back massage are some of my most requested techniques in elder facilities.
I have had the great joy to work with elders since 1988. I cared for my own mother from 2001 until her passing in Dec. 2015. As a massage therapist, I have found the medium of touch is one of the gentlest and deepest ways to communicate with someone who cannot speak in the ways we are used to.
As one elder I worked with said, “I’m glad your mother trained you to communicate this way,” (heart to heart, mind to mind, while touching her hand). “I prefer to talk this way rather than out loud!”
I think most massage therapists learn to listen deeply to what the body needs, and it is a skill that is under-recognized as a contribution to well-being and health–the nonverbal power of gentle touch.
I can travel to you
When you can’t come to my office, I can come to your home or facility and offer a discounted rate for travel expenses for seniors.
You may schedule an appointment from the button in the upper right corner of this page. Or you may call for special elder massage with discounted senior rates, 503-708-2911.
1 Massage reduces the need for pain medications in hospital patients
2 Therapeutic Benefits of Massage for Elderly and Massage for Seniors: What the research says
3 Alternative Treatments for Alzheimer’s and Hand Massage and Aromatherapy to Reduce Agitation.
4 Body Mapping
5 Senior Sovereignty™