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Therapeutic Massage for Seniors

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Therapeutic Massage for Senior Years

The body constantly fixes itself throughout its lifetime, but with each passing year the process becomes less and less efficient. Even the healthiest of people who remain active into their nineties can accumulate a wide variety of tedious problems.

Even though aging is inevitable, you can take measures to preserve or improve your vigor, coordination, flexibility, and strength regardless of your age. Regularly having therapeutic massage can also improve physical and mental well-being throughout your life.

Massage: an honored practice

Ancient Asian cultures commonly refer to massage as a health treatment. Even Hippocrates prescribed massage for athletes and patients. Today, therapeutic massage is commonly prescribed for relaxation and health across the world.

Help for specific troubles

Studies show that a massage calms the nervous system, increases circulation, and helps relax muscle tension. These effects can help many conditions such as- relieving ache from tense muscles, improving the mobility of joints, posture, and coordination. It can also help relieve irritated skin, enhancing deep sleep, increasing healing speed from surgery or sustained injuries. Finally, massages can ease breathing and increase vitality.

Sensible considerations

Communicate what you need. Tell your therapist where you are feeling pain and why you are getting a massage.

Dress. Your therapist will leave the room while you get undressed. You will have worm covering at all times except for the area receiving the massage.

Getting on the table. If you need help, your therapist will help you get onto the table. Pillows and cushions are commonly used to help give you support. If you are unable to lie down due to discomfort, your therapist will more than likely be able to accommodate you in some other way.

Special concerns. Make sure to always tell your therapist if the massage is causing you pain or discomfort. If you get too hot or cold, you can always tell your therapist to either give you more covers or remove some of them.

After the massage. Make sure that before getting up from the table, you should give yourself a few minutes to relax and reorient yourself from the state of relaxation you are in. Your therapist can stay and help you get up when you’re ready.

How much of a massage is right? Lengths of your massage will depend primarily on your health and reason of getting the massage. Your first appointment should probably be a half an hour or less. Scheduling regular sessions is more important than having long ones. Given experience, your therapist and you will be able to set up a schedule that suits you.

Stress: its growing effect

Stress interferes with your ability to enjoy life and is also a hazard to your wellbeing. Research shows that unrelieved stress can not only weaken the body’s immune system, but also worsen a large amount of persistent ailments. Such conditions as breathing difficulties, high blood pressure, and insomnia can be attributed to excess stress. Since its effects are collective, managing stress becomes extremely important with age.

Stress and massage

Therapeutic massage can create a strong sense of relaxation, which for many, is reason enough to receive one. A massage elicits the body’s relaxation response, which is a response of the nervous system that reverses the effects of stress on the body. Tense muscles relax, breathing rate slows, and high blood pressure returns to its normal state.

Regularly scheduled massages can even help you improve your capability to relax on your own. It happens because the body becomes more familiar with the feeling of relaxation, which helps you perceive tension as it happens and take the necessary actions required to release it before it becomes problematic.

After massages lower your level of tension, you may find yourself feeling more rejuvenated and relaxed. These feelings will help create more energy for daily activities, more patience for small irritations, and even a new eagerness for daily living.

When it is time to get a massage

Massages are nearly always a useful tool for stress relief or any of the conditions stated above. However, due to some conditions pertaining to health, massages should be avoided, or in the least, done more cautiously. Some examples of conditions include osteoporosis, severe arthritis, and thrombophlebitis.

Make sure to always inform your massage therapist about changes in your health.

The question of when to get a massage is answered best by having one. For all ages, massages can give a significant benefit of improved vitality, relaxation, and health.