Therapeutic Massage for Senior Citizens in Ramsey County, St. Paul MN
by: Manny Lontok
The science of medicine has continued to grow, now encompassing both mainstream medicine, traditional medicine and natural medicine. With the help of all these available health care options, humanity’s life expectancy and average life span has been extended in recent years. We find a larger number of senior citizens among us, and their numbers continue to grow. It is only natural, therefore, that natural health therapies such as massage therapy take this into consideration. The development of geriatric therapeutic massage is a logical consequence of this trend. Like pregnancy massage therapy, geriatric massage therapy is a specialized technique that qualified massage therapists are trained for. This can be availed of in reputable therapeutic massage spas offering reflexology massage therapy, Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage therapy and sports massage therapy in Ramsey County, St. Paul MN.
Because of the fragile condition of most senior citizens, geriatric massage therapy gives them great care. For one thing, first priority is given to their comfort. They are carefully guided and positioned on the massage table, based on what position is most comfortable for the individual. Senior citizens with hypertension or vertigo, for example, need to have their heads elevated. Once senior citizens have found their most comfortable position, they are not required to change it unless they themselves request this. Some do because they get cramps when holding one position for long. During the entire massage therapy session, the therapist customizes the massage strokes according to the specific needs of each client, but always tends toward soft massage strokes. A session can last for half an hour to an hour but this may be shortened or extended as requested.
Geriatric massage therapy always begins with passive stretching. The therapist gently stretches the shoulders, arms, legs and feet of the client, always carefully avoiding any discomfort for the elderly. If the client is unable to walk or cannot use his or her hands fully, these extremities are given more stimulation. Most senior citizens also have back problems so this is always focused on.
Senior citizens suffer from a large variety of aches and pains related to age. This is the end result of the many years of hard work and the accompanying stress that they have gone through. Geriatric massage therapy relieves these aches and pains especially by treating muscle tightness and inflammation and by improving posture. With geriatric massage therapy, the circulation of blood and lymph fluid is also improved, cardiovascular health is addressed, immunity and resistance is boosted and body sensation and awareness is enhanced. All these work together to prevent or help resolved a variety of health conditions of the elderly like muscle and bone degeneration, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, diabetes, emphysema, asthma and Parkinson’s disease.
Geriatric massage therapy likewise affects the client’s mood and emotional and psychological state. For one thing, geriatric massage therapy regulates the production of hormones and induces the production of those hormones responsible for a feeling of euphoria. The care and concern shown by therapists further add to the positive experience for seniors.
Any one who has lived life long enough to be called an elder is deserving of the pampering touch of a geriatric massage therapy session at a therapeutic massage spa. Whether this means you yourself or a beloved family member or friend, a trip to the therapeutic massage spa will always be much appreciated and will be much benefited from. If you are accompanying a senior citizen, you may also join the fun by getting yourself reflexology massage therapy, Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage therapy or sports massage therapy from the same therapeutic massage spa in Ramsey County, St. Paul MN.
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Massage Envy Woodbury
572 Commons Dr, Suite 400
St Paul, MN 55125
Phone: (651) 203-9988