A common misconception is that massage is a luxury. Massage is becoming recognized as complementary medicine, along with other modalities, such as chiropractic care and acupuncture. An increasing amount of research is being conducted that demonstrates the scientific and medical benefits of massage.

The most common types of massage are Swedish/ relaxation massage, lymphatic massage and reflexology. Seniors can benefit from them all.

Senior woman having a massageSWEDISH/RELAXATION MASSAGE increases circulation and eases tension. As we age, our circulation may become less efficient due to inactivity. Poor circulation may lead to muscle cramps, pain and more. Think of Swedish massage as passive exercise, where the massage therapist is doing all the work for you! Another benefit of this type of massage is that it helps seniors retain muscle tone. As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass and strength. Massage helps maintain balance, which helps decrease the risk of falling. Maintaining muscle tone also increases an overall sense of well-being and vitality.

LYMPHATIC MASSAGE is a very gentle massage that increases lymphatic system function. Our lymphatic and circulatory systems work together to function as our immune system. The lymph system may become stagnant due to lack of physical activity. One of the most common symptoms of a poorly functioning lymphatic system is swelling, also called “edema.”  Lymphatic massage aids the lymphatic system by helping to move the fluid that causes that swelling. Lymphatic massage benefits include better circulation and reduced swelling in the legs and ankles.

REFLEXOLOGY focuses on the the feet, hands and ears. Traditional Chinese medicine tells us there are pressure points on your feet, hands and ears that correspond to other body parts. If you look straight down at your feet, you will see a reflection of your entire body. The outside of your pinky toes correlates with your shoulders and the inside of your feet with your spine. Reflexology can be relaxing and reduce pain. Reflexology also helps reduce joint pain and stiffness, improves joint mobility and function, and last but not least, promotes relaxation.

Taking care of a loved one or your grandchildren may take a toll on your body. Maybe you have previous injuries or various health conditions that cause aches and pains in your body and may lead to arthritis. If you don’t address these issues, they may just get worse. Invest in a body tune-up — talk to your massage therapist about the type of massage that may benefit you the most.

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