In the United States today, we can look forward to living longer than ever before. By 2030, projections show that one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 50,454 centenarians (people age 100 or over) in the year 2000. By the year 2030, the number of centenarians is expected to reach more than 200,000 people.
Baby boomers aren’t just getting older. They are looking for ways to stay active, healthy and vibrant. "Retirement" isn’t in their vocabulary. Their focus is on getting better, not older.
Baby boomers have a need, not just a desire for massage therapy. For the baby boomers, massage is more than a luxury. Massage supports a desired way of life that is essential to achieving the activity and wellness they want to enjoy. For baby boomers, it is all about a lifestyle choice.
There are many benefits of massage: increased circulation, lowered blood pressure, pain alleviation, increased joint flexibility, reduced depression and anxiety and more. Therefore massage can impact the changing needs as we age.
For example, in a Brazilian study released in 2011, therapeutic massage was shown to decrease the severity of insomnia and anxiety-depressive symptoms related to menopause. A 2007 study at the University of South Carolina compared the effects of massage among older adults. The study found that adults 60 years of age and older who received massage therapy 50 minutes twice weekly for 4 weeks, experienced significant improvements in mood (decreased anxiety).
Massage therapy is proven to enable baby boomers to feel good and do more. The massage therapists at Elements Therapeutic Massage - Chandler/Ahwatukee specialize in deep tissue massage. Call today for stress - relief, pain reduction or therapeutic relaxation.