It’s no secret that the fastest-growing segment of the American population is 65 or older. According to the Department of Health & Human Services, the number of people 65 and older numbered 39.6 million and represented 12.9% of the US population in 2009. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million people 65 and older, or 19% of the population. As this population group grows, there will be an increased emphasis on health, quality of life and well-being.
Therapy at Elements Massage in Seattle offers many possibilities to this senior group of citizens. Massage can provide relief from various types of muscle tension and overall discomfort for seniors who are still very active, as well as those who are living with limiting conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure.
Therapeutic massage, provided by a licensed massage professional, has been proven to do the following:
- Decrease anxiety and stress
- Lesson the symptoms of depression
- Stabilize blood pressure
- Help alleviate sleep disorders
- Increase circulation
- Improve joint mobility
- Decrease inflammation
- Increase the sense of well being
- May lesson dependence on pain medications and other types of medications
- Improve the flow of lymphatic fluid
- Improve digestion
- Provide much needed touch and nurturing
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) states that massage therapy can also improve the quality of life for those in hospice living or comfort care.
At Elements Massage in Seattle, we are able to carefully pair our massage therapists with clients. It is important to us that our more senior clients are paired with massage therapists that are the most knowledgeable of the conditions that can occur in seniors, and can provide light to medium touch massage for specific, individual needs. Of course, all therapists are sensitive to each client’s sense of modesty and privacy and will respect and accommodate special requests.
As a senior, before undergoing any massage session, we encourage discussion with your Seattle massage therapist. This ensures that your needs are taken care of, and helps us make sure the massage therapist you’re scheduled with is trained in massage techniques for seniors.
Some may wonder if a physician’s approval or a prescription is required for massage therapy. It is generally not required. However, there may be instances when a client should consult with their physician to ensure safety before beginning a massage program. For example, someone who has an acute illness, is undergoing chemotherapy, has osteoarthritis, osteoporosis or has had recent surgery, should talk to their doctor first.
Whether you need relief from pain, release of tension, reduction of stress, or simply want to relax and feel your best, Elements Therapeutic Massage in Seattle / Crown Hill is committed to promoting your overall health and well-being. The professional Seattle massage therapists at Elements Therapeutic Massage can help you establish a stress-free lifestyle by offering a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach to well-being through a truly therapeutic massage experience, and are trained in providing a massage that is specific to the needs of senior clients. Call or email Elements Massage in Seattle (206.632.8300 / firstname.lastname@example.org) to start living a healthy lifestyle full of wellness, relaxation and rejuvenation.
Find us at elementsmassage.com/northseattle.