We were delighted to attend Silver Service – a charity working for older people in Manchester, to teach our geriatric massage course to their client base and staff. We recognise how important massage for the elderly is and how for many elderly who are living in isolation, the power of touch can be incredibly healing. Indeed, for many the experience of human touch can be less frequent and elderly massage can have a significantly positive effect on mental and physiological health.
Studies are beginning to show that being touched can help lessen pain, improve immune system functionality, improve pulmonary function, increase growth and development, and lower blood glucose. When you are touched, the many nerve endings in your skin send messages back to your brain. This is the how we experience pain or heat.
When you are touched by another person, the signals sent to your brain translate into feelings of security, happiness, and comfort. These feelings are supported by a decrease in stress hormones and an increase oxytocin, a hormone thought to calm and counter stress.
It is these benefits that drive us to provide massage for elderly people and to teach massage techniques so that physical pain, stiffness etc can be alleviated. But also an emotional connection is created, helping to break down feelings of loneliness, depression etc.
The staff and clients at Silver Service responded very positively to the massage workshop incorporating a hand massage for the elderly routine. They were truly grateful for the feeling of relaxation they felt at the end of the session and we know that they thoroughly enjoyed their session with us.
To find out more about our geriatric massage courses, please email us.