Elderly massage is beginning to be recognised by care homes and carers groups, with it being incorporated into care plans and quality of care packages.
Elderly massage is a legitimate form of therapy, particularly for those who experience dementia, have difficulty sleeping or relaxing.
Although massage has been evident with our Eastern counterparts, dating back several hundered years. Over here in the West, we have been inordinately slower to pick up the ball on this ancient practice.
Unfortunately, the lurid sex industry and sexual connotations have put many of people off from it.
Luckily, the tide is turning, particularly as many countries have become increasingly more accessible and so more people have experienced the delights and benefits of massage.
Elderly massage is a legitimate form of massage therapy and can be used to alleviate symptoms associated with many conditions as well as aches, pains and stiffness.
Lubna Latif, author and founder of at One Holistic Therapy, has found that an elderly massage is of particular benefit for our growing population, since for many who may live in care homes and are not touched, may begin to feel isolated and perhaps even depressed.
Touch is an incredibly sense and we sometimes forget the power we have when we touch someone, conveying subtle and infinite messages . Indeed, we can tell instantly how someone is feeling by the way that they touch us – be it a high five, grabbing of the arm or a gentle caress.
It goes then that for someone who is experiencing dementia, may be feeling distressed, stressed out or hyper vigilant, that an elderly massage would be of huge benefit to them. It will begin to help them to feel more relaxed, calm and more peaceful.
This is the reason why, when an elderly person receives a massage, these natural pain killers and feel good chemicals help to calm and relax the client. Ideal for many people – according to their health condition, but of particular significance if that individual has dementia.
Lubna Latif, a trained Holistic Therapist of over 10 years, has been teaching elderly massage to nursing homes, carers groups and silver students and has seen positive results.
On one occasion, we went to a medium sized nursing home in Leeds to train staff how to give an elderly massage for their residents.
It was the Manager, MariLouise, at the home that provided the biggest confirmation about the session.
“I asked Lubna to come in and teach my staff how to perform hand massages on my elderly residents.
The staff really enjoyed it but the biggest benefit was to the residents, especially those who have dementia.
The touch element seemed to calm our quite vocal residents.
I am thrilled with the results and urge care homes to speak to Lubna
about introducing hand massage into their homes”.
The benefits of elderly massage are incredibly positive, with relaxation, better sleep and feeling de-stressed evident.
The most popular elderly massage treatments are hand massage and reflexology.
A hand massage is ideal for the elderly since you do not have to disrobe, whilst with reflexology, you should be asked to take socks/tights off and roll up your trousers.
To find out more about elderly massage, please contact us and we will respond.
Elderly massage and dementia by Lubna Latif