Many baby-boomers have enjoyed the benefits of regular massage therapy for years, and are familiar with its health benefits. With 7,000 baby-boomers entering their senior years each year and telling others about their positive experiences with massage and bodywork, other older Americans are also discovering that massage is one of the most effective means they have in minimizing and even reversing the aging process and in maintaining their health and vitality.
Day-Break Geriatric Massage is designed to meet the specific needs of clients over the age of 60, including those with special health concerns. Like other forms of massage, the therapist manipulates the soft tissues of the body to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, and increase range of motion, but she will modify as necessary to accommodate the specific needs of the client.
Research indicates that older adults receiving regular massage show an improvement in posture, range of motion, muscle tone, body awareness, and skin health. Massage can help with specific conditions like arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, muscle and bone deterioration, and edema. Massage has also been shown to relieve malaise and depression in older adults.
Day-break Geriatric Massage is not just a lighter form of Swedish massage. Rather, it employs specialized techniques. One such techniques is a stroke called “fluffing”, a combination of effleurage and petrissage working on a micro-circulatory level and helping the body release neurotransmitters that relax the smooth muscles and increase blood flow back to the heart.
Day-break Geriatric Massage provides clients with short-term improvements in conditions such as muscle and joint stiffness and long-term benefits such as stroke recovery or arthritis relief, to name a few.
Geriatric Massage combines well with other modalities like Reiki , Craniosacral or Lymph Drainage Therapy.
Benefits of Day-break Geriatric Massage
Day-break Geriatric Massage strengthens your body's ability to do what it does best...take care of you. It alleviates a range of illness, pain, stress and dysfunction.
Specifically, senior massage has been proved to:
- Reduce muscle tightness and provide for greater flexibility and range of motion of the joints.
- Increase blood and lymph circulation, thus preventing edema and complications of many diseases such as diabetes (leg ulcers or gangrene).
- Promote detoxification of waste products and harmful substances and invaders to improve immunity.
- Improve digestion and bodily functions.
- Relieve various chronic and subacute inflammations. (Contraindicated for acute inflammation.)
- Promote healthy skin and flexibility of connective tissue.
- Retard the aging process and stimulate tissue regeneration to reduce wrinkles and dry skin.
- Reduce chronic pain.
- Promote restful sleep and relieve insomnia.
- Promote relaxation and feelings of general well-being thus alleviating stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Improves breathing rate and respiration.
- Reduces post-surgery swelling and scarring.
Suzanne Eller is certified in Day-break Geriatric Massage. She was trained by Day-break Geriatric Massage Institute director, Dr. Sharon Puszko. Day-break Geriatric Massage is recognized by AARP.
Suzanne is a nationally certified, NC Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (#7619), a Reiki master and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, the International Assocation of Healthcare Professionals, the Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute, and the Touch for Health Kinesiology Association.