Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia
Each year in May, Mother's Day makes her entrance swathed in frills and flounces – flowers, chocolates, perfume and body products wrapped in all hues of soft pink and purple.
And every year, your mom or granny accepts her gift with gratitude and grace.
But what if this year, you touched her heart with the gift of touch? What if you gave her a voucher for a massage?
It doesn't matter how old your mom or grandmother is, she will love the time-for-self and nurturing which a massage treatment offers.
So very often older people are the ones who receive the least physical touch. There are many reasons for this.
At the same time older people might avoid physical touch too.
WE ALL THRIVE ON TOUCH
But these none of these are good reasons to accept the status quo. All human beings thrive on physical touch, both touching others and being being touched - from cradle to grave.
And elderly people love being massaged.
Maybe not each and every one but it is worth finding out if Mom or Granny might not prefer a body treatment to another fancy choccie or fragrant bath product or pretty pink peonie.
And don't think sports massage or deep tissue when you think massage for the elderly.
Massage for geriatrics is designed to meet the specific needs of elderly people. It involves using hands to manipulate the soft tissues of the body as well as active and passive movement of the joints.
BENEFITS OF GERIATRIC MASSAGE
Below are listed are nine benefits of geriatric massage:
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!