Awakening the Senses: The Benefits of Massage for SeniorsApril 04, 2019
At Blue Harbor Senior Living, our activities programming is designed to nurture the emotional, physical, and social wellbeing of our residents. From brain games and art projects to visits with pets and special outings, residents find a community that provides entertainment, meaning, and social connection.
We also love to pamper our residents, which is why we love providing opportunities for self-care. Whether it’s manicures, a spa day, or yoga, we always find a way to help our residents feel more relaxed and at ease!
Massage and Memory Care
As a part of our Memory Care Programs, we plan activities that are designed to awaken the senses, trigger positive memories, promote social bonding, and increase body awareness. At many of our Memory Care communities, we offer regularly-scheduled hand massages. Hand massages, and massages in general, are perfect for awakening the senses, soothing the nerves, and creating more body awareness.
Regardless of whether or not you’re affected by Alzheimer’s or another memory-related disorder, massages have many benefits for seniors. Let’s take a look at a few of those below!
As we age, we become more and more prone to inflammation, stiffness, and reduced circulation. Hand massages help improve our range of motion, reducing pain, and improving blood flow.
The pain-reducing benefits of hand massage are particularly beneficial for our senior residents suffering from arthritic pain. However, even if the source of physical pain is not arthritic in nature, there are a vast number of pressure points on our hands that be accessed as a way to heal pain and inflammation in other parts of the body. Generally referred to as hand reflexology, this massage technique is believed to stimulate energy and circulation to organs and tissues, promoting healing.
Emotional and Psychological Healing
Hand massages are designed to promote relaxation. Through the sensory-awakening experience of hand massage, residents become more aware of their bodies, reducing feelings of disorientation or confusion.
Power of Touch
In one study, surgery patients who had their hands held and gently massaged reported less anxiety compared to a control group. In this study, residents of senior living communities who received regular hand massages were reported to exhibit less agitated behavior. Our staff and residents too can attest to the healing and anxiety-reducing benefits of hand massage.
It's About Fostering Wellness
Our loving staff is committed to caring for each of our residents, promoting a sense of relaxation and comfort. If you or your loved one is considering a move into a senior living community, we’re here for you. Just reach out to us at any time and we’ll arrange a time to show you around!
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