According to the American Medical Association, scientific exploration has verified that 80% of most diseases are a result of strain and stress that reflect on the body and originate in the mind. Today, more than ever before, people are experiencing more chemical, physical, and emotional stress in their lives. But there is good news! To mitigate these effects, there are numerous ways, even if you are not aware of body and mind stressors.
One method of relieving stress and strain is through massage therapy. This is effective at any age but can greatly benefit those in their golden years.
Stress – What Is It?
Stress is experienced by everyone. When your mental or physical equilibrium is disturbed by a stressor or a stimulus, your body’s natural reaction is stress. You may have heard of a response called “fight or flight”. That’s what we are referring to here.
In the evolutionary process, humans were served well by their response to situations involving life or death. In dangerous situations, they were able to survive because they adapted.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Beyond relaxation and other aesthetic benefits, therapeutic massage has proven effective in:
- Lessening the negative effects of digestive disorders, depression, and anxiety
- Decreasing stress in the body
- Reduce muscle tension, pain, and mental stress
There are wide-ranging massage therapy benefits from supporting the body’s nervous and immune systems to increasing blood flow to the extremities.
Massage Therapy Benefits for Retirement Age Individuals
Massage therapy is particularly helpful for aging adults, though it certainly serves all ages.
Specifically for those in their golden years, massage therapy can be beneficial in the following ways:
- Relieve arthritis pain
- Improve sleep
- Increase flexibility
- Ease recovery after a stroke
- Nervous system stimulation
- Produce feelings of comfort and caring
- Soften hard tissues and muscles
- Gait and balance improvement
- Blood flow is increased to the limbs/extremities
The Effects of Massage Therapy Can Be Enhanced
To enhance the positive effects of massage therapy, it can be combined with other preventative and relaxing measures. Some of these can include meditation, craniosacral therapy, tai chi, and more. All of these can help decrease stress’s negative effects. It may also be combined with physical and occupational therapies for further enhancement.
Physical Health Benefits and More Are Available at Our Retirement Community
At our retirement community, courtesy of our Dimensions Health and Fitness program, your loved one can enjoy educational lectures, spiritual events, and more to stay mentally fit. But also included in the program are features like water aerobics, yoga, and other physical fitness-encouraging activities. Together, everything included in this program helps keep our residents mentally sharp and physically active.
Residents are free to attend a dance or other celebration, create crafts, watch movies with friends, get in a bit of cardio, or do as they please. The important thing is to make the most of the resort-like atmosphere at our retirement community.
Do you have questions regarding sales and leasing? If so, you can phone us at 561.287.6743. With other questions, please phone 561.202-9866. You can also take advantage of our convenient contact form.
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