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Everybody Deserves a Massage

Julie Pedersen

Monday, July 15, 2013 • 11:49am

This coming week from Sunday, July 14 to Saturday, July 20 is “EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week,” according to the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).  

In 2011, SAGE expanded its HomeCare offerings to include Holistic Living Services, which is coordinated by Kay Vallario, RN, National Certified Massage Therapist.  These services were developed as an additional support to help SAGE’s clients comfortably age in place, decrease feelings of isolation, and help achieve harmony of the mind and body.  These in-home services are ideal for those older adults who may be homebound, and/or frail with limited social access, and for older adults with dementia.  Services are also offered onsite at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad St., Summit.

“Holistic living therapy can make a big difference in a patient’s physical and mental well-being,” said Kay Vallario, RN, NCTMB, Holistic Living Coordinator of SAGE.  “On a very basic level, it fulfills the universal human need for touch.  It also decreases feelings of isolation and stress or agitation levels that can occur in older people.  On a physical level, it balances and aligns the human energy field, improves circulation, increases joint flexibility and range of motion, and decreases blood pressure,” she added.

SAGE’s Holistic Living services include:

  • Geriatric Massage
  • Hospice Massage
  • Oncology Massage
  • Hand/Foot Massage
  • Chair Massage
  • Healing Touch
  • Relaxation Techniques including Breathing Exercises, Guided Imagery, and Progressive Relaxation

 

Research has shown that massage therapy has a beneficial effect on the following:

  • Acute pain (headache, pre- and post-operative); chronic back and neck pain; bone, joint, and muscle pain; nerve impingement pain (sciatica, carpal tunnel); and, non-inflammatory pain
  • Balance, range of motion, flexibility
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Constipation and other digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Immune function
  • Loss of sleep, relaxation
  • Nausea and fatigue associated with cancer treatment
  • Reduced hospital stays for surgery patients and premature babies
  • Reduced workplace health-related expenses
  • Stress, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, agitated behavior
  • Support for rehabilitation from substance abuse
  • Well-being, self-esteem, self-awareness

According to the American Journal of Psychiatry, touch used with massage may help alleviate symptoms of depression.  The release of oxytocin during massage and the relaxing aspects of massage help improve depression symptoms.

To learn more or arrange for these services from SAGE, call (908) 598-5548 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

SAGE Eldercare’s motto, “Let our family take care of you” speaks to the heart of its mission, which is to offer a comprehensive array of programs and services for older adults and caregivers to promote independence and quality of life.  Incorporated in 1954, SAGE Eldercare is a private, nonprofit organization concerned with the health and general welfare of older citizens and their families. The agency presently offers fourteen client-centered health, social and support services and programs which serve 7,000 people annually in Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union Counties and beyond. To learn more, call 908.273.5550, email contactus@sageeldercare.org or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

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