According to The Alzheimer’s Society, there is a small amount of evidence to suggest that massage can help manage symptoms associated with dementia, such as anxiety, agitation and depression.
Since the touching of hands is so familiar, hand massage may be gladly accepted by those living with dementia. A mere five-minutes of gentle hand massage has been shown to elicit a physiological relaxation response. Massage has also been shown to increase serotonin levels. Serotonin or 5-hydroxytryptamine is a monoamine neurotransmitter, and is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of wellbeing and happiness.
Hand and foot massages also serve by promoting sleep, alleviating anxiety, communicating support and comfort, inducing deep relaxation and reinforcing a sense of place. The physical, emotional, and psychosocial distress that leads to behavioral symptoms of dementia can be significantly reduced by skilled massage therapist.
At Green Tree Court, our excellent team of therapists are able to provide therapeutic treatments catered to your every need, receive expert advice or simply sample our essential oil blends.
We believe that to heal and treat the mind and body, each treatment should be tailored to your specific needs. This belief has been instilled in all our consultants, ensuring you are offered a customised treatment by our therapist, from start to finish.