Am I Too Old to Get a Massage?
The short, sweet, and simple answer to this question is "No." No one is ever "too old" for massage. But let's explore ways in which aging may affect your massage session.
As we age, our mobility becomes more difficult. Getting on and off a massage table, or turning over during a session, may seem like a chore. This is one main reason why you may feel that you cannot receive a massage. However, this is a problem that is easily solved. Moving slowly, not rushing, and having someone there to make sure you are safe is all you need! Your therapist should be trained to assist you, and should also be patient. (If you ever go to a massage therapist who makes you feel rushed and is impatient with you, do not go back to them!)
There are some conditions that develop with age that you should discuss with your massage therapist ahead of time. Osteoporosis, arthritis, or disk degeneration are examples. Before your first session, you will likely need to fill out a health history form and it is important for you to tell your therapist about these types of conditions. Be honest about your health history and areas of pain. Your therapist will know how to adjust the massage techniques to ensure that no harm is done. To a well-trained therapist, this should not be a problem at all.
Something to keep in mind: In New York State, Licensed Massage Therapists are allowed to legally limit their practice to patients within a certain age. Usually, this is in regard to how young a patient can be. Rarely will you see a therapist limit their practice based on more advanced age, but on occasion it does happen. Respect the therapists' guidelines, as they may feel they do not have the proper skills to ensure your safety- such as the physical ability to assist you in turning. (Again, this is rare, but legal in NY)
Don't be afraid to discuss your concerns with your therapist. Your comfort and health are their priority!
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