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Julie Dew, Licensed Massage Therapist

Intuitive ​M​assage, LLC

What our customers are saying

In my journey to help others through massage I have learned that one of the most under appreciated populations among us is probably the most in need of touch; senior citizens. As we age, it seems the touch we receive is less comforting and more clinical in too many cases. I speak of my experience in visiting assisted living. Most of the ladies and gents in these facilities rarely receive any meaningful comfort touch outside of family. And there is such a desperate need for it in the declining years.

- Julie Dew, LMT

Massage Th​erapy for a Special Population

As we grow older, our bodies slow down and we begin to experience some of the pain and stiffness that comes with aging. It may be difficult to stay involved with all the physical activities we once enjoyed due to chronic conditions like osteoarthritis or ailments like Parkinson’s disease.

Massage therapy for seniors can be an effective, non-invasive way to help alleviate some of the symptoms of many age-related conditions, especially when used to compliment traditional medical services. With regular massage, seniors can experience an improved quality of life, increased energy levels and feel younger and healthier overall.

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Massage Therapy delivers much more than simple “touch” to the recipient. 

Massage therapy for seniors has been proven to have positive effects on:​

  • Osteoarthritis. A study showed that seniors who utilized massage as part of their treatment for osteoarthritis had less pain and stiffness and improved physical function over the course of a few months.
  • Sleep. Seniors who receive weekly massages report that they are sleeping more deeply and for longer lengths of time. This results in an overall feeling of better health as the body is being allowed more time to repair itself.
  • Agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that slow-stroke back massage on Alzheimer’s patients helps alleviate some of the agitation expressions that come with the disease, like wandering, pacing and resisting.
  • Depression and anxiety. Touch has been proven to provide comfort to the elderly, especially since so many of them are deprived of it, which can help improve mental health.
  • Relaxation. Massage has been shown to decrease the unhealthy buildup of cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” in the body, allowing the body to enter a rest and rejuvenation period.
  • Quicker recovery from injuries or illnesses. As we age, our joints and muscles tend to tighten, which can make it more difficult to heal from an injury because our range of motion is restricted. Massage therapy keeps muscles, connective tissues, joints, tendons and ligaments more fluid and even less injury-prone in the long run.

Geriatric Massage:  What is it?

Geriatric Massage is a specialized form of massage therapy designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly population. It involves the use of gentle but firm touch to manipulate the soft tissues of the body to improve blood circulation, relieve pain and increase range of motion. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be incorporated.

Unlike a traditional massage, Geriatric Massage sessions are usually limited to 30 minutes in length. The client can remain clothed and comfortably seated in a chair or lying in bed. The idea is to create a session that works with both the client's comfort level and their unique limitations and health conditions.

Specialized massage for seniors

Geriatric Massage Service

Julie currently offers massage therapy to seniors and disabled clients who are unable to travel. She works closely with families and healthcare providers to ensure that their loved one is treated with care and respect. If you are not sure if Geriatric Massage is right for you, Julie offers free phone or on-site consultations to go over any questions or concerns you may have.

Sessions average 30 minutes in length.  Fee is variable; please call for more information.

To book an appointment for you or a loved one, or for any questions regarding Geriatric Massage, please contact Julie by phone or email:


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