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Geriatric Massage Online CE Class

Started by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, BCTMB Jun 2, 2016.

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Started by maggie armour. Last reply by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, BCTMB May 19, 2011.

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Started by Angela Huffhines. Last reply by Angela Huffhines Sep 1, 2010.

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Comment by Robin L Shope on February 12, 2013 at 7:26pm

I will be giving my first presentation on Geriatric massage soon. I need to speak for approx, 10 minutes. Any pointers?

Comment by Kelly Sanders, LMT on December 23, 2012 at 3:24pm

Laura, let me suggest to you that you massage the feet first, apply non fractionated coconut oil to the ankles then apply grapefruit oil or massage using the grapefruit rind squeezing it liberally.  The swelling is caused by fluid build up that is not being evacuated. use light  efflerauge strokes to move the fluid to the posterior knee at the tibia head, there is a lymph node there.  Advise him/her to do self MLD work by standing on their feet and raising up on the toes and pressing down on the heels, do it minimally 3 times a day 3-5 times each period.

Comment by Laura Garza on December 23, 2012 at 3:01pm

Does anybody have hints for ankle swelling? One of my seniors is having issues with it, I think it's because he's not active.  I'm elevating his feet and doing light upwards efflerauge on his feet, ankles and legs.  I know MLD would help alot with it, I'm just waiting to find a class!

Comment by Kelly Sanders, LMT on November 30, 2012 at 8:46pm


Thank You for posting such a positive comment.  Besides being a massage therapist, I'm also a CNA and have worked as a private caregiver for several elderly people, all with a disability of some type.  Primarily some form of dementia.  My current patient who is still independent  minded but is 74, a type 1 diabetic amputee, therefore not mobile and undergoing the aging process both mentally and physically.  Because I can, I give her a massage a month to work out the kinks of being in a wheelchair 90% of the time, she is awake.  She is experiencing onset dementia which can be really frustrating for her.  In the 3 months I've been working with her she has bought one new coffee maker and was about to purchase another but all it was is that she forgot to put water in the water tank to brew the coffee with.  I've been giving her a cranial sacral session weekly to open her CNS.  When I saw her upon her request yesterday, (Thursday) she invited me to share a cup of coffee with her.  She was so proud that she'd made a pot for herself by herself.

Comment by Laura Garza on November 30, 2012 at 7:51pm
So excited about the progress of one of my seniors I see every week. It's always some improvement. Today? He was able to sit up straight and drink water out of the bottle! He's been hunched over so badly that he's had to use a straw to drink for years.
Comment by Laura Garza on November 13, 2012 at 8:28am

Hello all!  I'm working in a new massage clinic focused on medical massage.  I have 2 senior clients and am trying to establish myself as the go-to person for geriatric massage. I have a 75 year old and a 90 year old client, they are the best!

Comment by Cathy Nelson on November 30, 2011 at 12:08pm

Hello!  I just joined the group.  Right now, I am volunteering my time with elderly (hand massages) and a new Hospice volunteer (hoping to incorporate massage with my patient).  I'm in the western subs of Chicago.  Just wanted to say "hello"!

Comment by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, BCTMB on May 19, 2011 at 9:46am

I attended an incredible forum on Death and Dying yesterday at the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin. It deepened my understanding about the process of death and dying and it also enhanced my knowledge regarding comforting the friends and family members of those who have passed. If you'd like to learn about the educational opportunities offered at AOMA, visit their website:

Comment by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, BCTMB on April 27, 2011 at 1:03am

‎"Geriatric Massage" and "Serving the Dying" were just added to Ariana Vincent's menu of massage therapy services /services.htm


Comment by Susan G. Salvo on March 2, 2011 at 9:31pm
Thank Mary Ellan.

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