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The Value of Massage for Caregivers

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

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  • LaStone Massage - a deeply relaxing treatment using smooth, warmed basalt stones and cooled marble stones.

  • Shiatsu - an old oriental therapy that treats points along the acupressure meridians and aims to release discomfort and rebalance energy.

  • Reiki - a gentle but powerful Japanese energy healing technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes self-healing.

  • Trigger Point Massage - applies direct finger pressure to painful, irritated areas of the muscle to release tensions and break cycles of spasms and pain.

  • Reflexology - massage of the feet, hands or ears by pressing points to stimulate corresponding areas of the body that are linked to vital organs.

  • Rolfing - a massage that focuses on the connective tissues.

  • Craniosacrial Massage - a light touch manipulation of the head and bottom of the spine that helps restore movement of the fluid in the spinal cord. This technique can be helpful in treating headaches, jaw problems, and back pain.

Cost of Massage:

Massage therapy ranges from $40-$100 per hour depending on the type of massage and the expertise of the therapist. Half-hour sessions are also offered at most massage clinics. In recent years, some insurance companies have added massage therapy to the list of covered medical procedures, especially if prescribed by a physician following a car accident or job-related injury. The best recommendation is to check with your insurance company for coverage prior to making an appointment.  Choosing to invest in massage may be the best dollars caregivers spend to increase their capacity to provide care in the future. Family members can also support the caregiver by offering a gift of massage appointments.

Benefits for Caregivers:

Caregivers know the importance of caring for others yet sometimes they forget how important it is to care for themselves. A caregiver can become so focused on their role that they are unaware of what is happening to their own body and how stress is affecting them. Massage can be a wonderful way for caregivers to deal with the demands associated with caring for a loved one and it is especially important for replenishing the energy that is expended on helping others.

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