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The past two decades have seen the massage therapy industry come a long way. Where previously therapists would offer mostly traditional Swedish massage to athletes or fitness enthusiasts, nowadays masseurs complete training modules and courses for work with special groups ranging from infants and pregnant ladies, to seniors and care home residents. While in the United States massage is already seen as a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle, here in the UK therapists still battle the notion that massage is a treat or an indulgence.

Although we are generally living longer, looking after our health is vital if we want to enjoy those last years in relatively good health. Having regular massages in our younger and older years can go a long way towards alleviating the symptoms of many age-related diseases. Even a gentle massage positively affects the circulation of blood and lymph, bringing relief to cold hands and feet, while the calming effect on the recipient’s nervous system promotes a sense of wellbeing, a better quality of sleep and an improved mental outlook.

A therapist’s work with the elderly population can include senior marathon runners who can benefit from an hour long sports massage, but often the client is a more frail person simply wishing to relieve the pain and stiffness in their joints. In such cases, a half an hour of gentle massage, ideally every week, would be beneficial.

It is quite common for the elderly who live alone to not see or speak to another human being for days, so the social interaction with their familiar therapist is of great value. Loneliness and isolation can be very difficult to cope with so remember your elderly relatives and give them a gift of massage with a qualified therapist.

Andrea Slivkova
Editor, FitNet Magazine
I am the founder, owner and editor of FitNet, a free glossy B5 sized magazine dedicated to health and active lifestyle in Herefordshire and Monmouth.

FitNet delivers the latest local news stories and specialist articles written by local health and fitness professionals.

Our website displays the last few editions of the magazine, as well as many articles and competitions, plus you can view it all via our FREE APP, available from the App Store for iPhone and iPad users.

FitNet magazine offers targeted, cost effective advertising for local businesses, organisations, charities and individuals in the areas of health, fitness, sports, martial arts, dance, beauty and complementary therapies, children’s activities and adventure but also food, nutrition and clothing retail, cafes, restaurants and health & beauty supplements suppliers.

The magazine is distributed across the whole of Herefordshire and Monmouth. If you would like some copies, please feel free to contact me.

I am passionate about health and wellbeing and, with my two decades of experience in the health and fitness industry, it is great to bring together our health-conscious community.

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Founder and editor of FitNet.
Previously gymnastics coach, massage therapist and personal trainer with 20 years of experience. Former gymnast and dancer.

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