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Complementary therapy

Posted on June 4, 2018 by Milkwood Admin

Complementary therapy sessions are enjoyed throughout out all our homes.
The article below focuses on Natasha, who is welcomed with open arms to The Mountains.

About Natasha:

Natasha is a VTC qualified sports and massage therapist, she also has a Diploma in Health and Social Care which makes her suitable for therapy in a care home setting. She combines her knowledge and skills, offering alternative therapies in and around local care homes. Treatments are offered where physio. is no longer an option or not suitable for the individual. Natasha treats a range of clients who benefit from massage therapy, from those who have suffered from strokes, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis or fibromyalgia etc.

What is massage therapy?

Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing, and manipulating the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage can range from light stroking to deep pressure. Each massage she delivers is catered to the individual needs and she works closely with that individual, building trust so they feel at ease with her and with the treatment they will receive. Residents are made to feel comfortable with her warm and compassionate approach. Residents are able to have a friendly chat about day to day life or if they wish they can close their eyes and switch off.  The location for massage therapy can vary as it’s important the individual is comfortable; some residents sit in the beauty room, some have treatment in their bedrooms and some people who wish to sit in the lounge can also have treatment there, if they don’t want to be moved. Relaxing music is played and noise distractions are eliminated where possible, to enhance the relaxing therapy.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

• Reducing or eliminating pain

• Improving joint mobility

• Improving circulation – enhancing oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells

• Improving lymphatic drainage – helping the body’s immune system, whilst reducing toxins

• Reducing muscular tension

• Improving sleeping patterns

• Reducing anxiety

• Reducing headaches

Natasha also offers a range of other treatments such as manicures, pedicures and foot soaks for residents if they wish to have these done. The home provides a group session for anyone wanting massage therapy – the complementary therapist and activities team work closely together to combine sensory based activities, whilst Natasha works individually around the group giving massage therapy. An aromatherapy diffuser is used in the room and relaxing music is played. The group session takes place in the garden lounge once a month. Natasha also visits the home weekly for private clients who pay for 1-1 individual treatment catered to them. If this is something you would be interested in for your relative, please feel free to speak with the activities team. Natasha also provides a 6 weekly review and progress report on the individual about how they are responding to treatment which goes into their personal books.

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