The word “geriatric” refers to health impairments that are associated with the later years of life, usually age 65 and older. Hence, this type of massage takes age-related health conditions into account. To do this successfully requires both theoretical knowledge and technical skills that go beyond what is usually taught in massage schools, as it has not traditionally needed in a practice directed at younger clients. Because this information is not readily available, Day-Break was founded to cull pertinent facts from the fields of medicine, psychology, sociology, gerontology, and, of course, the various bodywork disciplines, in order to develop Geriatric Massage as a specialty.
This ever-growing body of knowledge is the basis for our instructional materials, including our books, videos, several correspondence courses, a week-long symposium, and our popular weekend workshops.
The rapid increase in our membership and the increasing demand for workshops illustrates the need for qualified training in geriatric massage. Statistics show that thousands of people join the ranks of 65-year-olds every day (this includes the baby boomers who wish to maintain their active lifestyles), and also show that several thousand new massage therapists are graduating from the nation’s massage schools every year.
Because of this, there is a match between potential clients and massage therapists trained in Geriatric Massage. The Day-Break training will allow you to continue with your clients from their robust Senior Olympic phase into their age-appropriate stage, and on into frail and possible hospice states.