Spa Treatments That Are Good for Seniors

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Spa Treatments That Are Good for Seniors
A pedicure comforts aged feet. (spa treatment image by BVDC from Fotolia.com)

A day at the spa is a blissful indulgence enjoyed by young and old alike. However, senior citizens will have different needs and limitations than their younger spa-goers. Spa treatments that focus on low-impact pain relief and implement basic hygiene will help seniors feel and look their best, both inside and out.

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Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax treatments can sooth and relax the hands, elbows and feet of senior citizens, providing temporary relief from arthritis pain. Dip seniors' hands in a warm paraffin bath, coating extremities thoroughly. The wax will smooth and moisturise skin, while the heat will penetrate to the bone and bring much-needed comfort to joint pain. Make sure that the wax is no hotter than 51.7 degrees Celsius.

Watsu Massage

Offered in many Asian spas, and increasingly available in many hospitals and health centres, Watsu Massage and therapy takes place in a warm pool of water and helps practitioners regain their range of motion and clears any blockages in the patient's circulatory system. Seniors will especially benefit from the constant presence of a therapist who massages and supports the patient through a series of gentle stretches. Those who suffer from Parkinson's Disease, arthritis and fibromyalgia will find Watsu Massage extremely comforting and beneficial.

Manicures and Pedicures

Seniors may have difficulty bending and craning to wash between toes or clip nails on the hands and feet. A basic manicure and pedicure will solve this fundamental hygiene need, preventing fungal infections or painful ingrown nails, and reducing potential damage to delicate senior skin. Make sure your manicurist uses sterile, one-time-use plastic tools to prevent the risk of infections.

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