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About Wallowa County chieftain. (Enterprise, Wallowa County, Or.) 1943-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 25, 2015)
The Gift of
by Kathleen Ellyn
Wallowa County Chieftain
Here’s a Christmas gift idea good for anyone, but especially com-
forting for aging folks. A massage.
Massage for elderly is gentle, generally uses light oils or lotions, and
stretches and relaxes muscles without causing friction to delicate skin.
The benefit, beyond the enjoyment of gentle human touch, is
enhanced blood circulation, improved balance and flexibility, reduced
pain of arthritis, and even supportive treatment for those who feel
anxious or depressed. Many individuals also report that they sleep
much better after a massage and thereby feel more refreshed days
after a massage.
Folks who are uncomfortable with a full body massage can still
benefit from massage of specific areas, such as lower back, knees,
feet, hands, necks or faces.
Many massage therapists are skilled at cranial-sacral release
massage, which involves a gentle massage of the head and is used for
a whole host of reasons including relief from migraines or other pain,
and improvement of balance. It is often recommended for individuals
suffering from Alzheimer’s.
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Wallowa County has many massage therapists with differing
specialties. All licensed massage therapists (LMTs) have
attended accredited schools and completed hundreds of hours
of study of anatomy, kinesiology (the study of movement),
and physiology (the way in which parts of the body interact).
Massage therapists in Wallowa County include Rachelle
Winterton of Exhale Day Spa in Joseph, 1-541-910-0012;
Kelsey Stowell of beecrowbee in Joseph, 541-398-0159;
Laura and Landra Skovlin of Alder Slope, 541-398-0800 or
541-398-2077; Amy Gulzow of Balanced Bodies of Joseph,
541-398-0007; and Trish Zennie of Body Work
of Joseph, 1-541-624-2000. This is not a complete list of local
massage therapists. However, the handful of others in our area
are booked and not currently accepting clients.
Massage therapists, or the business they are associated with,
may also offer acupuncture, footbaths, heat treatments, bath products,
aromatherapy oils, lotions, herbal tinctures and teas, and other