As a licensed massage therapist and Compassionate Touch® Practitioner, I have witnessed the transformation that can occur when intentional touch is offered, enhancing quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.
The woman, withdrawn and thought to be non-verbal, who looked me in the eye and said “thank
I once received a massage that stands out in my memory. The space was beautiful and inviting. The therapist was attentive as we visited prior to the session. It had been a while since I’d gotten a massage so I was really looking forward to this time to let go and renew. I was happy to relax on the warm table a few minutes waiting for the session to
I’m a brain/behavior geek from way back. In college in the 70’s as an occupational therapy student, I added a semester just to take more psychology classes. An internship was spent living and working at a large state mental hospital in Wisconsin. Loved it! My first jobs were in acute psychiatric units. Loved that, too. There were ten years
In my last article, I presented an understanding of Parkinson’s disease (PD), its symptoms and current medical treatment. Now we’ll take a look at how massage and other bodywork may play an important role in managing symptoms and offering those with PD a better quality of life. I’d like to challenge you to ponder what it means for a person
More people over 60 are turning to massage therapy for self-care and to help ease symptoms associated with chronic ailments. If you have clientele in this age group it’s possible that you will eventually have a client who is living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). It’s estimated that at least 500,000 people are diagnosed in the United
Some think compassion is an attribute reserved for spiritual leaders. (Think Mother Teresa caring for the poorest of the poor in the streets of Calcutta.) But compassionate presence isnít just reserved for people who travel a moral high ground. Itís something we all can cultivate and draw upon when life calls us to the bedside to care for someone in need.
Each of us, at some point, will become a caregiver to a loved one, parent or friend. Many of us can point to this kind of experience as the catalyst to our massage therapy careers. The benefits that come from being a caregiver are many and I've learned that my work caring for my clients is not separate from my spiritual practice ó it is one.
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Friday, April 1, 2011
We are all either an elder (some of us), someone who cares about an elder (most of us), or someone who will be an elder (practically all of us). According to the American Medical Association, in 2011 America's 78 million baby boomers will begin turning 65 at a rate of one every 10 seconds.Of those, about 69 percent will need some form of long-term care.
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Part one of this article dealt with facts about Alzheimer's disease. As an educator, I believe that facts are a good place to start to understand a topic. Facts give us the big picture about the disease, demographics and guidelines. I've been around people with dementia my entire professional career. I've seen how this disease takes the brain a little at a
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Saturday, January 1, 2011
You don't have to look too far to find a person with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or someone caring for a family member with this devastating condition. While teaching massage therapists about working with people with Alzheimer's disease, common questions - and misperceptions - emerge.
Sound information gives us a foundation from which to act and increases our