Elderly massage is a style of massage that gives special consideration to the physical and emotional needs of the elderly and/or ill client. Its primary intention is to provide comfort through techniques that promote deep relaxation and relief from pain.

It is practiced by certified massage therapists and other health care professionals, as well as lay people interested in offering the gift of touch to a friend or family member.



Elderly massage is a valuable aspect of complementary health care that can be used safely and effectively in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, hospices, home care and long-term care facilities. While it can be used to ease the physical and emotional pains of the elderly and those in medical settings, it can also enhance the quality of life for anyone in need of a caring touch.




Elderly massage can be given to anyone in any setting. A massage table or other special equipment is not required. It can be performed with the client in a wheelchair, in a hospital bed, a regular bed, in a recliner or in a chair.


The practitioners of Elderly massage learn proper body mechanics so that they are able to work with clients in any situation and accommodate their needs safely and comfortably.  


Elderly massage does not necessarily require the use of oil or lotion, so that it is possible to work with the client who is fully clothed. Pillows and towels are used to help position the client comfortably.  


A further course available for beginners or existing therapists is for mature persons in a seated position.

Seated chair massage has been used for centuries. With this form of massage, the client remains fully clothed and positioned on a specially ergonomically designed chair that can be taken into almost any professional, public, or private setting. To ensure you massage with confidence to a high professional standard, we will teach you the most effective chair massage techniques, with sessions ranging from 10 minutes to an hour. After successful completion of the course students will be able to conduct a relaxing chair massage.


Different courses are available at different schools so prospective students should obtain prospectuses to ascertain those offered at various institutions.


These courses would be suitable for counting towards continuing professional development (CPD).