Danae Frazier is the newest Board Certified, Licensed Massage Therapist to join the team at The Becoming Center at Artman Senior Living Community in Ambler, PA. As such, she offers healing and comfort to residents at The Artman Home and to members of The Becoming Center.
How Does Massage Therapy Help the Aging Process?
When asked about why massage therapy is especially helpful to aging populations, Danae responds, “One of the advantages is that it releases hormones such as serotonin and dopamine to promote a good mood and better brain function, and it also stimulates the nervous system by releasing endorphins, the brain’s natural pain killer
She continues, “Massage therapy has many avenues and can help people heal from injuries by promoting blood flow and lymph fluid to areas that may be lacking. Pain can often be eased by working on pressure points in the body which can help with the discomfort caused by ongoing conditions, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. It also can help the elasticity in muscles and make joints more flexible.
Massage therapy has many avenues and can help people heal from injuries by promoting blood flow and lymph fluid to areas that may be lacking.
In my training at Cortiva Institute where I became a Licensed & Certified Massage Therapist, I learned about the entire body’s physical structure and the benefits of massage. Through my Board certification and experience, I learned how every body part is interconnected. Sciatic pain in the left leg, for example, could be a pinched nerve the left glute, however, it could also be the result of a traumatic spinal injury, aging problems connected to arthritis or stenosis of the spine, or it could be the result of nerve damage. It is important to understand that pain often masquerades as one ailment but can originate somewhere else in the body. By doing massage therapy, pressure points are addressed which can provide relief to the pain.”
What Danae Loves Most About Massage Therapy
According to Danae, “During my eight years of treating clients, what I have loved most as a massage therapist is being able to treat a wide variety of issues: some people come to me because they suffer work-related ailments from doing repetitive tasks on the same muscles and joints. Others might be suffering a neck or back injury from a traumatic accident. Others may struggle with tension or stiffness from sitting in one position for too long, standing for too long, or even walking for too long. These causes have crippling arthritic effects and can leave clients suffering a lack of mobility and experiencing grave pain. Whatever the problem, I am prepared to try my best to help my clients develop greater mobility, flexibility, and strength.”
Staying Fit & Well at The Becoming Center
When asked about working at The Becoming Center, Danae adds, “One of the wonderful aspects of working here is that the team is very compassionate, supportive, caring, and kind.”
She continues, “It is so motivating to see residents of The Artman Home and members of The Becoming Center working to improve themselves through fitness, by exercising in the Fitness Center, or by doing water aerobics and swimming, or by doing other forms of rehabilitation. I am honored to be a part of a team where my massage treatments are incorporated into an entire program of activities that can help people to feel better and to be better.”
For any Artman Senior Living Community residents or members of The Becoming Center who are interested in scheduling a massage therapy session with Danae, she meets clients by appointment at The Becoming Center on Fridays and on Sundays. She can be reached by phone to schedule an appointment by calling (703) 814 2515.