Numerous research studies have shown that massage therapy and aromatherapy both effect relaxation, and that massage relieves pain and stress in elderly clients.

Now, in Minnesota, massage and aromatherapy are two interventions being used to improve the quality of life for seniors living in assisted care, according to an article in the Star Tribune newspaper (

“Instead of treating behavioral problems with antipsychotic drugs, the Ecumen chain of 15 homes is using strategies including aromatherapy, massage, music, games, exercise and good talk. The state is helping out.”

Read the entire article here.

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