The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork advocates massage for seniors as a treatment for management and prevention of age-related diseases and is a good alternative to pharmaceutical treatments.

With regular massage, quality of life is greatly increased, allowing older patients to feel younger, healthier and balanced.

Senior or geriatric massage typically involves gentle stroking, kneading, the application of light pressure on specific points and light stretching.

Stan Tralins, 86, of Naples, has been receiving massage therapy for 30 years. He says it is an integral part of his well-being., south Florida, Sept. 2, 2013