What is Comfort Touch for the Elderly and Frail? Comfort Touch 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. Comfort Touch is practiced by certified massage therapists and other health care Professionals as well as lay people. Comfort Touch 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.
Comfort Touch 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.
Comfort Touch does not 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.