Retirees are most often at the age when arthritis sets in or becomes especially painful. Massage helps reduce arthritis pain by increasing the circulation of lymph. This reduces inflammation of the joints, thereby increasing joint flexibility.
Some factors that may originate in the mid-life years are more likely to worsen with retirees, such as muscle stiffness. Continued massage in these years will help keep muscles more limber to prevent future injury. Blood pressure and heart rate is also more prone to increase. Massage helps lower blood pressure through the autonomic nervous system, providing a way to control the heart rate.
Health naturally declines with older age, and massage therapy helps maintain health and well-being, allowing one to enter their later years more vigorously.