28 May Hands on: Businesswoman may bring Chicago senior healing service to Bonita
By ELIZABETH KELLAR
BONITA SPRINGS — Imagine going months, weeks, or maybe even years without a single friendly touch.
For the elderly, that’s not uncommon, said Fern Ritacca, president and founder of Healing Through Touch, a service that specializes in holistic and alternative services for the senior population.
As people age, they often lose friends, family and spouses. With those losses go handshakes, hugs and all the good feelings that accompany them.
But that doesn’t mean people stop “craving that touch, that attention,” said Ritacca, a businesswoman who now resides in Bonita Springs and may look to set up business operations here as she has in the Chicago area.
In younger populations, a massage may help to relieve stress and soothe tight muscles. In the elderly, it can have a different purpose, Ritacca said.
Not only can a massage provide much-needed personal interaction, it can help improve health and overall wellness, she said.
Ritacca believes a healing touch can even prolong longevity, citing one client who started receiving massages from Ritacca’s company when she was 85. Now, that client is 92.
“I’ve had the same clients forever,” she said. “That’s how much they appreciate it. That’s how much they get out of it.”
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