Massage can be very effective for maintaining and improving overall health as people age. Massage for the elderly uses gentle and light Swedish techniques and may include passive stretching. A light oil or lotion may be applied, allowing the muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. Benefits of massage for the elderly include: enhancing blood circulation, improving balance and flexibility, combating depression, improving posture, reducing the pain of arthritis, increasing joint mobility, and encouraging overall well-being. Massage therapy can also help to relieve anxiety and provide comfort, especially to touch-deprived elderly clients.