Children are so important and bring so much love and joy into our lives, they are our future.
The first two years of a child’s life is when they learn the most, it is very important to show them a lot of attention and teach them there firsts. The first 7 years is there most crucial to shape their emotional and physical aspects of life.
Children have their own exposure to stress, which as we get older we learn to cope with. Children’s stress can come from school going, family quarrels, or even play time with their peers. This stress can cause imbalance in the immune system and hormonal imbalances as well.
Benefits of massage for children:
- Touch stimulates the body in positive ways to help grow and develop
- Stimulates cognitive development, increases alertness as well as speed and accuracy
- Stimulates motor development, eases tension and pain in development and is recommended for children with Down syndrome or Autism.
- Reduces stress hormone levels and blood glucose levels
- Decreases stress hormones not only by reduce feelings of anxiety but contribute to a healthier immune system, recommended for children with cancer
- Defends the body fighting toxins, parasites, bacteria, microbes, pathogens and viruses
- Helps children sleep better
- Effective for children suffering from diabetes or asthma
- Great for any skin or arthritic conditions
- Great for premature babies and weight gain, cuddling and massage releases the growth hormone in a premature infant that helps gain weight and aids development of vital organs and the brain
- Great for toning in children
- Children prone to bulimia find their depression and anxiety decreases and contributes to counteracting the disease
Massage as a therapy seems to work for children whether they be infants, preschoolers, teens or even young adults and making a massage a routine in the child’s life can help it to grow into a balanced and mature adult.
Children have been known to benefit extensively from massage therapy if they suffer from hyperactivity disorders or other psychiatric issues, furthermore massage therapy benefits children with special needs.
The sense of touch bonds such a therapeutic effect on the child being massaged. For infants the gently gliding stroke with some baby oil or coconut oil is best. As the child grows older massage can include separate work on hands and feet concentrating on fingers and toes. Sessions should not last for more than a quarter of an hour as children’s attention spans are small and they may find longer sessions irritating.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call our clinic on 08 8941 0810 and speak with our expert therapists.