Pediatric Massage Therapy
Excerpts from Tina Allen, A Modern-Day Guide to Massage for Children, Blue Miso Books, 2013
Children require tactile stimulation through a variety of sources in order to fully develop their body, mind and spirit. Those who receive massage therapy may experience many benefits, such as an awareness of boundaries, stress reduction and an overall sense of well-being.
As we know, children have different physical, emotional and developmental needs than those of adults. And touch is so important for us all - it is essential for our health and well-being. Pediatric massage can be beneficial for helping to relieve stress, anxiety, and symptoms of ADHD, among others. Stress is not just an adult problem. Children can have physical and emotional stress just like adults. They may experience this from school, while traveling, through divorce, from sports, and from other strenuous activities.
What are some possible benefits for pediatric massage therapy?
• Pain reduction • Improved muscle tone • Decreased anxiety • Enhanced body image • Stress reduction
• Increased self esteem • Healthy sense of boundaries • Overall sense of well-being • Improved quality of sleep