4 Ways Massage Can Benefit Your Child

Most people view massage as a guilty pleasure. You might immediately imagine a woman or a man going to the spa, being greeted by soft music and dim lights, relaxing on a bed as the massage therapist uses masterful strokes to massage the body. It’s a calming scene, for sure.

But did you know that beyond feelings of relaxation, massage delivered by professionals can provide a myriad of benefits for everyone, including young children?

Like good food, proper care, sufficient rest and regular exercise, touch is considered a crucial element in ensuring your child’s good overall health. Due to the fact that most kids today are exposed to a lot of stressors, including school activities, exams, homework, social interactions, and sports, they will need something that will help them manage their stress. Otherwise, they could end up suffering from an array of health problems such as depression, obesity, hyperactivity, and attention deficit disorder.

Whether your child is an athlete, musician, academic achiever, toddler or teenager, they can surely benefit from therapeutic massage in London – especially if they are going through a recent life change, struggling in social situations, or frequently experiencing anxiety.

Here’s how massage can help your child become healthy and happy at all times:

Massage stimulates weight gain in premature infants

No one wants their babies to be born weeks earlier than the expected due date because this can significantly compromise the health of the child. But this does not necessarily mean that the child cannot become as healthy as full-term babies. There are ways to ensure a premature baby’s continued growth, development, and health, and one one is by performing massage.

 For instance, preterm babies have a hard time gaining weight. But with the help of regular massage, their weight can increase. Cuddling and gentle massage can stimulate the release of growth hormones. Studies have shown that premature infants who received kinaesthetic stimulation gained more weight than those who didn’t. Best of all, massage can also help develop the child’s brain and vital organs.

It relieves stress and anxiety

Massage is an excellent stress-buster for your little ones. You may think that children are not as prone to stress as adults are, but they actually are. For instance, your child can become anxious when they begin to go to school, considering the fact that they will be spending time in an unfamiliar place with strangers. Matters like divorce, financial problems, and family health issues can also strain them emotionally.

 Massage is known to diminish stress hormone levels, resulting in a reduced feeling of anxiety. Take note as well that when the level of stress hormones is elevated in your child’s body, the hormone called cortisol will compromise their immune system. But when massage reverses that, your child’s immune system will do its job, which is to defend the body against pathogens, parasites, bacteria, viruses, and toxins, as well as heal it once damage has been incurred.

It promotes relaxation

Foot massage or reflexology can help your child calm down and relax, especially after a strenuous playing activity or a hectic week at school. Also, it stimulates excellent blood and lymph circulation so hormones produced during massage will reach all body parts, thus maximizing the benefits.

Of course, your child will feel cared for and pampered, too. Therefore, they will have enough energy to be active again, jumping around with other kids or engaging in sports they like.

It helps manage common childhood illnesses and problems

Studies have shown that massage is effective for kids with asthma, diabetes, arthritis, and skin issues. In fact, it is now recommended for those suffering from cancer because of its ability to boost one’s immune system and fight diseases.

Moreover, massage therapy has also been found as a non-medication therapy for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. It enhances vagal control of the heart, helping kids with ADHD to reach a relaxed state and have improved attentiveness.

Studies have shown that children with ADHD who received massage treatments on a regular basis displayed less hyperactivity and became happier. In addition, kids with autism exhibited a decrease in disruptive behavior and touch sensitivity while psychiatric patients experienced clinical progress, better sleep, and decreased stress, anxiety and depression.

By integrating massage into your child’s routine, you are providing them with beneficial physical contact that stimulates their body to grow, develop and become healthy. Also, you are helping their brain to be calm, which then boosts their ability to perform well academically and socially. Most importantly, this is an effective way to help them manage stress and to treat some of the more common childhood illnesses.


AUTHOR BIO

Marc Innes is the Owner and Principal of the School of Natural Therapies, a training school for Massage & Holistic Therapies located in London. Marc began his career in the NHS, working in a number of managerial and training roles within the Ambulance Service in London. He spent much of that time educating and coaching medical staff. Over time, he developed an interest in all things complementary to Allopathic Medicine, in particular, Reiki Healing and EFT, which culminated in running a successful teaching and ‘energy healing’ practice. Marc is passionate about the massage and complementary therapy industry.


 

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