- reduction in anxiety symptoms
- reduction in muscle tension
- better sleep
- better body awareness
- stress reduction
Your child’s massage therapist will help your child learn basic breathing techniques for relaxation, skills to take control of their muscles and relax them at will. They will also be encouraged and empowered to take control of their bodies by telling their massage therapist exactly where and how they want to be massaged. They get to give the orders!
Parents are encouraged to quietly stay in the room during treatments and are required to stay in the clinic for children under 14.
Parents are welcome to ask the therapist about techniques for massaging their child at home, massaging your child can help create more bonding time and increase a sense of acceptance, safety and calm especially in children with anxiety.
What does pediatric massage look like?:
Child massage doesn’t always look like adult massage and that’s ok!
Children may move around a lot more, they may talk a lot, they may want the therapist to move to different areas and then back again. This doesn’t mean that it is not relaxing, children are different and relax in different ways. But rest assured the massage is still having an effect and the effects will become more and more noticeable as the child becomes more comfortable with massage therapy.
What to bring to a pediatric massage:
Children can wear a pair of comfy, stretchy shorts and a tank top or be draped as adults. Teens can wear what they are comfortable with or be draped as adults.