Touch is the first sense to develop in humans. It is essential to our health and well-being. Babies have been known to fail to thrive and even die without an adequate amount of physical contact. It’s been proven that children who receive healthy touch are more likely to grow up to be adults with healthy self-esteem, a sense of appropriate boundaries and long-lasting intimate relationships.
Children experience stress in their lives as well and this can impact their bodies and cause discomfort. They also may suffer from growing pains during periods of development. Massage for a child generally uses a lighter touch than would be used on an adult and takes into account the child’s comfort and developmental stage. Massage is a great way to share positive touch with a child and may be beneficial for healing from a traumatic event or calming hyperactivity. Wonderful for reducing stress and supporting a child’s growing body and increasing physical activity.
Swedish Massage for Children is for those under the age of 18. It addresses the superficial layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures with light to medium pressure. Massage can be done with the child fully clothed and parental consent must be given in writing before treatment is performed.