Massage therapy can act as a stress buster for children. Children have their own exposure to stress, which can come from school, family quarrels, or even playtime with their peers. This stress can cause imbalance in the immune system and hormonal imbalances as well. Massage practiced regularly can help a child reduce stress, which can in turn may help the child to sleep better. Children that play sports should get massages frequently to reduce injuries, promote blood flow and assist with the healing process of injuries.
Children and Their Response to Massage
Children respond very positively to any form of massage. It is more then likely the sense of touch and the bonding it brings that has such a therapeutic effect on the child being massaged. As children grow older, massage can include separate work on hands and feet, concentrating on the fingers and toes. Sessions for massage therapy 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. One may also find that the child falls asleep while they are being massaged. This is a positive sign and points to the positive effects of the therapy.
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