What the firetruck is paediatric massage? With the aim of following the KISS (Keep It Simple Smiley) principle – it’s massage for kids. I’m not talking about baby massage, where you go to a class for 3-5 weeks and learn how to massage your newborn. Although I do think this is amazing but that’s a whole topic on its own. It is where you take your child to a professional therapist, who is accredited and specialises in massaging children.
Massaging children is generally not like a massage you may have experienced as an adult, or it could be, it depends on the needs of the child and what they choose. One similarity at Nurturing Angels for all our clients regardless of their age, is that they are nurturing, compassionate and individualised treatment to the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia) to support the body and mind to thrive, not just survive.
Think about the last time you went for a massage?
Why did you go?
Were you achy and sore, stressed, not sleeping well, or was it a nice way to spend your time?
For children it’s much the same, some common reasons you may bring your child for a massage could include;
- Sleep challenges – getting to sleep, staying asleep, restful / peaceful sleep
- Gastrointestinal issues – constipation, wind, irritable bowel
- Growing pains
- Achy and sore bodies from sport, dancing, over exertion
- Anxiety and worry about school, friends, family, life.
It could also be because your child has a chronic illness;
- Brain Injury / Stroke
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Cerebral Palsy
- ADHD / Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
Paediatric Massage is a great stand alone therapy or a way to support other treatments such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy (OT), speech therapy or that regular visit to the children’s hospital. Masssage is a non-invasive, non-pharmacological approach. For my current paediatric clients, touch from a health professional, although necessary has been at times invasive and traumatic, it hurts, it’s often something that is not enjoyed and something that they don’t have a choice whether they participate in or not.
Massage on the other hand is about balancing that form of touch with touch that they choose. Gentle touch that is on their terms, respecting their choice to participate and it can be lots of fun too.
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