When we think about going to a therapy centre, the primary motivation for doing so is some pampering and good old R&R. “A massage eases away my stress and relieves tension” is often heard from those that experience massage regularly. However, the benefit to children is not often considered.
Here are three reasons why committing to a good massage therapy routine between you and your child can improve their over-all health and well-being.
Quicker weight recovery in infants
The ideal weight of a new-born child is subject to a lot of debate because there are so many variables that should be considered. However, let’s assume that a baby is born under-weight or is developing at a slower pace than expected, then massage is a wonderful non-intrusive way of encouraging growth in the infant. Good massage techniques will stimulate blood-flow and digestive function that is so vital to the healthy development of a child.
We don’t often attach feelings of stress to children but they do get this too. A child may not stress about their jobs or paying their mortgage but their experience of stress is still quite real. A child may develop stress from bullying at school, feeling unappreciated or being degraded by their peers, anticipating punishment when they have misbehaved etc. a very helpful coping mechanism is regular massage. The physical connection between parent and child during a massage is an extremely powerful stress-buster for children as it induces trust and emotion. This probably will develop their openness and so their communication skills should improve as a result.
This improvement may well positively affect their subjection to bullying or elevate their status among their peers. It may even mend the feeling of animosity between child and parent as a result of a reprimand from their misbehaviour.
Stimulating physical and mental development
We’ve already established that massage improves blood-flow and digestion so it is logical to derive that this will benefit physical and mental growth too. Infants and children being small and still in their development stage are more sensitive to their physical function and therefore also to stimulus from their immediate environment.
It is hard to not draw a conclusion that children will certainly benefit from the positive stimulation encouraged by the application of relevant massage techniques.
Touch was the first sense to be developed by the human body. Regular physical connection to develop the bond between parent and child is a widely accepted concept. So it is therefore fair to suppose that the body of an infant or child is still sensitive to touch during the developing years.
It could be argued that the proportional strength of a child’s organ function as a ratio to their size is probably higher than that of an adult, affected in part by age but also the heightened regenerative condition that a healthy child possesses. Surely stimulating a child’s mental and physical faculties to maximise rapid growth and development can only be beneficial?
I would say that it does.