Massage for children is probably not the first thing you think about when considering massage therapy. Baby massage is often introduced during the first few weeks of life, maybe for a few months, then nothing.
Many will consider massage is only for adults, but just think for a moment - is stress only experienced by grown-ups? It is frightening how much stress children and teenagers have on a daily basis.
Life is fast paced for everyone and the internet is available to all via computer phone and tablet. So, in effect, 24 hours a day no matter where you are. Schools are constantly being monitored and results published so there is pressure for children to get in to an "outstanding" school. So then there is the extra homework and tuition for entrance exams and SATS. They go to breakfast club, after school club, and then Brownies or Cubs or swimming lessons - the list is endless.
When do children get a chance to just be children, to play, ride a bike for fun, run around the field (garden), climb trees, fishing with a bit of stick and a hook - yes I'm waxing lyrical here. And by play I don't include any sort of game boy, Nintendo or whatever is the current must have electronic handheld gadget. Using imagination and getting outside this is what children are missing.
My point is that if children don't have time out and relax they will develop in to stressed teenagers who have GSCEs and A levels and University to deal with. Along with hormones, boys, girls, anxiety, maybe parents getting divorced, bereavement (of course this is not only teenagers). Stressed teenagers can suffer anorexia, bulimia, depression, suicidal thoughts, lack of confidence.
Massage reduces the reaction of stress on the body. It relaxes and gives the parasympathetic system a chance to kick in. Introducing regular massage to children and teenagers will help them sleep better, enable them to concentrate on their school work and study more effectively. They develop a sense of wellbeing and calmness because their body is relaxed and so too their mind is relaxed.
Massage is suitable for children of all ages and abilities. I ask parents to be present at all times during sessions with me until the child is 18 years old.
Please ring me for more details and to discuss length of session and price.