Infant massage maybe adapted for all ages. If you as an adult have ever had a massage, you may remember how relaxing and soothing it can be. There is much research that supports massage for children as they grow older to help with calming and reducing stress.
Both my kids, older now, still do enjoy the occasional foot rub or shoulder rub. The easiest way to relax the whole body is to massage the feet and bottom of feet as in reflexology.
Kids love that no matter what age. As kids get older, they maybe conscious of body image. Feet, hands and shoulders are comfortable areas to massage. Relaxation is the key.
Massage is a wonderful stress-buster for teenagers. Oftentimes when we think about stress we think it’s just an adult condition; however, teens experience a myriad of different stressors. Some of the stressors teens deal with include the following:
Tests and homework
“TRI researcher Maria Hernandes-Reif, Ph.D., says that one of the consistent findings in studies of the benefits of massage therapy is a reduction in stress and the stress hormone levels. “There is a relationship between stress and the immune system. If stress hormones are chronically elevated, the hormone cortisol will destroy the healthy immune cells that fight viruses and tumors and keep the immune system healthy. If you can reverse that, you not only reduce stress but also reduce stress hormones, allowing the immune system to bounce back and do its job, which is to heal the body and keep it healthy.”
Children are non-judgmental and divine. They love everything. They enjoy life and living as it’s meant to be enjoyed. They see the world with loving and curious eyes. Everything is interesting and new to them. Their brains have amazing capacities for learning and storing information. They soak up love. They soak up living. They soak up wisdom. They are playful and energetic. At this young age, their vision and creativity is astoundingly authentic.
A child’s daily goal is to live and love. Having fun and enjoying the moment is usually their motivation. Laughter and simplicity seems to help their growth in an intelligent and happy way. Continuous positive experiences is all that is needed for their personalities and brains to blossom.
Infant Massage provides all of these things:
a) gentle touch is love and helps to create brain connections,
b) children need to feel safe and happy in an environment that supports their growth and development.
c) playing and laughing with children and babies creates bonding and life long positive connections.
Several years ago, I remember an incident where my mother was feeling discomfort in her stomach area. Not knowing the exact cause of the stomach ache, I immediately turn to infant massage strokes as a “fix all”. She laid down and I massage her stomach area using the Sun & Moon Stroke.
Whether it was food discomfort or gas discomfort, the strokes helped her tremendously. Typically strokes for the stomach area will help to relieve gas pains, helps with constipation, upset stomach and general comfort in that area.
Starting from LEFT TO RIGHT, horseshoe format, glide your hands from pelvic area in and towards chest area, under sternum, over belly button to the right side of stomach, down towards right pelvic area.
Upsided down C format. Stay in the stomach region of your body. Do this stroke for several times. Pressure gentle for younger children and more firm for adults.
The world of infant massage is exciting. Now parents have yet another parenting tool to help their children to feel loved and nurtured. This is one of the most powerful form of communication with babies and young children.
There are so many benefits both psychological and physical for the well-being of babies, which makes it more exciting to share.
In so many cultures, touch is an important and normal part of the day. It is accepted for nurturing, self-esteem building, health and every good reason helpful to a child.
Healing the World One Baby at a time
After a long day at work, this is a great way to reunite with your babies and older children at the end of your day. A simple foot rub or hand massage for older children can do wonders to reduce the stress of the day. For babies, massage will relax and help them to sleep much better and stronger. Happy babies make for happier parents.