Children require tactile stimulation through a variety of sources in order to fully develop their body, mind and spirit. Those children who receive massage therapy may experience many benefits including improved muscle tone, enhanced pulmonary and immune function, decreased anxiety,enhanced body image, increased bonding and attachment, healthy sense of boundaries, stress reduction and an overall sense of well being.
For massage therapists and bodywork practitioners wishing to incorporate touch therapy within their practice with child clients specialized training is required to achieve full benefit. Yes, you receive appropriate massage education during your time in school, however is their ever a focus on appropriate massage therapy for pediatric clients. Whether healthy and well, or otherwise, it is imperative that you take the time to fine tune and develop child friendly skills as a professional bodyworker.
“Kids are different than adults.”
Children have different physical, 홈타이 emotional and developmental needs than adults, and so they should be approached with early childhood development considerations in mind.
It is important to use massage and touch therapy along with methods of Interacting with children using age appropriate activities that stimulate a child’s development. With young children’s language level in mind, storytelling and songs should be used to connect with and engage children.
“Prior to the age of twelve, children learn about their world kinesthetically – meaning they learn through touching, feeling and experiencing the material at hand.”
Using skills and education it is helpful to find ways of increasing tactile stimulation and exploration experiences for children. In addition to physical experiential activities, calming and relaxing touch should be introduced through hands on massage therapy and massage stories.
Touch therapy for children uses adaptations of massage therapy as appropriate for children. Massage is adapted for each individual child client on a specific case by case basis. With each child, it is important to build trust and rapport in your professional relationship. Learn to ask permission effectively and understand both verbal and non verbal cues.