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"Emotional Intelligence should be taught to children as young as one year of age. We teach kids to count, know their colors, recite the ABC's, but we aren't teaching them emotional eloquence formally like we do other subjects in the classroom."

- Dr. Steve Sampson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 What is Pediatric Massage Therapy (Story Massage)?

From birth, children require tactile stimulation to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Studies show that children who receive massage therapy show benefits of enhanced immune function, reduction of stress, and an overall sense of well-being.  A Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT) works with children from 2 to 18 years of age (or older if there are special needs).  Children who are two years old or younger benefit more from Infant Massage. "Story Massage" is a good way to introduce young children to massage therapy. Click on the Research & Resources tab for more information about "Story Massage".

 

What is Infant Massage?

A regular routine of infant massage can benefit both the caregiver and the child who is 2 years old and younger.  This is why a Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT) will demonstrate massage techniques to the parent or caregiver that they can do directly with their child.  This usually takes place in a group setting.  Studies show that massage helps increase bonding between caregiver and child.

 

A few of the many benefits of Infant Massage include:

  • Improved Sleep Patterns
  • Deepens Bonding
  • Enhanced Immune Function
  • Helps with Colic and Constipation
  • Helps with Brain Development

 

A few of the many benefits of Pediatric Massage include:

  • Improved Focus
  • Comforting Growing Pains
  • Reduced Aggressive Behavior
  • More Restful Sleep
  • Enhanced Pulmonary Function

 

Studies show, Massage can benefit children who are diagnosed with:

  • Autism
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Asthma
  • Cancer (helps with stress reduction)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • PTSD (due to change in school, neighborhood, divorce, lost of loved one, hospitalization, etc.)

 

Does your child need a massage?

If you can answer "yes" to any one of these questions then the answer is "Yes!"

  • Was your infant born prematurely?
  • Does your child need help with sleeping, constipation, colic?
  • Is your child having trouble staying focused in school?
  • Has your child been diagnosed with Autism, ADD/ADHD?
  • Are you experiencing postpartum depression and wish to bond more with your child?
  • Does your child have a medical condition that requires frequent hospital/doctor visits?
  • Is your teen involved in sports?
  • Is your child happy and healthy and you want to keep him that way?

Infant massage, essential for optimal growth and development, increases bonding with parents and caregivers and improves the health of premies.  Studies show that massage helps preschoolers deal with separation anxiety and improves behavior and communication skills. School- age children benefit from massage by improving motor activity and having a better sense of boundaries as well as managing growing pains.  As children develop into teens and young adults, they often encounter more mental and physical stress. Massage helps reduce stress and anxiety, and helps improve mood and development of a more positive body image.

To schedule an appointment for your child visit the "Contact Me" page.  For Infant/Pediatric Massage Class information visit the "Services &  Rates" page.

 

 

Massage Options for Teens Include: (done through clothing)

  • Sports Massage - Increases flexibility, helps prevent injury, helps reduce recovery time from injuries
  • Reflexology - (Feet, Hands & Scalp) Helps reduce stress associated with busy schedules, exams, peer pressure, and social anxiety
  • Chair Massage - Targets the neck, back, and shoulders where muscles tend to tighten due to heavy backpacks, poor posture, and stress
  • Thai/Shiatsu Massage - Uses Eastern philosophy of meridian pressure points and stretching to relieve muscle pain and improve overall health
  • Just Stretches - enhances athletic performance, injury prevention
  • Couples Massage Workshop - (With parent) Helps with stress relief, helps improve communication, self image and confidence. Also good for a "Girls Night Out/Spa Day"

 

For teens and young adults, the benefits of Massage include:

  • Stress Reduction
  • Decreased Anxiety
  • Enhanced Body Image
  • A Healthy Sense of Boundaries
  • Balanced Hormone Levels
  • Enhanced Athletic Performance/Flexibility

 

 

Do teens need a massage?

If you can answer "yes" to any one of these questions then the answer is "Yes!"

  • Are you stressed out about taking a test?
  • Do you have trouble staying focused in school?
  • Are you involved in sports?
  • Do you have a hard time falling asleep?
  • Do you experience constipation?
  • Have you been diagnosed with Autism, ADD/ADHD?
  • Do you have a medical condition that requires frequent hospital/doctor visits?
  • Are you happy and healthy and you want to bond with your friends?

As children develop into teens and young adults, they often experience "growing pains" and encounter more mental and physical stress due to increased responsibilities. Massage helps reduce stress and anxiety, and helps improve mood and development of a more positive body image.

 

All content found on this website is based on personal experience and/or observation and is supported by research  related to massage therapy.  It is not meant to treat, diagnose, cure, or otherwise interfere with treatment by your physician. Since massage is highly subjective, results can not be guaranteed.  Massage Therapy is considered to be complementary to traditional medicine and a doctor's note may be required for certain medical conditions.