"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:
- 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.
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.