Children and the Benefits of Massage

How Massage Can Help Children

A child’s first seven years are most crucial in shaping his/her life’s emotional and physical aspects. It is the time when children enter into their formative years, they can absorb teachings and learn from mistakes. The children are developing while they face and cope with stressful situations in the home, at school, and with their peers.

Stress can cause imbalance in the immune system as well as in their hormonal makeup. There are different kinds of stress that children face in daily life. Does your child suffer from a certain body image dysfunction or an eating disorder? Does your child suffer from depression and anxiety due to a sudden life change, such as a loss? Does the child have a medical condition such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, or a congenital problem? Did you know that your child can benefit from massage in all these situations?

Touch stimulates the body in positive ways to help your young cope with stress. And how does massage help? It is proven to increase dopamine (the feel good hormone) and decrease cortisol (the stress hormone). This helps regulate anxiety and stress levels that can become imbalanced due to social, family and academic pressures. Massage helps decrease muscle tension and increase range of motion, which assists in recovering from, or preventing, injuries. Massage can also improve quality of sleep, provide more energy and increase concentration.

Massage is also good for premature babies as cuddling and massage release the growth hormone necessary for development of bones, muscles, the brain and other vital organs. It also helps stimulate cognitive development, and helps the body fight toxins, parasites, and pathogens.

Massage as a therapy seems to work for children – infants, preschoolers, teens or even young adults – and making a massage a routine in the child’s life can help him/her grow into a balanced and mature adult.

Enjoy Massages in Tacoma

Find out more from Sunshine Foot Relax how massages can be beneficial to your growing child. Here at our Tacoma clinic, experience relaxation and healing. It’s great for even children. See us for an appointment.