It is now a common fact that stress affects us in a myriad of ways. High levels of stress hormones in the bloodstream, including cortisol, have been linked to low immunity, leaving us vulnerable to a variety of infections and chronic health problems.

Although we might think of stress as an adult’s problem, our children, unfortunately, feel it too. Starting off in a new class, parents going through a divorce or illness, even being on holidays – these can often affect children in stressful ways.

Massage for children has been used in many cultures around the world for various reasons: to strengthen limbs and joints and promote healthy growth, for detoxification after birth, to assist with digestive processes, to promote secure attachment, to improve sleep patterns and to improve sensory awareness.

The need for TOUCH: it is necessary for human growth and development. Oxytocin – the calming hormone – is released through touch. It is also responsible for creating that unbreakable bond between mother and child, as well as contributing towards fidelity and togetherness in long term relationships. It is our first “language”, our point of connection as an infant and the basis for good health and wellbeing as well as a healthy self-esteem and a sense of appropriate boundaries.

Furthermore, recent research not only confirms physical benefits but behavioural ones too:

–        reduction in stress & stress hormone levels

–        healthy immune system

–        better mood, more relaxed & calm

–        increased concentration

–        better sleep

–        less aggression & bullying behaviour

–        improved blood sugar levels in diabetics

–        improved pulmonary function in asthmatics

–        decreased pain in JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)

–        improved skin condition in children with eczema

–        decrease in touch sensitivity & disruptive behaviour in autistic children

–        less hyperactivity & more on-task behaviour in children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD)

What  a session looks like:

The treatment can last anywhere between 20 and 45min, depending on the age of the child, their health and their ability to lay still. Parents are welcome to stay in the room, especially with little ones and as long as it is conducive to their child being able to feel safe and relaxed. With older children and teenagers, it is not always necessary.

Massage can be done with clothes on, or with the use of oil applied directly onto the skin.