Infant & Child Massage
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Infant & Child Massage Workshops
Curious about infant & child massage therapy?
Registered Massage Therapist, Elle Garagan, has created an easy workshop where you learn to massage your infant or preschool-aged child.
Explore the workshops in this video, and learn more about infant massage below.
Massage for Overstimulation & Anxiety in Preschool-aged Children
Massage for preschool-aged children is a gentle and nurturing way to address various aspects of their well-being, including overstimulation, calming anxiety, increasing body awareness, and improving bonds with their caregivers.
When children are consistently exposed to stimulating environments, such as busy classrooms or hectic schedules, they can become overstimulated, leading to increased stress and difficulty in self-regulating their emotions.
Massage provides a calming and soothing experience for children, helping them to relax and reduce feelings of overwhelm or overstimulation. Through gentle touch and rhythmic movements, massage triggers the production of endorphins, which are natural feel-good hormones. This can help alleviate anxiety and create a sense of calmness in preschoolers' minds.
Moreover, regular massage promotes body awareness in young children by bringing their attention to different parts of their body. By gently massaging their arms, legs, back, and other areas, children learn to recognize and connect with their own physical sensations.
Developing body awareness at an early age supports their overall cognitive development and encourages self-confidence and self-care.
Massage can also be a significant bonding experience between preschoolers and their caregivers.
The communication through healthy touch in massage promotes feelings of safety, security, and trust, strengthening the emotional bond between the child and the person giving the massage. Through this physical connection, children learn that touch can be loving and positive, helping build a foundation for healthy relationships.
It is important to ensure that any massage techniques used are age-appropriate, safe, and done with the consent and comfort of both the child and the caregiver.
Learn to massage with your child in a small group setting at Leduc Physio!
Infants & Massage
Mobility, Relaxation, Bonding & More.
Infant massage therapy is a gentle, hands-on technique that involves the use of specific strokes and techniques to massage a baby's body. It has been practiced for centuries in many cultures and has gained popularity in recent years due to its numerous benefits.
One of the primary benefits of infant massage therapy is its ability to promote bonding and attachment between the caregiver and the baby. Through the soothing touch and eye contact during the massage, the baby feels loved, secure, and valued, which strengthens the emotional connection between them.
Furthermore, infant massage therapy can help in the development of the baby's nervous system. The gentle strokes stimulate the production of oxytocin and serotonin, which are hormones associated with relaxation and well-being. This can lead to better sleep patterns, reduced stress levels, and improved overall physiological function.
Massage can also aid in the baby's physical development. The gentle pressure and movement of the massage strokes can help tone the muscles, improve circulation, and enhance flexibility. It may even alleviate common discomforts such as gas, colic, and constipation.
Additionally, infant massage therapy has been shown to have positive effects on the baby's cognitive development. The massage stimulates the baby's sensory system, promoting body awareness and enhancing the brain's ability to process sensory information. This can contribute to improved motor skills, sensory integration, and overall cognitive function.
Overall, infant massage therapy offers a plethora of benefits for both the baby and the caregiver. It promotes bonding, emotional well-being, physical development, and cognitive growth. It can be a wonderful way for parents and caregivers to connect with their infants while providing them with numerous health benefits.
If you want to learn with your infant- book a spot in our next Infant Massage Workshop!