Is It Appropriate for Children to Get a Massage?
"Absolutely! Child athletes are more and more frequently presenting with the same sports and repetitive stress injuries that adult athletes experience. Sports and orthopedic pediatric massage can help young athletes as well as their adult counterparts. Also, massage has been shown to help ease the symptoms of ADHD, autism, and depression, all of which affect children."
"Absolutely! As long as they have a parent/guardian consent form filled out beforehand, they can most certainly receive a massage. Some parents arrange a couples massage for their child's first session, which means a parent can receive a massage at the same time and in the same room as the child, which makes it less alienating and more comforting for the child.
"Having a child receive a massage is beneficial because it teaches them appropriate therapeutic touch, as well as teaching them how to relax and slow down in this fast-paced society. It also teaches them that massage can be an essential part of life, especially while growing and developing because massage can help soothe their muscles during growth spurts, relieve the soreness of "growing pains" and quiet their busy thoughts! It is also great for athletic children as it helps their muscles recover from an intense game or training and keep them performing optimally. So, essentially, it is beneficial both mentally AND physically!"
"We all have stress, children included. With busy schedules, activities, school, peers and even growing, children’s bodies also experience a variety of stressors throughout the day. From infancy to young adulthood, massage is a gentle yet effective way to bring balance to the whole body.
"Having children of my own, I have seen the positive effects of massage. Not only has it relieved muscle pain and tension after athletic events and training, but it has alleviated headaches, promoted healthier sleep and had positive effects on behavioral changes and mood swings. Massage stimulates the “rest and digest” part of the nervous system that everyone -- especially growing children with high energy levels -- could benefit from."
"Yes. Massage and other therapeutic touch therapies are an integral part of a healthy, supportive developmental diet. As children grow out of infancy, they receive less touch and more language to calm, nurture and redirect the child's behavior. Touch engages the peripheral nervous system, boosts the human immune system, communicates states of being, and provides a social experience whereby the child's needs are being 'appropriately' responded to which encourages a secure attachment, a feeling of safety and security, and allows the child to develop empathy as a resulting consequence."
"I think the power of healthy touch is wonderful to introduce at any age. It is important to understand that children's bones, organs, and so on are maturing. Therefore introducing a deep tissue or trigger point massage may not be the best idea. Swedish might be best inducing a much needed state of relaxation, especially since kids these days seem to have very busy lives."