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Massage Benefits for Children

Massage Benefits for Children

Liz Garrison, LMT

I am sometimes asked if massage is good for children. A lot of children like massage but, for a first time massage, I prefer if the parent is in the room. Different massage studios and spas have different rules for massage for children as far as the minimum age to get a massage and whether the parent has to be in the room. Almost all places will have the parent sign a release for his/her child.

How beneficial will the massage be for the child? Although many children reap huge benefits in better sleep, better athletic performance, and better well-being, the best benefits are for children with various disorders and conditions.

In an article for the Cary News, Tammy Campbell, a licensed therapist and owner of Hands on Health in Cary, NC is quoted, "Over the years I've treated kids for things like sports injuries, neck and back pain and also for TMJ (or jaw joint) issues. Certain types of pathologies like Cerebral Palsy, Asperger's syndrome, asthma and scoliosis are also other conditions we see kids for."

I have actually seen kids anywhere from 6 to 16 years of age for relaxation and relief from heavy sports such as competitive dancing.

I also found out in an AMTA article, that in a more recent TRI (University of Miami School of Medicine Touch Research Institute) study to test the more long-term effect of massage and ADHD, researchers selected children to receive massage twice a week for a month. Results showed that students were more productive in class, and their teachers rated them less hyperactive.

Is a massage twice a week worth the improvement? Many parents say yes. And a massage studio is the way to do it. Additional massages cost $10 less per session. There was not a study with less massage work but, if money is an obstacle, I imagine a treatment plan with less massage would also be beneficial.

If you are in the Dallas area, your local Elements Massage at West Plano can help. They offer an introductory massage starting at $49 to get you started and a monthly Wellness Program starting at $59 to keep you going.

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