The Benefits of Foot Massage for Children
Massage is therapeutic treatment that promotes many health benefits. This form of healing touch impacts on the mind, body and spirit and can induce a deep sense of calmness and relaxation, in adults and children alike.
The Health Benefits Of MassageEach part of the foot corresponds with a pressure point that is aligned to a part of the body. By stimulating a particular area of the foot a therapist is able to induce a positive effect on the body. For instance, constipation can be relieved by applying gentle pressure and movement on the corresponding pressure point of the foot.
By understanding how massage works an individual is better informed on how to get the most from the relaxation techniques, and will be able to use massage as a therapeutic treatment to complement other forms of healing practice.
Massage For ChildrenAll children enjoy quiet time. Whether your child is a boisterous toddler or an active pre-teen there will still be moments when your child is open to relaxing and unwinding and this is when a foot massage is most beneficial. Young children, who experience difficulty sleeping, may also find that massage helps them relax more easily which results in them falling asleep. If this is the case establishing a regular night-time foot massage routine will help improve the quality of your child’s sleep and the amount of child-free time a parent experiences.
How To Massage A Child’s FeetEnsure the child is sitting or lying comfortably. Taking one foot at a time, gently flex the foot backwards and forwards as you support the foot at the heel. This movement releases tension. Gently massage the ball of the foot and then grasp the sides of the foot and push lightly together. On the underside of the foot apply gentle pressure to the area under each toe. Work your way along each toe in sequence, squeezing gently to provide stimulation.
Apply gentle pressure to the tendon in the heel of the foot. The foot will feel more relaxed by now and your movements will feel more natural as you continue to support the foot as you squeeze and knead along the base of the foot. Repeat the process on the other foot.