Massage Therapy for Kids! There are many reasons to start early...

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Hi! I am Heather...one of your massage therapists at Skyline Wellness Center.  People always say to write about what is most important and relevant in your life. As most of you Skyliners know, my life is about two important roles: I am a Mom and a Massage Therapist, both of which I treasure dearly.  So...I figured what would be better than to write about infant and adolescent massage. 

I believe every child should have massage introduced to them at some point in their life. The best time to start is as a baby of course. Many ancient cultures started this way and it has continued today to be a way to gain a close bond with our children, and to instill a comforting sense of security and trust.

Touch is the FIRST sense to develop in humans. It is essential to our health and well-being. Babies even more so rely on physical touch to thrive. Adults and adolescents as well, can become depressed and ill if they are removed from this most basic of human needs. Children who learn healthy views of touch and are provided with positive experiences by their parents and or caregivers are more likely to grow up to be adults with healthy self-esteem, a sense of appropriate boundaries and long-lasting relationships!!

Now here are some cool facts about the benefits of Infant and Adolescent Massage!!!

* Massage can help children with behavioral issues. It helps them to calm and relax their bodies, and in turn makes them a bit happier ( and sometimes even fall asleep).

* It improves circulation, stimulates growth, offers passive exercise for muscles, eases aches and pains and increases flexibility and function of muscles and joints.

* It can increase speech and language skills and help to build trust, friendship and respect.

* Massage can be Beneficial for: Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Autism, Anxiety, Body Image, ADD/ADHD, Asthma, Speech and Language Delays, and so much more...

As a mom, I started doing massage from the minute my son was brought into this world. He loved it as a baby and it has since then become part of his nightly routine. It created a special bond between me and my baby. Now that he is 5, the massage has changed just as he has...but I know that it is benefiting his mind, body and overall wellness.

If you have any questions regarding this type of massage and want to know more!! Please call us at 703.879.5144 or write to us at wellness.analyst@skylinewellnesscenter.com! We would love to hear from you!