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Just as baby massage, child massage uses Swedish massage techniques and adapts those to its young audience. Massage therapy is far from being a luxury for school-aged children, since between the eventful life at home and the rigid setting of school, a lot of stress can be accumulated. Numerous sports activities, a poorly adjusted backpack and growing pains add to these sources of tension.
Massage can also be experienced as a privileged parent and child moment through a massage therapy care in duo or by learning some massage techniques from the therapist to try them at home.
The relaxation provided by the massage allows the child to be calmer and more focused, while promoting a better sleep; benefits that can lead to better management of stress and emotions and promote learning. A belly massage can also relax the internal organs and promote better digestion. The child will also enjoy all the benefits of massage therapy, such as relaxation of muscular tension and stimulation of blood and lymphatic circulation for a better immune system.
Child massage can be performed on a chair or a massage table and lasts an average of 30 minutes. To favor better relaxation, the care should ideally take place at a time of the day when the child is calm. A parent will have to attend the care if the child is less than 14 years old. In this way, the parent and the child are reassured.
The few precautions to be taken are the same as for a care given to an adult. For example, massage should be avoided if the child has just had a meal, surgery or if he has skin lesions, if he is sick or feverish.Find a therapist