If you have kids in your life you are already in tune with how much more magic they bring to your days. Spending time with kids has always been something I love and let me tell y0u, most kids are ecstatic about massage! My niece and nephews are always asking me when it will be a good time for their next massage, it calms them and makes them feel good about their bodies. It gives them quiet time to explore sensations and ask questions about this amazing vehicle each of us are traveling in. Believe it or not kids get tight muscles and pain too and though they aren’t yet locked into unhealthy movement patterns, they are learning certain behaviors that they will carry with them throughout their lives. This is a great reason to begin addressing issues of tension in both mind and body beginning at a very young age.
Recently I have had many clients mention bringing their kids in for a massage and so I thought it would be a good time to share some ways that massage can benefit kids and what types of treatments it is appropriate to book them for.
The Benefits of massage for kids:
*there are so many that it would take forever to cover them here-I encourage you to research the benefits of massage for your child’s specific needs or ask us the next time you visit
“Massage reduces stress hormone levels and blood glucose levels. According to Maria Hernandez-Reif, a researcher at the Touch Research Institute, lower stress hormones not only reduce feelings of anxiety but contribute to a healthier immune system.” –Maggie Lynn, Read more at Livestrong.com Obviously this is a benefit to all people who get massage!
Massage reinforces positive feelings about self-worth and body image in kids (we might say adults as well). Touch is essential to a healthy life and we all thrive when our lives include regular positive touch-especially from those we care about. You might even enjoy giving your child a massage every day before bedtime to help them relax and create a time for positive reinforcement and bonding. Not sure how? You can always book a session and stay to observe, we are happy to give you some tips on the best ways to offer massage to your child.
“Preschoolers have shown better performance on tests of their intellectual and manual skills after a 15-minute massage. They also slept better during naps, were less likely to be overactive and had better behavior ratings. For teens struggling with the growing pains of adolescence, massage helps to balance unstable hormones and can relieve anxiety by producing a state of relaxation. A supportive relationship with a massage therapist who gives them safe, unconditional touch can also increase their feelings of self-acceptance and self-confidence during those trying years.”-Shirley Vanderbilt, Read more at massagetherapy.com
Massage can greatly benefit children with special needs including everything from weight gain for pre-term infants to hyperactivity to various sensory issues. Each of these requires and in depth review but a great place to start is with this article from ABMP titled Children and Massage.
What types and lengths of treatment are right for your child:
Infants-3 years old: We are not currently trained in infant to toddler massage here at Written on the Body but there are many places around Portland that offer infant massage, or classes on how to massage your baby at home: OHSU or Lopez Infant Massage are great examples
4 years old to 12 years old: We recommend starting with a 30 minute Focus! treatment here at Written on the Body and you are welcome to stay for any part or all of the treatments with your kids. You can also book your own treatment at the same time and make it a parent/child date! During this 30 minute focus massage your child could remain clothed and we would employ gentle massage techniques on the table such as rocking, compression and other aspects of Swedish massage. If appropriate we may use warm compresses or essential oils to enhance relaxation and keep your child’s attention. We always leave room for your child’s needs and will allow them to direct the session including the right for either of you to end it at any time.
13-17: At this age many kids are able to handle longer sessions and you might consider gradually increasing the length of their treatments until they are eventually able to handle a full hour. They may also be ready for other types of massage such as hot stone, deep tissue or sports massage and you can discuss these options with our team as you and your child feel it is appropriate.
Thai Massage: Thai massage is clothed and performed on a mat on the floor. During Thai massage your therapist will compress, rock and stretch your body in various ways with the goal of deep relaxation, improving movement patterns and lengthening muscles. Thai massage is an excellent option for ages 4 to adults (and sometimes even younger)! If you are interested in finding out more about booking a Thai massage for you or your child email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily help you book an appointment.
Whether you decide to start a home massage routine with your child or book an appointment with your favorite therapist we are excited for you to start this journey! Ready to book? Click here to view our schedule online (when booking for your child please make a note for your therapist of your child’s age so that we can be prepared for the visit). Have more questions? Leave them in the comments or email us at email@example.com.
Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful day!
Our newest massage therapist Bethany Carder’s signature therapy blends the healing benefits of aromatherapy, structural integration, stretching, and reflexology creating a massage session that eases tension in muscle tissue, while calming the mind and bringing the body back into balance. Her work tends to draw clients focused on work in their upper body, hips and feet. Though she will tailor each session to each individual clients needs.
All About Bethany:
Bethany originally came from central Arkansas and grew up traveling the country with her family and
friends. She attended Nevada School of Massage Therapy in Las Vegas in 2008. Bethany has a passion
for learning and adores sharing the journey of healing with her clients, helping bring awareness
to their bodies and seeing them find ease and comfort through times of great pain is rewarding
beyond words. Her methods include a blend of structural integration with a blend of more gentle
modalities such as craniosacral therapy. These methods allow access to deeper tissue with as
little pain as possible. Bethany prefers working with breathing and aromatherapy techniques to aid in
calming the nervous system to reach a deeper level of relaxation. She is currently studying botany
and has a fascination with the medicinal uses of plants her my practice. In her “free” time, she enjoy’s
playing experimental electronic music with her husband, Abram, hanging out with her cats, doing
yoga and hiking around the beautiful state of Oregon.
Please welcome Bethany to the team and click here book your appointment with her today!
Joy Earl License number: AC164926 schedule Tuesdays 9am-7pm and Thursdays 9am-3pm
Joy offers acupuncture, tuina massage, foot reflexology, cupping, gua sha, aromatherapy and more!
Joy Earl, LAc
All about Joy:
Before earning my Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, my career began as a Tour Manager in the Music Business. I eventually realized I could not sustain the mental, emotional and physical demand for the rest of my life without sacrificing my health in the process. I needed balance and soon discovered the vast benefits of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. I decided to follow my nurturing quality in taking care of others and learn a new skill that would allow me to help people, as well as myself. Always having an interest in Medicine, I decided to leave Manhattan and move to Portland and dive deep into learning about the benefits of Chinese Medicine and the many modalities it encompasses. Originally from Houston, I have lived in Austin, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City before calling Portland home. I have travelled extensively overseas on tour as well as throughout the US. I have a passion for traveling and it is my hope to share my knowledge of what I have learned in the healing arts with others. I recently volunteered in rural Nepal for two months treating those who had no access to healthcare. My invaluable experience there has allowed me to observe and treat a high volume of patients with a wide variation of conditions. When I am not treating patients, I enjoy running, yoga, painting, writing, piano, exploring the beauty of the Northwest by hiking, camping and backpacking, tango and learning German. I have always believed in pushing ones self to continually attain knowledge and understanding of the world around us, its inhabitants and the possibilities we each possess within. My desire is to help you reach your goals on your journey for balance and health, and to provide you with comfort physically, mentally and emotionally. I look forward to meeting you!
Joy will be offering two specialized services in addition to private acupuncture appointments:
1. mini bliss session: auricular acupuncture, foot reflexology and essential oils
2. active lifestyle session: Tuina with cupping and/or Gua sha
Seasonal allergies can really put a damper on the beauty of spring. Runny nose, red eyes, painful sinuses the list goes on and on…
Have you ever wondered if essential oils can aide in allergy relief? Check out this great information to see if this treatment is right for you:
Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint oils can be a great way to fight seasonal allergies! You can use your favorite brand of oils, just make sure they are high quality!
You can also always try out our favorite: Umay’s Take Me to the River blend:
Take Me to the River ~ “Take me to the river and dunk me in the water.” Experience a “Calgon-take-me-away” moment with this synergistic clearing blend of emotionally and physically cleansing essential oils of juniper, ho wood, cedar, lemon, cinnamon, and eucalyptus. Perfect for flu and cold season or whenever you just need to shake off the day.
Whatever you decide about essential oils and seasonal allergies we hope that you find relief and are able to enjoy the loveliness of the trees and flowers in bloom!