Infant massage maybe adapted for all ages. If you as an adult have ever had a massage, you may remember how relaxing and soothing it can be. There is much research that supports massage for children as they grow older to help with calming and reducing stress.
Both my children, older now, still do enjoy the occasional foot rub or shoulder rub. The easiest way to relax the whole body is to massage the feet and bottom of feet as in reflexology.
As children gets older, they maybe conscious of body image, feet, hands and shoulders are comfortable areas to massage. Relaxation is the key.
(Chris and Mayanna – they appreciate foot rubs).
TEENS benefit from massage
Massage is a wonderful stress-buster for teenagers. Oftentimes when we think about stress we think it’s just an adult condition; however, teens experience a myriad of different stressors. Some of the stressors teens deal with include the following:
- Tests and homework
- Too-high expectations
- Money problems
- Family problems
“TRI researcher Maria Hernandes-Reif, Ph.D., says that one of the consistent findings in studies of the benefits of massage therapy is a reduction in stress and the stress hormone levels. “There is a relationship between stress and the immune system. If stress hormones are chronically elevated, the hormone cortisol will destroy the healthy immune cells that fight viruses and tumors and keep the immune system healthy. If you can reverse that, you not only reduce stress but also reduce stress hormones, allowing the immune system to bounce back and do its job, which is to heal the body and keep it healthy.”