Children’s massage is becoming popular as parents and health care providers become more aware of the benefits that massage can bring to a child’s life. While most people think of massage as an adults-only activity, more and more massage therapists are adding children’s massage to the list of services they provide. Since many children play sports, participate in extracurricular activities, and carry heavy school loads every day, today’s kids are more likely to experience stress or body injuries than in years past. Children’s massage products can be designed to help a child lower stress and relieve pain just like massage does for adults. Below are common massage products that can be used for children when introducing them to the health benefits of massage.
Children respond well to essential oils, and many of them can have the same benefits on children as they would on adults. However, when using essential oils for children, it’s important to use only those that are safe, gentle and appropriate for their age group. Many people don’t realize that some essential oils, like peppermint, are quite strong, and that they should only be used on adults. Essential oils that can and should be used on children include lavender, chamomile, grapefruit, tangerine, mandarin, eucalyptus and geranium. Always err on the side of caution when using essential oils as massage products for children and only use one or two drops at a time.
Carrier Oils and Lotions
Like essential oils, certain carrier oils are better for children than others. Carrier oils such as sweet almond oil and jojoba are two of the most gentle massage products that can be used on children. When a child is getting a massage essential oils should always be mixed into the carrier oil before placing it directly on a child’s skin. Massage lotions can also be used either mixed with essential oils or on their own.
Children love music and playing a soft song or nature sounds during a massage can help them to relax and feel comfortable. Nature sounds that features whales, dolphins, frogs, and other soft animal sounds can be particularly interesting to children. Not only should music play during children’s massage but the masseuse should make it a point to gently point out what makes the music that they are playing so special.
Children’s massage is a special treat for children, and unlike other spa services, children’s massage promotes good health and reduces pain and stress. For these reasons, children’s massages have become very popular and will only continue to grow in popularity as more parents and their children become introduced to the idea.