Does your child have difficulty winding down at bedtime or staying asleep?
Are they hyperactive or do they suffer from high or low body tone?
I’ve found massage to be a lovely bonding experience with my children, using a simple massage lotion or any plain body cream I have to hand.
I also love my essential oils, for instance I use pure lavender oil diluted with a carrier of coconut oil (and many other homemade concoctions!)
Massage is SO therapeutic and relaxing.
Why- because science has shown that even a few gentle strokes causes the brain to release endorphins (the body’s natural opiates, to give a ‘high’ feeling) as well as the production of oxytocin, which gives us a nurturing and loving feeling.
Interestingly enough, both the recipient, and the giver of the massage will experience a release of oxytocin!
Muscular skeletal system- Increase flexibility, improve muscle tone, reduce cramps, improve posture, and improve mobility and range of movement.
Digestive system- Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to switch digestion back on (opposite of ‘stress response’) and speeds up elimination of waste products from body- alleviating constipation.
Endocrine system- Counteracts the negative effects of adrenaline, bringing body back to a state of homeostasis and balancing the hormones, the release of endorphins and oxytocin as previously mentioned which gives us a positive high feeling.
Respiratory system- Encourages deeper breathing by relaxing the body, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and improving posture, and improves gaseous exchange throughout the body.
Lymphatic system- Assists with the drainage of lymph from the cells, improving removal of toxins from our bodies, boosts immunity as it stimulates production of lymphocytes (antibodies), reduces oedema (swelling).
Pain control- Can mask pain by giving a pleasurable massage as these positive nerve messages travel quicker than painful ones (pain gate control theory).
Psychological – Gives us a feeling of wellbeing, a lovely bonding experience between parent and child, allows us to ‘switch off’ unwind and be at peace, calming the mind and body, preparing body for a deeper night’s sleep
There are many online and local courses in baby and all sorts of massage available, too.
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