Some of my fondest childhood memories were doing massage and back tickle trains with my parents and siblings. Loving touch in our family was always promoted and gave us all a sense of comfort and closeness growing up. This is definitely what drove my ambitions to become a massage therapist and why I continue to share the wonderful human connection that touch can give.
When my first daughter was born in 2007, her great Ama came to visit. She brought all her oils and within minutes of meeting her, began massaging our sweet baby. She taught me about the traditional Indian massage that is commonly practised on babies when they are born. After her visit, I began massaging my daughter every evening, creating a beautiful routine, that still continues today.
Later that same year, I began my training to become a massage therapist. The more I learned about the benefits of massage, the more massage grew into my greatest passion. Being a new mom, I identified most with massage for infants, children, pre natal and post natal health and wanted to develop a specialization in those areas. In the early part of my career, I worked with lots of new moms and their babies, teaching one-on-one classes in the treatment room, as well as group classes at the YMCA and AHS centres around the city. The families I worked with loved the new skill that could help them bond, nurture, and calm their infants. Recently, I was apart of the Pediatric Integrative Medicine Trial at the Stollery Hospital in Edmonton. As part of a team of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, we were worked with infants and children in oncology, general pediatrics, and cardiology.
Doing massage on my children and clients, as well as teaching parents about massage on their children truly enriches me, as I see positive outcomes in both the short and long term treatment of our most precious beings.
Benefits of Pediatric Massage:
- Naturally rewarding way for both you and your children to relieve stress.
- Effective treatment to offer relief of discomfort from constipation, colic, and gas by helping aid digestion.
- Improves the infants or child’s delicate immune system by decreasing the body’s levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that takes a toll on immune functioning.
- Causes the release of oxytocin, which is a nurturing hormone to reduce anxiety and helps infants and children relax.
- Better sleep quality and easier time falling asleep
- Helps to increase circulation, increase alertness and enhance nervous system, neurological and intellectual development.
- Massage improves communication, by increasing confidence and sensitivity to their cues.
- Parents who massage their infant are able to build a greater bond, as it gives them time to interact and connect on a deeper level then regular day‐to‐day contact provides. (Massage time is when my daughter talks fully about her thoughts and feelings vs the one word conversations that typically take place over the dinner table).
- I also feel massage is very important for teaching babies and children what positive, nurturing touch feels like, so they can then differentiate between that and negative touch.
For more information on Pediatric Massage or to book an appointment please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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