Thai Massage is not just for Adults
Thai massage remains to grow in popularity not only because of the many other benefits it offers but also because it’s suitable for people of all ages and professions. The overall effect is deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and a feeling of physical and mental well-being. Thai massage can benefit anyone from young people to seniors and even has many benefits for athletes.
Just as in adults, massage helps to decrease anxiety by producing a state of relaxation. Children also need special attention that can assist their developing bodies into the healing process. A great deal of research as reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to name a few highly reputed publications, say that massage therapy for children offers several psychological and physiological benefits.
Key Benefits for young people
Touch is the first sense to develop in human beings. As a child matures, touch remains a constant imperative in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Child massage is a common practice in many Eastern and African cultures. It is used to soothe, relax and heal the children and by doing so, promote their overall health and growth.
Help children suffering from stress
Starting school or going to a new class, moving to a new home, managing difficult subjects, coping with family problems (even if not fully understood) and peer pressure are just some of the stressful situations which children are faced with. While these may seem to be relatively minor issues to an adult, for children, who are not yet equipped to deal with them, they are major problems. The relaxation that comes from a massage helps them to cope with the stress and take a more positive attitude to the challenges they face.
Increase Relaxation and Physical Development
Stress has a serious impact on the physical wellbeing of children. Many studies have shown that if stress levels remain consistently high, it causes many hormones to be released. One of them, Cortisol, has the effect of destroying the metabolism’s immune cells that fight disease and tumors. Over time, this can affect the overall functioning of the immune system and leave a child more prone to sickness and general ill health. This is another area where massage plays an important role by controlling stress. Additionally, massage can help a child recover faster from the sports and play-related injuries that are an integral part of growing up.
Better Performance and Behavior
Research shows that after a 15-minute massage, children perform better on tests and show increased levels of manual dexterity. They also sleep better and are less likely to be overactive and badly behaved. Teenagers, going through the pain and confusion of adolescence and the problems caused by hormonal changes can benefit greatly from the relaxation that massage offers.