Research suggests today's young children are suffering from 'deep anxiety' about modern life. From the pressures of continuous school tests and exams to increased concerns about body image, social acceptability and bullying, more children are showing signs of stress and depression. This pioneering book provides parents with user-friendly massage routines and simple techniques to help ease their child's stresses and combat a wide range of common ailments, from coughs and colds and headaches to eczema, stomach ache and sleep problems.Expert practitioner Mary Atkinson gives a thorough overview of how massage works and the rewarding benefits it can bring. There is also a special chapter dedicated to showing parents how to arm their child with a toolkit of self-help treatments for use at school or on the move.
- Studies by the Touch Research Institute in Miami show that stress levels are lower in children who receive massage - Supports the growing trend of introducing the Scandinavian practice of massage in schools. The Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) now has branches throughout the UK and Ireland, Canada and Australia. - Contains everything parents need to know about soothing and relaxing their child the natural way.
Mary Atkinson is a qualified holistic massage, Indian head massage, reflexology and aromatherapy practitioner. She is also an instructor for the Massage in Schools Programme and runs her own complementary therapy clinic and training school. Mary has been a health and fitness writer on numerous UK magazines and is the author of over 15 books including The Art of Indian Head Massage and Head and Foot Massage.
Introduction: Pressures on children in today's society How touch therapies can help Getting Prepared: Creating the right environment Developing a routine Massage media Safe aromatherapy oils for children Dos and don'ts Head and Shoulder Massage: History and how it works Introducing your child to massage Simple massage techniques 10-minute basic massage routine Reflexology: History and how it works Simple reflexology techniques 10-minute basic reflexology routine Acupressure: History and how it works Acupressure points for children Treating common ailments: Using touch therapies to ease everyday health problems including: Asthma, Coughs and colds, Sinus problems, Head ache, Sleep problems, Bedwetting, Stomach ache, Earache, Travel sickness, Eczema, Stress, Anxiety, Hyperactivity, Fatigue, Exam nerves, Tantrums Self-help tool kit: Simple routines that you can teach your child to use while at school or on the move for: Stomach ache, Toothache, Head ache, RSI, Anxiety, Concentration, Stress