Working with children is incredibly special and Shelley Schroeder has trained with globally recognized instructor Tina Allen of the Liddle Kidz Foundation to become a certified pediatric massage therapist. Children are constantly developing at their own pace. Therapeutic massage can help to align a child with optimal development.
Massage Therapy can help kids:
- improve sleep patterns
- alleviate growing pains
- correct muscular imbalances
- improve motor skills and proprioception
- decrease aggressive behaviour
- enhance self esteem (body image)
- improve digestive function
- allow for improved focus and attention span
- improve child-parent bonding
Many children struggle with anxiety, depression, insecurity and trauma that can have a systemic effect on their bodies. Having a safe place with a parent and professional who respect and reinforce healthy boundaries and nurturing touch can allow a child to relinquish the defence mechanisms and allow their digestion, sleep and breathing to return to normal.
Safety, trust and comfort are very important with any massage therapy session (especially pediatric massage therapy). Children can feel much more comfortable if the first time they visit the office, there is no expectation of touch. I invite parents to schedule a ‘meet and greet’ at no charge to get acquainted with me and the treatment space. This tends to decrease the anxiety of the child for the first treatment.