Pediatric Thai Massage
What is Pediatric Thai Massage?
It is the application of all the benefits of Thai massage within a format catered to the specific needs of our younger customers.
Why massage for kids?
According to many medical sources (most notably, recent studies from 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), there are numerous physiological and psychological benefits that massage therapy can provide for kids, including:
- Stress relief
- Reduce pain
- Lower anxiety
- Improve muscle tone
- Increase flexibility
- Enhance self-esteem
- Establish deeper restorative sleep patterns
In addition to these curative traits, Thai massage may also benefit children with specific (long term) ailments, from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As a form of Complementary and Alterative Medicine (CAM), Thai massage has shown to be effective with children suffering mild-to-moderate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). In addition to lessening the chronic pain associated with JRA, following weekly massage visits some children show a decrease in anxiety and stress hormone (cortisol) levels as well. The lessening of anxiety and stress has also been noted in ADHD children, in addition to an increase to attention span and a sharpening of focus after receiving massage therapy.
In some ways, it’s an instance of those who could benefit most from Thai massage that are being treated the least! For parents searching for a way to augment ongoing treatment for their kids without increasing the dependence on prescription drugs, this may be the answer.
(At Lamai, we have asked some of our highly trained staff to begin addressing the specialized needs of our younger customers.)
Maintaining hormonal balance is important for everyone, no one more importantly than teens. With hormonal imbalance, behavior and physical fitness can fluctuate in any direction: Thai massage therapy can help some youngsters regain the balance necessary for a healthy life.
Thai massage has a regulating effect, so that a child suffering from sluggishness can become alert, and one who is hyperactive may find a calming effect.
The benefits of Thai massage are perfectly suited for youngsters: from those who suffer muscle aches caused by athletic activity, to those whose sedentary lifestyle is in need of revitalization, to everyone in between who simply need to lower their juvenile stress level.
Thai massage represents a holistic approach to therapy, and is best suited to improve the overall health and wellness of the individual. This extends to the behavior, disposition and anxiety of the adolescent.
As with all traditional Thai massage, there are no oils involved and the customer remains fully clothed. We try to make our young customers feel totally relaxed and at ease. We are happy to answer any questions that their curious minds may have. While this therapy may be new to them, it is a holistic approach that has existed for nearly 2500 years. And if you the parent would like to observe the massage, we’ll make the necessary accommodation.
One of the comforting aspects of Thai massage is the ‘communal’ aspect in which it is enjoyed. This in turn is what makes it less intimidating to a first-time adolescent: they can enjoy the benefits of a Thai massage with their brother or sister, or friends from school.
Thai massage represents a holistic approach to therapy, and is best employed when used to improve the overall health and wellness of the individual. This extends to the behavior, disposition and anxiety of the adolescent.
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