How massage & hydrotherapy help my child?
A wonderful stress-buster
Hydrotherapy can help reduce blood pressure caused by stress. It may also slow down
the body's reaction to anxiety and release endorphins - a natural stress fighter. Massage
therapy is proven to increase the feel good hormone and decrease the stress hormone.
This helps regulate anxiety and stress levels that can become imbalanced due to social, family and academic pressures.
Help develop better focus, attention and learning
Massage increases levels of serotonin, dopamine and neurohormones, which fosters alertness
and a sense of energy. Neurotransmitter dopamine improves memory, behaviour and cognition
and assists in developing better focus, attention and learning.
Boost in Immune System
Decrease in stress hormones through massage therapy result in boosting the
immune system. During hydrotherapy, the increased blood flow and circulation of
white blood cells around the body allows lymph (an immune system fluid that helps
collect and get rid of unwanted materials from the body) to be moved through the body
more efficiently and therefore strengthens the immune system, helping to fight colds and illnesses.
Stimulates motor development
Massage and hydrotherapy therapy stimulate motor development, ease tension and
pain in muscle development and increase range of motion, which assists in recovering from,
or preventing, injuries. The weightlessness you feel when under water relieves tension in the
limbs, supporting aching muscles and easing the movement as opposed to when on land.
Hydrotherapy also stimulates the release of endorphins, acting as a natural pain reliever
which will further reduce muscle soreness.
Improved quality of sleep
Massage and hydrotherapy can improve quality of sleep by releasing serotonin, which is a
hormone necessary for the production of melatonin, which is your body’s natural sleep-inducer.
Therefore, kids who suffer from restless legs, which may be contributing to insomnia, can
definitely benefit from massage. It may be possible that massage can help the brain and body to
attain more deep stage 3 sleep, the stage of sleep architecture that allows for healing at the cellular level,
as well as the release of human growth hormone, important for overall health.
Massage can help kids feel less irritable and hyperactive hence allowing for
Digestive system support
Regular massages can relieve constipation by helping release gas and waste products.
Regular massage reduces stress and in turn reduces pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
Massage techniques help support the digestive process and may even help colic in babies.
Mental Development in Newborns
According to one study, 73 newborns who received regular massage during a
two-year period demonstrated significantly higher Mental Development Index scores than a
control group, which received only skin-to-skin contact.
Healthy Brain Development
When our skin is touched a signal is sent to our brain telling it to grow and make connections.
Through the use of infant massage, a baby is receiving the appropriate input, stimulation and
one-on-one interaction to help facilitate healthy brain development.
Aid in sore muscles
Being immersed in warm or hot water raises the body temperature,
increasing blood flow around the circulatory system and so alleviating pain.
The improved circulation will in turn help to heal injured tissues and rehabilitate damaged
muscles or joints. Massage therapy has been proven to aid sore muscles and specific pain
(such as lower back spasms or hamstring troubles), massage relieves the symptoms of PMS,
studies have shown that people are more alert following a session. SAT prep, anyone?
Healthy body awareness
Massage helps develop healthy body awareness as young kids don’t know how to express
where their pain is, or where they’re holding tension. Massage helps them become more in tune with their bodies.
Research shows that children who learn healthy views of touch and body awareness are more likely to develop a
healthy self-esteem and a sense of boundaries.
Not only can massage therapy help relieve back pain, our therapists can
teach kids proper posture techniques and stretches to make sure t
heir spines are healthy.
Improved muscular balance
Physiological benefits of massage on the skeletal system include improving muscular balance
which also helps the bones be in the right place. Tight muscles can pull your bones out of alignment,
not only does poor posture look bad but it forces some muscles to work much harder while others get weaker.
Poor posture has other effects too, for example when you slouch, you’re pressing down on your internal
organs which can affect digestion.
Complete physical workout
During hydrotherapy, water acts as a weight and helps in toning muscles.
The movement of arms and legs is like a complete physical workout.
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