This appointment is set up for parents to bring their child and learn how to do specific massage and bodywork techniques to help with typical childhood issues like growing pains, digestive issues, restless nights, and the onset of a cold.
This is a 75 minute treatment, which is a good amount of time for teaching parents all the aspects of techniques. However, there is an additional session available to refresh and perfect these skills. These are shorter sessions of 30 minutes. So if you go home and used what you have learned, but you don’t feel comfortable with it, once on your own, you can come back for a refresher.
Techniques used in this modality includes a custom level of effluerage (gliding movement), petrissage (squeezing & manipulating sore muscles), compression, friction, trigger point techniques and using techniques from bodywork modalities like Integrated Positional Therapy , Thai Massage and other bodywork treatments. Parents will be hands on for this session as a way to learn what level of pressure is going to be appropriate for the child.
Benefits from getting this type of massage includes:
|* Relieve fatigue||* Lengthen and relax muscles||* Help your child rest better at night|
|* Help reduce pain in your child’s legs from growing pain||* Learn how to flush the lymph nodes when your child starts getting sick||* Learn the “Ha-Tha” belly massage for digestive issues|
|* Reduce anxiety, stress and depression|
The motivation for setting up this treatment in this way (instead of the therapist working on the child) is to empower parents to be able to help their child at the onset of discomfort in the comfort of their own home. The best time for parents to do what they have learned is at night just before bedtime.
In this session, we will also include other helpful considerations to prepare for when using this treatment.
To select packages, the scheduler will take you through regular booking. After you chose the date and time of your first appointment, it will give you a chance of choosing your package. The above list gives your the breakdown of the benefits to choose from.
Other Useful Information
If your child was diagnosed with cancer, please consult with his or her doctor first before starting this ‘at-home’ treatment.
Massage and bodywork can effect the lymphatic system. If your child has known lymphatic issues, had lymph nodes removed, or is currently in treatment, or have been out of treatment for less than 3 months; it is important to let the therapist know.
This awareness must be shared so that your therapist can better serve you. At Intuitive Spirit Healing Arts, we have been trained for addressing these issues and are capable in adjusting to anything you may need.
Cold, Flu or other Types of Virus
If you have a cold the flu or strep throat (or the like), it is preferrable for you to wait until you get better before having your massage. This protects you, the therapist and other clients.
It protects you because sometimes if you have a massage while you are sick (especially at the start of the cold or virus), it may make you feel worst. With effluerage, we are moving blood, lymph, and other fluids in the body and will have a better chance (not in a good way) to spread the virus in areas it may not be present or was not planning to go.
If you stay home and rest, then your body will do what it is good at by giving your immune system a chance to take care of those little buggers.
Injury or Surgery
Sometimes more serious injuries can have similar symptoms as growing pains. If you know your child had an accident (like a fall) or my be getting the flu, consult with your doctor first to make sure your child does not actually have a broken bone or have something that needs adequate medical treatment. Massage will not fix a broken bone, so please be mindful of this.
Usually if your child is in excruciating pain that takes place throughout the day, it may not be growing pains.
If you have skin issues that are contagious at the time you are having your service, please contact us and re-book your service until the inflammation has gone. These would include poison ivy, poison oak, chicken pocks, shingles, herpes flare up, scabies, staph infection or the like.
However, if you have eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis these are okay to receive massage. They are not contagious.
Other Health Concerns
If you have other health concerns that you are not sure if massage could help or not, please consult with your doctor.
Referrals of a Doctor
Keep in mind that if you have referred by your doctor and you are working with a specific condition, always let your doctor know your progress and when you received your massage.
This modality is a learning opportunity, but for parents and guardians of a child. This will not count towards massage credits for professional training nor permission for anyone to work on non-family members for a fee. We are also very serious about keeping children safe. If we have any indication or evidence that a child is being abused (especially as the result of our offering), we will report it to authorities. Do no harm.
Massage Therapy or other healing services we do here, we do not claim that it will heal or cure diseases. Please do not stop taking any medication your doctor prescribed you with. If you think you are feeling better as a result of your healing arts services, them please have a discussion with your doctor and get reliable test done to track any changes you are experiencing.
Yes, we do alternative services here, but we have great respect for the care a physician can provide. When we work together, we all (including you) can better serve you for a healthier and thriving life.