Using Massage to Help Your Child Cope with Stress

When most of us think about massages, we picture ourselves in a spa, with light music playing with a masseuse kneading our stress away. However, when it comes to child massages it not only provides relaxation but also bonding between parent and child.

What kind of massages do we do at SBDC?

At the Singapore Brain Development Centre, we always make it a point to spend some time to do various massage therapies for your child.

Here is what your child will experience when we start most of our lessons.

Brushing

How is the massage done

  • Brushing will take about 5 – 10 minutes to complete
    • We use a specialized therapy approved brush to brush your child’s hands, feet and back.

How does this help?

  • When it comes to children, there are often two types of categories, hyposensitivity, and hypersensitivity.
    • Hypersensitive children often seek movement stimulation. This is because they are often under-stimulated physically. So if you do see your child constantly intentionally crashing into things and running around, they might actually be looking for stimulation.
    • Hypersensitivity is children who become uncomfortable when experiencing minor encounters with environmental stimuli. Which means the world might be overwhelming to them. Hypersensitive children might tend to move around or try to get away from massages as it might be overwhelming them. At the centre, we prioritize your child’s physical and emotional well being and hence we will conduct the massage to according to the child’s consent and keep communications clear and opened.
    • Brushing has been proven to help both hypo and hypersensitive children by helping them create body awareness and helps them to register the sensation in different in a safe and comfortable environment.

Joint compression

  • We also do joint compressions to allow your child to be more aware and sensitive about how their body functions. We start with fingers, to wrists, elbows, etc.
  • Join compression usually also take about 5 minutes to complete.

Full body deep pressure massage

  • We will then proceed to do a full-body deep pressure massage for your child to create relaxation as well as bond with them in the process.
  • This can help many children to cope with their daily stress and troubles which they might not be able to vocalise.
  • It will also help with emotional regulation as well as body awareness.

Who does it help?

We always encourage parents to massage their child 6 times a day however, due to the lifestyle in Singapore that is usually very hard to commit to. However, children suffering from stress, problems with emotional regulation, ADHD, ASD, Sensory processing disorders, Global Developmental Delay can all benefit your child. After the massage is done, we usually proceed to work with your child on either sensory work of various gym activities that will stimulate them.

 

Contact us today for a Free Evaluation of your child.

 

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