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Massage Isn’t Just For Adults, It’s Also Helpful For Kids.

Apr 4, 2020

Victoria Steenbeek

Victoria Steenbeek

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

A sense of body awareness and understanding is something that massage therapy brings to all of us. For children with a diagnosis that can make this awareness more difficult to comprehend, massage therapy can be a tool to calm and support the body and the mind.

This is Victoria’s experience.

When I graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, I knew my purpose was focused on providing a safe and comfortable space for anyone who walks though my treatment room door.
As my practice evolved, and I had more and more conversations with patients, parents would ask me if I would be comfortable massaging their child. Unless you received massage therapy as a child (and most of us didn’t), it wouldn’t even cross our mind that this could be something just as helpful for our kids as for us. Now, I make it an active point to educate the parents in my massage room about the benefits of massage for their children.

One of the areas in which massage therapy has dramatically impacted the children I work with is with those who have a diagnosis of autism, ADHD or ADD, OCD, anxiety and depression. To watch the impact of massage on these children is truly a unique and rewarding part of my practice. One of the ways in which we are able to impact these children positively, aside from the act of massage therapy itself, is to help bring awareness to their bodies. This can lead to children understanding the importance of taking care of their body and mind beyond my therapy room.

Each treatment is different, as no child is the same. And it is a humbling experience on my part to see the benefit of a calm, low stimulation experience for children.

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