Reflexology is the practice of stimulating pressure points in the hand and feet, which correspond with certain organs in the body. By applying pressure to these points, we are able to improve our health and even help ease health problems in these areas. Reflexology is a safe, natural way to boost overall health. But is it safe to practice reflexology on children? While it is safe for most kids, there are some things you should know about performing reflexology sessions on young children.
Benefits of Reflexology for Children
There are lots of benefits to children who receive reflexology treatments. Ailments such as asthma, earaches, constipation, eczema and even temper tantrums can be alleviated with short sessions. Just make sure to consult with a pediatrician before using reflexology to treat health problems. It is also a great way to help relax a child and to keep them healthy.
Performing Reflexology on Children at Home
You can gently massage or practice finger walking methods over the child’s hands and feet as a way to relax them before bedtime. Most kids love getting a massage before falling asleep; not only does it help them relax, but it feels great and helps them to wake up feeling better in the mornings. Typically, it is sufficient to cover the abdomen area. You can also work pressure points for the nervous system, lymphatics, sinuses, ears and eyes, the neck and the shoulders. To help regulate sleep patterns and a child’s energy, be extra sure to cover the kidney, bladder and adrenal.
Precautions When Practicing Reflexology
Treating children with reflexology presents challenges you might not have to deal with in adults. For example, they have a very short attention span, so it is important to keep sessions short. Pressure should be very gentle, but not so light that it will tickle them. In children, you should avoid stimulating pressure points involving most of the endocrine system. Finally, you should avoid practicing reflexology on a child is when a skin problem is present, such as open sores or inflammation, or if the child has a serious illness or a broken bone, fracture or any other injury.
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**Note: This article is meant to be used for informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice, and you should always consult with your pediatrician before beginning a reflexology program.