If you've ever had a really great foot massage, or any foot massage for that matter you know just how healing it can be. Kids can also benefit from the healing touch of foot massage.
When the feet are massaged, anxiety is eliminated and this brings about a deep state of relaxation. One important point that is situated on both feet is the solar plexus reflex. The solar plexus is sort of a little warehouse where all your stress is stored. When the solar plexus point is pressed on, stress is released and the body is renewed.
Foot massage is restorative in that it gives the receiver energy. When the foot is rubbed and palpated, all the elements of a foot massage come together to bring energy to the body. According to theories of reflexology, foot massage releases any blockages that can hold back energy that should be flowing through the body freely.
I like to incorporate a short foot massage at the end of every kids yoga class. In last night's class, three year old Emmy couldn't get enough foot massaging.. After her turn was complete, she followed me around the circle sticking her tiny little feet up at me asking for me to keep rubbing. He parents were laughing as they looked on..
Some of the benefits are:
1. Understand that 5 minutes of daily massage is a long time for most
2. Establish massage as part of the bedtime routine to help your child
3. Always ask your child if he or she wants a massage, demonstrating
your respect for your child's right to say "no" to touch.
Tips & Warnings:
If you continue to make massage a part of a child's routine, he or she may return the favor one day and massage your weary parental shoulders. Not a bad family routine!