Registered Massage Therapist
Member of the Massage Therapists' Association of Nova Scotia since 2000

The Halifax Professional Centre
5991 Spring Garden Road • Suite 577
Halifax, Nova Scotia • B3H 1Y6
902 • 580 • 2708

Massage Therapy for Kids

How many of you got professional massages when you were kids? Probably not many of you did. I have had a number of clients over the years who are kids - as young as four years old, right up through teen years and it makes me think about the many ways in which massage is beneficial for kids of all ages.

Body Language: I encourage kids to tell me if I am using too much pressure, to tell me if they are uncomfortable and how I can change the treatment to make it better for them, to say what feels good and what doesn't feel good. This dialogue helps them develop their ability to say what they want and don't want happening to their bodies and it helps build confidence in their ability to communicate about themselves. I think it's a great skill to develop early on in life.

Stress Management: You might think kids feel stress temporarily and then let it go. But sometimes I think kids feel stress in their bodies even more than adults do. Because for the most part, children can't put their stress in a context - they haven't had enough life experience to understand that their stress will pass. They live much more in the moment than we do and if the moment is stressful, then it's magnified in their minds. Additionally, kids are at the mercy of their primary caretakers' life decisions, and when their lives are stressful, usually the kids have no power to change it.

How Does It Happen?
Usually the child's caretaker sits in the treatment room with us during the first appointment. At some point if the child becomes comfortable with it, the caretaker could drop the child off and return after the appointment is over. But either of these situations is fine with me. Whatever is most comfortable for the child is what can happen. Kids under 7 seem most comfortable with a 30 minute appointment. Kids older than 7 usually have the patience for an hour long treatment. But each child is unique and has different needs and attentions spans.

"The massage made me feel like JalapeƱo on The Annoying Orange Show; smooth and relaxed and like nothing could bother me, even when everyone was talking around me."
- Connor, age 8

"The massage Jessica did to me make my muscles feel bigger and stronger and make my heart beat faster."
- Kyle, age 6

"When I get a massage with Jessica I feel so good."
- Anna, age 9

"I feel like I just been born."
- Johnathan, age 6