What is Pediatric Massage?
With Infant Massage we use touch, our first language, to enhance our expression of love, caring and respect to aid in the bonding process. Touch is an infant’s first form of communication and through massage we can effectively communicate as well as understand what an infant is saying to us.
Infant massage assists in the growth and development of baby's body, mind and spirit. In addition, it can bring relief to complaints of colic, constipation, respiratory disorders and sleeping difficulties.
Pediatric Massage will teach children about permission, empower them, and teach them that they have control over their own bodies. Studies show that massage can alleviate pain, anxiety and depression in pediatric clients. This healing touch therapy also provides comfort, relaxation, reduction of stress hormones and relief from chronic conditions such as asthma, nausea, constipation and muscle aches.
Touch Therapy for Autism:
Many children with Autism have significantly lower levels of Oxytocin, which is a hormone associated with emotional connections and feelings of love. Massage can cause feelings of warmth and relaxation and may decrease levels of Cortisol (stress hormone). Research has found that children show less autistic behavior, and are more social and attentive after receiving massage therapy. This safe, nurturing touch and regular sensory integration is beneficial in reducing inattentiveness, touch aversion and withdrawal.
Touch Therapy for Trauma:
Childhood trauma occurs when actual or perceived threats of danger overwhelm emotional reaction and coping abilities. Some traumas include hospitalization, abuse or witnessing abuse, exposure to drugs in utero, natural disasters, and terrorism. Unlike Adults, children lack the strength and ability to effectively cope with these emotions which can cause physical hyperarousal, hyperactivity, avoidance, re-experiencing, and emotional numbing. Using passive nurturing touch, massage can help build confidence, happiness, and trust which carves a path to healing.
Infant & Special Healthcare Needs:
Important and individualized adaptations for using massage therapy need to be considered with children born prematurely, FASD (fetal alcohol syndrome), exposure to drugs in utero, adaptations for down syndrome, cerebral palsy, neurological and sensory disorganization, with high and low muscle tone, contractures and onset of contractures, seizure history, tactile/sensory defensiveness, spasticity, autism spectrum disorder considerations, respiratory concerns, visual and hearing differences. In addition, considerations for special routines to aid in sleeping, relaxation, reflux/GERD and digestive concerns all require precautions and modifications in a massage session.
Melissa Duffy LMT, CPMT, CIMT, CD-PIC, PCD(DONA)
DONA - Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula
ProDoula Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula
Certified Infant Massage Teacher
Certified Infant Massage Teacher for Special Needs
Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist
Upledger Craniosacral for Autism
Touch Therapy for Trauma
Certified Teacher of Mindfulness & Kids Yoga
Certified Manual Lymph Drainage - Mommy & Me
Certified Manual Lymph Drainage - Hollywood Med-Spa Style
Certified Manual Lymph Drainage - Boca Lymphlift of the Head, Neck and Face
Headaches & Medical Massage
Pioneer in Cannabis Massage