Here in Portland, Oregon, there is a real movement towards holistic therapies. Not only is this one of the most green, organic, and hippe-heavy towns in the US, but it’s full of practitioners who want to help people be pain-free and in touch with themselves.
Now, usually I would NOT be taking my babies with me if I were to go get a massage. Grandma would be coming down for a few hours and I’d be off like a rocket!
But recently a clinic opened up that’s connected to one of the Montessori schools some friends send their kids to. They do family-based massage and touch therapy for kids.
Infant massage has been around for a few years to help with stressed, overtired or colicky babies, but it’s a fairly new thing to massage toddlers or kids. It’s being used to help kids with behavioural issues, stressful home situations or who are just highly strung.
On top of helping these kids calm down, it also helps build sensory awareness, improves immune function and can improve breathing and heart function, so there is a lot of benefit in getting involved in touch therapy for kids.
Lately Mindy has been anxious and stressed – I think having a baby brother is taking its toll on her!
So when I heard about this therapy center I thought it would be a great thing for the four of us to do one afternoon. We all bundled into the car and went over there for an hour earlier this week.
It was so great. It was just what Mindy needed, and Tyler and even Jake seemed happier afterwards. There was a lot of singing and storytelling throughout the session, and the other kids there made it a fun playdate as well.
The clinic has been totally decked out by Massage World, and the therapists do an amazing job. Each therapist does 3 10-minute sessions per child, which is broken up with games and activities to keep the kids engaged.
When we got home, Mindy was all zenned out! It was hilarious – “Mom, I’ll eat everything. Just whack it all on there. I’ve gotta grow, you know.” Usually she’s the fussiest eater of them all! She slept like a log that night and has seemed much more calm and positive since then than she had been for weeks.
I think massage playdates are going to become a regular thing!