Shiatsu is a wonderfully gentle and effective treatment for children and teenagers. Shiatsu works to balance the energy that is present in the body with the use of acupressure, rotations, gentle holding, stretches, joint mobilisation and sometimes more deep structural work. Children tend to respond quite quickly to Shiatsu and it is a gentle treatment for smoothing out the energy blockages that present as the symptoms often causing much misery.
What makes Shiatsu a wonderful treatment for children and teenagers is its versatility. It’s done through comfortable clothes and it can be done in any position; very helpful if your child is one that doesn’t tend to keep still for very long! Whilst this probably isn’t so much an issue for older children and teenagers, Shiatsu on small children is often performed whilst they play, whilst they’re looking at books or often whilst they are cuddling into a parent/ guardian.
Some of the acupressure points and techniques can be taught to parents/ guardians and depending on the child’s age, the child can learn these techniques themselves. This can be a wonderful way to relax together and wind down before bedtimes as touch itself has many positive health benefits for both parent and child. The use of touch and Shiatsu aids bonding and helps develop a loving and caring relationship with your child.
Only a small number of sessions are usually needed for children and teengaers when treating a specific ailment. Regular sessions can be arranged as a preventative health measure and are especially useful during stressful times, such as exams.
Shiatsu can help with a range of ailments:
- Ease and soothe pain with teething or recovery from a difficult or traumatic birth.
- Ongoing ear, nose and throat problems; tonsilitis and earaches.
- Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
- Respiratory problems such as asthma.
- Headaches and migraines.
- Weakened immune systems; persistent coughs and colds.
- Sleep problems.
- Digestive problems; nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, tummy pain.
- Joint and muscle pain; backache, neck pain, “growing pains”.
- Menstrual problems such as heavy periods, absent periods and painful periods.
Shiatsu can also help to support children going through any emotional difficulties such as bullying, anxiety, bereavement, adjusting to change and the general trials and tribulations of growing up which can often be painful and challenging. Shiatsu is recommended as a preventative form of healthcare with some people having regular Shiatsu on a monthly basis if in good health.
Children under the age of 16 years must attend appointments with a parent or guardian. By law, I am only able to treat children under the age of 16 years, who are registered with a GP. I may also recommend that you see your GP too. I hold an up to date Enhanced CRB (police) check which allows me to work with children and vulnerable adults.