If there is a sector of the population that is receptive to a massage, children and babies are undoubtedly one of them. Your response in this case to a foot reflexology massage is usually quick and effective. It will be for them a kind of positive game full of caresses but also of technique looking for all its benefits at an organic level. Therefore if a father or mother learns to practicing said massage with your children in addition to having a good time will strengthen your relationship.
- 1 Benefits of foot reflexology in children
- 2 When to do refelxology in children
- 3 How to find time for reflexology with babies
- 4 Tips for a relaxed reflexology session with your baby
- 5 How often can we use reflexology?
- 6 Reflexology techniques for babies
Benefits of foot reflexology in children
Reflexology is a safe and effective technique to use with the smallest of the house. It is based on the principle that the reflex points found on the feet and hands correspond to specific organs, muscles, bones and body systems.
Babies' feet do not have developed arches yet, and their skin and bones are generally quite soft, which makes reflexology an effective and fast modality for them. By applying gentle pressure to congested areas on the feet, blockages can be released to restore energy flow to the whole body.
The results for babies are often experienced immediately and can soothe a grumpy baby or help relieve stomach aches or constipation.
Reflexology with children can begin at birth and can be used as a valuable tool for parents to dissipate their children's tensions in an enriching way. As the baby grows and begins to walk, the use of reflexology can also be combined with the control of foot development. Children's feet should be checked regularly to avoid problems caused by shoes that do not fit well, such as: flat feet, calluses, deformities on the toes; as well as in search of infectious conditions such as: athlete's foot and warts.
Reflexology is particularly beneficial for babies who have experienced a difficult birth, such as forceps or suction cup. The small bones of the skull will have experienced great pressure as a result of the use of these instruments, and it has been discovered that these bones may be marginally misaligned. Reflexology can help correct this in the kindest way.
You can use reflexology as a natural healing therapy for acute diseases, as well as a tool for preventive maintenance for good health.
When to do refelxology in children
In babies, foot reflexology is especially recommended, for example in problems of: gas, diarrhea, constipation, etc… It also has an important role for the anguish, or the typical nerves before starting school in children, etc. In the case, therefore, that the child has depression reflexology can also help. Therefore we see that this will help us with children and babies both physically and psychically.
Actually they are simple manipulations with which we will get a good balance and harmony, not only do we prevent but we improve the optimal state of health, something that we also achieve with the foot reflexology in adults. We can say that there is no child too small to practice this massage, although of course, as usual, we will take into account the size of the foot to proceed to the massage, especially when we use the thumb.
How to find time for reflexology with babies
Babies get nervous and it can be difficult to find a time when they are happy and still to play with their feet. Here are some tips you can follow.
For younger babies you can try to work:
- As part of your massage routine
- While he sleeps
- While eating
- While swinging
- In a carrying bag
With older babies you can also:
- Play some kind of game that lends itself to touching your feet here and there, so reflexology will be like a natural extension of a fun game.
- During bath time.
Tips for a relaxed reflexology session with your baby
- Use gentle pressure while massaging your baby.
- If a child is sick, reflex points will be quite sensitive.
- If the baby moves his foot away while you are working it is a good indication that it is not pleasant and that you should stop and try another technique later.
- Do not work more than 5-10 minutes on the entire treatment, depending on what your baby can comfortably tolerate.
How often can we use reflexology?
For a specific chronic problem, such as reflux or gas, once a week for three to four weeks is the best way to start. The results can be maintained with monthly treatments or every two months.
Reflexology can also be used to maintain good overall health.
Reflexology techniques for babies
The following techniques are usually used mainly when working with adults. While they are valuable tools for working with babies and young children, it is interesting that you find your own techniques, with which you and your baby feel comfortable. The most important is stimulate the appropriate reflex area and alternate the stimulation techniques with the most relaxing.
Here are some ideas.
Use a massage of caresses and milking on the feet at the beginning and at the end of the session, as well as among the stimulating reflexology techniques. This helps eliminate the intensity of the session.
You can also do your own relaxing foot massage, the more natural it seems to you, the more relaxing it will seem to your baby.
The fingertips correspond to the baby's head and teeth. This can be especially useful when babies are teeth.
By gently applying pressure on these small areas, you can calm him when he is crying or having a tantrum.
The center of the fingers corresponds to the nose and sinuses of the baby.
If the baby has been sipping nonstop, has a runny nose or has trouble breathing due to mucus, try rubbing his fingers to calm the symptoms. However, always be sure to check with your pediatrician in addition to administering these touches.
The upper part of the sole of the foot corresponds to the lungs.
Congestion in infants' chest is caused by an infection or a cold. If left untreated, it can cause difficulties in breathing, eating and sleeping.
In addition to following the advice of your pediatrician, try to calm the baby by gently rubbing the area of his little feet, the area directly below the finger joints.
The solar plexus is a complex network of nerves located in the abdomen and behind the stomach.
Sometimes, discomfort can come from this area and cause stomach upset, spasms, oppression and difficulty breathing.
Try to gently press the area that is slightly below the sole of the foot to relieve some discomfort.
There is nothing like a gentle and pleasant massage to make the intestines move smoothly. The center of the sole of the foot corresponds to the upper abdomen.
Babies may also experience intestinal obstruction, although the symptoms can be a bit confusing. Gently rub the center of the plants to provide relief.
Foot massages can also relieve the baby's discomfort when she has constipation.
For stimulate the large intestine, try rubbing the lower regions of the sole. This will be especially good for babies who have had gas.
The heel of the baby's foot corresponds to the pelvic region.
If you suspect that your baby's belly and hips have been bothering you, try applying pressure in this region, making sure to rub gently.
This technique provides as we know great benefits and curiously in babies it will help us when he cries to be able to calm him as much as possible. It is important perhaps to tell the child before starting that we will do a foot massage because it will not impress you as much as the word foot reflexology. The work on the feet of a child of this subject will serve us among other aspects to:
- Respiratory disorders, anxiety, low energy, insomnia, digestive disorders, urinary disorders (kidney stones, urinary infections, etc ...). Actually the sequence of the maneuvers would be similar in a foot reflexology massage in adults, but with the difference that this will be shorter in time, as well as with different types of pressure, we have to be soft but firmly and obviously without forget that we are dealing with children and babies, therefore with great care. It is usually a very grateful and beneficial massage, so… to practice.
Not everything is lost when you can see a magnificent smile on a child's face.
David Alvarez Therapist