We hear a lot about bullying amongst children and adolescents these days. A recent study shed light on how easily we might turn the tide of this scary movement.
The first 5 to 7 years of a child’s life are extremely critical for optimal development of the brain. It is also the time when children are most responsive to sensory stimulation. Because research shows that touch therapies can have a direct effect on lowering cortisol production and increasing serotonin levels,[i] intentional touch is a natural choice when it comes to lowering violent and aggressive behavior. A child raised with regular reflexology and massage just might not grow up to be a bully!
Experts in the field of pediatric massage state that therapeutic touch should be offered, not imposed, so as to empower children to develop autonomy over their bodies. According to Tina Allen, founder of the leading children’s touch organization Liddle Kidz Foundation, bodywork should never be given as a reward or punishment either. Think brain nourishment instead. Help children’s brains to develop an architecture founded on strength, compassion and clear thinking.
Do you give reflexology to babies and children? What sort of results do you see?
[i] Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal cortex in response to stress. It suppresses immune function and decreases bone formation. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter found primarily in the gastrointestinal tract and central nervous system that is believed to bring about feelings of wellbeing and happiness.