Pediatric Massage Therapy

Can my child have a massage? Yes, in most cases, it’s very safe and effective.

Indications for a child to have massage:

*Anxiety *Autism/ADHD *Birth trauma *Car accidents *Chronic pain *Depression *Growing pains *Heavy sports schedule *High stress levels from life situations *Injuries from falls *Physical disabilities *Poor sleep *skin conditions *and more. Please discuss your concerns regarding your child with your therapist, before treatment , via email or phone, to see how we can help.

How is a treatment different for a child?

In general, the treatment is very similar. We will take health history from a verbal and competent child. If that is not possible, the parent or guardian of the child will answer questions. We aim to have the child apart of the process now matter what the child’s situation is. We will want consent from the child in every circumstance. How is that possible? We all have behaviours and body language that communicate how we feel. A content and happy child wanting to participate will nod, or smile or reach to touch the table or therapist as a few examples. Once a agreed upon treatment plan has been established, we begin. We encourage parents to stay in the treatment room, but if the child is older – above 9, and the parent /child/ therapist relationship is such that child feels safe and responsible for themselves, then parents are welcome to stay in the lobby or leave the clinic. The massage pressure a child will receive will be determined by the child and the therapist. In general, Massage appointments for children are booked for 30 mins. The actual hands on time will vary depending on the child. The time will be fulfilled by stretching or exercises demos or conversation regarding the need for treatment. Older children (teens) maybe be more capable of handling 45 mins or longer.

All RMTS are trained to work with children. Renée Caines RMT does have additional training as a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist, and additional training for Cerebral Palsy. Renée is also a trained Behaviour Interventionist and is very comfortable with children on the spectrum or ADHD.

Please call 604 545 0618, or email reneermt@shaw.ca for discussion of your child’s situation.

If you are ready to book for your child please choose “INFANT MASSAGE/UNDER 9” for a 30 min appointment.

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