• Alice West

Why does reflexology support baby and toddler wellbeing so well?


Babies are especially responsive to reflexology. Mothers will instinctively

rub their children’s feet and hands when their child is cranky, crying, or

uncomfortable. Reflexology works very well for most babies.

It is effective and safe, it is based on the principle that reflex points

found on the feet and hands correspond to specific organs, muscles,

bones and body systems.


Babies’ feet have undeveloped arches, and their skin and bones are

usually fairly soft making reflexology an effective and fast modality for

babies. By applying gentle pressure to congested areas in the feet,

blockages can be released to restore the flow of energy to the whole

body.


Results for babies are often experienced immediately and can soothe a

cranky baby or help to relieve tummy pains or constipation.

Reflexology with children can begin at birth and can be used as a

valuable tool for parents to dissipate their children’s stresses in a

nurturing way. Reflexology is particularly beneficial for babies who have

experienced a difficult birth such as forceps or ventouse.

Tiny bones of the skull will have experienced great pressure as a result of the use of

these instruments, and it has been found that these bones can be

marginally misaligned. Reflexology can help to correct this in the

gentlest of ways, as a natural healing therapy for acute illnesses as well

as a preventative maintenance tool for good health.

 

 

Techniques are natural, non intrusive and can eliminate or relieve

discomforts and support a child’s growth, as well as encouraging natural

bonding between the child and parents. 

Not only is reflexology a natural safe alternative to aid child’s health and

wellbeing, once in a routine it can make them feel safe and secure. 

 

Regular positive touch releases oxytocin helping increase bonding

between parent and child.It can also reduce stress and aid brain

development. 


Babies love being touched and cuddled. Gentle, loving touch helps them

to feel safe, secure and part of the family. Most babies enjoy their feet

being stroked and will soon learn when to offer their feet for this bonding

treatment. Parents giving reflexology to their baby’s feet may strengthen

the natural loving bond between mother and baby and father and

baby. Reflexology is based on the principle that all our body parts and

bodily systems are reflected on the feet and the hands. Applying gentle

massage and therapeutic touch to specific areas will have an effect in

the corresponding body part or to the whole child.


Touch will stimulate pain relieving hormones and feel good endorphins

Massaging specific points will bring about relief in the corresponding

body area

Promotes calm, is soothing and relaxing

Assists the Immune system

Aids deeper and more restful sleep

Will help baby to feel safe, secure, understood and comforted

Massaging specific points will bring about relief in the corresponding

body area teeth, jaw, sinuses etc

Helps to alleviate symptoms from colic, reflux, teething, colds,

unsettledness

Encourages bonding and attachment between baby and parent



Reflexology is based on the principle that all our body parts and bodily

systems are reflected on the feet and the hands. Applying gentle

massage and therapeutic touch to specific areas will have an effect in

the corresponding body part or to the whole child.


Touch will stimulate pain relieving hormones and feel good endorphins

Massaging specific points will bring about relief in the corresponding

body areas

Promotes calm, is soothing and relaxing

Assists the Immune system

Aids deeper and more restful sleep

Will help your child to feel safe, secure, understood and comforted

Specific points on the feet to help with constipation

Massaging specific points will bring about relief in the corresponding

body area, chest, head, sinuses, ears etc

Specific points on the feet to help with colds, congestion and coughs.

Helps with ‘Tummy’ aches, non specific ailments, headaches,

behavioural issues

Supports children with stress and anxiety

Helps to concentrate and focus

Encourages ability to relax

Promotes self confidence and self esteem


Till next time x


Alice


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