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"Emotional Intelligence should be taught to children as young as one year of age. We teach kids to count, know their colors, recite the ABC's, but we aren't teaching them emotional eloquence formally like we do other subjects in the classroom."

- Dr. Steve Sampson

 

 

 

MITTS/FIT

 (Massage for Infants, Toddlers, and Teens/Families In Touch)

What is the MITTS program?

From birth, children require tactile stimulation to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Studies show that children who receive massage therapy show benefits of enhanced immune function, reduction of stress, and an overall sense of well-being.  Massage for Infants, Toddlers, and Teens (MITTS) is a program developed as a way to introduce young children to massage therapy. It is designed to help children navigate life from infancy to adulthood.

 

What is the FIT program?

Families In Touch (FIT) is a program that emphasizes self-care for the whole family. You will discover how to use massage therapy as a tool to help build healthy relationships through positive touch.  For example, a regular routine of infant massage can benefit both the parent and the child.  Studies show that massage helps increase bonding between parent and child, and combats post-partum depression. Our massage for couples helps refresh, reconnect, and renew your relationship. Learning how to massage your partner is a perfect "date night" activity. Also, with massage now considered to be as important as diet and exercise for your total health and well-being, following our personal wellness program will help with stress relief and pain management. With our Personal Wellness Program you will receive a detailed assessment and treatment plan based on your desired goals. A variety of therapeutic massage techniques and education is used to help you reach and maintain optimal health and well-being.

 

A few of the many benefits of Infant Massage include:

  • Improved Sleep Patterns
  • Deepens Bonding
  • Enhanced Immune Function
  • Helps with Colic and Constipation
  • Helps with Brain Development

 

A few of the many benefits of Toddler Massage include:

  • Improved Focus
  • Comforting Growing Pains
  • Reduced Aggressive Behavior
  • More Restful Sleep
  • Enhanced Pulmonary Function

 

Studies show, Massage can benefit children who are diagnosed with:

  • Autism
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Asthma
  • Cancer (helps with stress reduction)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • PTSD (due to change in school, neighborhood, divorce, lost of loved one, hospitalization, etc.)

 

Does your child need a massage?

If you can answer "yes" to any one of these questions then the answer is "Yes!"

  • Was your infant born prematurely?
  • Does your child need help with sleeping, constipation, colic?
  • Is your child having trouble staying focused in school?
  • Has your child been diagnosed with Autism, ADD/ADHD?
  • Are you experiencing postpartum depression and wish to bond more with your child?
  • Does your child have a medical condition that requires frequent hospital/doctor visits?
  • Is your teen involved in sports?
  • Is your child happy and healthy and you want to keep him that way?

Infant massage, essential for optimal growth and development, increases bonding with parents and caregivers and improves the health of premature infants.  Studies show that massage helps preschoolers deal with separation anxiety and improves behavior and communication skills. School- age children benefit from massage by improving motor activity and having a better sense of boundaries as well as managing growing pains.  As children develop into teens and young adults, they often encounter more mental and physical stress. Massage helps reduce stress and anxiety, and helps improve mood and development of a more positive body image thus helping to build self-confidence, compassion for others, and conflict resolution skills.

To schedule an appointment for your child visit the "Contact Me" page.  For Infant/Pediatric Massage Class information visit the "Services &  Rates" page.

 

 

Massage Options for Teens Include: (done through clothing)

  • Sports Massage - Increases flexibility, helps prevent injury, helps reduce recovery time from injuries
  • Reflexology - (Feet, Hands & Scalp) Helps reduce stress associated with busy schedules, exams, peer pressure, and social anxiety
  • Chair Massage - Targets the neck, back, and shoulders where muscles tend to tighten due to heavy backpacks, poor posture, and stress
  • Thai/Shiatsu Massage - Uses Eastern philosophy of meridian pressure points and stretching to relieve muscle pain and improve overall health
  • Just Stretches - enhances athletic performance, injury prevention
  • Couples Massage Workshop - (With parent) Helps with stress relief, helps improve communication, self image and confidence. Also good for a "Girls Night Out/Spa Day"

 

For teens and young adults, the benefits of Massage include:

  • Stress Reduction
  • Decreased Anxiety
  • Enhanced Body Image
  • A Healthy Sense of Boundaries
  • Balanced Hormone Levels
  • Enhanced Athletic Performance/Flexibility

 

 

Do teens need a massage?

If you can answer "yes" to any one of these questions then the answer is "Yes!"

  • Are you stressed out about taking a test?
  • Do you have trouble staying focused in school?
  • Are you involved in sports?
  • Do you have a hard time falling asleep?
  • Do you experience constipation?
  • Have you been diagnosed with Autism, ADD/ADHD?
  • Do you have a medical condition that requires frequent hospital/doctor visits?
  • Are you happy and healthy and you want to bond with your friends?

As children develop into teens and young adults, they often experience "growing pains" and encounter more mental and physical stress due to increased responsibilities. Massage helps reduce stress and anxiety, and helps improve mood and development of a more positive body image. It also helps strengthen the "3-C's": Confidence, Compassion, and Conflict resolution skills.

 

All content found on this website is based on personal experience and/or observation and is supported by research  related to massage therapy.  It is not meant to treat, diagnose, cure, or otherwise interfere with treatment by your physician. Since massage is highly subjective, results can not be guaranteed.  Massage Therapy is considered to be complementary to traditional medicine and a doctor's note may be required for certain medical conditions.