My aim is to promote massage and positive touch as a way of helping those with not only ADD, ADHD, Anxiety but with any disability here in Norfolk. As a Parent and a therapist I see on a daily basis the positive effects that massage has and I aim to bring Holistic therapy to the forefront here in Norfolk.
This page is also not only aimed at those suffering with a disability but also for their families. Parents and siblings all need a little time out and relaxation. A disability affects not just one person but everyone around them. I aim to offer a service providing an holistic approach to not cure but aide some of the symptoms which could exasperate an underlying condition.
What can massage do?
Massage can aide circulation by speeding up the movement of the blood supply which means that oxygen and nutrients are delivered more quickly. This is especially important for those who may have poor or limited movementin their legs, arms. As a mother my daughter has a mild case of Poor Peripheral Circulation and since using massage has helped with some of the pain and stabbing sensation she can feel when cold.
Massage can aide Anxiety which is common in those with disabilities by calming, reassuring and relaxing easing some of the more physical symptoms such as tummy aches, head aches. Massage can aide the production of melatonin through relaxation for better sleep Massage can reduce tension built up through Ticks and stress Massage can aide concentration Massage could also aide those with Hyperactivity by helping the body and mind to calm and relax
Massage can aide self esteem especially those with a disability who may perceive themselves as different. Massage can relax their minds which for ADD and ADHD suffers is key as their minds can seem like they are on a fast moving train and their bodies can often suffer trying to keep up. A regular massage session while not a cure can go along way into helping relieve stress and tension that has built up.
Parents and Family
Raising a disabled child is challenging and there are good and bad days. Here at marsham holistic therapy I understand this side to parenting and this is why I offer tailored massage treatments for the whole family. I feel that massage and relaxation are very important to the pysiccal and mental wellbeing of all parents and carers.
For Children Massage can give children the confidence to interact with peers especially massage techniques like Story massage which can give children a voice and a way to interact with their siblings.
Children are taught in our society that touch can be bad but what we are essentially doing is depriving our children of the most fundamental natural sense. Disabled children can also learn very early on through hospital intervention that touch can hurt. I hope to help ease a child's fears and teach them that touch is safe. We bond with touch, we communicate and we reassurance with touch and we can soothe and relax through touch.
I currently offer Holistic Full body massage as well as varying tailored massages within this as well as the Indian head massage and Story massage. All are great treatments and all with great benefit's.
Indian Head Massage Indian Head massage is a gentle treatment and it does not need anything other than a chair for the child / client to sit on. The massage moves are soothing and gentle making it suitable for children and adults of all ages. Being a seated therapy also helps as the child is still free to get up and move if they need to. Although the reason for the massage may be to relax by taking into account the child's moods, feelings and anxieties is a key element to tailoring the massage to their needs. Massage promotes trust between a therapist and a client and this is especially true in regards to children. If needs be Indian Head massage can also be done lying down and it is typical for the first few sessions to not be as productive as any child needs to become accustomed to massage. It took 3 sessions before my daughter was able to sit still long enough for a full 20 minute massage and feel comfortable enough to relax. Once she did the change in her body language was amazing, she becomes almost still the moment we start treatment and throughout the treatment her ticks seem to calm and she can even sit still. Now we are at the point where when she is starting to feel out of sorts she asks for a massage which is amazing as it means that she now associates massage with a feeling of calmness and relaxation. The treatment calms her mind as well as her body and she better able to concentrate and listen.
This is also not just confined to children with disabilities. Through experience of a child sitting her SATS last year I have discovered that Indian Head Massage can help when exam season is upon us by helping to ground and centre the student. It enables them to keep calm in exam conditions and get a good nights sleep.
Story Massage is also a really useful tool to use in regards to ADD / ADHD I trained with the founders of Story Massage again after I had seen some research into how positive touch could be used to aide children with disabilities. Story Massage is a more child friendly form of massage. click here to find out more I have also found it extremely useful in lots of situations. Story Massage can be used anywhere On long car journeys At the supermarket Bedtimes At the park When there is a sibling argument new environments or situations Due to other learning difficulites my daughter also struggles with learning about the world and appropriate behaviour. With story massage you can teach these things using a fun and creative story either with stories that you have personalised for them or with ones that are already written in the Story Massage book. Best of all your children can write their own stories and share them with you. If your children learn Story massage get ready to have lots of massages!! This is where it promotes their self confidence where they usually may not get a chance. My daughter also has eating issues due to medication and sleep issues associated with ADD which many parents can relate to. Story Massage has been an invaluable in that it has allowed me to be able to explain situations in a way she can understand while using positive touch to make it a relaxing experience. Story Massage makes stories and rhymes interesting and engaging and fun. Story Massage has been part of our routines since sept 2015. We primarily use it at bedtime as part of the bedtime hygiene / routine. It allows positive touch to calm and promote relaxation.