Ahh massage… massage is great, isn’t it? Massage is one of the most successful ways to relieve pain and reduce stress. Maybe you already know this and receive massage regularly. According to the American Massage Association (AMA), 39.1 million adults received massage last year in the U.S. What about our children though? Is massage something our children and teens could benefit from? Absolutely!
Massage has been proven to lower stress levels in adults and children! There is a strong connection between stress levels and health. When cortisol (a stress hormone) levels are chronically elevated, healthy immune system cells are destroyed. Massage helps to lower cortisol levels in the body. The more massage received, the lower the stress levels thus producing a healthier, happier individual.
Massage is particularly beneficial during the teen years. It is important to show teens healthy ways to deal with stress. The alternatives being offered by their peers could lead to disaster. With 40% of high school students drinking alcohol, often for stress relief, it’s no wonder more parents are including massage as part of their teens’ mental health and physical wellness routine.
Teen athletes can benefit tremendously from massage. Injuries occur in teens at the same frequency as professional athletes. Because bones grow first, teens are especially susceptible to sprains, strains, and tears. Massage can help the muscles and joints stay supple and mobile, thus helping to prevent the likelihood of such an injury occurring.