One of the greatest gifts you can give to a loved one is the gift of good health. By learning a few reflexology techniques and practicing them on your family and friends, you are giving them this most wonderful gift. More specifically, your children or grandchildren can benefit greatly from the wonders of a reflexology treatment.
Children between the ages of 2 and 12 have relatively short attention spans – especially boys. So, when planning a reflexology treatment for a child, it might be best to do so at bedtime or first thing in the morning. Just imagine if your parents had started and/or ended the days in your childhood by giving you reflexology! How awesome would that have been?!
Okay, a few other things to keep in mind:
- Children’s feet are still developing and may have minor, yet normal aches and pains
- Children’s feet are very sensitive and may be ticklish
- Younger children’s feet may be too small to work with, so remember the hands and outer ears are also part of doing reflexology
- Using a natural oil can make it easier to give reflexology and provides nourishment for the skin
Let’s take a look at these one at a time.
There are twenty-six bones in a human foot. These bones will not be fully developed until sometime in the late teens to early twenties. Until then, the growth plate of the foot is susceptible to stress and strain, and it is quite common for a child to experience minor aches and pains in their feet due to the natural growth cycle. And, under severe or extraordinary conditions, it can incur damage. While it would be extremely rare for damage to occur during a reflexology treatment, it is good to be armed with information. Simply take it easy and make it enjoyable for the both of you.
I have found that not only are children’s feet ticklish, but so are adult’s. A firm, authoritative grip – not tight – is all that is required to eliminate any risk of tickling the feet. Unfortunately, with kids, it can turn into a game and you may have to admit defeat a few times before they can take it a bit more seriously. Just don’t give up trying! They will eventually get it. As far as adults with chronic ticklishness, sometimes this is an issue that cannot be overcome. I have had two clients who were so ticklish I could not give them reflexology. So, I did what any self-respecting reflexologist would do – I gave them hand and outer ear reflexology! There is always a way to give reflexology.
Hand and outer ear reflexology is remarkable! Young children are especially receptive to having their outer ears worked with. It has been my experience they become very still and quite relaxed. Start eith the ear lobes of both ears. Squeeze lightly and pull down. Then trace the outer edge of the ears up and around. Repeat as necessary – and as requested. Try this on yourself first to get how to do it. You’ll find it is quite relaxing and destressing.
Lastly, olive, grapeseed, jojoba or castor oils are amazing to work with and provide a medium with which to apply reflexology in a more fluid fashion. Overall, it feels better for giver and receiver and allows for more control when providing reflexology. However, lotions and oils should ONLY be used on feet and hands – not on the outer ears.