Massage & Kids: A Fantastic Combination!
Last week we spoke about how massage can benefit the elderly. Today we’ll talk about the other extreme i.e. how massage can benefit our young’uns!
Most people have this idea that massage is only something a fully grown adult should experience. As a result, they’ve somehow instilled fear in others that massage and kids is a complete no-no.
And I say this from experience. Growing up as an adolescent, I fondly recall how beneficial massage was in my life. Back in those days I used to play football (soccer) for my school team, and after every training or match, I’d come home with bruised and sore legs. Massage was the one thing that sped up my recovery and kept me going!
Later on in this post we’ll see how massage therapy can benefit young children, but for now let’s specifically discuss foot massagers for kids!
Foot Massagers For Kids: 2 Options To Consider!
You really have 2 options if you’re looking at foot massagers for kids.
#1 Consider Investing In An Orbeez Foot Spa!
What are the 2 things young kids love most?
- Colors—All kinds basically. The more colorful, the better!
- Things That Feel Good To Touch—Which explains why most kids enjoy playing with slime, goo, or play-doh even!
What the heck is this thing? If you’ve ever played with marbles when you were younger, that’s kinda what these look like. But marbles are hard…..this feels squishy! Orbeez beads are nothing more than polymers that expand when placed in water.
Because kids absolutely love this stuff! More so, they enjoy the squishy sensations. The thing with children is they need to be engaged. If they’re not engaged, it’ll be a nightmare getting them to do something. That’s why I love the orbeez foot spa. It’s an awesome way for kids to slowly “grow” themselves into the world of massage.
It’s much better than having them go through a super intense massage session which they probably may not like. And if they don’t like it as kids, they probably won’t like it as they grow up!
It isn’t a “full blown” foot massager like the ones I recommend in option #2. It’s more a foot spa with mild massage like vibrations. “But should I not get an actual foot massager?” You could and that’s what I talk about in option 2, but I think it would be a better idea to start your kids off with something mild and light. And that’s exactly what the orbeez can do!
Amazon has some pretty good choices, but the one I like most is this 2,200 orbeez spa set!
#2 Consider A Regular Foot Massager (Electric Or Non Electric)
In an earlier post titled “Best Foot Massager: A Complete Buyer’s Guide” I went over my 4 favorite electric and 4 favorite non electric foot massagers. Even though these devices are made for an adult sized foot, there’s no reason why children can’t use them.
One thing to watch out for is intensity. Most of the adult sized foot massagers are incredibly intense, and even their lowest setting may be a bit too much for a 10 year old.
Before letting your child use the massager, I always recommend you set It up for them. Put your feet in and see how they feel at a low intensity setting. Do you see it being too intense for a child? If yes, lower the intensity even further if possible.
The above applies to electric style foot massagers. Non electric foot massagers such as foot rollers are more “child friendly”, because there are no high intensity airbags that inflate.
How Massage Therapy Can Benefit Kids!
Children experience the same incredible benefits to massage as adults do. I’ve listed the 3 most important ones below.
Why So Much Emphasis On Foot Massage?
Massaging your feet is one of the best habits/routines you can cultivate. Why the feet? Well if you think about it for a second, consider how much your feet serve you in a full day:
- You Use Them To Walk—To put it into context, think of how many steps you complete in a single day!
- They Bear Your Entire Body Weight—It’s no wonder your soles and Achilles are as sore as they are!
- You Even Use Them To Drive!—One foot on either the gas or break and the other on the clutch!
The list is endless. One could argue that you use your feet for practically everything that you do.
I certainly think so!
Foot Reflexology: Something Every Parent Should Think About!
Foot reflexology, a form of foot massage can have tremendous benefits.
You see all major organs in the body can be found as reflex points on the feet. Reflexology is simply the act of stimulating these pressure points. By stimulating these pressure points, we trigger the body to heal itself.
And the best part is it’s so simple and easy, anyone can do it! Below is a video discussing foot reflexology in greater detail. There is no foot massager that can stimulate these pressure points, so everything must be done by hand. Teaching your child how to work these pressure points themselves is probably the best way of going about it. However, always remember consistency in the process is paramount!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. You recommend young kids start off with a lighter foot massage by using an orbeez spa set. Are orbeez beads dangerous? What if my child swallows them?
Q2. Does that mean I have to supervise my child at all times?
Q3. Talking foot massagers for kids, you mention 3 very different products. How do I know what’s right for my child?
Q4. How do I keep my kid engaged in massage so they continue to do it?
Hope This Gave You Some Insight!
The benefits that come from massage are no secret. Adults and young kids all over the world are experiencing tremendous improvements both physically and mentally!
But if you want to get maximum benefits, you gotta start early. The best way to do this is to setup a massage regimen/routine for your family (children included). This way you hold everyone responsible!
Finally, I hope you enjoyed reading and got some value out of this. If you have any questions, please leave them below. See you soon!