I was sitting with my daughter today as she got ready for school. Ellie was in front of her dressing table, and I was perched behind her, finger brushing her hair after using our Curl Defining Leave In Conditioner and the Moisturising Detangling Spray. I could not help but notice her whole body relaxing.
I have been doing this for a while and my children report they feel calmer, more relaxed and energised, revitalised with improved concentration at school.
Anyone who has gotten a head massage understands the many benefits that it offers. A Head Massage is especially good for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis.
The physical contact and time alone together doing Ellies hair in the mornings, allows us to create a stronger emotional bond because this is OUR time. A time to share thoughts and ideas and talk about our fears and expectations for the day ahead.
There have been several studies on the benefit of head massages on kids, mostly those with ADHA who found that adolescent boys who received ten 15-minute daily massages were observed by their teachers to be more focused in their schoolwork, and they fidgeted less. In addition, the children rated themselves as happier than those who participated in a relaxation therapy program.
Another study involved kids aged 7-18, 20 percent of whom were girls. Each subject received a 20-minute massage twice a week. They showed immediate improvement in their moods and longer-term behavioural improvement in the classroom. They also reported feeling happier and their teachers found them to be more attentive.
Incorporating a quick head massage into your child's morning routine is definitely worthwhile. You are giving your kids much needed physical contact and helping to calm their nervous system, which will pay dividends in their ability to do school work, interact with peers and teachers, and be happier in general.