Reflexology is a relaxing foot massage therapy that is believed to work by stimulating pressure points in the feet to treat pain in different parts of the body. This could be a great and natural way for parents to help their little children when they need it.
Remember to relax the baby before starting the massage and try to encourage blood flow with a soft foot rub or with a bath.
Here are some ways you can use this ancient technique for your baby:
Head and Teeth
Massaging the tips of the toes can be done when a child suffers from head and teeth pain. Some suggest that this is something you can do even when they’re asleep.
Sinus pain, which sometimes might get extreme for a child, can be relieved by massaging and applying gentle pressure to the center underside of your baby’s toes.
For babies with congestion in the chest, you can try to apply gentle pressure and massage in a circular motion the pads of the feet, just under the toes and above the arch. This can also be used for coughing problems.
Stomach (solar plexus)
The solar plexus is a collection of nerves located between the stomach and lungs. It is connected to the center of the foot, below the pads of the feet, where the arch begins. Massaging this area can relieve discomfort related to upset tummies, spasms, tightness, and trouble breathing.
Upper and Lower Abdomen
The portion between the middle of the baby’s foot and the pads of their feet is a good area to massage if they suffer from constipation, heartburn, and indigestion. Massage between the middle of their feet and heel for babies who suffer from gas and bloating in the lower intestine.
The rapid growth of babies makes pain in the hips a common problem. A soft rub of the heel is believed to help a lot with this type of pain. It can also be very helpful for constipation and upset tummies.
Reflexology can be a very effective therapy when used complementary to a doctor’s guidance and a great way to relax and help your little-loved ones!