My Secret To Help Kids Relax
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We are starting out with Christine Brundage who is a certified Yoga Instructor. She teaches Yoga to children ages 2 – 5 years old in New Jersey. That must be absolutely adorable to see, right?
Kids today have just as much stress or even more than ever before. So Yoga teaches them how to relax and better ways to manage anxiety and anger.
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My Secret To Help Kids Relax
By Christine Brundage
As a kid’s yoga teacher of children 2-5 years of age, I get all sorts of questions and comments. One of the more popular topics people ask me is for ways to help a child to relax.
Being a parent to a very feisty 4 year old, it is crucial to have tools to help her relax when I start seeing things are heading south. The truth is, I do have a secret weapon to help kids relax and it works almost all of the time. It’s not always easy to employ but when I do, its usually smooth sailing for me.
So, you may be asking what is this magical, unicorn-like secret weapon that I am talking about? Well, it’s very simple actually. It is massage. Specifically, I give her an ear massage. Now, you can feel free to give a foot, hand or full body massage as well. And depending on time I may give her all of the above. However, if we are mid tantrum and I am desperate to get her to calm down quickly, my go-to is the ear massage.
There are many acupressure points in the ear that correspond to the organs in the body. And so ear massaging provides countless benefits. It helps with anxiety, releasing tension, dealing with over-excitement, helping them fall asleep, and just to help put them in an overall better mood. And not to mention, she absolutely loves it.
The massage does not have to use any specific technique. You can usually get your cues on how its going by seeing your child’s reaction and then taking it from there.
Here is a quick guide to giving an ear massage:
– Have your child sitting or lying down comfortably
– Prep your hands by rubbing your palms together to make them warm
– Starting at the top of the ear, press gently and release moving along the outer rim of the ear to the bottom lobe.
– Gently put your finger in the middle of the ear and massage
– Rub around the ear, massaging all parts of the ear
– You can also press along the back of ear and then massage as well
Christine Brundage has been practicing Dahn Yoga, a Korean style yoga since 2006. In 2011, she became certified as a holistic mind –body instructor. This type of training includes flexibility, coordination and balance exercises similar to other forms of yoga; breathing and relaxation techniques; energy meditation; brain wave vibration; and healthy lifestyle and wellness programs.