Gentle Release Therapy offers some really simple, gentle and natural tools that can support a variety of common childhood issues such as constipation, bladder control, stress, anger, frustration and anxiety.
Combining fundamental beliefs of Traditional Chinese Medicine (which acupuncture is based on) we also use gentle touch as a form of Energy work to allow the body to release tension. You may be familiar with Reiki which is another form of Energy work.
Children tend to respond brilliantly to Gentle Release Therapy and it can be used from birth to adulthood and beyond, and you can also use it anywhere at anytime. I used it when my daughter was just 2 days old on the Neonatal ward, the next day she had recovered enough to be moved to my room, before we were discharged.
They can be in any position, whether you decide to hold a baby in your arms or for toddlers and above you can even have them lie on your knee while they watch TV. It's also a firm favourite at bedtime when these health issues seem to surface, whether that's a delaying tactic for bedtime or a real issue a quick Gentle Release treatment can help them really relax and drift off to sleep.
I haven't met a child or even adult yet that I haven't helped with constipation, even after only one session. Children are so great at getting back into balance even with only a short treatment, so it makes it an ideal tool for parents.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the Liver is connected to anger and frustration and by supporting this area we can help our children release that tension in a safe and gentle way.
The Kidneys are connected to Fear, but most importantly for our children Growth. Growing is such a massive undertaking and this will deplete energy from the Kidneys. When the kidney energy is weak we also feel more tired and when this area gets overwhelmed with the jobs of growing and sometimes dealing with any fear around them, problems with bladder control can surface in the form of daytime or night time wetting or both. Gentle Release has supported many children with these symptoms which normally improves after the first session, they may then need support when they start to get tired again towards the end of a school term or when they are having growth spurts or teething.
As adults we know that stress and anxiety can affect us all in different ways, for many it affects our abdominal system, some people want to eat more, some people want to eat less, some people just hold an awful lot of tension in this area. By gently holding different areas in the abdomen we can help to dissipate that tension and stress and help our children feel calmer,happier and healthier.
As your girl superheroes become women Gentle Release can be a great support for heavy or painful periods and something you can do for them or they can learn to do it for themselves.
For those more sensitive children that wouldn't like to be massaged or have oils on their skin it is a really gentle touch that hasn't been too much for any of the children we have worked with to date.
If you would like to learn how to support your little superhero(es) we have an Online Course which shows you how to use some of the key areas from Gentle Release Therapy to treat not only your family but yourself too. All too often children are actually picking up on the stress from their parents so looking after as many family members as possible including yourself is ideal!
Read more about Children and Gentle Release Therapy here.