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I have to be perfectly honest about this one…I don’t utilize massage in my kids’ classes at all due to liability/misconduct issues. That is my personal decision. Many teachers do like to give their children massages during class (especially before savasana)….and that is totally okay.
Massage is great for relieving tension from the muscles and teaching children the relaxation response. It also stimulates blood flow and circulation, and helps to calm the nervous system.
If you do choose to integrate massage into your children’s teaching, I would recommend limiting it to the bottoms of their feet, their hands, and perhaps, at most, their shoulders and neck. Basically, you want to stay as far away from the torso and legs as possible (so that you can stay as far away from the courtroom as possible).
Granted, I live in Los Angeles, where legal action is perhaps a bit more prevalent and frivolous than other areas, but I never think you can be too safe.
If a child can go home and tell a parent, “Mommy, today my teacher rubbed me on the ________,” and cause any sort of concern, stay away from that part. Even having a child lie on his stomach and rub his back can seem a little creepy to many parents. So, be mindful.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I massage the neck and shoulders of every student in my adult classes…but never with my kids. Something to think about.
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