Bedtime Massage for Kids

by Rebecca Geiger

August 7, 2016

The children also go through a transition, and may need some extra attention (and we may need more patience with them). Transitioning from a lax bedtime throughout the summer to a consistent earlier hour may be a bit difficult at first; it is for Taylor. Although I did start an earlier bedtime routine mid-July, it is still sometimes tough to get to bed on time. Since sleep is very critical to the success of a child in school, it is important to me to make sure she goes to bed at a reasonable time and falls asleep fast. In order to accomplish this, I often give her my 5 on 5 in 5 Bedtime Massage.

The bedtime massage is a series of 5 gentle strokes on 5 general areas in only 5 minutes. You don’t need lotion, oil or music, and it really works. All you need is a few minutes, silence and a blanket covering your child’s body. The blanket allows for gliding and that is why you don’t need any products. Incorporate the use of Sleepylze as Cassandra describes below. To perform my 5 on 5 in 5 Kiddo’s Bedtime Massage, follow this simple protocol beginning with child lying face up:

Feet and Legs- both can be massaged at the same time, if you wish. Perform 5 compressions (gentle squeezes) while holding the feet in your hands. Then, while still holding the feet, use your thumbs and perform 5 circles on the heels. Perform 5 gentle strokes beginning at the ankles, moving toward the hip and then towards the feet; up and then down, slowly with firm yet gentle pressure.

  1. Arms and hands- Perform 5 gentle strokes to each arm beginning at the wrist, moving toward the shoulder and then towards the hand; up and then down, slowly with firm yet gentle pressure. Like the feet, hold the hands and perform 5 gentle compressions to each hand and 5 thumb circles on each palm.
  2. Have child flip over and turn head to one side for comfort.
  3. Back of Legs- may also do both at the same time. Perform 5 gentle strokes beginning at ankles, moving toward the hip and then towards the feet; up and then down, slowly with firm yet gentle pressure.
  4. Back- Perform 5 gentle strokes with both hands starting at the belt line, gliding along the spine towards the head (not directly on the spine, have your hands spread apart a few inches). Once you are about to round over the shoulders, circle both hands outward and perform 5 simultaneous circles as you move back to the belt line to start again. Perform 5 sequences total.
  5. Scalp- using both hands, cup the back of the child’s head with one hand and support the forehead with your other hand, gently stoke the scalp 5 times by spreading your fingers out and then back in while providing gentle yet firm pressure to the scalp.

Pat your child on the back and give them a kiss good night.

Giving massage to your children will relax them and increase their circulation. It improves their overall health and wellbeing just like it does for adults. More specifically, it really helps to alleviate growing pains, it improves quality of sleep, it improves school performance and behavior, and helps recover from injury quicker. Giving massage to your child can be a positive bonding experience for you and for them. This is a great way to show them love and to teach them about what is, and the benefits of, positive touch.

Back to School Tool for Mom & Dad

by Rebecca Geiger

August 5, 2016

Getting back into (or beginning) your school year routine can be stressful for both the parents and the children. My daughter, Taylor, just started kindergarten, and I am surprised how much change is really happening. She was in preschool for two years, but it was only for a couple hours a few days a week. I did not have to pack a lunch every day, get up super early, or miss her too much. So, I totally feel what you are going through, and I am here to help.

The physical and emotional demands of transitioning to a new chapter can take a toll on your body, so it is supper important to maintain a personal self-care routine. I would like to help your transition be a smooth one. To relieve your physical stress, come in and get a massage from Cassandra or I. To relieve your emotional stress, come in and get a Reiki session with Cassandra or I. Have physical and emotional tension? Enjoy a 90 minute combo of the two services for $127 and $115, respectively. This is my personal favorite to receive because it works on both planes; it relieves anxiety and worry, and it makes me feel like a new person.

Essential Oils for Kids

by Cassandra Philpot

August 2016

You can use essential oils for just about everything. They help with moods, sleep, and behavior. This isn’t only for adults either, Young Living has their very own essential oil kit for kids. Here is what is in the Young Living Kids kit:

  • GeneYus – Sacred Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Cedarwood, Melissa, Blue Spruce, Palo Santo, Galbanum, Bergamot, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Geranium, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang, Hyssop, Black Spruce, and Rose essential oil.
  • Bite Buster – Idaho Tansy, Citronella, Palo Santo essential oil.
  • SniffleEase – Eucalyptus Blue, Palo Santo, Lavender, Dorado Azul, Ravintsara, Myrtle, Marjoram, Pine, Cypress, Black Spruce, and Peppermint essential oil.
  • Owie – Idaho Balsam Fir, Tea Tree, Elemi, Cistus, Hinoki, and Clove essential oil.
  • TummyGize– Spearmint, Peppermint, Tangerine, Fennel, Anise, Ginger, and Cardamom essential oil.
  • Sleepylze – Lavender, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Tangerine, Bergamot, Sacred Frankincense, Valerian, and Rue essential oil.

These are all blends of different essential oils and the synergistic effects of the oils are very beneficial to kids. Here are what these blends do:

  • Helps children stay on task.
  • Soothes sensitive skin.
  • Supports healthy skin.
  • Calms the body.
  • Uplifts the senses.
  • Relaxes the mind and body.

They are safe for you and children to use. Which blend you use and for what purpose will determine how you use or apply the oil. For example, Bite Buster is supposed to be good for the skin and can be used on bug bites and itchy spots. Sleepylze can be used before bedtime, naptime, or to cause relaxation to the child. Just apply a few drops behind the neck, ears, and on the wrist. You can find out more about this kit by going to the Young Living website.

They also have an essential oil blend for mother and babies called Gentle Baby. It’s safe for the mother and baby before and after birth. It’s supposed to be calming and help relax the mind and body. It’s great for first time moms, hard pregnancies, and upset babies. It can be added to baths to soothe babies and moms. You can put a few drops in the palms of your hands and massage onto your upset child.

If you would like to purchase the KidSecents oil collection or the Gentle Baby oil blend. Rebecca Geiger and myself (Cassandra Philpot) both sell Young Living essential oils and would be happy to help you.

Let Go of Your Headaches for Good

by Rebecca Geiger

July 2016

What a pain in the neck! Literally, 90% of headaches are caused by muscle tension in the head and neck regions. Headaches can be so debilitating that you feel like you are dying. I have experienced this myself. I have also experienced the relief (and then regret of thinking I was dying) when the headache finally went away.

When I discovered that my occipitofrontalis was just tight and causing pain in my neck and side of my head, I was relieved and a little embarrassed that I really thought I had a tumor and was a goner. This is a real concern for some folks, but why do we automatically think of the worst possible cause rather than the most likely cause?

We may never really be able to answer that question, but here are some factors to consider. The most common reason for headaches is muscle tension. Besides muscle tension, headaches may be caused by dehydration, low blood sugar, allergic reaction, overheating or other stressor.

Any job that you have solicits the opportunity for a repetitive use injury, so this may also be a factor to consider. How do you use your body while working? Do you sit or stand? Do you strain your eyes to look at a computer? Do you repeatedly do the same motion over and over again?

Four of the most common muscles that trigger headaches are the Sternocleidomastoid (sides of neck), Scalenes (front, back and sides of neck), Occipitofrontalis (from forehead to back of the head), and Trapezius (back of neck, top of shoulders down to mid back).

neck trigger points

Tension arises in these muscles for many reasons including:

  • Shrugging your shoulders up in a tensed position
  • Experiencing whiplash-like movements while braking
  • Improper posture; walking with chin lifted rather than down
  • Performing more tasks with arms out in front rather than in back, which causes an imbalance in the eccentric and concentric balance

You can combat the pain and reverse these headache inducing habits by the following:

  1. Receive regular massage, whether it is twice a week or twice a year. Try this technique to relieve headaches in between scheduled massages
  2. Identifying if you have one of the other common reasons for headaches, such as an allergy test
  3. Drink at least half of your body weight in water per ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, you should consume at least 90 ounces of water per day.
  4. Eat balanced meals (contains all tree macronutrients of fat, carbohydrates and protein plus vitamins) 3-4 times a day
  5. Eliminate stress and learn how to manage stress more effectively

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