Touch is a vital human need, and is equivalent to the need for food and breathing. Through touch the baby experiences all the feelings and thoughts of the person touching him. When the child feels a touch that is unpleasant to him, he objects to it, while a pleasant touch makes him feel positive. When this need is not met, when the contact is unsatisfactory and right, the child develops deprivation, which results in many negative consequences.
The need for contact is essential for the child’s mental development and for the development of his perception of space. As human beings we learn first about our body, and then – about our environment. Any impairment of skin sensations directly impairs a person’s inner spatial perception.
Objectives of Massage Therapy for ELI Children:
• Satisfaction of the need for contact
• Knowing the limits of the body through experience
Stimulation and development of the system of perception of space, built from the inner space and the outer space of man
• Development of the child’s physical communication with himself
• Trusting another.
In the ELA touch therapies, the type of touch is adapted to each child. The massage is given by the caregivers in a pleasant atmosphere with soothing music and maximum attention.
“ The heart of Shiatsu is the heart of Mother ” Namikoshi
Shiatsu is a method of touch therapy based on the principles of Chinese medicine. It is a touch therapy that combines pressure, movement and stretching throughout the body. The touch is a deep and slow touch in general, and as a result reaches deeper layers than an everyday touch, which is also invaluable.
Shiatsu releases physical and energy blockages in the body, and strengthens the child mainly on the emotional level, as it contributes to strengthening the child’s self-confidence and improving his cognitive level (concentration, learning, memory).
In most cases children love Shiatsu treatments very much, and are more relaxed during and after the treatment, as this is a time when all attention is paid only to them, a time of disconnection from the surroundings, and directing the energies to inner concentration, a time of pampering and refreshment.
In the Shiatsu treatments at ELA, emphasis is placed on trusting the other, receiving contact, obeying instructions and, of course, knowing the body and its boundaries in relation to the overall space.
As a caregiver who has been working with the association’s children since 1998, I really enjoy working with the children, and the children know how to express their pleasure back, each in his own way.
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