December 21, 2009
Written by Cory Chandler
It’s like spa treatment … for 2-year-olds.
A new book that marries the soothing qualities of lullaby and massage could help parents calm their squirming toddlers and remedy much of the fuss and futility of bedtime.
“Lullaby Massage: Rhyme & Touch Massage for Infants and Children,” by Texas Tech University child development researcher Sybil Hart, provides a sequence of massage techniques set to poetry intended to relax young children and ready them for bed.
The 12 techniques developed by Hart target specific parts of the body, including the feet, hands and shoulders.
Movements mimic activities such as painting or answering a telephone call and the corresponding lyrics act as instructions for parents while keeping children engaged in the process long enough to receive the massage.
Research has shown that massages can help ease pain and anxiety in children and improve their cognitive performance – the trick is coaxing a bundle of restless feet and fleeting attention into sitting still long enough to receive one.
“How do you sit an active, rambunctious 2-year-old down and give them a massage?” asked Hart, a professor of human development and family studies. “Children are the people on earth who need massages most and they often get them the least.”
Hart is author of “Handbook of Jealousy: Theory, Research, and Multidisciplinary Approaches.” Her infant research has been featured in Newsweek magazine and on the TODAY show.
Lullaby Massage is published by Hale Publishing. It is available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982337922/sr=1-1/qid=1259960134/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1259960134&sr=1-1&seller=
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CONTACT: Sybil Hart, professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3000 ext. 238, or firstname.lastname@example.org.