A couple of months ago, when Elijah had a fever and was not feeling too great a friend of mine, who is fluent in Chinese, called someone over to our house to try some “Chinese baby massage”. If there is a natural solution – I always want to try that first since I am not a fan of medicine. This type of massage is a very gentle form of acupressure, following the energetic points in the body. It helps to balance the body in all aspects. Within the same day Elijah was already looking better. He wasn’t as pale and his fever disappeared. As with all natural approaches, it takes more than just one application, but I did feel that he looked better after just one massage. Chinese pediatric massage can be incorporated into your day with baby, especially during diaper changes, feeding and bedtime routine. It can be beneficial for colic, reflux, night crying/screaming, and other gastrointestinal problems. This is a safe form of massage and quite helpful for babies. Since then I have been reading up on this form of massage and I thought I would share some of that info since I found it very interesting!
Chinese remedial infant massage or xiao er tui na is a safe, non-invasive, low cost, and extremely effective therapy for the treatment of a wide variety of common childhood ailments. Most common childhood complaints respond in only one or two treatments. Infant massage is, of course, not a universal cure, and seeing a doctor is sometimes necessary. However, many ailments can be treated effectively by parents with massage. In fact, children’s diseases are, by and large, very simple. Only a few are serious and life-threatening. Most childhood diseases are common minor ailments that can be treated satisfactorily with massage. In such cases, massage treatment gets even better and certainly safer effects than modern medicines. Therefore, parents do not need to unduly rely on doctors for the treatment of childhood ailments. Nowadays, physicians tend to dispenses medicine exclusively, and many doctors habitually overprescribe these drugs which tend to be expensive and produce side effects. Although most doctors are aware of these side effects, they have, nonetheless, forgotten older, safer, more benign therapies such as Chinese infant massage. Thus frequent injections and hospitalization are prescribed, inflicting unnecessary pain and distress on children and their families. In addition, Chinese infant massage not only treats disease remedially but can also be used to prevent disease and promote even better health in the otherwise healthy.
If you want to know more, check out this online book:
Chinese Pediatric Massage: A Practitioner’s Guide