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A form of adapted massage, pediatric massage is geared toward reducing stress and helping with physical conditions that can be difficult for children to manage. Training in pediatric techniques will help you modify your routines to fit a child’s physical and cognitive development as well as any health concerns. Sessions can be done solo, but some modalities promote bodyworkers and parents working together to encourage parent-child bonding.
General pediatric continuing education will teach you the necessary assessment and adapted touch techniques you need to work with children. To work with children under the age of three, specialized infant massage training is recommended. Once you know the base techniques, you can learn to help children with conditions like cancer, attention deficit disorders, trauma and asthma.