Public school students of all ages and grade levels spend an average 6.64 hours in school each day — and this doesn’t account for optional after-school programs or extracurricular activities. From the moment the bell rings each weekday morning until pickup time every afternoon, most elementary-age children encounter it all: lessons and lectures, group activities, solo tasks, tests, show-and-tell presentations, peer interactions at lunchtime and breaks… the list goes on.
This agenda is enough to make anyone’s head spin! For children and pre-teens who are especially sensitive to stress, stimulation, or behavioral challenges, the daily elementary school environment may be overwhelming at times. Just as massage therapy soothes recipients by relaxing the muscles, craniosacral therapy can release pent-up tension by gently working the bones and soft tissues of the head and spinal column. When a skilled craniosacral therapist manually relaxes these key players in the central nervous system, the recipient will notice a profound overall sense of relaxation that can alleviate tension-related symptoms with regular treatment.
Finally, the gentle nature of craniosacral therapy makes it ideal for young and often overstimulated schoolchildren. A trusted therapist can gradually establish a safe and quiet space away from the chaos of everyday life, and may even invite a parent to sit in on sessions. Loved ones sometimes help create a comfortable atmosphere for their child by reading a favorite book aloud or simply remaining present.
The result? A happy and healthy child with an improved schooling experience.
1. In the classroom
Many children find it difficult to remain fully focused throughout a long lecture or lesson at the whiteboard. Whether they find themselves occasionally daydreaming about a cool new video game or have been diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia, or any condition that may present unique learning obstacles, students still benefit from staying as engaged as possible. Add tests into the mix and stress can skyrocket (yes, even in elementary school!), further aggravating existing challenges. Craniosacral therapy sessions actively mitigate stress and allow your child to return to the classroom relaxed and better able to absorb and interact with new information.
2. On the playground
If your child is on the autism spectrum, has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, or experiences anxiety symptoms, social settings can be anywhere from nerve racking to highly challenging. And where does all that tension go? They hold it in their bodies, and as it builds, undesired symptoms may intensify. Craniosacral therapy releases tension, so your child’s mind and body are more at ease.
3. After school
The same anxiety that crops up at recess is likely also a challenge during extracurricular activities such as group sports, clubs, and similar social programs. Hobbies can be a great way for your child to build confidence and discover their personal strengths, therefore alleviating stress. But sometimes after-school activities can have the opposite effect if a child is already feeling stressed or triggered. Children who receive craniosacral therapy are at an advantage, as they are able to release some of that stress and may feel more comfortable to participate elsewhere.
4. At home
At school, at home, and beyond, craniosacral therapy promotes your child’s overall wellbeing. Because treatment focuses on releasing tension in the central nervous system, which is the command center for matters of the body and mind, undesired behavioral and physical symptoms can start to decrease with regular sessions. From relieving chronic constipation to improving sleep and helping recipients better regulate emotions, craniosacral therapy supports comfortable, healthier children who feel freer to live, laugh, play, and learn.
Contact Bek today to help your elementary student (or child of any age) experience the transformation!