Do your children ever have trouble falling asleep at night? Are they up and down after you’ve tucked them in? It’s so easy for kids to become over stimulated in the media-driven world we live in.
It can be hard for kids to wind down at night, I remember as a kid finding it hard to go to sleep and often lay awake for hours. We are not taught how to relax, so I’ve decided to share some yogic tips that have helped my family.
Massage for Tense Muscles
Become aware of your child’s body, are their muscles tight and tense, are they clenching their stomach. Just like adults, children can be affected by anxiety and stress for all sorts of reasons, starting new schools, family illness, financial problems even a change to their routine. This stress can be held in their body in the form of tight muscles.
A massage is a fantastic stress-buster. Giving your children a massage before bedtime will help them to sleep better as it is grounding and nurturing and will relax the nervous system. I would encourage you to use oil when you massage, try coconut oil in summer as it’s cooling and in winter you can use sesame oil* as it is warming. (If your child really feels the heat use a mixture of coconut oil and sesame oil in winter) Massage your children regularly and notice the improvement to their health and wellbeing.
*I like Melrose organic sesame oil as it doesn’t smell, you can also add a couple of drops of essential oil like lavender.
Become aware of your child’s breathing. Is it shallow, are they breathing into their chest or are they able to take deep belly breaths. When kids […]