Massage for Parents: For A Much-Needed Break

Being a parent is lovely, right? One of the most rewarding experiences in life is also … challenging, right? Mums and Dads are constantly on the go, juggling work, childcare, household demands. It’s no wonder that many parents feel stressed and overwhelmed.

Massage therapy is a great way for parents to relax and de-stress.

massage for parents with crazed kids who chuck tantrums every hour

Kids will stretch your limits, but a quick massage can help improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and relieve pain. It can also help to improve sleep quality and boost your general mood.

Because that’s what every parent with a three-year-old needs.

Massage for Mothers’ Groups

Mothers’ groups are a great way for new mothers to connect with other mothers and share their experiences. A Mother’s group often meets regularly to discuss parenting challenges, offer support, and socialise.

Socialise? What happened to all my single friends? Oh, that’s right, they’re having a beer with all that time they have up their sleeves.

(Me)

Massage for parents is good therapy – it is also a cheap and accessible way for mothers’ groups to relax (or Fathers’ groups – do they still exist? – or were they relegated to the Iron John screaming in the wilderness camps? of the 1980s?).

Massage for parents creates a tranquil retreat for body and mind.

Massage for parents provides much-needed relaxation and rejuvenation for tired muscles and child-weary minds. As mothers navigate the demanding responsibilities of parenting, a massage can offer a moment of respite, introspection and self-care. It allows a Mother (or Dad) to reconnect with their bodies, release tension, and promote a sense of well-being. By incorporating massage into mothers’ group activities, participants can bond over shared relaxation experiences, fostering a supportive and nurturing environment.

Mothers can book a massage therapist to come to their meeting and give each Mother (or parent) a massage.

This can be a great way for mothers to bond with each other and get some much-needed time to themselves.

Benefits of Massage for Parents

Massage therapy can offer several benefits for parents, including:

Reduced stress and anxiety 

Massage can help to reduce stress hormones and promote relaxation (we wrote about stress in another post – 7 Ways to Relax When You’re Stressed).

This can be especially beneficial for parents, who often experience high levels of stress.

Improved sleep quality

Just on massage can improve sleep quality by reducing muscle tension and promoting relaxation – important for parents who often have trouble sleeping due to stress and fatigue.

Or screaming toddlers.

Reduced pain

Massage helps to reduce pain from muscle tension, headaches, and other conditions. This can be especially beneficial for Mums and Dads who are constantly on the go and lifting children.

Improved mood

Massage improves general mood by releasing endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects.

Types of Massage for Parents

There are a variety of different types of massage. Some of the most popular types of massage for parents include:

  • Swedish massage: 
    • Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage that helps to relax the muscles and promote relaxation.
  • Deep tissue massage: 
    • Deep tissue massage is a more intense form of massage that helps to release muscle tension and knots.
  • Prenatal massage: 
    • Prenatal massage is a type of massage that is specifically designed for pregnant women. It can help to reduce aches and pains, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.
  • Postpartum massage: 
    • Postpartum massage is a type of massage that is specifically designed for women who have recently given birth. It can help to reduce postpartum pain, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.

Finding a Massage Therapist for Parents

If you are interested in booking a massage for yourself or your mothers’ group, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Look for a massage therapist who is experienced in working with parents. Not all massage therapists are experienced in working with unique parental needs.
  • Ask about the massage therapist’s rates and packages. Some massage therapists offer special rates for parents and mothers’ groups.
  • Make sure to book your massage in advance. Massage therapists can get very busy, so it’s important to book your massage in advance, especially if you are booking a massage for a group of people.
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A Kids’ Perspective

Which Parental Groups might benefit from regular Massage?

Some parental groups that may be eligible for this might include:

  • Mothers’ groups: As mentioned above, mothers’ groups are a great way for new mothers to connect with other mothers and share their experiences. Massage therapy can be a great way for mothers’ groups to relax and de-stress together.
  • Playgroups & Daycare Centres: Playgroups are a great way for parents to socialise with other parents and their children. Massage therapy can be a great way for parents at playgroups to get some much-needed time to themselves.
  • P&C associations: P&C associations are a great way for parents to get involved in their children’s school community. Massage therapy can be a great way for parents at P&C meetings to relax and de-stress.
  • Sports teams: Many parents volunteer their time to coach their children’s sports teams. Massage therapy can be a great way for parents involved in sports teams to relax and de-stress after a long day of coaching.

Massage therapy can be a great way for parents to relax and de-stress. It can also help to improve sleep quality, reduce pain, and improve mood. If you are a parent, consider booking a massage for yourself or your mothers’ group. It’s the perfect way to take some time for yourself and recharge.

Categories: Massage

Edwin Lynch

Lecturer and tutor for School of Arts & Humanities and Research Assistant for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University.

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