This simple routine can be a useful way of starting to overcome feelings of anxiety and restoring a sense of control over a stressful situation. It has proved to be among the most popular techniques from my book Healing Touch for Children. Many parents have used the technique themselves, and also taught it to their children.
The movements can be so discreet that no-one need know just how your child is managing to stay so calm and focussed. Encourage him/her to practise the sequence every day until it comes as second nature.
- Grip your right thumb between the palm and fingers of your left hand. Squeeze gently. Hold until you feel a pulse. Release.
- Move to your next finger and again squeeze gently until you feel a pulse.
- Repeat with all the fingers on your right hand.
- Repeat Step 1 on your left hand.
Massage for Children Day Course
If you’re interested in learning more about massage for children and simple, easy techniques to use with your children then you’ll enjoy my dayÂ course Positive Touch for Children which is run regularly in Chichester, West Sussex. The day is fun and informal with a chance to share ideas and try a creative story massage!