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Specific and sensitive to the needs of a young person going through the transition from child to adult,
teenagers can be self conscious and shy of their bodies requiring education and feedback to build self esteem.
The approach to teenage massage helps a young adult understand and accept healthy nurturing touch, as well as, assists teenagers to manage stress, reduce impact of emotional/hormonal transitions, relieve muscle tension, improve sleep and study patterns.
While teens may be less likely than their parents to go to a massage therapist, there are plenty of reasons why this age group should be encouraged to give it a try. The benefits of massage are well documented, among them relief of muscle tension, lowered stress hormones, increased sense of relaxation, improved immune function, and even a heightened ability to concentrate, according to studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. But for teenagers, there's an additional payback.
The teenage body is in the midst of transformation -- exponential growth and development in a rapid period of time. On the physical side, teens may be at increased risk for aches, pains, and injury. Many teens strain their bodies with competitive sports, get erratic sleep, and consume a less-than-optimal diet. Massage can help muscles recover from overuse, and help balance the body and maintain that stability.
Perhaps even more crucial, teen massage can help improve body image and sleep patterns, and contribute to decreased depression, anxiety, and stress. This keeps a teen connected to their body, even as it morphs in confounding ways. Many teens are self-conscious, and not happy with their bodies, massage can help teens stay grounded. Bodywork has also been reported to help mediate eating disorders, a growing concern among teens.