A gentle and caring touch for children ages 4-18 can greatly improve the quality of a child's life. Definition Massage has proven physiological benefits. It reduces stress form a strong body image. Children with disabilities and chronic musculoskeletal problems can benefit tremendously from regular massage. Massage is also very helpful to teenagers who are suffering from depression. Soothing and appropriate touch can help to dramatically improve mood, self-esteem and body image. Purpose The capacity to accept touch can positively affect interpersonal relationships and helps to develop trust in others. Massage therapy is helpful to stress related health problems in children, which includes: muscle contraction, headaches, stomachaches, anxiety, constipation, growing pain and crying spells. Parents should remain in the massage room with their child during the massage. 18 and up the parent's presence is optional. Best areas to massage a child • The back, for relaxation, insomnia and shoulder tension • The stomack, for tension stomachaches • The face, for relaxation • The legs, for insomnia or growing pains • The neck, for tension headaches • The feet, for fatigue or discomfort following vigorous exercise When massaging your child use positive phrases, such as "Relax, more and more" rahter than negative phrases, such as "Don't tense up."