Body stress may affect our children’s general wellbeing too. Their ‘growing pains’, poor posture, the stress of puberty, peer pressure, exam stress and sports injuries take their toll on those young bodies.
Small children are likely to accumulate body stress as a result of frequent falls or jerks while playing, or from trying to lift heavy objects. It is difficult for a toddler to communicate how they feel – a usually good-natured child may complain of a funny feeling in their tummy, become sullen or uncooperative or constantly demand to be picked up rather than walking.
Once at school, a child with body stress in their neck or lower back may lack concentration, become fidgety or restless and sometimes even become disruptive. Body stress in the lower back may contribute to enuresis (bedwetting).
Children often sit badly, especially when hunched over a book, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Poor posture is a common cause of body stress in the neck and lower back, many children slump in front of the television in a half lying/half sitting ‘banana shape’ which reverses the natural curve in the lower back. Bad posture can put pressure on the whole spine causing body stress to become stored in the muscles of the neck, upper and lower back.
The emotional demands on children and teenagers these days are enormous. Pressure to excel at school, peer pressure, social media pressure and coping with the rollercoaster of hormonal changes can all take their toll. As children approach puberty they become more self-conscious and often develop a rounded posture, hunching and rolling their shoulders inwards, collapsing their chests. This can cause muscles to tighten and may affect their ability to breathe normally by causing body stress in the diaphragm. This can contribute to anxiety.
Children and teenagers tend to respond very quickly to Body Stress Release, as the body stress hasn’t been accumulated over a long time and is readily released.