1. What if I make mistakes? Parents are often concerned about making mistakes while giving their child the massage. Because you are aware of the obvious big mistakes you wont make them: Being rough with your child and creating a "torture" scenario, giving the massage when you are angry or not wanting to help your child, or massaging upwards toward the head instead of always moving downward towards the feet. If you study the book and watch the videos, remain gentle and calm, and follow the QST movements in order you will not hurt your child.
2. For a specific issue what movements should I be putting more emphasis on? Movements 1, 2, and 3: These movements open the child's awareness to the world around them. These movements de-block the system and gets stagnant energy moving. Movement 4: opens the ears so the child can listen and hear the world around them. Movement 5: works on eye contact and smiling. Movement 6: helps the child's tongue and lips form speech. Movement 7: helps the child calm themselves down when they are upset. Movement 8: works on digestion. Movement 9: helps the child eliminate toxins from their system. Movement 10: moves energy down to the toes. Movement 11: moves energy in the toes. Movement 12: moves energy all the way up to the head to nourish the brain and increases muscle tone.
3. How do I know whether to "fill" or "clear"? This is a common question. The body is like an onion and has layers. Throughout the massage you will need to do both, in most cases. Normally, the first few weeks are for clearing the blocks. To do this you must do the "patting" or "yang" method for movements 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 9. If the child is ticklish in certain areas, this means they have cleared that layer of blocks and need "filling" or the "yin" method. If an area is uncomfortable (usually head/ears) it means there are still blocks. So, clearing would be appropriate. Sometimes, after the first month or so things might get confusing. This is where your intuition and being "in-tune" with your child comes into play. Stay calm.
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