Parenting a child diagnosed with autism is stressful. Autism is commonly associated with sensory and self-regulatory disturbances and children have a hard time taking in information. This interferes with learning and development and causes behavior problems.
But parents of children on the autism spectrum have reason to be hopeful. Qigong massage therapy is showing promise as a way to alleviate some of the effects of autism, according to the website Qigong Sensory Treatment Institute. Read a
round-up of articles
highlighting this treatment.
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- Tracey Curtis's Sunday class will be canceled Oct. 4 for yoga teacher training.
- Di Rulo's Saturday class, 10-11 a.m. is still on the schedule.
- Try yoga for just $5 Thursday, 6-7 p.m. during our student-led class.
Theresa Franklin, NCTMB, LMT, RYT, CMT
Olivia Kelly, NCTMB, LMT
Can Qigong Massage Help Children with Autism?
Each of us has chi, or energy, that flows through our bodies. Free-flowing chi keeps us healthy, alert, present and feeling alive. Those who practice tai chi know that qigong works to clear blockages in our chi and restore our life force. A number of recent studies point to promising results using qigong massage therapy to help children with autism.
According to a video on the Qigong Sensory Training Institute (
) website, our energy sources are the head, chest and belly. Our energy flows out of the top of our heads, down the outside of our body to our feet and up inside to renew the three energy sources.
In autism, energy and blood circulation are blocked at the surface so the deep energy sources are not renewed, leading to cognitive and social delays and physical problems. Qigong massage therapy combines gentle taps, rubs and other therapeutic touches on the fingers, toes, head and belly to remove the blocks and restore normal circulation.
Families with children diagnosed with autism might find help with information from the studies below, as well as information from the Qigong Sensory Training Institute.
Qigong Massage Therapy May Help Children with Autism
This 2015 study was published in the July/Aug. issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Children under aged 6 were given qigong massage daily by their parents and periodically by specially trained teachers over a five-month period.
Final evaluations showed that treated children had significant classroom improvement of social and language skills and reduction in autistic behaviour, compared with wait-list control participants.
Qigong May Treat Tactile Impairment in Young Children with Autism
There is evidence that tactile abnormalities in young children with autism are severe, universally present and directly related to delay of early self-regulation milestones required for social development. Parent touch is the most effective means of stimulating early self-regulation, yet parents avoid this because their children respond abnormally to it.
A study published in the December 2013 issue of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork suggests children ages 3-6 undergoing qigong massage therapy had significant decreases of tactile impairment, self-regulatory delay, and parenting stress, compared to a control group.
A Chinese Mind-body Exercise Improves Self-control of Children with Autism
Self-control problems commonly manifest as temper outbursts and repetitive/rigid/impulsive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), often contributing to learning difficulties and caregiver burden.
A July 2013 study published by Public Library of Science of 46 ASD children were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The experimental group received Nei Yang Gong therapy, a version of qigong massage therapy. The control group received instruction in progressive muscle relaxation technique.
The experimental group demonstrated significantly greater improvement in self-control than the control group. In addition, they showed enhanced EEG activity in the anterior cingulate cortex, a region that mediates self-control, whereas the PMR group did not.
Yoga Teachers in Training
Be Well Now has been the host to Yoga Teacher Training for several years. This year's 200-hour class, taught by Jaime Sanchez, ND, 500 E-RYT, of West-East Natural Healing, will graduate Sunday, November 8. The class includes Angie Becker, Kelly Masinelli, Di Rulo and Nancy Culiberk.
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