Kids, Teens, and Healing Arts

Healing Arts Guidelines for Minors

People of all ages can benefit from Kripalu Bodywork and the other Healing Arts services offered at Kripalu. Kripalu adheres to the following guidelines to support a positive Healing Arts experience for children and adolescents under the age of 18.

  1. Healing Arts services will not be provided to anyone under the age of 18 without the written consent of a parent or guardian.
  2. For all minors between the ages of 12 and 18 a parent or guardian must be present in the treatment room for the entire service.
  3. Children under the age of 12 may not receive Healing Arts treatments.
  4. Children must work with a therapist of the same gender as schedule/treatment permits.

Parents should orient their children about receiving a Healing Arts service by explaining the following information before the session:

  • Healing Arts services help your body to relax and feel better. If you are receiving Kripalu Bodywork or other touch therapies, you will be asked to undress to your comfort level and to lie on a massage table under a sheet. The therapist will use massage oil or cream on your skin and apply pressure to various parts of your body. If you are receiving Self-Discovery, energy work, shiatsu, Thai massage, or positional therapy, please wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Prior to the session, children should shower and use the rest room. At the start of the service, encourage your child to tell the therapist any important information about their body such as the location of injuries or sore spots. During the service, they can tell the therapist what feels good and what does not feel good.
  • Affirm that they are in control of the service, and it is always acceptable to say if they are uncomfortable or ask for what they need to feel safe and relaxed. They may tell the therapist not to touch their chest, buttocks, or any other part of their body that makes them uncomfortable. They may be encouraged to breathe deeply and evenly to help them relax. The therapist may also breathe deeply or sigh out loud to encourage them to breathe and relax.