Massage and aromatherapy can calm autistic children and offer parents respite from the stresses of caring for a special needs child, a Bowling Green licensed massage therapist said.

Marylee C. Schreiber owns and operates Sanctuary Body Spa. She has an autistic son and has learned—through him and her own training—massage and aromatherapy techniques that can make a difference in autistic children’s lives … Schreiber said the Touch Research Institute in Miami studied autistic children and found massage helped the children sleep better.

Those with autism are either hypersensitive or hyposensitive to touch and receive stimuli from their bodies that are difficult to process.

Bowling Green Daily News, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Oct. 21, 2013