Infant Massage Therapist Boca Raton FL

To do an infant massage, choose a time when your baby is well fed and rested. Put a towel in a quiet room for the baby to lie on, choose a natural oil such as coconut, almond, or avocado, and play relaxing music. Assess the baby’s receptivity by observing her response to your touch.

Lorie McCoy, CD, HBCE, CH
(561) 988-5351
4722 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite C108
Boca Raton, FL
Payment
Accepted Payment Methods: Self Payment
Payment Assistance: Payment Arrangements
Average Fee: Please see website for pricing
Practice Groups
Amazing Births and Beyond - Boca Raton
Certifications & Memberships
Certifications: PD (Postpartum Doula), CE (Childbirth Educator), LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist), HBCE (HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator), CD(DONA)
Memberships: DONA International, HypnoBirthing Institute-Mongan Method
Services Offered
Childbirth Classes, Home Birth, Hospital-Supported Births, Hypnobirthing, Lactation Consulting, Massage, Placenta Encapsulation, Postpartum Care, Water Birth, Yoga

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Jones Jennifer
(561) 338-3322
1575 SW 4th Cir
Boca Raton, FL
Industry
Doula

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Amazing Births/The Red Tent, Embracing The Journey of Motherhood
(561) 865-5791
20 S. Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, FL
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Accepted Payment Methods: Self Payment
Payment Assistance: Yes, Please Call, Payment Arrangements, Early-Pay Discounts, credit cards , Sliding Scale
Average Fee: see our website for pricing on our select services
Services Offered
Childbirth Classes, General Wellness, Holistic Pediatrics, Home Birth, Homeopathy, Hospital-Supported Births, Hypnobirthing, Lactation Consulting, Massage, Parenting Classes, Postpartum Care, Pre-Conception Care, Water Birth, Yoga

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Lisa Kelly,LMT
(561) 865-5791
20 S.Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, FL
Practice Groups
Amazing Births, The Red Tent ,healing arts for women, Delray Beach,FL & Durango, CO
Certifications & Memberships
Certifications: Certified Maya abdominal therapy
Services Offered
Childbirth Classes, General Wellness, Home Birth, Hospital-Supported Births, Hypnobirthing, Lactation Consulting, Massage, Water Birth, Yoga

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Respect Life Archdiocese Of Miami
(954) 977-7769
5115 Coconut Creek Pkwy
Margate, FL
Industry
Doula

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Amazing Births & Beyond - Boca Raton
(561) 988-5351
4722 NW 2nd Avenue , Suite C108
Boca Raton, FL
Payment
Accepted Payment Methods: Self Payment
Payment Assistance: Payment Arrangements
Average Fee: Please see website for pricing
Certifications & Memberships
Certifications: RLC (Registered Lactation Consultant), dona, Certified HypnoBirthing Fertility Specialist, Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, Certified Pre & Perinatal massage therpist
Memberships: Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), DONA International, HypnoBirthing Institute-Mongan Method, International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), La Leche League International (LLLI)
Services Offered
Childbirth Classes, Home Birth, Hospital-Supported Births, Hypnobirthing, Lactation Consulting, Massage, Midwifery Services, Placenta Encapsulation, Postpartum Care, Prenatal Care, Water Birth, Yoga

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Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies Coalition of PBC Admin Offices
(561) 732-2110
500 Gulfstream Blvd
Delray Beach, FL
Industry
Doula, Registered Nurse

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Birthline
(561) 278-0880
1040 S Federal Hwy
Delray Beach, FL
Industry
Doula

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Mullen Connie Lm Cpm
(561) 330-0993
308 NE 4th St
Pompano Beach, FL
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Doula, Midwife

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Moms Help Organization
(954) 345-0797
1515 N University Dr # 101-B
Coral Springs, FL
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Doula

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Massage to Soothe Your Cranky Baby

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Empirical research suggests our appreciation of massage starts early—as tastes go, it’s one that needs little acquiring. That’s certainly the message behind the growing trend of infant massage, where mothers and fathers (and sometimes caretakers) bond with their wee ones through loving touch and improve their overall health. Parents, nurses, and doctors say that massage helps babies grow better, improves digestion, and eases colic. Studies conducted at the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine show that infant massage facilitates weight gain in preterm infants, decreases babies’ level of stress hormones, and balances out their sleep/wake cycle. “Nurturing touch is important for children’s physical, social, behavioral, mental, and cognitive development,” says Linda Garofallou, an infant and pediatric massage therapist at Children’s Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. She gives infant massage to patients and also trains others in the technique.

To do an infant massage, choose a time when your baby is well fed and rested. Put a towel in a quiet room for the baby to lie on, choose a natural oil such as coconut, almond, or avocado, and play relaxing music. Assess the baby’s receptivity by observing her response to your touch. If she is stiff or tense, then use your intuition: either hold her closely in your arms until she relaxes—or wait for another time. A gazing, quiet, yet alert state means she is ready to begin.

A common stroke, called Indian Milking, entails holding one foot with your hand and then “milking” the leg from the ankle to thigh. Follow this by holding the thigh with both hands and gently twisting and squeezing your hands as you move from thigh to foot. (For more strokes, see Vimala Schneider’s classic book, Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents [Bantam, 1989] or visit the International Association of Infant Massage, www.iaim.ws/home.html , to find a certified infant massage instructor near you.)

Babes aren’t the only ones who benefit from infant massage. Experts like Andrea Kelly, ceo of the International Association of Infant Massage in Ventura, California say that giving a massage releases nurturing hormones for both the mother (oxytocin) and the father (prolactin).

In addition to bonding, infant massage helps kids born with addictions or serious health problems, says Joanne Starr, MD, director of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Children’s Hospital. She’s seen the positive effects of Garofallou’s infant massage on the tiny heart patients she’s operated on. “I think it’s a very important part of their healing,” says Starr, who adds that many of these infants can’t be held because they are hooked up to ventilators. “It’s such a helpless feeling for the parents, but massage empowers them to do something.”

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