Infant Massage Therapist Boone NC

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.

Health & Wellness Initiatives
(828) 221-2324
144 Azale Circle
Banner Elk, NC
Services
Women's Health, Weight Management, Supplements, Reflexology, Preventive Medicine, Other, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Mind/Body Medicine, Men's Health, Iridology, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging, Energy Medicine, EFT, Colon Hydrotherapy, Chelation Therapy, Bio-identical HRT, Biofeedback, Bach Flower Essences, Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, Allergy
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Anthony J. Castiglia, M.D.,Billie Castiglia, D.N.M.
(704) 799-9740
Advanced Integrative Medicine,570 Williamson Rd., Suite C
Moorseville, NC
Specialty
Aromatherapy, Biofeedback, Bioidentical Hormones, Color Therapy, Distance Healing, Energy Healing, EPFX (QXCI) / SCIO, Guided Imagery, Integrative Medicine, Light Therapy, MicroCurrent Therapy, Naturopathy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Neurofeedback, NHRT, Nutrition, Remote Healing, Wellness Centers

Eric Lewis
(828) 298-4800
16 Sterling Street
Asheville, NC
Company
Lewis Family Natural Health
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Allergies, Heart Disease, Gastrointestinal Concerns, Weight Loss

Therapies : Herbal Medicine, Electro-dermal screening, Holistic Medicine, Homeopathy, Sports Performance Consulting, Detoxification
Professional Affiliations
North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

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Michael Smith
(704) 708-4404
1212 Mann Drive
Matthews, NC
Company
Carolinas Natural Health Center
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Homeopath
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Anxiety, ADD/ADHD

Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Colon Hydrotherapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Life Coaching, Massage Therapy, Homeopathy, Nutrition Education, Pediatrics
Insurance
None
Professional Affiliations
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians, National Center for Homeopathy, American College of Sports Medicine, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Ywoc Karolina Kids Program
(252) 527-7844
119 E Blount St
Kinston, NC
Industry
Doula

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Kristina Lewis
(828) 298-4800
16 Sterling Street
Asheville, NC
Company
Lewis Family Natural Health
Industry
Homeopath, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Women's Health, Weight Loss, PMS, Menopause

Therapies : Nutritional Counseling, Hydrotherapy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Homeopathy
Professional Affiliations
North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians, National Center for Homeopathy, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

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Health & Wellness Initiatives
(828) 221-2324
144 Azale Circle
Banner Elk, NC
Services
Women's Health, Weight Management, Supplements, Reflexology, Preventive Medicine, Other, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Mind/Body Medicine, Men's Health, Iridology, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging, Energy Medicine, EFT, Colon Hydrotherapy, Chelation Therapy, Bio-identical HRT, Biofeedback, Bach Flower Essences, Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, Allergy
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Holistic Health & Medicine
(919) 732-2287
1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 209
Hillsborough, NC
Services
Women's Health, Preventive Medicine, Osteopathic/Manipulation, Naturopathy, Metabolic Medicine, Men's Health, Herbal Medicine, General Practice, Chelation Therapy, Brain Longevity, Bio-identical HRT, Biofeedback, Arthritis
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Michelle Dillon
(704) 708-4404
1212 Mann Drive
Charlotte, NC
Company
Carolinas Natural Health Center
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Homeopath
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Stress, Anxiety

Therapies : Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutritional Counseling, Homeopathy, Nutrition Education, Pediatrics
Insurance
None
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board, Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association, National Center for Homeopathy, North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Triangle Lactation Consultants
(919) 845-8826
1875 Carrington Dr
Raleigh, NC
Industry
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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