Infant Massage Therapist Brunswick OH

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.

Dr.Tamara MacDonald
(330) 460-5155
1814 Pearl Road
Brunswick, OH
Gender
F
Speciality
Naturopath
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Online Appt Scheduling: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Ways of Wisdom, LLC
(440) 829-2654
15633 Creekwood Lane
Strongsville, OH
Services
Wellness Training, Spiritual Attunement, Reiki, Rehabilitation Therapy, Preventive Medicine, Other, Naturopathy, Mind/Body Medicine, Healthy Aging, Energy Medicine, EFT, Allergy
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Holistic Wellness Buddy
(216) 577-8324
636 Koontz Road
Wadsworth, OH
Services
Women's Health, Wellness Training, Weight Management, Supplements, Stress Management, Reiki, Preventive Medicine, Pain Management, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Mind/Body Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Coaching, Breathwork, Aromatherapy
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Cornerstone Among Women
(440) 284-1010
364 Griswold Rd
Elyria, OH
Industry
Doula

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WIC
(330) 375-2142
66 Merriman Rd
Akron, OH
Industry
Doula

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North Coast Natural Health
(330) 460-5155
1814-B Pearl Road
Brunswick, OH
Services
Women's Health, Weight Management, Supplements, Stress Management, Rheumatology, Preventive Medicine, Pain Management, Orthomolecular Medicine, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Metabolic Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging, General Practice, Functional Medicine, Arthritis, Acupuncture
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Jeff Romig, M.D. ,CNS, DABHM
440-878-9800, 866-896-8966
12563 Pearl Rd.
Strongsville, OH
Specialty
Bioidentical Hormones, Integrative Medicine, Naturopathy, NHRT, Nutrition, Thermography
Associated Hospitals
Green Holistic Medicine

Cornerstone Among Women
(440) 356-5565
20340 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH
Industry
Doula

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Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio
(330) 535-2671
444 W Exchange St
Akron, OH
Industry
Doula

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Maria Hoeffer
(614) 940-1058
1196 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH
Company
Inner Connections Holistic Center
Industry
Massage Practitioner, Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Reiki Master
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : ADD/ADHD

Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Chakra Balancing, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Massage Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Reiki, Whole Foods Cooking, Detoxification, Family Medicine, Homeopathy, Pediatrics
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Ohio Chapter - American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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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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