Infant Massage Therapist Dania 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.

Blessed Love Health Care
(786) 416-3787
1825 Coolidge St.
Hollywood, FL

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Miami Colonics, Massages and Skin Care:FeelTheHeal
(305) 466-9268
21300 W Dixie Highway
Miami, FL

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Ahuva Gamliel
(786) 537-0771
Yellow Courtyard
Miami Beach, FL
Company
5 Branch Acupuncture LLC
Industry
Acupuncturist, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Aging Well

Therapies : Acupuncture, Auriculotherapy, Botanical Medicine, Homeopathy, Life Coaching, Meridian Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Unconditional Regard, Natural Health, Nutrition Education, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Pain Management
Insurance
PIP (Personal Injury Protection), PPO
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association, Florida State Oriental Medicine Association, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

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Respect Life Archdiocese of Miami
(954) 963-2229
6151 Washington St
Hollywood, FL
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Doula, Midwife

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Move & Groove Baby
(954) 564-1577
519 NE 26th St
Wilton Manors, FL
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Doula

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Medical Consult Now
(800) 305-7147
727 NW 17TH STREET
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Vitality Health & Wellness
(305) 466-1100
410 Meridian Avenue - First Floor
Miami Beach, FL

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Chris Evert Women's Lactation Center At Broward General Medical Center
(954) 355-5276
1600 S Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Doula, Osteopath (DO)

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Respect Life Archdiocese of Miami
(954) 565-8506
2909 N Andrews Ave
Wilton Manors, FL
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Doula

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Hope Women's Centers
(954) 568-2616
840 E Oakland Park Blvd
Oakland Park, 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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