Infant Massage Therapist Eugene OR

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.JULIE PARKE
(541) 942-8399
260 E 15th Ave # B
Eugene, OR
Gender
F
Speciality
Naturopath
RateMD Rating
4.8, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

Data Provided by:
David Bove
(541) 683-2126
1161 Lincoln Street
Portland, OR
Company
David Bove, LAc, ND
Industry
Acupuncturist, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

Data Provided by:
Skye Weintraub
(541) 345-0747
2709 Hallmark Lane
Eugene, OR
Company
Dr. Skye Weintraub, ND
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Gastrointestinal Concerns, Allergies

Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Hair Analysis, Herbal Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Homeopathy, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition Education

Data Provided by:
Sharol Tilgner
(541) 895-5152
PO Box 1168
Creswell, OR
Company
Wise Woman Herbals
Industry
Herbalist, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

Data Provided by:
Nurse Midwifery Birth Center
(541) 484-5796
511 E 12th Ave
Eugene, OR
Industry
Doula, Midwife

Data Provided by:
Virginia Oram
(541) 343-2384
400 E 2nd Ave. Suite 105
Eugene, OR
Company
Virginia Oram, ND
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

Data Provided by:
Adrienne Borg
(541) 686-3330
74 E 18th Ave
Portland, OR
Company
Adrienne Borg, ND
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

Data Provided by:
Miriam Marzure-Mitchell
(541) 686-3399
2833 Williamette, Suite A
Eugene, OR
Company
Miriam Mazure-Mitchell ND, MS
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

Data Provided by:
Patricia Couch
(514) 556-8415
PO Box 428
Eugene, OR
Company
Patty Cake Birthing Services
Industry
Doula, Midwife

Data Provided by:
Lane Pregnancy Support Center
(541) 345-0400
134 E 13th Ave
Eugene, OR
Industry
Doula, Psychologist

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Massage to Soothe Your Cranky Baby

Provided by: 

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.”

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...