Infant Massage Therapist Fredonia NY

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.

Toby Hallowitz
(716) 326-7652
29 South Water St
Westfield, NY
Company
Stone-Atwater Acupuncture & Natural Healing
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Irene Cohen
(212) 585-1919
171 East 74th Street
New York, NY
Company
Cohhen Acupuncture
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Amita Holistic Healing Center
(718) 375-1144
2940 Brighton 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Services
Yoga, Wellness Training, Weight Management, Therapeutic Touch, Stress Management, Sports Medicine, Spiritual Attunement, Reiki, Rehabilitation Therapy, Reflexology, Pulmonary Diseases, Psychotherapy, Preventive Medicine, Physical Exercise, Pediatrics, Pain Management, Nutrition, Neurology, Naturopathy, Mind/Body Medicine, Metabolic Medicine, Meditation, Massage Therapy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging, Healing Touch, Family Practice, Environmental Medicine, Energy Medicine, Endocrinol
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Rise Finkle
(845) 687-6041
264 Old Kings Hwy
Stone Ridge, NY
Company
Stone Ridge Natural Medicine
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Steve Nenninger
(631) 235-2111
44 E 32nd St (btw Park & Madison)
New York, NY
Company
Steve Nenninger
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Summer McAllister
(631) 722-2246
906 Pond View Rd
Riverhead, NY
Company
Integrative Wellness Center
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Sam Schikowitz
(845) 594-6822
222 Main St
New Paltz, NY
Company
New Paltz Healing Arts
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Teri March
(315) 382-0137
6711 Pottery Rd
Warners, NY
Company
Syracuse Naturopathic
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Serena Ma
(917) 805-7940
73 Spring St, Ste 201
New York, NY
Company
Serenity Natural Health
Industry
Acupuncturist, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Cancer, Heart Disease, Infertility

Therapies : Acupuncture, Cupping, Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion, Nutritional Counseling, Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis, Detoxification, Traditional Chinese Medicine
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Peter Bongiorno
(917) 710-6852
130 5th Av, 9th Floor
New York, NY
Company
Inner Source Natural Health & Acupuncture, PC
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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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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