Infant Massage Therapist Haverhill MA

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.

Paul Giordano
(978) 688-7100
460 Broadway, Route 28
Methuen, MA
Company
GIORDANO CHIROPRACTIC & NATUROPATHIC WELLNESS CENTER
Industry
Chiropractor, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Happy N Healthy Naturopathy
(603) 685-6977
7 Stiles Rd Suite 102
Salem, NH

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Advanced Health & Wellness
(978) 327-5960
790 Turnpike Street, Suite 300
North Andover, MA

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Dr.ROBYN CONTE
(603) 583-5181
23 Portsmouth Avenue, Suite A
Exeter, NH
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: SW College of Naturopathic Medicine
Year of Graduation: 2005
Speciality
Naturopath
General Information
Online Appt Scheduling: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 7, reviews.

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Edward Ellis
(978) 453-3035
6 Courthouse Lane Suite 5
Chelmsford, MA
Company
THE CHELMSFORD CLINIC
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Giordano Chiropractic & Naturopathic Wellness Center
(978) 688-7100
460 Broadway, Route 28
Methuen, MA

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Luke Huber
(603) 890-9900
289 Main Street
Salem, NH
Company
Huber Natural Health, LLC
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Cancer, Allergies

Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Chelation Therapy, Mega-Vitamin Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Natural Health, Orthomolecular Medicine
Insurance
Health Savings Accounts, Receipt provided for reimbursement
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Bastyr University, New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors

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Seasons Natural Healthcare, LLC
(603) 434-6040
43B Birch Street, Suite #3G
Derry, NH

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Carol Rainville
(617) 699-0812
162 Main Street
Wenham, MA
Company
Inside Out
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Tara Greaves
(978) 452-4512
6 Courthouse Lane, Suite 16
Chelmsford, MA
Company
Tara Greaves, ND
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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