Infant Massage Therapist Huntingdon PA

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.

Crossroads Pregnancy Center
(814) 643-3570
1615 Moore St
Huntingdon, PA
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Doula

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Birthright of Blair Altoona
(814) 943-8185
2706 7th Ave
Altoona, PA
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Doula

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Marie Winters
(215) 313-4114
3901B Main Street
Philadelphia, PA
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Two Rivers Naturopathy
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Infertility, Women's Health

Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Nutritional Counseling, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Pediatrics
Professional Affiliations
Bastyr University, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Mary McLaughlin
(724) 524-1527
105 South Pike Rd
Sarver, PA
Company
Natural Pathways to Health
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Ayurvedic Practitioner, Herbalist, Homeopath, Naturopath, Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian
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Specialties : Anxiety, Autism, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Concerns, Stress

Therapies : Acupressure, Counseling, Holistic Medicine, Homeopathy, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Mega-Vitamin Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement, Nutritional Counseling, Exercise, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Natural Health, Pediatrics
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Receipt provided for reimbursement
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American Board of Homeotherapeutics, American College of Nutrition, American Institute of Homeopathy, American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board, Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, National Center for Homeopathy, National College of Natural Medicine, National Institute of Alternative Health Care

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Lifecare Pregnancy & Family Resource Center Inc
(814) 664-9318
127 N Center St
Corry, PA
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Doula

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Crossroads Pregnancy Center
(814) 542-2880
15 S Division St
Mount Union, PA
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Doula

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Michael Reece, ND
(717) 859-4222
4233 Oregon Pike
Ephrata, PA
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Oncology, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Homeopathy
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American Holistic Medical Association

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Janie Moore, ND
(724) 944-6723
2309 Wilmington Road
New Castle, PA
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BioMeridian Testing, BioSET, Detoxification Foot Bath, Electro-dermal screening, Flower Essences, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Nutrition
Associated Hospitals
Detox Solutions

Rosen Marjorier Med Marriage Counselor
(610) 437-4840
2428 Walbert Ave
Allentown, PA
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Doula, Osteopath (DO)

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Life Choices
(724) 353-2828
105 S Pike Rd
Sarver, PA
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Doula, Osteopath (DO)

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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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