Infant Massage Therapist Kings Mountain NC

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.

Kristina Lewis
(828) 298-4800
16 Sterling Street
Asheville, NC
Company
Lewis Family Natural Health
Industry
Homeopath, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Women's Health, Weight Loss, PMS, Menopause

Therapies : Nutritional Counseling, Hydrotherapy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Homeopathy
Professional Affiliations
North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians, National Center for Homeopathy, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

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Eric Lewis
(828) 298-4800
16 Sterling Street
Asheville, NC
Company
Lewis Family Natural Health
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Allergies, Heart Disease, Gastrointestinal Concerns, Weight Loss

Therapies : Herbal Medicine, Electro-dermal screening, Holistic Medicine, Homeopathy, Sports Performance Consulting, Detoxification
Professional Affiliations
North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

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Patricia Daniels, Metaphysician
(252) 222-3663
215 N 35th St
Morehead City, NC

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Michelle Dillon
(704) 708-4404
1212 Mann Drive
Charlotte, NC
Company
Carolinas Natural Health Center
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Homeopath
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Stress, Anxiety

Therapies : Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutritional Counseling, Homeopathy, Nutrition Education, Pediatrics
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None
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board, Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association, National Center for Homeopathy, North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Anthony J. Castiglia, M.D.,Billie Castiglia, D.N.M.
(704) 799-9740
Advanced Integrative Medicine,570 Williamson Rd., Suite C
Moorseville, NC
Specialty
Aromatherapy, Biofeedback, Bioidentical Hormones, Color Therapy, Distance Healing, Energy Healing, EPFX (QXCI) / SCIO, Guided Imagery, Integrative Medicine, Light Therapy, MicroCurrent Therapy, Naturopathy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Neurofeedback, NHRT, Nutrition, Remote Healing, Wellness Centers

Naturopathic Wellness
(704) 752-9346
15105 John J Delaney Drive
Charlotte, NC

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RootsandRocks.net
(828) 712-4723
27 Lanvale Ave.
Asheville, NC

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Vital Touch, Inc.
(919) 846-9422
8404 Six Forks Rd., Suite 201
Raleigh, NC

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Trauma Resource Center
(336) 708-1002
1901 Ashwood Court
Greensboro, NC

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A Health Share Network
(828) 243-4993
1 Zillicoa Street
Asheville, NC

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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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