Infant Massage Therapist Kingsville TX

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.

Rhonda Steinke
(512) 669-1678
108 W. 38th Street
Austin, TX
Company
Health Through Nature, LLC
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Women's Health

Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Nutritional Counseling, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition Education
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, National Center for Homeopathy, Texas Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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(713) 822-4382
CR 65
Rosharon, TX

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Austin Naturopathic
(512) 586-6845
2003 S. Lamar Ste 12
Austin, TX

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Gayle Mays, CCT
(817) 735-4100
5013 Byers Ave.
Fort Worth, TX
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Acupressure, Animal Health, BEST, Blood Chemistry Analysis, Chiropractors, Colon Therapy, Detoxification Foot Bath, Ear Coning, Electro-dermal screening, Hair Analysis, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Iridology, Kinesiology, Laser Therapy, Light Therapy, Lymphatic Therapy, Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, NAET, Naturopathy, Nutrition, Polarity Therapy, PSYCH-K, Reflexology, Sclerology, Wellness Centers
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Melanie Meyer
(281) 650-0405
21332 Provincial Blvd.
Katy, TX
Company
Well-Natured Naturopathic Care, LLC
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Nutritionist
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Women's Health

Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Nutritional Counseling, Detoxification, Family Medicine, Natural Health, Nutrition Education
Professional Affiliations
New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Texas Association of Naturopathic Physicians, University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine

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Natures Healthy People
(972) 874-0225
2805 Ridgemere Dr
Flower Mound, TX

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(512) 961-6145
3809 South 2nd St. Suite A200
Austin, TX

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(817) 232-4372
1205 N. Saginaw Blvd., Ste. H
Saginaw, TX

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(713) 781-9991
6776 Southwest Freeway,Suite 535
Houston, TX

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(512) 775-7782
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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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