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.

Oasis Advanced Wellness
(832) 295-0560
16770 Imperial Valley Drive, Suite 210
Houston, TX
Services
Women's Health, Weight Management, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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The Lightfoot Way
(713) 822-4382
CR 65
Rosharon, TX

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Robert Battle, M.D.
(713) 932-0552
9910 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX

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Health Through Nature, LLC
(512) 669-1678
108 W. 38th St.
Austin, TX

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

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Lin Weiss, MH, CYT
(713) 858-8595
3007 Norris Drive
Houston, TX

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Texas Herb Company
(254) 291-6206
516 CR 4360
Lampasas, TX

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Dawn Bayer
(512) 322-2021
6th and West Lynn
Austin, TX
Company
Integrated Pathways to Health and Success
Industry
Hypnotherapist, Midwife, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Jonci Jensen
(512) 586-6834
2003 S. Lamar
Austin, TX
Company
Austin Naturopathic
Industry
Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Herbalist, Holistic Health Counselor, Homeopath, Meditation Instructor, Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Yoga Instructor
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Allergies, Autoimmune Disease, Depression, Diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Obesity

Therapies : Breathwork, Counseling, Creating Balance, Herbal Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Homeopathy, Meditation, Nutritional Counseling, Whole Foods Cooking, Yoga Therapy, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition Education, Medicinal Foods
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American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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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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