Infant Massage Therapist Lutherville Timonium MD

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.

Pregnancy Center North
(410) 377-2871
6805 York Rd
Baltimore, MD
Industry
Doula

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Pregnancy Center
(410) 788-4433
6400 Frederick Rd
Catonsville, MD
Industry
Doula

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Designed to Birth, LLC
(443) 519-1520
Parkton, MD
Certifications & Memberships
Certifications: CD(DONA)
Memberships: DONA International
Services Offered
Adoption Support, Christian Births, Family Planning, General Wellness, Home Birth, Homeopathy, Hospital-Supported Births, Labor Doula, Lactation Consulting, Massage, Postpartum Care, Pre-Conception Care, Prenatal Care, Water Birth, Well-Woman Care

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Mary's Center Inc
(410) 224-0504
7905 Ritchie Hwy
Glen Burnie, MD
Industry
Doula

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Veronica Hayduk
(301) 395-9118
620 Hungerford Dr. Suite 15
Rockville, MD
Company
Second Nature Health, LLC
Industry
Homeopath, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Eczema, Hormone Imbalances, Fatigue

Therapies : Acupressure, Botanical Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Homeopathy, Life Coaching, Mega-Vitamin Therapy, , Natural Hormone Replacement, Whole Foods Cooking, Family Medicine, Natural Health
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

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Mount Pleasant Pregnancy and Prevention Center
(410) 325-3080
1751 E Preston St
Baltimore, MD
Industry
Doula

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Informed Birth Choices, LLC - Danielle Koontz, MAA, CBE, CD(DONA)
(410) 456-0980
5 Payson Avenue
Catonsville, MD
Payment
Accepted Payment Methods: Self Payment
Payment Assistance: PayPal, Gift Certificates Available, Multi-class discounts
Certifications & Memberships
Certifications: CD(DONA), CCE (Certified Childbirth Educator)
Memberships: DC Birth Options Alliance, DONA International, International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), Maryland Birth Network
Services Offered
Childbirth Classes, Childbirth Education, Home Birth, Hospital-Supported Births, Labor Doula, Parenting Classes

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MaryBeth Nance, CD, CLD
(717) 456-7727
Bel Air, MD

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Dr. J. Warren
(240) 355-7733
7851 Belle Point Drive
Greenbelt, MD
Company
Integrative Medical Group
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : General Health Concerns

Therapies : Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Natural Health
Insurance
Alternative Health Insurance Services, Complementary Health Plans, Out of Network Coverage, Receipt provided for reimbursement
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Holistic Medical Association, American Medical Association

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Amber Golshani, ND
(877) 627-5507
113A Dover Street
Easton, MD
Services
Weight Management, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine
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American Holistic Medical Association

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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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