Infant Massage Therapist Merrillville IN

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.

Lutheran Social Services of Indiana
(219) 531-1005
210 Washington St
Valparaiso, IN
Industry
Doula

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Thomas Eyrich
(317) 872-8684
1717 W. 86th Street, Suite 220
Indianapolis, IN
Company
Dr. Thomas G. Eyrich
Industry
Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Naturopath
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Menopause, Migraine, PMS, Weight Loss, Women's Health



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Life Center Pregnancy Help
(260) 563-7275
88 S Wabash St
Wabash, IN
Industry
Doula

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Healthnet Community Health Centers
(317) 633-7364
2340 E 10th St
Indianapolis, IN
Industry
Doula, Midwife

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Lindsey Rupp
(812) 325-4209
2630 S. Rogers St.
Bloomington, IN
Payment
Accepted Payment Methods: Self Payment
Payment Assistance: Sliding Scale
Average Fee: $300-500
Practice Groups
A Blissful Transition Doula Services
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Memberships: DONA International

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Women's Center of Northwest Indiana the
(219) 477-4460
2305 Roosevelt Rd
Valparaiso, IN
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Doula

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Thomas Eyrich Eyrich
(317) 872-8684
1717 W. 86th Street, Suite 220
Indianapolis, IN
Company
Eyrich Natural Health
Industry
Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Allergies, Back Pain, Fibromyalgia

Therapies : Acupuncture, Chelation Therapy, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Electro-dermal screening, Herbal Medicine, Natural Hormone Replacement, Nutritional Counseling, Physical Manipulation, Qi Gong, Visceral Manipulation, Natural Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine
Insurance
Alternative Health Insurance Services, Out of Network Coverage
Professional Affiliations
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance, International Chiropractors Association, International Tai Chi Chuan Association

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Pregnancy Resource Center
(765) 454-5566
416 N Main St
Kokomo, IN
Industry
Doula

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La Leche League of Columbus
(812) 372-9095
2317 Sycamore St
Columbus, IN
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Doula

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Life and Family Services
(260) 347-5720
201 S Park Ave
Kendallville, IN
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Doula

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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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