Infant Massage Therapist Miami Lakes FL

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.

Steven Green
(305) 273-7779
10261 SW 72 Street
Miami, FL
Company
Holistic Family Dentistry
Industry
Holistic Dentist, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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M.O.M. Maternity Center
(305) 828-4173
3408 W 84th St
Hialeah, FL
Industry
Doula, Midwife

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Respect Life of North Dade
(305) 653-2921
18340 NW 12th Ave
Miami, FL
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Doula

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Pregnancy Help Medical Clinic
(305) 685-6010
12060 NW 7th Ave
North Miami, FL
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Doula, Physical Therapist

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Planned Parenthood
(305) 895-7756
681 NE 125th St
North Miami, FL
Industry
Doula

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Ahuva Gamliel
(786) 537-0771
Yellow Courtyard
Miami Beach, FL
Company
5 Branch Acupuncture LLC
Industry
Acupuncturist, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Aging Well

Therapies : Acupuncture, Auriculotherapy, Botanical Medicine, Homeopathy, Life Coaching, Meridian Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Unconditional Regard, Natural Health, Nutrition Education, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Pain Management
Insurance
PIP (Personal Injury Protection), PPO
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association, Florida State Oriental Medicine Association, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

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Pregnancy Help Medical Clinic
(305) 821-9970
380 W 49th St
Hialeah, FL
Industry
Doula

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Respect Life Archdiocese of Miami
(954) 963-2229
6151 Washington St
Hollywood, FL
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Doula, Midwife

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Miami Maternity Center
(305) 754-2229
140 NE 119th St
Miami, FL
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Doula

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Prenatal Plus Yoga
(305) 498-6722
401 Coral Way
Coral Gables, FL
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Doula, Yoga Instructor

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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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