Infant Massage Therapist Oakdale CA

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.

Julie Beth Lamb
(209) 838-6062
PO Box 305
Oakdale, CA
Payment
Accepted Payment Methods: Self Payment
Average Fee: $500/birth
Certifications & Memberships
Certifications: Birth Doula
Memberships: Cascade Christian Childbirth Association, DONA International
Services Offered
Adoption Support, Christian Births, Hospital-Supported Births, Labor Doula, Lactation Consulting

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Elizabeth Korza
(415) 637-7759
470 Carolina Street
San Francisco, CA
Company
Be Well Naturally
Industry
Yoga Instructor, Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Herbalist
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Women's Health

Therapies : Physical Medicine, Nutritional Counseling, Myofascial Release, Hydrotherapy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Flower Essence Therapy, Botanical Medicine, Aromatherapy, Yoga Therapy, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition Education, Primary Care
Professional Affiliations
California Naturopathic Doctors Association, American Herbalists Guild, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Salvacion Lee, MD,Skin Care, Weight Loss, Wellness
(818) 761-4217
10730 Riverside Dr., Suite B
Toluca Lake, CA
Specialty
Bioidentical Hormones, Chelation Therapy, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Naturopathy, NHRT, Nutrition

Donaldson Josh Nd
(408) 332-9171
18988 Cox Ave
Saratoga, CA
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Acupuncturist

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(805) 566-2126
5464 Carpinteria Ave
Carpinteria, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Parent Institute For Quality Education
(209) 238-9496
700 Mchenry Ave Ste B
Modesto, CA
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Doula

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Heal Your Belly
(619) 521-0521
3568 nile st
san diego, CA

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(831) 419-3314
200 7th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
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(714) 374-1988
7400 center ave #204
Huntington Beach, CA

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(530) 763-0079
1528 Plumas Court - 1st floor - Spa Therapy Wellness Center Building
Yuba City, CA

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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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