Infant Massage Therapist Owatonna MN

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.

Catholic Charities
(507) 455-2008
577 State Ave Ste 2
Owatonna, MN
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Doula

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Dr. Bruce Boraas
(612) 825-3070
3728 Nicollet Ave.
St. Paul, MN
Specialty
Acupressure, Blood Chemistry Analysis, Energy Healing, Herbology, Homeopathy, Iridology, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Naturopathy, Nutrition, Reflexology, Sclerology, Wellness Centers
Associated Hospitals
Center for Natural Healing

Dr.Amy Johnson-Grass
(651) 895-2520
968 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN
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F
Speciality
Naturopath
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Soul Shine
(952) 431-5891
14630 Garrett Ave.
St. Paul, MN

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Mind, Body, Spirit Re-Set
(320) 232-5309
POB 264
Wadena, MN

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Faribault Area Childbirth Education Association
(507) 334-8701
101 3rd St NW
Faribault, MN
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Doula

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Northern Lights Wellness
(218) 590-1891
31 W Superior Street, Suite 503
Duluth, MN

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Minnesota Valley Naturopathic Clinic
(952) 758-5988
702 Columbus Avenue South
New Prague, MN
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Other, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, General Practice, Gastroenterology, Functional Medicine, Family Practice, Arthritis, Allergy
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American Holistic Medical Association

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Midwest Herbs & Healing
(612) 781-3006
2919 Pentagon Dr
St. Anthony, MN

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Nate Champion
(763) 546-5797
10201 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 350
Minnetonka, MN
Company
Champion Naturopathic Health, LLC
Industry
Homeopath, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Women's Health, Ulcerative Colitis, Men's Health, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypothyroid, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Gastrointestinal Concerns, Depression, Anxiety

Therapies : Detoxification, Family Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition Education, Nutritional Counseling, Pediatrics, Primary Care
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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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