Infant Massage Therapist Saline MI

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.

Tree City Diapers
(734) 418-2392
355 S Zeeb Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
Industry
Doula

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Linda Hegstrand, MD, PhD
(616) 464-0470
Ridge Park Professional Bldg.,2426 Burton Street SE, Suite 3
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialty
Acupressure, Animal Health, Biofeedback, Bioidentical Hormones, BioSET, Distance Healing, Electro-dermal screening, Energy Healing, Herbology, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Kinesiology, Laser Therapy, Lymphatic Therapy, Magnetic Therapy, NAET, Naturopathy, Neurofeedback, NHRT, Nutrition, Reams Testing, Remote Healing, SpectraVision, Water Therapy, Wellness Centers

Dr. Theresa Pigott
(248) 822-9253
1640 Axtell Road
Troy, MI
Specialty
Acupressure, Acupuncture, BioMeridian Testing, Chiropractors, Craniosacral Therapy, Ear Coning, EFT / TFT, Energy Healing, Guided Imagery, Homeopathy, Hypnotherapy, Integrative Medicine, Kinesiology, Massage Therapy, Meditation, NAET, Naturopathy, Nutrition, Physical / Exercise Therapy, Pilates, PSYCH-K, Qi Gong, Reflexology, Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga
Associated Hospitals
Authentic Living Center

Pregnancy Resource Center
(989) 723-4025
217 N Washington St
Owosso, MI
Industry
Doula

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Southern Michigan Doulas & Childbirth Education
(269) 781-9994
128 S Hamilton St
Marshall, MI
Industry
Doula

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Patty M Brennan, BA, CD (DONA), PCD (DONA)
(734) 663-1523
Center for the Childbearin Year, LLC, 722 Brooks St.
Ann Arbor, MI
Payment
Payment Assistance: Payment Arrangements, Early-Pay Discounts, credit cards
Practice Groups
Center for the Childbearing Year
Certifications & Memberships
Certifications: CD (Certified Doula)
Memberships: DONA International
Services Offered
Childbirth Classes, Home Birth, Homeopathy, Hospital-Supported Births, Lactation Consulting, Parenting Classes

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Community Bridges Integrated Healthcare
(734) 347-1462
42627 Garfield Road, Suite 213
Clinton Township, MI
Services
Wellness Training, Weight Management, Tai Chi, Stress Management, Reiki, Preventive Medicine, Pain Management, Other, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Mind/Body Medicine, Metabolic Medicine, Men's Health, Internal Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Geriatrics, General Practice, Family Practice, Endocrinology, Diabetes, Dermatology, Coaching, Chelation Therapy, Arthritis, Aromatherapy, Allergy
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Karen Schroeder, PCD (DONA), LCCE
(248) 398-8525
1615 Kenton
Ferndale, MI
Practice Groups
Embracing Birth Postpartum Services
Certifications & Memberships
Memberships: Lamaze International
Services Offered
Childbirth Classes, Lactation Consulting, Massage, Overnight Stay, Parenting Classes, Postpartum Care

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New Beginnings
(906) 932-7472
130 W Aurora St
Ironwood, MI
Industry
Doula

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Rita Gnida
(989) 684-0445
4292 Hushen Dr
Bay City, MI
Certifications
Certified Birth Doula
Membership Organizations
The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)

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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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