Infant Massage Therapist Salt Lake City UT

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.

Dr. Alexander Haskell, ND
(435) 658-0500
1901 Prospector Ave. Ste 30
Park City, UT
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Park City Naturopathic Clinic
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Psychologist
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Hypothyroid, Menopause, Obesity

Therapies : Live Blood Microscopy, IV Therapy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Electro-dermal screening, Counseling, Chelation Therapy, Nutritional Counseling
Professional Affiliations
National College of Natural Medicine

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Williams Rebecca Cnm
(801) 278-3102
2180 E 4500 S Ste 150
Salt Lake City, UT
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Doula, Midwife

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Timpanogos Regional Hospital
(801) 714-6000
750 W 800 N
Orem, UT
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Doula, Massage Practitioner

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Pregnancy Resource Center of Utah Valley
(801) 221-2591
343 E University Pkwy
Orem, UT
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Doula

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Pregnancy Care of Brigham City the
(435) 723-0500
18 N 100 E
Brigham City, UT
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Doula

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Pregnancy Resource Center
(801) 363-5433
1405 E 2100 S
Salt Lake City, UT
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Doula

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Dr. Alexander Haskell, ND
(435) 658-0500
1901 Prospector Ave. Ste 30
Park City, UT
Company
Park City Naturopathic Clinic
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Psychologist
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Hypothyroid, Menopause, Obesity

Therapies : Live Blood Microscopy, IV Therapy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Electro-dermal screening, Counseling, Chelation Therapy, Nutritional Counseling
Professional Affiliations
National College of Natural Medicine

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Pregnancy Resource Center
(801) 363-5433
1405 E 2100 S
Salt Lake City, UT
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Doula

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Pregnancy Care Center
(801) 621-4357
2909 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT
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Doula

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Lauralyn Curtis, HBCE, HBPLC, CD, CPES, CYT
(801) 477-0788
Orem, UT
Payment
Payment Assistance: Yes, Please Call, Payment Arrangements
Practice Groups
HypnoBirthing Utah
Certifications & Memberships
Certifications: CD (Certified Doula), CE (Childbirth Educator), CPES (Certfied Placenta Encapsulation Specialist), HBCE (HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator)
Memberships: HypnoBirthing Institute-Mongan Method
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Childbirth Classes, Hypnobirthing, Placenta Encapsulation, Yoga

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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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