Infant Massage Therapist San Rafael 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.

Gardner Nancy
(415) 460-9722
712 D St
San Rafael, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Acupuncturist, Colon Hydrotherapist, Psychologist

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Marin Naturopathic Medicine
(415) 460-1968
2144 4th St Ste B
San Rafael, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Optimum Health Clinic
(415) 460-9722
712 D Street, Suite L
San Rafael, CA
Specialty
Acupressure, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Biofeedback, Blood Chemistry Analysis, Colon Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Healing, EPFX (QXCI) / SCIO, Herbology, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Kinesiology, Life Coaching, Light Therapy, Lymphatic Therapy, Massage Therapy, Medical Intuitive, Naturopathy, Neurofeedback, Nutrition, Physical / Exercise Therapy, Polarity Therapy, PSYCH-K, Psychotherapy, Reflexology, Therapeutic Touch, Thermography, Wellness Centers

Inner Illumination
(415) 305-6502
400 Red Hill Ave
San Anselmo, CA

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David Kitts, L.Ac.
(415) 456-6995
85 Bolinas Road, Suite 6 & 8
Fairfax, CA
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Acupressure, Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy, Distance Healing, Energy Healing, Herbology, Laser Therapy, Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Naturopathy, Nutrition, Reiki, Remote Healing, Shamanic Healing, Shiatsu, Somatic Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wellness Centers
Associated Hospitals
low cost clinic at The Common Well

Miller Lisa Nd
(415) 785-3347
1368 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Massage Practitioner

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Jimmy Magiasis
(415) 913-9097
712 D St. Suite D
San Rafael, CA
Company
Inspired Health
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Homeopath, Herbalist
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Cancer, Heart Disease, Fatigue, Men's Health, Weight Loss

Therapies : Counseling, Flower Essence Therapy, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutritional Counseling
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American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, California Naturopathic Doctors Association

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Cole Boyer B Nmd
(415) 721-7453
25 San Anselmo Ave Ste A
San Anselmo, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Hyperbaric Therapy Center of Marin
(415) 927-0749
340 Channing Way #344
San Rafael, CA

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Integrated Acupuncture
(415) 381-3888
131 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Acupuncturist

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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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