Infant Massage Therapist Sequim WA

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.

Jefferson County Health Family Planning Services
(360) 385-9400
615 Sheridan St
Port Townsend, WA
Industry
Doula

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Catherine Orsi
(206) 938-9355
4746 44th Ave SW
Seattle, WA
Company
Westside Natural Medicine
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Massage Practitioner

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Andrea Blackbird
(509) 422-3700
214 Pine St.PO Box 1039
Okanogan, WA
Company
Blackbird Clinic PLLC
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Jamey H Wallace
(206) 834-4141
3670 Stone Way North
Seattle, WA
Company
The Bastyr Center for Natural Health
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Virender Sodhi
(425) 453-8022
2115 112th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA
Company
Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Medical Clinic
Industry
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Medical Doctor (MD), Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Michelle Torrance
(360) 568-2686
1101 Ave. D, Ste. D103
Snohomish, WA
Company
Snohomish Naturopathic Clinic
Industry
Massage Practitioner, Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Nutritionist
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Aging Well, Allergies, Women's Health

Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Bowen Technique, Chelation Therapy, Holistic Medicine, IV Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement, Nutritional Counseling, Whole Foods Cooking, Yoga Therapy, Exercise, Family Medicine
Insurance
Aetna, Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Cigna, First Choice Health, Healthnet, Lifewise, Out of Network Coverage, Premera, Receipt provided for reimbursement, Regence, Uniform Medical Plan, United HealthCare
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Cindy Breed
(253) 852-2866
403 E Meeker #200
Kent, WA
Company
CHCKC
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Chandra Villano
(509) 663-8990
1601 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Wenatchee, WA
Company
Chandra Villano
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Cristopher Bosted
(206) 282-2486
1904 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA
Company
Restorative Health Care
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Aging Well

Therapies : Physical Medicine, Myofascial Release, Humor Therapy, Energy Medicine, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Unconditional Regard, Detoxification, Natural Health, Pediatrics
Insurance
Receipt provided for reimbursement, PIP (Personal Injury Protection)
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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EVA URBANIAK URBANIAK
(206) 938-9505
5236 California Ave SW, Ste D
Seattle, WA
Company
Alternative Medical Arts Associates
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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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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