Infant Massage Therapist Shelton CT

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.

Mark Breiner
(203) 371-0300
5520 Park Ave
Trumbull, CT
Company
Breiner Whole Body Dentistry
Industry
Holistic Dentist, Homeopath, Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Nurse Practitioner, Osteopath (DO), Registered Nurse

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University of Bridgeport
(203) 576-4552
126 Park Ave.
Bridgeport, CT
Specialty
Acupressure, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Chiropractors, Colon Therapy, Herbology, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Kinesiology, Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, Nutrition, Physical / Exercise Therapy, Reflexology, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Water Therapy
Associated Hospitals
Naturopathic Medical Center

Joshua Levitt
(203) 288-8283
3011 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT
Company
Whole Health
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Myofascial Release, Nutritional Counseling, Physical Medicine, Family Medicine
Insurance
Blue Cross / Blue Shield, ConnectiCare, Oxford Health Plans
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Dr.Keith Zeitlin
Fl 2, 850 North Main Street Ext
Wallingford, CT
Gender
M
Speciality
Naturopath
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.5, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Smillie Christina MD
(203) 375-5812
2505 Main St
Stratford, CT
Industry
Doula, Massage Practitioner, Osteopath (DO)

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Jennifer Botwick
(203) 387-5015
1079 Whalley Avenue
New haven, CT
Company
New Haven Naturopathic Center
Industry
Massage Practitioner, Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Reflexologist

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Amanda Levitt
(203) 288-8283
2838 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
Company
Whole Health
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Gastrointestinal Concerns

Therapies : Counseling, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutritional Counseling, Physical Medicine, Family Medicine, Natural Health, Nutrition Education, Pediatrics
Insurance
Blue Cross / Blue Shield, ConnectiCare, Oxford Health Plans
Professional Affiliations
Bastyr University, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Darin Ingels
(203) 254-9957
2425 Post Road
Southport, CT
Company
New England Family Health Associates
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Allergies



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James Mullane
(203) 739-0095
103 Mill Plain Road
Danbury, CT
Company
Naturopathic Medical
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Chelation Therapy, Herbal Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutritional Counseling, Physical Medicine, Sports Performance Consulting, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Primary Care, Urology, Sports Medicine
Insurance
None
Professional Affiliations
University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine

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Lynn Norton, CLA
(203) 394-3854
600 Housatonic Avenue
Stratford, CT
Payment
Payment Assistance: Yes, Please Call
Average Fee: 850
Practice Groups
Hope Springs Maternal
Certifications & Memberships
Certifications: CLD (Certified Labor Doula)
Services Offered
Home Birth, Hospital-Supported Births, Lactation Consulting, Water Birth

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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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