Infant Massage Therapist Spokane 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.

Caryn Potenza
(509) 327-5143
1137 W. Garland Ave
Spokane, WA
Company
Windrose Naturopathic Clinic
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Letitia M Watrous
(509) 327-5143
1137 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA
Company
Windrose Naturopathic Clinic LLC
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Joanne M Hillary
(509) 924-6782
122 N. Argonne #3
Spokane, WA
Company
Hillary's Health
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Dr. Elizabeth Hesse-Sheehan, DC, CCN
(509) 927-7155
Spokane, WA
Specialty
Acupressure, Animal Health, Aromatherapy, BEST, Blood Chemistry Analysis, Chelation Therapy, Chiropractors, Color Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Detoxification Foot Bath, Distance Healing, EFT / TFT, Energy Healing, Flower Essences, Herbology, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Kinesiology, Laser Therapy, Light Therapy, Lymphatic Therapy, Naturopathy, Nutrition, Remote Healing, Wellness Centers
Associated Hospitals
Experience Health

Pregnancy Help
(509) 482-0939
2515 N Cincinnati St
Spokane, WA
Industry
Doula

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Letitia Watrous
(509) 327-5143
1137 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA
Company
Windrose Naturopathic Clinic
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Kari Straub
(509) 483-0025
25 W Wellesley Avenue
Spokane, WA
Company
Spokane Natural Medicine
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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David Graves
(509) 413-1530
2607 S. Southeast Blvd
Spokane, WA
Company
Naturopathic Med
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Men's Health, Hypothyroid, Hormone Imbalances, Gastrointestinal Concerns, Food Allergies, Eczema, Autoimmune Disease, Allergies

Therapies : Pediatrics, Natural Hormone Replacement, Herbal Medicine, Family Medicine
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Receipt provided for reimbursement
Professional Affiliations
American College for Advancement in Medicine, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, California Naturopathic Doctors Association

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Teen-Aid Inc
(509) 482-2868
723 E Jackson Ave
Spokane, WA
Industry
Doula

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Community Health Education Resources (Cher)
(509) 232-8138
601 W 1st Ave
Spokane, WA
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Doula

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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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