Infant Massage Therapist Walterboro SC

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.

Sherri Jacobs
(206) 992-8629
360 Concord St.
Charleston, SC
Company
Health-E Coaching
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Nutritionist
Specialties & Therapies
Therapies : Detoxification, Natural Health, Nutrition Education, Orthomolecular Medicine, Medicinal Foods
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American College of Nutrition, South Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Teens United For the Future
(803) 377-2731
1014 Mccandless Rd
Chester, SC
Industry
Doula

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Regional Center For Women
(864) 560-2229
101 E Wood St
Spartanburg, SC
Industry
Doula, Osteopath (DO), Physical Therapist, Psychologist

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Sumter Child Advocacy Center
(803) 774-5600
190 S Lafayette Dr
Sumter, SC
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Doula

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Kristen DuBard, CD(DONA) Birthing From Within mentor, prenatal/postpartum yoga
(803) 528-4481
Columbia, SC
Payment
Accepted Payment Methods: Self Payment
Payment Assistance: Payment Arrangements, Gift Certificates Available
Average Fee: $500 doula;$200 BFW class, $150 for doula clients
Practice Groups
Mama Sense:Intuitive Birth in a Modern World
Certifications & Memberships
Certifications: CD(DONA), BIRTHING FROM WITHIN certified childbirth Mentor
Memberships: Birthing From Within, DONA International
Services Offered
Childbirth Classes, Yoga

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Natural Health Counseling
(843) 488-3440
927 4th Ave
Conway, SC

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Kristin Abboud, CBRE
423 Lindsay Rd. #502
Clemson, SC
Payment
Accepted Payment Methods: Self Payment
Payment Assistance: Yes, Please Call
Average Fee: 350
Services Offered
Childbirth Classes, Hospital-Supported Births

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Stork's Landing at Carolina Pines
(843) 339-4195
1304 W Bobo Newsom Hwy
Hartsville, SC
Industry
Doula

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Newberrry County Teen Pregnancy Prevention
(803) 405-1444
800 Main St
Newberry, SC
Industry
Doula

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United Way Diamonds
(803) 774-2240
21 Council St
Sumter, SC
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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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