Infant Massage Therapist West Hollywood 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.

Liddy Health Works
(310) 659-1959
8535 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Personal Trainer, Physical Therapist

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Oriental Medical Center
(310) 358-1918
8500 Wilshire Blvd Ste 518
Beverly Hills, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Donald M Meland MD
(310) 557-3531
153 S Lasky Dr Ste 8
Beverly Hills, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Osteopath (DO)

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Salvacion Lee, MD,Skin Care, Weight Loss, Wellness
(818) 761-4217
10730 Riverside Dr., Suite B
Toluca Lake, CA
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Bioidentical Hormones, Chelation Therapy, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Naturopathy, NHRT, Nutrition

A Wellness Center for a Healthy Future, Natural Roots Medicine
(818) 484-5185
2679 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Anne L. Peters, M.D.
(310) 657-3030
150 N Robertson Blvd Suite 210
Beverly Hills, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Deborah Gleisner
(206) 300-8069
1445 N Gardner St
Los Angeles, CA
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Balance Naturopathic Healthcare
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Gilli Stuppel
(310) 989-8508
8711 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
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Gilli Wellness
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Acupuncturist, Doula, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Dr. Kristy Appelhans
(310) 281-6926
2035 WESTWOOD BLVD STE 209
Los Angeles, CA
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Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Sarah Murphy
(310) 828-8258
2104 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA
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Lotus East-West Medical Center
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Therapies : Yoga Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Homeopathy, Holistic Medicine, Flower Essence Therapy, Fasting, Energy Medicine, Chi Nei Tsang, Botanical Medicine, Acupressure, Family Medicine, Primary Care

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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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