Infant Massage Therapist Wickliffe OH

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.

Holistic Health Service
(216) 556-0604
250 Richmond Road
Richmond Heights, OH
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Other, Naturopathy, Therapeutic Touch, Mind/Body Medicine, Energy Medicine, Coaching
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American Holistic Medical Association

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Kids N Cures
(216) 291-0981
2054 S Green Rd
Cleveland, OH
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Doula

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Cornerstone Among Women
(440) 356-5565
20340 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH
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Doula

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Jeff Romig, M.D. ,CNS, DABHM
330-699-1500, 866-896-8966
13041 Cleveland Ave. NW
Uniontown, OH
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Bioidentical Hormones, Integrative Medicine, Naturopathy, NHRT, Nutrition, Thermography
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Green Holistic Medicine

Harvey Bank, Ph.D.
(937) 324-4660
1330 E. High St.
Springfield, OH
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Acupressure, Animal Health, Chelation Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Detoxification Foot Bath, Ear Coning, EFT / TFT, Energy Healing, Guided Imagery, Herbology, Integrative Medicine, Kinesiology, Life Coaching, Lymphatic Therapy, Magnetic Therapy, Medical Intuitive, Meditation, Metaphysics, Myofascial Release, NAET, Naturopathy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Neurofeedback, Nutrition, Past Life Regression, Psychotherapy, Rebirthing, Reflexology, Reiki, Shamanic Healing, Spiritual Counseling, Well
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Transformational Healing Center

Jeff Romig, M.D. ,CNS, DABHM
216-360-9725, 866-896-8966
24100 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 130
Beachwood, OH
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Bioidentical Hormones, Integrative Medicine, Naturopathy, NHRT, Nutrition, Thermography
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Green Holistic Medicine

Magical Moments Doula Service
(216) 371-3727
3576 Berkeley Rd
Cleveland, OH
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Doula

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Jeff Romig, M.D. ,CNS, DABHM
440-878-9800, 866-896-8966
12563 Pearl Rd.
Strongsville, OH
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Bioidentical Hormones, Integrative Medicine, Naturopathy, NHRT, Nutrition, Thermography
Associated Hospitals
Green Holistic Medicine

The Cole Center For Healing, Inc.
(513) 563-4321
11974 Lebanon Road, Suite 228
Cincinnati, OH
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Weight Management, Supplements, Osteopathic/Manipulation, Naturopathy, Mind/Body Medicine, Hyperbaric Oxygen, Herbal Medicine, General Practice, Family Practice, Environmental Medicine, Energy Medicine, CranioSacral Therapy, Colon Hydrotherapy, Chelation Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, Allergy, Acupuncture
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American Holistic Medical Association

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North Coast Natural Health
(330) 460-5155
1814-B Pearl Road
Brunswick, OH
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Women's Health, Weight Management, Supplements, Stress Management, Rheumatology, Preventive Medicine, Pain Management, Orthomolecular Medicine, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Metabolic Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging, General Practice, Functional Medicine, Arthritis, Acupuncture
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American Holistic Medical Association

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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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