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Benefits of Infant Massage

Massage is a great way to begin cultivating a lifelong relationship.
Why Infant Massage?
Massaging your baby is a preventative guide that provides a warm tender touch from the beginning of life. Knowing the benefits of providing warm touch early in life can enhance the quality of parenting and provide many health benefits to your baby.

Benefits of Infant Massage:
~Enhances bonding and attachment
~Fosters communication between child and parent
~Promotes social, emotional and cognitive development
~Promotes relaxation and decreases tension of daily stimulus
~Reduces irritability and crying
~Reduces gas, colic and intestinal distress
~Promotes sleep
~Strengthens organ systems such as circulatory, nervous, musculature, digestive, respiratory and endocrine

Premature Baby Benefits:
~Improves weight gain
~Reduces stress
~Decrease pain
~Develops motor behavior
~Improves better clinical and developmental scores
~Can reduce hospital stay
~Provides an opportunity for parent involvement

 

 

Postpartum Massage

As Mother’s Day is nearing, I am thinking about my own mother and motherhood as a whole.  I am a dog-mom and have never had a human child, the closest experience I can to relate to having children, was caring for my parents in their end of life process.  It is amazing how we really changed roles, Children really do become the parent and parents become the children.  Most things I did on a daily basis were with their welfare in mind.  This went on for more than a year, nothing I had done before could have prepared me for what I experienced.  In hindsight, there were many things I could have put in place to support the process.

 

 

WTF is Muscle Hygiene?

What is muscle hygiene you may be wondering? 

 

You are probably familiar with the concept of dental hygiene.  Same idea just with your muscles and soft tissue. 

 

Many people put a lot of wear and tear on their bodies in their day to day living and often do not take the time for repair and recovery.  If you are an athlete, have a job that requires repetitive movements, put high output demands on your body daily, even people who sit at a computer all day, this constant use and abuse to your muscles and soft tissue requires maintenance, repair and recovery to keep up with life. 

Rekindle Restore Reconnect

If Your body could talk what would it say to your partner?

Let’s talk about touch between partners.  Touch is the first sense that we develop and it’s required for healthy development psychologically, emotionally and socially.   Research has demonstrated that America is a low touch culture (Mead, 1955).  In fact, American infants and children are the least touched on earth (Heller, 1997). That being said, where does that leave us when we are in the world seeking connection?  

How Massage Can Enhance Your Fitness Performance

Weather you are a professional athlete, a sport and fitness enthusiast, or a weekend warrior including regular therapeutic massage as part of your fitness plan is an intelligent decision.  A complete wellness plan includes not only an exercise and dietary plan, but caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with movement is necessary.  Therapeutic Massage is the ideal compliment to a total fitness plan. 

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