Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Thank you #serenawilliams for sharing your experiences with postpartum #depression which effects 60% of #moms and 25% of #Dads. Interactive Infant and Pediatric #Massage groups is one tool available for parents to help combat this issue. Visit my website for more information and to host or join a session.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Infant Massage Inspires Parental Confidence

Phyllis HanlonMay 11, 2015

The arrival of a new baby can provoke both excitement and a bit of fear in even the most confident mom and dad.

But in some cases, that confidence may begin to erode as baby cries, fusses, refuses to nurse or demonstrates some other upsetting behavior. While studies have shown that massage can help calm a stressed infant, they also indicate that parental confidence can realize a boost from touch therapy with their baby.

Decades-Long Tradition

Vimala Schneider McClure, founder of the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM), witnessed infant massage in an orphanage in India in 1973. The incredible benefits she saw prompted her to found her specialized organization to promote the practice. She points out that infant massage has been an integral part of caregiving tradition in many countries around the globe for decades—and for several good reasons. She asserts that, among other benefits, infant massage empowers parents, giving them the means to become experts on their own children and making them better able to respond to each baby’s unique needs.

In a paper titled “Infant Massage: Communicating Love Through Touch,” Juliana Dellinger-Bavolek, M.S.E., certified infant massage instructor, reports that parents cite increased feelings of competence in their parenting role. They also feel more capable of helping their infant relax during stressful times.

Another expert, Elaine Fogel Schneider, Ph.D., C.I.I.M., founder and executive director of First Nurturing Touch Communication, a nonprofit educational corporation that assists families as they develop safe and nurturing relationships, and Baby Steps, a family-focused early intervention program that introduces families to the world of touch and the importance of bonding and attachment as they learn to see their child first and their child’s disability second, reaffirms the confidence-boosting power of infant massage. She indicates that infant massage creates and strengthens physiological, social-emotional and mind/body/spirit connections for both parent and baby; social interaction is significant for parents’ well being, Schneider adds.

Competence and Confidence

The biggest endorsement for enhanced parental confidence through infant massage comes from Tiffany Field, Ph.D., founder and director of The Touch Research Institute, which has conducted more than 100 studies. Since 1992, she has explored the benefits of many different forms of massage and encourages the practice of infant massage as a way to promote a sense of competence and confidence for parents.

Amy Murry, certified health coach and owner of Human Body Works Massage Therapy in Olympia, Washington, finds lack of confidence a common issue with many new parents.

“I think that sometimes new parents want to do everything just right and feel like the first few times they try infant massage they are somehow unsuccessful because the baby is squirmy or fussy. They start, but aren’t sure they are ‘doing it right’ and then stop,” she says. Although they are unsure of their technique, she encourages new moms and dads to persist. “After developing a routine, both parent and baby learn each others’ quirks and bond into their routine.”

Murry notes that she massaged all three of her children as infants.

“One loved to lay there and receive a long soothing massage. Another loved to try to crawl away and wrestle and giggle, and my colicky one had a very short timeline for very specific massage to his areas of tension. Consistency in practice and flexibility to one’s ideas about what you had envisioned as ‘infant massage’ is key,” she asserts.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Interactive Pediatric massage

Build Healthy Relationships thru Positive Touch

Studies show that children who receive massage therapy show benefits of enhanced immune function and brain development, reduction of stress, and a sense of well-being. With touch being such a vital part of a child’s growth and development, it's important that parents are given tools to help build trust, security, and respect for one another. If you want to learn more about deepening the bond with your child, preventing bullying, tackling ADHD, growing pains, and stress reduction, then this class is for you!

Who Should Attend?

Parents, Grandparents, Kids 9wks-15yrs


Can Massage Make your Child Smarter?



Every 2nd Wed. @ 4:30pm

 $25 per Class (4 classes - $100)

Quest Center

8470 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Alpharetta,GA30022
Reserve your spot today!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

4 Ways Getting a Massage is like Trying on a New Dress

Getting a Massage is Like Trying on a New Dress.

I recently signed up for one of those online personal stylist services. When I received my first box of fashion items, I was both excited and nervous.  I was excited because of the possibility of finally becoming the fashionista that I think I am although no one else sees it that way. And, I was nervous because of the possibility that nothing would fit and I just wasted my time and money. That's when it occurred to me. Trying on these clothes for the first time is just like getting a massage for the first time. Here is how I break it down:

1. Expectations:
When I received my fashion items, I expected everything to look and fit perfectly. I answered all the questions that my personal stylist asked as completely as possible. I included my size, my preferred style, and information about my lifestyle. If this was a massage, you would expect everything to go perfectly as well. you've filled out a form indicating your preferred pressure, type of massage you want, and general information about your health. By the end of your session, you would expect your headache to be gone and to be totally stress free.

2. Trying it on:
While most of the items were great, one item, the dress, did not work at all! While I thought I would like the style, it just didn't look good on me.  I did not like the pattern, and the material made me look 2 sizes bigger than usual. It did, however, look great on my daughter.  Much like getting a massage, your first experience with a massage therapist may not be a great fit. The pressure that you asked for may be too little, or too much. Swedish massage may have worked for you before but this time, it just didn't do the job. Your best friend used the same massage therapist and loved her massage, but you still have a headache.

3. Keep, Return, or Exchange:
After I've tried everything on, it's time to decide what to keep, return, or exchange. Overall, My first online personal styling experience was successful. I liked everything but the dress.  I will order another "fix" however, I will return the dress for a different style. After receiving a massage, you must decide whether you want to keep your massage experience just the way it is (you loved it), return for a different type of massage (everything was good, except...), or exchange your massage experience for something else (yoga, maybe).

4. Communication:
Before I request my next order from my personal stylist, I will communicate with her about what I liked and didn't like about my last order. I will be as detailed as possible so that she has as much information as possible to select items that I would love. I'm looking forward to receiving my goodies next month!  After your massage session, it is important to communicate to your massage therapist your likes and dislikes about your session. I, personally, like receiving feedback on dislikes so that I can make adjustments that will make you love your next massage!

Remember, whether you shop online or in stores, communication is key to finding the right style, size, and fit to meet your expectations. Think of your massage therapist as a department store, and her/his techniques as items in the store. When you go in and the first dress that you try on does not fit, don't just leave the store. Ask for help in finding what you're looking for. If you're just not into dresses, try on pants. If there is no variety in the store, find another store. That perfect dress is waiting for you!

Anita Prendergast LMT
Wellness Coordinator/4Families4Health

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Pediatric Massage

What is Infant Massage?
A regular routine of infant massage can benefit both the caregiver and the child who is 2 years old and younger.  This is why a Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT) will demonstrate massage techniques to the parent or caregiver that they can do directly with their child.  This usually takes place in a group setting.  Studies show that massage helps increase bonding between caregiver and child.

A few of the many benefits of Infant Massage include:
  • Improved Sleep Patterns
  • Deepens Bonding
  • Enhanced Immune Function
  • Helps with Colic and Constipation
  • Helps with Brain Development

A few of the many benefits of Pediatric Massage include:
  • Improved Focus
  • Comforting Growing Pains
  • Reduced Aggressive Behavior
  • More Restful Sleep
  • Enhanced Pulmonary Function

Studies show, Massage can benefit children who are diagnosed with:
  • Autism
  • Asthma
  • Cancer (helps with stress reduction)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • PTSD (due to change in school, neighborhood, divorce, lost of loved one, hospitalization, etc.)

Does your child need a massage?
If you can answer "yes" to any one of these questions then the answer is "Yes!"
  • Was your infant born prematurely?
  • Does your child need help with sleeping, constipation, colic?
  • Is your child having trouble staying focused in school?
  • Has your child been diagnosed with Autism, ADD/ADHD?
  • Are you experiencing postpartum depression and wish to bond more with your child?
  • Does your child have a medical condition that requires frequent hospital/doctor visits?
  • Is your teen involved in sports?
  • Is your child happy and healthy and you want to keep him that way?
Infant massage, essential for optimal growth and development, increases bonding with parents and caregivers and improves the health of preemies.  Studies show that massage helps preschoolers deal with separation anxiety and improves behavior and communication skills. School- age children benefit from massage by improving motor activity and having a better sense of boundaries as well as managing growing pains.  As children develop into teens and young adults, they often encounter more mental and physical stress. Massage helps reduce stress and anxiety, and helps improve mood and development of a more positive body image.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Massage 4Families4Health

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
- The World Health Organization (WHO)

We all know that massage can be very relaxing and reduce stress.  We often think of massage as being a luxury that we indulge in for special occasions.  While both of these statements are true, there are so many more benefits that we can get from receiving massage on a regular basis.  In fact, according to the American Massage Therapy Association, 50% of consumers received massage therapy for medical reasons.  Massage is now considered as important as diet and exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Did you know...?
  • Studies show that 70-90% of illnesses are Stress related
  • Massage reduces Cortisol, the "stress" hormone
  • Massage increases Serotonin, the "feel good" hormone
  • Massage increases Endorphins, our natural pain killers
  • Massage can have positive effects on those diagnosed with High Blood Pressure, Cancer, Dementia, Depression, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, Torticollis (stiff neck), Migraines, Arthritis, Muscle Soreness and Fatigue, just to name a few.
Anita4Massage ~ 4Families4Health offers therapeutic massage in your home or office. View our list of services at

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