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Massage for all ages

Infant massage maybe adapted for all ages.  If you as an adult have ever had a massage, you may remember how relaxing and soothing it can be.  There is much research that supports massage for children as they grow older to help with calming and reducing stress.
Both my children, older now, still do enjoy the occasional foot rub or shoulder rub.  The easiest way to relax the whole body is to massage the feet and bottom of feet as in reflexology.
As children gets older, they maybe conscious of body image, feet, hands and shoulders are comfortable areas to massage.  Relaxation is the key.

(Chris and Mayanna – they appreciate foot rubs).

TEENS benefit from massage 
Massage is a wonderful stress-buster for teenagers. Oftentimes when we think about stress we think it’s just an adult condition; however, teens experience a myriad of different stressors. Some of the stressors teens deal with include the following:
  • Dating
  • Tests and homework
  • Too-high expectations
  • Relationships
  • Money problems
  • Family problems
  • Employment
“TRI researcher Maria Hernandes-Reif, Ph.D., says that one of the consistent findings in studies of the benefits of massage therapy is a reduction in stress and the stress hormone levels. “There is a relationship between stress and the immune system. If stress hormones are chronically elevated, the hormone cortisol will destroy the healthy immune cells that fight viruses and tumors and keep the immune system healthy. If you can reverse that, you not only reduce stress but also reduce stress hormones, allowing the immune system to bounce back and do its job, which is to heal the body and keep it healthy.”

How to Massage a Baby


Asking Permission:  Why?

Asking baby’s permission first before starting massage is required.  This teaches boundaries and respect for both baby and parents.  It teaches baby what is appropriate touch and teaches parents to read baby’s cues, becoming more tuned into baby.  If babies are not interested in massage, they will find a way to communicate this.  When parents are tuned in and listening to babies, they will recognize the “yes” and the “no” answer.

Sometimes babies are not wanting massage because they are not in the right frame of reference or not feeling good or bad time of day. There are many reasons why they may choose to say “no”.   Parents need to respectfully read their responses and honor it.  Babies cannot speak in the same language like adults can but they have a powerful way of communicating that we need to listen to.

Whenever we enter someone’s office or room, we knock on the door for permission to enter.  It’s the same concept of asking babies’ permission.  It is their bodies. Massage is voluntary.

Typically when massaging a baby, we start in this order:

  1. imageLegs,
  2. Feet,
  3. Stomach,
  4. Chest,
  5. Arms,
  6. Face, (ears, head)
  7. Back & Bottom


General Health Tips

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  1. Drink ½ gallon water daily.
  2. Eat five servings of vegetables daily.
  3. Corn is not a vegetable!
  4. Eat 1½ cups of legumes daily, in three ½-cup servings.
  5. Sleep at least 8 hours.
  6. Rest 1 day in 7.
  7. Give up caffeine!
  8. Choose eggs, meat, poultry, fish, or seafood as your protein sources.
  9. Eat nuts every day.
  10. Avoid artificial sweeteners.
  11. Drink purified water.
  12. Don’t skip meals.
  13. Don’t sleep under an open window.
  14. Wear a hat in the winter!
  15. Don’t eat sweets.
  16. Don’t go to bed with wet hair.
  17. Keep your feet warm.
  18. Never allow yourself to be hungry.
  19. Avoid engineered low fat and no fat products.
  20. Use oil instead of butter or margarine.
  21. Hardwood floors are healthier than carpet.
  22. Eat eggs and beans for breakfast.
  23. Always choose the least invasive route first.
  24. Sweets are at the root of most health problems.
  25. Make your beverage choice water.
  26. If your health plan is not working, change strategies.
  27. Choose vegetables over starches.
  28. Make proteins the dominant part of your meal.
  29. Proteins slow sugar absorption.
  30. If beans are on the menu, order them.
  31. Carry nuts or seeds with you for snacks.
  32. You can teach an old dog new tricks!
  33. A beautiful tan should not be one of your goals.
  34. Use the sun instead of bleach to whiten clothes.
  35. Take a shower and eliminate the deodorants and perfumes.
  36. Being a “clean freak” is not necessarily healthy.
  37. Minimize the use of bleach; it causes cancer.
  38. Do not allow yourself to become chilled.
  39. Do not use air fresheners. Baking soda will absorb odors.
  40. Do not let fear influence your decision-making.
  41. Eat to live, do not live to eat.
  42. Eating sweets creates the craving to eat more sweets—so avoid them!
  43. The only time we fail is when we fail to try.
  44. Avoid scented products. They are adrenal stressors.
  45. Don’t let your circumstances rattle your cage. Stay calm.
  46. Most health problems are easily corrected with nutrition.
  47. Use a fly swatter or a shoe to exterminate bugs. It’s safer than pesticides.
  48. Eat fish, nuts, and seeds often for healthy skin and hair.

Love Reflexology


When someone first told me that you could heal the body through the feet, I didn’t quite understand what that meant.  Then I decided to do some research, found an alternative medicine practitioner, did several sessions of reflexology and has forever become a believer.

After experiencing this form of healing, I realized several things right away:

  • My headaches went away,
  • My digestive system seemed to work better,
  • I was extremely relaxed and de-stressed,
  • My sinuses seemed to calm down…. etc

On my own, I decided to explore further by taking a Reflexology 101 class.  I bought books, read up about it and practiced on my family and friends.  Whenever I teach infant massage, I take extra care to highlight the feet.

It is extremely relaxing in addition to all the other health benefits.

Calming Music

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Instant Calm listening to AMI-TOMAKE.

When my son was in 3rd grade, he was on his way to the hospital to get blood drawn for a procedure he was undergoing.  As expected he was nervous and afraid.  The best way for me to think about helping him to be comfortable was to sing to him the Infant Massage song “Ami Tomake” to him while his blood was being drawn.  The nurse working with him, mentioned how calming the sound was and that my son seemed fairly relaxed during the process.
We had gotten used to singing and playing this song at our home whenever we wanted everyone to settle down.  I love the ability to find something that really works to help with calming adults, situations and babies.

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was required to get an amniocentesis.  I was a nervous wreck but once again “Ami Tomake” saved me.  I plugged my headphones in and focused on thinking positive through out the procedure.  The doctor later asked me what was I listening to because I was the calmest of patients he had seen during such a procedure.

This music is not only used for massaging baby but also for general calming of family members.  That is how we used it.  It is soothing and comforting.

Use it anytime needed, for work or home, family and stressful situations in addition to infant massage. I use this music each time I have a massage class or wanted some calming myself.


When my Mom passed away…

On January 3rd, two years ago my mom passed away and the sadness never leaves but especially at this time, it returns painfully.  It will always be a day my family remembers with a heavy heart.

One of the things I remembered was how busy and frazzled my family was planning final arrangements and getting all of the details in place.  In our culture, there are so many pieces to pull together. In a time of intense grieving, my family was also busy making final arrangements.

A couple months ago, I started a new job in the funeral industry. I now understand the concept of pre-planning final arrangements.  Making your final arrangements ahead of time, before a death occurs can certainly protect a family from some of the emotional and financial burdens that often occur after the loss of a loved one.

In every culture, this is different pertaining to pre-arrangements and certainly with my mom, pre-arrangement is not a part of our culture, yet.  I can see how this concept would make sense.

Celebrate your life:       Every life is different, and your service should reflect the things you hold dear.  In addition to incorporating religious or cultural traditions that are important to you, pre-planning helps to create a ceremony that reflects your individual wishes and honors the life you lived.

It is not something we think about and certainly not something we want to talk about.

Your legacy. Your gift.  Plan to make it right.
We plan for important life events, such as weddings, college education for our children and retirement.  We insure ourselves against things that may happen, including vehicle accidents, personal injury and medical emergencies.  Doesn’t it make sense to plan for the inevitable?