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September 08th 2014:Infant Massage: A Touch of Love from the Start

Of the five senses, touch is most well developed at birth. Your baby is primed to respond to your nearness and your touch. It’s no surprise then that many parents have found benefits in doing infant massage with their babies. A few minutes a day can help improve mood, health, and overall wellness—for both baby and parent! Listen as Marie talks with nurse and infant massage therapist Amy Bruehwiler and Andrea Kelly, CEO of the World Institute for Nurturing Communication about infant massage. Why does infant massage matter for any baby? What are the benefits for breastfed infants, in particular?

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Amy Bruehwiler

Amy Bruehwiler, RN, graduated from nursing school in 2005 and began working in maternal-newborn hospital care. After a few years, she moved to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Before she was a nurse, Ms. Bruehwiler trained as a massage therapist with the International Professional School of Bodywork (San Diego, CA) and the International Association of Infant Massage (now the World Institute for Nurturing Communication). She continues to be active in both infant massage and neonatal nursing.
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Andrea Kelly

Andrea Kelly, WINC CEO and Lead Trainer was initially a regional sales director and leading sales producer for two major health and life insurance companies. In 2002, Andrea was recruited by the WINC board of directors. For more than a decade, she has been combining WINC’s signature grassroots, hands-on routines with the latest in touch research. In 2012, Andrea was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame for introducing the science of touch in her TRIAD® model, which embraces epigenetics. WINC's mission now includes the equation of total family health, where parents and siblings play major roles to encourage and strengthen family bonding to endure a lifetime.
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