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|Posted on February 5, 2016 at 8:46 AM||comments ()|
I met Michelle Cordero last year when we both participated in PB&J Events' Pregnancy + Baby Fair. She is a wealth of information about infant massage, an amazing tool to help parents bond with their Sweet Peas. Infant massage can also help with common hurdles in the childbearing year: fussy tummies, teething, and bonding with siblings, to name a few.
What makes Michelle's classes unique is that she is willing to work with families who have toddlers. Most Infant Massage classes only welcome families with non-mobile children, making you ineligible once your Sweet Pea is 6-months old. Not so with Michelle - since she is a licensed massage therapist, she is able to tailor classes especially to the group.
I wish you enjoy this month's Inside Look with Michelle! Her contact information is at the end of the post if you want to enroll in an upcoming class, or take advantage of her FREE monthly intro classes.
Tell me about East Valley Infant Massage.
East Valley Infant Massage (“EVIM”) provides private and group classes to teach parents and caregivers how to massage their babies. I provide nurturing touch skills to parents to impact children for a lifetime.
What kind of clientele does EVIM serve?
EVIM classes are designed for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers who want to include a powerful tool in their care giving to help promote healthy bonding, growth and development. Parents with babies who have tummy issues report that regular massage has been helpful in minimizing digestion discomforts. Regular massage also promotes better sleep and relieves other issues such as teething and congestion.
What age range of client does this service care for? Is there anything you do not provide for?
Our typical class participants range from 3 weeks old to pre-crawling, mostly because we then have a captive audience. We do welcome children up to around 3 years of age, but the more mobile the child, the more creative we have to get in class. It makes for an interesting session!
Even though I am also a licensed massage therapist and can massage the babies myself, I do not provide the massage to the baby directly (I bring demo dolls with me to class) because I want to empower the caregiver with the skills to massage baby not only in class, but long after. There are some interesting studies out there that show that infant massage can help parents become more confident in their abilities as parents.
What makes EVIM unique?
I tailor each class for the needs of the participants. I'm currently working on adding new classes at different times of the day/week to best accommodate moms and dads with different schedules. Because not one time is perfect for all babies, I understand that sometimes baby will be sleeping or fussy during class. I encourage participants to tend to their babies' needs, such as feeding, changing or rocking baby while watching the instruction. I always send parents home with great handouts to help them practice at home and welcome any follow up questions (during the next class in a series or by phone/email/text in case anything was missed during class.
What motivated you to start EVIM?
I have been a massage therapist for almost 14 years and have worked on clients of all ages, including babies and toddlers. When I had my son 4 years ago, I joined different mom groups online and in person and saw a lot of moms asking for help in different areas with their babies, including sleeping issues, tummy problems and advice for helping dad and siblings bond with baby. I knew that infant massage can help immensely in these areas and more, so I decided to get my certification to teach infant massage to parents to give them more tools to help their babies and their families.
Is there anything else our readers should know about EVIM?
I'm often asked for the magic massage routine that will make all babies sleep through the night or get rid of gassy tummies completely. I wish I could say that there is one surefire way to accomplish these things. However, I know that touch is a simple, yet powerful and underutilized tool that can be added to routine care giving and can make a huge difference for families. Even if baby is a relatively "easy" baby, the family can experience many benefits from massage. I love to facilitate those benefits for my class participants.
What inspires you?
Tough question, since I have many sources of inspiration. My son and husband inspire me daily; as they remind me to slow down, enjoy the day-to-day and find joy in simple pleasures. I'm also inspired by those who do for others with no expectation of getting anything in return.
Michelle's contact informtation
EMAIL: [email protected]
WHERE TO FIND MICHELLE:
**Free intro class for expectant parents at the Ahwatukee Babies"R"Us on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-7
**Group classes held at Modern Mommy. Check the website as new classes will be added soon.
The material included in this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained in this video and on our blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.
|Posted on April 20, 2012 at 6:04 AM||comments ()|
In observance of Earth Day 2012, I thought I would share some ideas of ways we re-use disposable wipes containers. They come in every large size box of wipes we buy, so now that we have every kid-space in the house supplied, we are finding new ways to use them.
I know, I know…even more earth-friendly would be to make our own reusable wipes! I do feel remorse sometimes when I think about the moms that make their own reusable wipes and keep waste out of the landfills. Teaching our children and keeping up with the laundry is about all I can do right now. I have germ issues, so just washing our diaper wraps is enough of a stretch for me!
If you shop at a warehouse store, you know that each box of wipes comes with a changing table box and a travel size box. Since I am clearly not going to make wipes soon, here are some ideas of mine, plus some I collected from friends on how to reuse those plastic containers instead of throwing them out in the trash or the recycling bin. Every day can be Earth Day if we get creative about reusing and repurposing common items.
I like to use it for a sensory box. At the age that Angelika is now, I have to watch her vigilantly to make sure she doesn’t put a bean in her mouth! The kiddos fill it up with pinto beans (a great math exercise for them!) and then we put it in front of Angelika so that she can stick her fingers through the soft top and get a little stimulation and practice for her pincer grip as she tries to take beans out.
We also use it to play a hide and seek game. It is beneficial on so many areas: we talk about colors, shapes, sounds, textures. I am excited for the day that she will be able to open the lid herself. Even at this simple level, you can see that the older kiddos have fun joining in. As she gets older (and this is a game we play with the older kiddos), we do a tray full of toys. I show them the tray of toys. Then the kids close their eyes, I hide a toy in the box (and the tray behind my back) and they have to guess which toy I put in by guessing from the sound of the rattling coming from the box.
From Lisa C:
Nail Polish holder
Eye Drop Carrier
Discreet Holder for Feminine Hygiene Products
Crayons. Pencils and pens, erasers, misc. school supplies, sewing notions, thread, oh so many things! Zabrina P.
I'll probably use them at school next year for crayon/pencils storage at the kids' tables. I could also use them to organize centers! :) Daniella L.
Planter boxes: you would need to drill small holes in bottom; maybe 3. Lego holder or sorter.
Drawer liner: Take off top and use in a deep drawer to hold creams, make up or even small kitchen tools.
Or roll up ties or wash clothes for display or easy storage. You can wrap outside in a pretty paper or wallpaper. Jennifer DF.
Crayon or marker container! Heather B.
V-smile cartridge container. Nikki A.
Small toys- army men, puzzle pieces, rock collections, etc. Loraine P
The travel size ones are great money holders for the kids. I also made cloth wipes for baby dolls. Now why I haven't ever thought to put the real cloth wipes in there, is beyond me. Lol! Tina L.
I bought a sewing machine and the woman had extra needles, bobbins and thread in hers! Gloria P.
I think if we all reused our plastic and metal containers, we could start a home organization movement built solely on reusing and repurposing. I invite you to leave your comments below to add to the ways to reuse these little green boxes. If you have an accompanying picture, please send it to me at [email protected] and I will add it into the post. Thanks – and Happy Earth Day :)
How have you reused your wipes containers?
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The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.