International Infant Massage Expert, Educator and Humanitarian Suzanne P. Reese Brings the Art and Science of Baby Massage to Parents

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Internationally renowned infant massage expert, educator and humanitarian Suzanne P. Reese is now offering parents another tool to help guide them at home in the practice of baby massage. The Pacific Coast Jazz record label is announcing the release of Suzanne's new CD, 'Talk To Me -- Happy Tunes for Healthy Growth.' The sing-along CD of songs, that can be sung while giving infant massage, is a companion disc to her book, 'Baby Massage -- Soothing Strokes for Healthy Growth' (Penguin Group 2006). To celebrate the new release, Reese will host the first in a series of free Infant Massage Classes With Music in San Diego, California.

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It has been scientifically documented that how a child is cared for directly influences their ability to care for themselves and others

Internationally renowned infant massage expert, educator and humanitarian Suzanne P. Reese is now offering parents another tool to help guide them at home in the practice of baby massage. The Pacific Coast Jazz record label is announcing the release of Suzanne's new CD, 'Talk To Me -- Happy Tunes for Healthy Growth.' The sing-along CD of songs, that can be sung while giving infant massage, is a companion disc to her book, 'Baby Massage -- Soothing Strokes for Healthy Growth' (Penguin Group 2006). To celebrate the new release, Reese will host the first in a series of free Infant Massage Classes With Music in San Diego, California. The free event will be held: Saturday, September 27, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at The Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Recreation Center, 10152 Rancho Carmel Drive, San Diego, CA. Families with infants are invited to attend. To RSVP and learn more about the event visit: http://www.compassionatechild.com, where the CD and book are available for purchase as a package. The book and CD can be purchased individually through major book and music retailers.

"Baby massage is an age-old practice with scientifically documented benefits," Suzanne explains. "Nurturing, compassionate touch positively impacts the baby's physiological and neurological development, helps to soothe gas and colic symptoms, promotes restful sleep and facilitates healthy attachment and bonding." (Visit http://www.miami.edu/touch-research/ for more information). Reese also believes that infant massage also is a critical link to creating a more compassionate world. "It has been scientifically documented that how a child is cared for directly influences their ability to care for themselves and others," she says. "Nurturing touch fosters the innate capacity for love and compassion that all children are born to share.

'Talk to Me' is Suzanne's first musical CD. Following the successful release of her book on infant massage, a flip-style guide designed for families to use at home, Reese began getting requests for a take home CD of the songs she sings in class. "These are simple songs that are easy to sing along with," she says. "They add another dimension to the experience of infant massage and they're fun!"

Suzanne P. Reese is a Certified International Infant Massage Trainer and Parent Educator with Infant Massage USA, a non-profit family education and service organization. She also works with The International Association of Infant Massage - Sweden, and travels internationally, sharing the science, tradition and love of baby massage with practitioners and laypersons alike. Licensed and registered as a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), Suzanne's background includes an undergraduate degree in child development and national certification in pre- and perinatal massage and parent education in baby massage.

Suzanne's expertise and commitment to children worldwide led her to the Chernobyl Children's Project International - Ireland (CCPI). Her service to CCPI included four humanitarian missions to the Republic of Belarus (the country hardest hit by the 1986 nuclear disaster). In 2005, Suzanne joined the first United States clinical team to take their skills to the Vesnova Children's Asylum in rural Belarus, a facility housing orphaned children born with birth defects that many people attribute to the fallout from the Chernobyl disaster. Working with caregivers there, Suzanne taught them simple, nurturing touch and non-verbal communication techniques, including the time honored practice of baby massage. Miraculous results were apparent with the children in one week and still continue today. During the spring of 2006, a return mission by Suzanne and the team was covered by People Magazine.

Many see Suzanne as an ambassador of hope to families and children around the globe. "My mission is more than baby massage," she says. Reese sees her role as a facilitator, empowering families to develop the tools they already have right in their own hands and their own hearts to help their children thrive. "I believe that helping to facilitate compassionate touch is one step towards creating a gentler, more loving world in which to live and raise children."

Suzanne P. Reese is available for interviews, appearances and on camera demonstrations.
To schedule, please contact:
Donna Nichols
858-484-8609
donna @ pacificcoastjazz.com

Marti Amado
MEDIA ARTS
760-877-0619
marti @ media-arts.us.

For the latest research news on the benefits of infant massage, please visit: http://www.miami.edu/touch-research/.

To purchase the new CD 'Talk to Me -- Happy Tunes for Healthy Growth' and for photos and sound bites, visit: http://www.pacificcoastjazz.com or http://www.compassionatechild.com.

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