Friday, May 1, 2015

Father Engagement and why it is critical!

I am very excited to be presenting to professional the implications of my research at the 2015 Virtual International Day of the Midwife Conference. It's important that all professionals who provide services to Children and Families have an understanding on how valuable fathers are in the ecology of the family. Recognizing fathers' roles, contributions and competence within the family system is essential and dynamic. As professionals we need a clear communication style that is inclusive and direct with fathers. We cannot afford to inadvertently or unconsciously contribute to blocking father involvement. Children who grow up without fathers cost our society more than $1.5 Million dollars in Social and Human Services. What is your role?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

TEDxTallahassee Fathers!

The TED talk went well yesterday. What was amazing was how almost all of the other TED speakers had something in common with each others presentation. It was an incredible day and an incredible experience. I have to confess I never saw this coming. I desired a venue to get the word out about infant massage as it is a powerful sensory skill that supports bonding and attachment, however, I really didn't consider a TED talk as that venue. Not because I don't value TED talks because I do! I hadn't considered it because I just never considered it. I am so delighted to have been blessed by this experience.

It will take a while for the YouTube Video to come out however when it does I shall up date the PowerPoint by embedding into it. This is the PowerPoint Slides I developed for the talk and then decided that it would be too distracting to do two things at once. Enjoy!

I would also like to mention that the research conducted on Infant Massage was done at the University of Miami by Dr. Tiffany Field and the catalyst for teaching Infant Massage to parents was Vimala McClure author of "Infant Massage: A handbook for Loving Parents!" She is also the founder of Infant Massage USA.

TEDxTallahassee 2015 from Dr. Mary Kay Keller

Additionally, I love this article and book! Click here!  

Details of the Research on Fathers

Details about "Why Infant Massage?" 

How we have missed fathers in the research. 

Please feel free to share! I love to speak on this topic. 

Dr. Mary Kay Keller 
Author of Hassle Free Bedtime 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Massage and siblings!

Anthropologist Ashley Montague, author of Touching, states that a child’s close relationship with his parents is a source of basic self-esteem. “Persons who are callously unresponsive to human need, who have become so hardened that they are no longer in touch with the human condition, are not merely metaphorically so,” he says, “but clearly physiologically so.” A study reported in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology confirmed this idea, indicating that the higher the subject’s self-esteem, the more he communicates through touch. Before the age of twelve, children are more tactile-kinesthetic — that is, they use feeling more than sight or hearing for information about the world.

This is an excerpt from the founder and instigator of Infant Massage here in the United States, Vimala McClure. She is talking about how massage is a great venue for older siblings to feel better about a new baby entering into the family. I would like to take it one further and teach siblings of a certain age how to massage the baby's hand or foot. They need something to do with the baby that is  non-threatening. Please do click here and read Vimala's Blog post!
Massage and sibling rivalry!

 One Massage at a time!

Enjoy! Get a massage for yourself and then give it away!
Dr. Mary Kay Keller

Monday, April 6, 2015

Touch is essential!

Touch is essential to human health is provide support both physically and emotionally. One of the best ways to support ourselves is to give and receive massage. The research is abundant demonstrating the positive outcomes that touch and specifically massage has on us and those around us.

Check out the massage and post massage videos of Foster Minx my cat.


See how relaxed I am, I am indeed in Kitty heaven on earth! How much do you think I love my mom now?

Learn to massage your pet today!  via Skype or in Home. 

Dr. Mary Kay Keller