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 Liddle Kidz Foundation - Newsletter | January 2009







Tina Allen playing with her son Otis and a new friend of Otis' at an orphanage in Vietnam“In 2010 we brought nurturing touch and pediatric massage to Vietnam and Japan!” says Tina “Now, in 2011, we continue bringing nurturing touch to the world with the annual Liddle Kidz® Foundation – North American Touch Tour, Japanese tour and global outreach to Thailand, Vietnam and Ghana!” 
- Tina Allen, Liddle Kidz® Foundation

Wham . . .Bam . . . thank you 2010 . . . it’s now 2011!  Happy new year!  The time flew by this year, and I am sure it is because I was so busy doing what I Love.  We made many big steps (and leaps) forward in the field of pediatric massage.  The Mayo Clinic, AI DuPont/Nemours Foundation and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center invited me to teach their staff and help develop their hospital based pediatric massage programs.

Pediatric massage also received great acknowledge from the professional massage community, as The World Massage Festival and World Massage Conference asked me to present during their internationally recognized conferences.


Big steps for the smallest clients!

Liddle Kidz in the USA Liddle Kidz in Canada Liddle Kidz in Japan Liddle Kidz in Mexico Liddle Kidz in Ecuador Liddle Kidz in Thailand Liddle Kidz in Vietnam Liddle Kidz in Cambodia Liddle Kidz in Ghana Liddle Kidz in Haiti Liddle Kidz in India Liddle Kidz in Macedonia Liddle Kidz in Peru Liddle Kidz in Romania Liddle Kidz in the Sudan

We proudly launched a second website focusing on the international outreach component of Liddle Kidz Foundation’s global work – www.LiddleKidz.org.  This site has been added in addition to www.LiddleKidz.com, so that there is clarity on where to find educational courses and where to find outreach opportunities and information. LiddleKidz.com still features educational articles, course information and interactive services, such as our forum.

LiddleKidz.orgOn LiddleKidz.org you can learn how Liddle Kidz Foundation Global uses the power of touch to reach the world’s most vulnerable children throughout the world with experiences of appropriate nurturing touch that they often lack.

As the number of orphans escalates around the globe, there is an increasing demand for sensory stimulation, nurturing touch and palliative care within orphanages and childcare settings. It is the vision of the Liddle Kidz Foundation Global (LKF) to make a true difference for children who have been orphaned, along with their caregivers who lack the necessary support to provide them with best developmental care possible.

2010 Liddle Kidz Global Volunteer Outreach Team in VietnamInternationally, I spent time teaching and introducing pediatric massage in Japan, as well as, leading our Liddle Kidz Foundation Global Outreach to Vietnam!

To end the year doing heartfelt service work in Vietnam, how can you ask for anything more?

Our group of 18 global ambassadors spent two weeks in Vietnam traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi providing hands-on massage therapy and nurturing touch to hundreds of infants and children.

To create sustainable impact, we taught staff and caregivers to provide massage for children that are seemingly untouchable.  We were the first to lift children from sleeping on wooden slats, to receiving hugs and massage which would help soften their contracted muscles.  Or, to go against caregiver’s advice and touch the skin of babies affected by AIDS, who the caregivers said “Just skip that baby.  We don’t touch them.”  Through these global outreach missions we know providing hands-on care with compassion and love will have lifelong impact in creating hopeful futures for the children.

Certified Infant Massage Teacher class in MassachusettsTo continue my mission in bringing nurturing touch to children everywhere, we are kicking off the 4th annual Liddle Kidz® Foundation North American Tour in Vancouver, BC with advanced pediatric courses specializing in Autism (ASD) and Cerebral Palsy in February and will continue through the United States and Canada.  Some of our many tour stops will include: Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, The American Massage Conference, Orlando, Florida State American Massage Therapy Association Conference, Boston, Canadian Massage Conference, Seattle, Kansas City, New York and Toronto.  If you’re curious when the Liddle Kidz® tour bus will be making a stop near you, check out our ever growing schedule of training dates online.  New dates are added all the time. 

Pediatric Massage students studying  in Tokyo, JapanThis year not only will we offer Certified Infant Massage Teacher, and Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist courses, but we continue to provide the most comprehensive advanced work in the field of pediatric massage.  Learn what makes Liddle Kidz Foundation different.   This year look for course dates on advanced pediatric massage therapy courses specializing in Autism (ASD), Pediatric Oncology (Cancer) and Cerebral Palsy..

At the end of this year we have plans to take a volunteer group to Thailand, Vietnam and Ghana where we will volunteer providing hands-on massage for infants and children in orphanage and healthcare settings.   We will also teach caregivers in these settings so we can implement a sustainable program.

“Children are our greatest gift, treat them with extraordinary care!”

If you have been waiting to find a way to make a difference, and didn’t know how to get started, this is it! Look online and find a course that works for you. Sign up and take charge of your future – now!

Each one of us can make a difference – it just takes one step in the right direction!

Infant Massage Certification ceremony in Tokyo, JapanIn 2005, Tina launched the Liddle Kidz® Foundation to focus on her innovative approach to children’s health. This approach has allowed her the unique opportunity to educate families and professionals throughout the world in the many benefits of nurturing touch. At personal request, Tina has taught in England, France, Sweden, Canada and Thailand.

A widely known expert in her field, Tina has appeared on NBC, The Learning Channel’s “Bringing Home Baby”, KCET and PBS’ “A Place of Our Own”. She is featured as the Infant and Children’s Massage Expert on Canadian Parents and Parent Guide Canada. Tina has also received recognition as First 5 California’s Champion for Children, was honored with the Richard Ryder Award for her dedicated and passionate service and is a 2009 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Inductee.



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As a Certified Infant Massage Teacher CIMT® and as a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist CPMT®, you have the special opportunity to impact an infant and their family for a lifetime.

Begin your journey today by registering for an upcoming 2011 CIMT® or CPMT® training!



2009 Liddle Kidz Foundation Infant and Pediatric Massage  Educational  Touch Tour



14th Annual Children  the Heart of the Matter Conference. Presented by  Child Care Options Resource and Referral, Options Community Services Society, in partnership with the Office of Early Childhood Development, Learning and Care. Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism (ASD), Vancouver, BC | CANADA Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Cerebral Palsy (CP), Vancouver, BC | CANADA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Portland, OR | USA Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism (ASD), Portland, OR | USA Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training (CIMT), Berkeley, CA | USA Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training (CIMT), Los Angeles, CA | USA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Los Angeles, CA | USA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Santa Fe, NM | USA Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training (CIMT), Shreveport, LA | USA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Shreveport, LA | USA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Tokyo | JAPAN Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism (ASD), Tokyo | JAPAN Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training (CIMT), Tokyo, | JAPAN Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Osaka | JAPAN Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism (ASD), Oskaka | JAPAN Liddle Kidz Founder, Tina Allen, presents pediatric massage during the American Massage Conference | May 20  22, 2011 Liddle Kidz Founder, Tina Allen, presents Pediatric Massage Therapy Benefits for Children with Autism (ASD) during the Florida State Massage Therapy Association Conference | June 22  26, 2011

Note: Trainings bordered in red offer a specialized 2 day comprehensive Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT)  Training for massage therapists and health care professionals


Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training (CIMT), Orlando / Winter Park FL  USA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Orlando / Winter Park, FL USA Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training (CIMT), Nashville, TN  USA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Kansas City, MO USA Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism (ASD), Kansas City, MO | USA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Sioux Falls, SD | USA Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training (CIMT), Minneapolis, MN | USA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Minneapolis, MN | USA Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism (ASD), Rochester, MN | USA Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training (CIMT), Milwaukee, WI | USA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Milwaukee, WI | USA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Toronto, ONT | CANADA Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism (ASD), Toronto, ONT | CANADA Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training (CIMT), Utica, NY | USA Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training (CIMT), Boston, MA | USA Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist Training (CPMT), Boston, MA | USA Join Liddle Kidz Founder, Tina Allen, at the 2011 Canadian Massage Conference for a special presentation on pediatric massage therapy. Vietnam Outreach | 2011 Ghana, West Africa Outreach | 2011

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Tour Press Release (PRWEB)
Tina Allen and her Liddle Kidz Foundations North American Touch Tour are Proving that What
Our Kids Need Most is Touch

To view more information about a training in your area, click on the training dates above.





Host a Liddle Kidz Training and Earn a ScholarshipDon’t see a training in your area? Interested in hosting one?

All of us at the Liddle Kidz® Foundation love to meet new people and visit new places.  So, if you haven’t found one our trainings to be close enough for you, and you’d like to learn near your hometown, we’d love to talk to you!

 Click here or on our hosting button to learn more about earning a full scholarship!



Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz® with Cerebral Palsy
Massage for Children with Cerebral PalsyThe comprehensive Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz® with Cerebral Palsy (Massage for Children with Cerebral Palsy) Course for massage therapists and healthcare professionals provides educational and professional training to those who wish to enhance their skills.

Through this advanced training, participants learn to provide massage therapy, nurturing touch techniques, touch therapy, tactile introduction, sensory stimulation & integration for children who have been diagnosed diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP).

Liddle Kidz Pediatric Massage New Articles











Pediatric Massage for Healthcare Providers
Many health care providers have explored the use of massage for particular populations of children with special health care needs. Overall, the evidence that massage provides global benefits to a child’s health far outweighs any evidence of negative effects.








Considering a Career in Infant Massage
Infant massage has been steadily gaining international popularity, and so it only makes sense that many massage therapists consider adding infant massage to their repertoire.

Babies simply love to be touched. In fact, they thrive on it and it is a crucial part of their development. Children need physical contact for healthy growth and development. Normal affectionate touching is important, however, a regular routine of infant massage can offer additional benefits to both the caregiver and child. Nurturing touch promotes physiological, neurological and psychological development and function.








Considering a Career in Pediatric Massage
Many massage therapists just entering the field of massage therapy are looking for a specific focus and place to specialize. This is why the field of pediatric massage is so exciting. Now, a modality that hadn’t been spoken of in the past is starting to receive mainstream medical credibility. This acceptance allows for a massage therapist to truly follow their passion and begin providing massage therapy for children who are healthy or have special healthcare needs.








View More Children’s Health Articles by Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT






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Infant Massage Certification | Japan

"Thank you for providing this course at the Mayo Clinic. You have an amazing passion for what you do, which comes through in your course. This course exceeded all of my expectations. The vast knowledge on the subject of infant and pediatric massage was amazing!"

Nancy Rodgers, LMT, CPMT, CIMT
Cardiovascular Surgery
Mayo Clinic - Rochester
(Rochester, Minnesota, USA)

Pediatric Massage Training | Connecticut Children's Hospital

“After 5 years experience working in a pediatric acute care setting and
completing another Infant massage training registered for Tina's class
wondering if I would learn anything 'new.' I left the Infant Massage
Teacher Training infused with passion, knowledge and heartfelt motivation
and practical tools to share the wonderful art of touch with families. Tina
is simply the best!”

Karen Gillespie Haeg, LMT, NCMBT, CIMT
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Integrative Medicine Clinic
(Minneapolis, MN, USA)

Pediatric Massage Therapist Training | Seattle, WA

“Tina did a wonderful job incorporating the students' various careers into every aspect of the infant massage certification course! She helped me to gain a skill base that will enable me to provide an incredibly therapeutic service to families of hospitalized infants. I have already begun to see how
infant massage can benefit not only infants, but entire families! Thank you, Tina, for all your continued support!”

Renee Caskey, CCLS, CIMT
Certified Child Life Specialist- General Pediatrics
Children's Medical Center of Dallas
(Dallas, TX, USA)

Pediatric Massage Certification

"The Pediatric Certification class this past weekend is an experience not to be missed for those who love children! Tina's energy, enthusiasm, and passion for the empowerment of children is exhilarating and inspirational. I came away with more than new strokes and hands on techniques, but with an awakened sense of the excitement in learning!"

Theresa Ochenkoski, LMT, CPMT, CIMI, RM
Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
(Boston, MA, USA)





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(Connecticut Children’s Medical Center) Submitted By, Dr, Ana Verissimo, MD for the Employee Newsletter of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Integrative Medicine Program Under Development At Connecticut Children’s Medical Center | Liddle Kidz Foundation Pediatric Massage course was filled to capacity with fifty health care participants, including twelve physical and occupational therapists at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
December 20, 2010


(examiner.com) Article By Marica Chen, San Francisco Examiner
Liddle Kidz Foundation brings nurturing touch to orphans in Vietnam
December 6, 2010


(Provincetown Banner) Article By Pru Sowers, Provincetown Banner
Provincetown's Katie Veatch on a mission with Liddle Kidz® to
help Vietnam orphans

September 10, 2010


(LJWorld.com) Article By Terry Rombeck, Lawrence Journal World
Healing bonds: Lawrence massage therapists will teach pediatric
massage practices in Vietnam with Liddle Kidz® Foundation Global

July 19, 2010





Infant Massage Certification Spotlight | Amanda Michelle Brand, LMT, LAc, CIMT |  New York City, NY

Amanda Michelle Brand | Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Pediatric Massage Therapists, Certified Infant Massage TeacherWho are you?
I am a 33-year-old Massage therapist (LMT) Acupuncturist (LAc) and Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT), a born and raised New Yorker and a generous, caring individual who likes to have a lot of fun when I’m not focused on my patients and clients wellbeing.

“Tina is a master of her craft. She is a true inspiration to anyone who is interested in making a difference, not just with others, but within themselves as well. Her ability to instill confidence and professionalism while keeping a playful demeanor is remarkable. She is a visionary, a leader, simply a beautiful selfless woman that I am happy to call my friend.“

Share a memorable moment from an infant massage class:
Explaining and showing a skeptical parent of a 2 month old little girl how to manage her daughters acid reflux without medication.

What have you learned from a family (or baby) in your classes? Patience; everything that can happen (i.e. diaper changing, breast feeding, over stimulation, spiting up on pillows and mats) probably will happen and reassuring parents and caregivers that’s its really not a big deal.

What makes you happy? On a grandiose level it’s having the support of my family and partner. On a professional level its watching frowns turn upside down.

Jersey Shore Cast waiting for Amanda Brand to join themWhat makes you sad? Intolerance, poverty and neglect.

If not yourself, who would you be? Oprah LOL I’m here people!

If you were to invite any three people for dinner, who would they be? God, Ellen Degeneres and Barack Obama, Oh, and the cast of Jersey shore!

What is your idea of happiness? A life with no anger, people putting aside their differences and trying to make this world a better place for future generations.

What is your main fault? Impatience; wanting people to see possibilities before they are capable of making change.

Neon Pump SocksWhat’s your favorite color? I don’t really have a favorite color, however, remember those bright neon “80’s ankle pump sock colors” they scare me!

What’s your favorite food? Deep southern soul food. The greasier, the fattier, the better.

What’s your favorite motto? Be a part of the solution and not the problem.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Doing exactly what I’m doing right now, changing the world one massage at a time.

Amanda Michelle Brand | Liddle Kidz Global Volunteer Outreach | Vietnam 2010Amanda Brand was selected from over 700 applicants to become a 2010 Liddle Kidz Foundation Global Ambassador to orphaned and abandoned children in Vietnam.

 Liddle Kidz Foundation Global Ambassador’s use the power of touch to reach the world’s most vulnerable children with experiences of appropriate nurturing touch that they often lack.

Through hands-on massage therapy, nurturing touch and caregiver education, we create sustainable programs to improve children’s health and wellness around the globe.

Please visit Amanda Brand’s workplace website:


Now Let's Talk about how the Liddle Kidz Foundation can  make a postive impact on your life!

Finally, comprehensive infant massage and pediatric massage certification programs for professionals, caregivers and those wanting to enhance their career or begin a new one!  As a CIMT you can enhance your existing career, or begin a new career in the wonderful world of infant massage.  As a CPMT you can enhance your career as a professional massage therapist, bodyworker or other healthcare provider who wishes to provide massage therapy for pediatric clients.  The Liddle Kidz® Foundation Certification courses are intense, fun and an effective way to master the core skills of infant and pediatric massage.

Founded by pediatric massage master teacher and philanthropist Tina Allen, the LiddlePlease Liddle Kidz, teach my Mommy & Daddy Infant Massage Kidz® Foundation offers new, comprehensive, research based training courses and teaches students what they really need to know to become infant and pediatric massage professionals.

Any experienced infant massage teacher or pediatric massage therapist will tell you that there is a world of difference between learning how to massage a baby or child from a book or DVD, and knowing how to provide the best care to meet a child's and families needs.  However, there are few opportunities to learn the skills you really need from a working healthcare professional who has provided infant and pediatric massage education throughout the world.  This is that rare opportunity!

As a CIMT or CPMT, you have the special opportunity to impact a child and their family for a lifetime.  Take the first step and get started today.

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