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The comprehensive Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz® with Cancer (Massage for Children with Cancer) 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 and touch therapy for children who have been diagnosed with Cancer.
Complementary therapies are increasingly integrated into mainstream cancer programs and centers. Although most studies have reported the effects of massage in adult patients, pediatric cancer patients also experience reduced pain after massage therapy. Massage is one of the most commonly used pain management strategies for pediatric patients newly diagnosed with leukemia. For Oncology patients, studies also indicate that many complementary therapies control treatment-related physical and emotional symptoms including pain, fatigue, nausea, xerostomia, anxiety, and depression.
Recently at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, research investigators took a close look at the effect of massage on Cancer patients. In a study of 380 adults with advanced-stage cancer and at least moderate pain, the researchers found that those who received massage therapy had greater improvement in pain and mood than patients who were touched in a manner similar to massage but without the precise motion and the specific pressure a trained massage therapist uses.
For Cancer patients, especially pediatric cancer patients, even just a little relief can mean a lot. In general, about a third of all cancer patients experience significant pain. According to the National Cancer Institute, 15% to 25% of cancer patients become clinically depressed at some point during their illness. And of course, the very nature of possible hospitalization, isolation and the treatment for this very serious illness often makes things worse.
During massage levels of feel-good neurotransmitters spike, Oxytocin (nurturing, cuddle hormone) is increased, while measures of the stress hormone Cortisol drop. Massage can be just the supportive therapy a pediatric oncology client needs.
Massage may be a supportive therapy that can be readily applied, most effectively by specially trained massage therapists or by parents who have learned massage techniques from a skilled, educated massage therapist. Pediatric massage and nurturing touch are the most appropriate massage techniques to use in this population. When using massage therapy for children with cancer, your work does not need to be aggressive to achieve its maximum potential. Many research studies document and support the use of massage.
Pediatric Oncology Massage requires specific skills to adapt massage and nurturing touch techniques suited for the child’s specific cancer treatment and treatment plan. This course is designed for students who want to work specifically with children with cancer.
During the Liddle Kidz® Foundation Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Cancer, you will learn about Cancer, Pediatric Oncology, massage techniques, nurturing touch techniques, and the most common types of childhood cancers including Leukemia , Brain and nervous system cancers, Neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, Lymphoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Retinoblastoma, and Bone cancers (Osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma).
We will discuss various therapies and methods used to treat children with Cancer, what do when a child is undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, how to work with conditions such as thrombocytopenia and peripheral neuropathy, benefits for children and caregivers, current research and the importance of communication and attachment in building healthy emotional relationships and bonding during end-of-life situations. You will learn how to communicate with parents and healthcare providers, and how best to reach children who need your services most.
Specific concerns associated with massage use among younger children and Adolescents may include fear of massage being administered by a stranger and apprehensions around touch and body image. In order to gain the child’s trust, during this course we will discuss appropriate approach to safely introduce massage and nurturing touch.
Massage and touch therapy techniques for working with children with varied pediatric oncology diagnoses will be demonstrated and practiced during hands-on in class sessions. The benefits and importance of individualized adaptations for using massage therapy will be explained.
Our Advanced Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Cancer
(Massage for Pediatric Oncology/Cancer) Training Course includes:
- Review of Pediatric Oncology (Cancer) Diagnoses
- Review of a variety of therapies currently employed with children diagnosed with Cancer (Chemotherapy, Radiation)
- Massage techniques and nurturing touch techniques with adaptations for children with Cancer
- Contraindications and Precautions for the use of Massage Therapy for Pediatric Oncology clients
- Methodology for the use of pediatric massage therapy
- Age appropriate approach and communication, and unique methods of communicating with children who have Cancer
- Overview of growth and development
- Benefits for both children and caregivers
- Recognizing Children’s verbal and nonverbal communication
- Working with the entire family and healthcare team during end-of-life issues
- Current pediatric massage research and how best to stay in touch with current research developments
- Teaching and facilitating skills to impart simple ideas and techniques to parents
- Networking and Marketing Skills for reaching healthcare professionals and families
- Considerations for providing massage therapy for children of all backgrounds, including cultural considerations
- Medical, healthcare and parental consent considerations
- Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Cancer (Massage for Children with Cancer) Guide (provided in class)
- Supervised Practical Experience: In-class hands on practice.
- Exam – the exam is administered and graded in class to ensure full understanding of the material presented, and to give participants any additional guidance prior to completing the course
- After course mentoring from our Master Teacher
- Processing of CEH/CEU paperwork and certifications as applicable
- Recommended Pre-Course Study: Attendance and completion of Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT) Course
Finally, an advanced pediatric massage therapy training program for healthcare professionals who wish to provide touch therapy for children with Cancer. The Liddle Kidz® Foundation course is an intense, fun and effective way to advance your pediatric massage therapy skills and embrace children who have been diagnosed with one of many childhood Cancers that includes Leukemia , Brain and nervous system cancers, Neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, Lymphoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Retinoblastoma, and Bone cancers (Osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma).
Founded by master teacher and philanthropist Tina Allen, the Liddle Kidz® Foundation offers a new, comprehensive, research based training course and teaches students what they really need to know to become an advanced professional in the area of pediatric massage therapy.
Any experienced healthcare professional will tell you that there is a world of difference between learning how to massage a child from a book or DVD, and knowing how to provide the best care to meet a child and families needs, however, there are few opportunities to learn the skills they really need from a working healthcare professional who has provided infant and pediatric massage education throughout the world.
With specialized advanced training in Pediatric Massage Therapy, you have the unique opportunity to impact a child with Cancer for a lifetime.
About the Trainer
Tina Allen, Founder and Director of the Liddle Kidz Foundation, is the premier expert and authority on infant and pediatric massage therapy. She is an internationally respected lecturer, educator, and award-winning author of the best selling book "A Modern Day Guide to Massage for Children”.
Ms. Allen managed the United States first comprehensive pediatric massage program and regularly provides consultation on the development of hospital based pediatric massage programs.
Her innovative approach to children’s health has allowed her the unique opportunity to train hospital staff, healthcare professionals, collaborate on research studies and integrate pediatric massage therapy into some of the world’s leading medical institutions.
She travels 365 days a year in a tour bus with her husband and their awesome son, sharing the benefits of nurturing touch!
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Tuition & Registration
Please see our Calendar for upcoming Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Cancer Training Dates and Registration Information.
In-class hands on practicum
Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Cancer (Massage for Children with Cancer) Guide (provided in class)
After course mentoring from your Liddle Kidz® Foundation International Trainer.
Who Should Attend
Health care professionals, professional massage therapists and body workers, parents and caregivers of children with specific medical conditions which may benefit from the use of massage therapy. Those who attended and completed the Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT) Course, and wish to provide advanced Pediatric Massage Therapy.
Nursing CEH – Continuing Education Contact Hours
Liddle Kidz is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15018
Massage CEH - Continuing Education Contact Hours
Massage CEU - Continuing Education Units
Liddle Kidz Foundation is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Provider Number 450613-08
Tina Allen is approved in Canada by: College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMT), The College of Massage Therapists Ontario (CMTO), The Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA), The Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM), New Brunswick Massotherapy Association, Northwest Territories Massage Therapists Association
For more detailed information please visit our Continuing Education Approvals page for State, Provincial, National and International CE Approvals