“The Liddle Kidz Foundation continues to make big steps for the smallest clients”
- Tina Allen, Liddle Kidz® Foundation
Wow . . 2011 has far exceeded my wildest dreams! In August, I presented a pediatric massage protocol for use at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and continue to consult with a number of pediatric hospitals on program development and research studies to further grow our professional field.
Pediatric massage also received great international acknowledgement from the professional massage community, as the American Massage Conference, Florida State Massage Therapy Association and the Canadian Massage Conference asked me to present during their internationally recognized conferences.
I would like to also personally thank ABMP and AMTA for recognizing pediatric massage as a professional massage modality. Through simply asking each association to list pediatric massage on their website – it has been done. So, if you are a member of either association, please take a moment and update your profile to indicate you practice pediatric massage.
Children of the World!
In 2010, we proudly launched a second website, Liddle Kidz Foundation Global (LKF), which focuses 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.
On 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.
We are happy to announce that the Liddle Kidz Foundation will bring nurturing touch to orphaned infants and children in Japan this fall. This outreach event would not be possible without the generous support of our donors - Massage Therapy Foundation, Massage Warehouse and One Concept (creators of the American Massage Conference & Canadian Massage Conference).
In November, we return to Japan. During this trip, Liddle Kidz Foundation will offer educational courses in Tokyo and Osaka as well as introduce the nurturing benefits of touch therapy to the many children in their orphanage facilities. The devastating events of the Tsunami have created an even greater need to bring nurturing touch to Japan.
This year’s overseas outreach is slightly different. Instead of bringing international Liddle Kidz Foundation volunteers overseas, I will train local Japanese volunteers to use the information, and continue to share in their communities after I return to the U.S.
The volunteer group will be comprised of Japanese infant massage teachers and pediatric massage therapists who attended infant and pediatric massage certification courses with Liddle Kidz Foundation last year, and also those who will be trained during this years classes. The materials will be presented in English with a Japanese translator and each volunteer team member will receive a translated booklet of materials to share with the children and staff at the orphanage facilities.
Our group of global ambassadors will provide hands-on massage therapy and nurturing touch to hundreds of infants and children. To create sustainable impact, the Japanese volunteers will receive additional training and education at no charge in exchange for a commitment to volunteer in their communities sharing the information learned.
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 reducing their trauma and instill hopes for a better future!
Thank you Massage Therapy Foundation, Massage Warehouse and One Concept for your support of our continued efforts to bring nurturing touch to the children of the world.
It is always possible to do more work, with more funding. So, if you would like to contribute a tax-deductible donation to the Japanese Outreach, please contact us.
To continue my mission in bringing nurturing touch to children everywhere, we continue the annual Liddle Kidz® Foundation World-Wide Tour in 2012. We’re having just too much fun! Some of our many tour stops will include: Portland, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Atlanta, The American Massage Conference in San Diego, Orlando, Florida State American Massage Therapy Association Conference, Austin, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Shreveport, Houston and various cities throughout Australia and Canada. 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.
Don’t miss out on our 2012 dates!
If you haven’t taken the infant and pediatric massage courses you planned for this year, new dates have been added to the Liddle Kidz website for 2012.
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. Look for course dates on advanced pediatric massage therapy courses specializing in Autism (ASD), Pediatric Oncology (Cancer) and Cerebral Palsy.
“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!
In 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, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam.
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, is a 2009 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Inductee and is the 2011 International Massage Therapist of the Year.