Liddle Kidz Foundation | The Leader in Infant and Pediatric Massage and Touch Therapies.
NBC
The Learning Channel
Learning is Fun with Liddle Kidz! KCET PBS
Liddle Kidz | Bringing Home Baby | TLC
Newsletter Articles Community Teacher Directory
Infant Massage and Pediatric Massage Photos from various training for Parents and Professionals
About Education and Training Speaking Calendar Store
> Home > Articles by Tina Allen > Soldiers Reconnect with thier Children after War

Massage Helps Soldiers Reconnect With Their Children

by Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Updated April 2016

Military Families - have you considered how you will reunite with your children upon your return?

When you are a service man or woman, and your country calls you to action, you answer in many cases by going away to fulfill your service mission.  In these cases, your loved ones get left behind.  This can be especially troubling when you have a young child, or a child on the way.  You may anticipate missing some special moments, including your child’s birth, but have you considered how you will reunite upon your return?
 



 

As a soldier returning from Duty, reconnecting with your children is often difficult

When you return home, you hope to be able to start right back where you left off.  You anticipate being able to reconnect as a family, and be a parent with a strong connection to your child.  This can often be difficult to say the least.

 

Children of deployed parents, and their parents, experienced elevated self-reported symptom levels of depression

In a 1996 study of children’s response to parental separation during Operation Desert Storm, researchers Jensen, Martin and Watanabe found that both children of deployed parents, and their parents, experienced elevated self-reported symptom levels of depression.  It was also found that boys and younger children appeared to be especially vulnerable to deployment effects.  Anecdotally, I am sure we could then reason that all parents and children will have some not-so-positive effects with the separation caused by deployment.

When you are considering reconnection with your children, you need to look at those elements which contribute to strengthening your bond.  Some of these key elements include eye-to-eye contact, skin-to-skin contact and communication.  Once of the best ways to incorporate these elements into an activity that is enjoyable for all is in the form of nurturing touch and massage.

 
Eye-to-Eye Contact: During massage the caregiver is encouraged to make direct eye-to-eye contact with their child.  Research says frequent eye contact is a key indicator of a child who’s gaining confidence.  This eye-to-eye contact provides meaningful communication at close range.  A powerful psychological connection, this interaction triggers a message in the brain to temporarily shut down the production of stress hormones.

 

Skin-to-Skin Contact: During massage, touch, our very first sense is triggered. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and is the primary sensory organ.  During the experience of touch, endorphins are released creating a feeling of euphoria for the giver and receiver. It's soothing for both parent and child, while promoting a child's healthy growth.  Touch has been proven to increase the healthy balance, coordination and development of the nervous system.

Communication: Babies and children prefer human voices and enjoy vocalizing in their first efforts at communication. Babies often enjoy just listening to your conversations, as well as your descriptions of their activities and environments.  Babies seem to respond to high pitched voices (baby talk) and singing. Research shows babies recognize and show preference for the sound of their parent’s voice over that of a stranger.  During massage you have a perfect opportunity to communicate verbally and non-verbally.

Infant massage is especially valuable to military families reconnecting once parents return from long deployments   According to parent educators at Fort Hood, “Infant massage is a gentle, structured path that soldiers can take to start or re-establish a nurturing, "touch-ful" relationship with their infant or toddler.  Learning infant massage can make a huge impact on your family’s reunification process.”
 

 

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

 

Specially trained Certified Infant Massage Teachers (CIMTs)

Infant Massage Accredited CertificationThrough working as a Certified Infant Massage Teacher you have the special opportunity to impact an infant and their family for a lifetime.

This professional training is for those interested in working with families by becoming a Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT™). A CIMT™ is not only an instructor, but also an educator who teaches the art of infant massage to parents or caregivers in the presence of their babies.

For more information visit Comprehensive Infant Massage Teacher Training Course (CIMT)




 

(If you would like to republish the above article, please e-mail your request and where it will reside to info@liddlekidz.com, and we will send you a short bio you can use with it for your site.)

Print this article |  Please consider the environment before you do so - Thanks

Testimonials | Liddle Kidz Foundation
Children are our Greatest Gift and Should be Treated with Extraordinary Care!  Liddle Kidz Foundation
LiddleKidz.com

©2005 - 2016 Liddle Kidz™ Foundation | nonprofit educational organization

All Rights Reserved | Privacy Policy/Terms Conditions Use | Contact Us

Twitter YouTube Facebook Contact

Internationally Accredited

Liddle Kidz Touch Tour Bus
2017 Liddle Kidz Foundation Training Dates
Host a Liddle Kidz Professional Training in your City  |  Any Country Pediatric Massage Certification
Infant Massage Certification Touch Therapy for Children with Autism
Touch Therapy for Children with Cancer Touch Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Touch Therapy in the NICU Recent Popular Pediatric and Infant Massage Articles by Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Liddle Kidz Professional Trainings & Courses Calendar Host a Liddle Kidz Professional Training in your City  |  Any Country
Follow Liddle Kidz on Pinterest

Join the Liddle Kidz
E-Newsletter for info & training announcements.

 


Organizations & Affiliates

Mayo Clinic

Each One Counts Foundation

ABMP | Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals

NAEYC | The National Association for the Education of Young Children

NCBTMB | National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
 

more..


Liddle Kidz is World-Wide

USA (Main Office)

MAILING ADDRESS
Liddle Kidz
PO Box 872664
Vancouver, WA 98687

Tel: (001) 818-209-1918
Fax: (001) 818-975-KIDZ (5439)

info@liddlekidz.com
 

Twitter YouTube Facebook Contact

 
 
 
 

International

AUSTRALIA
 
CANADA
 
CHINA
 
FRANCE
 
HONG KONG
 
INDIA
 
INDONESIA
 
JAPAN
 
IRELAND
 
ITALY
 
MALAYSIA
 
NEW ZEALAND
 
PHILIPPINES
 
SINGAPORE
 
SPAIN
 
SWEDEN
 
SWITZERLAND
 
TAIWAN
 
THAILAND
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
UNITED STATES
 
VIETNAM