Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Tina Allen, founder of leading children’s health and nurturing touch organization Liddle KidzFoundation (LKF), is an internationally respected educator, lecturer, author and expert in the field of infant and pediatric massage therapy. She is the author of the bestselling book, "A Modern Day Guide to Massage for Children".
She is a Pediatric Massage Master Teacher, Developmental Baby Massage Teacher, a Licensed Massage Therapist with specialized training in providing massage therapy for infants and children with special healthcare needs. Ms. Allen understands the varied physical and emotional needs of hospitalized and medically complex infants, children and their families.
Ms. Allen has also received recognition as First 5 California’s Champion for Children and was honored with the Richard Ryder Award for her dedicated and passionate service. She is a 2009 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Inductee and 2011 International Massage Therapist of the Year, and was awarded 2012 Massage Therapy Foundation/Performance Health Humanitarian of the Year.
Ms. Allen managed the nation’s first comprehensive pediatric massage program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where she trained volunteer massage therapists and medical professionals to work with hospitalized Rehabilitation patients, medically complex infants in the Center for Newborn and Infant Critical Care (CNICC), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Children with Retinoblastoma, Spina Bifida and Cerebral Palsy.
She developed pediatric massage programs at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as well as developed a program focusing on introducing gentle compassionate touch to women and children who have survived domestic abuse.
She is currently consulting on the development of comprehensive pediatric massage programs for The Mayo Clinic, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Shriner’s Hospital and Sutton Children’s Medical Center.
Her innovative approach to children’s health has allowed her the unique opportunity to educate families and professionals throughout the world in the many benefits of nurturing touch. At personal request, Ms. Allen has taught in Japan, Vietnam, England, France, Sweden, Canada and Thailand.
Through Liddle Kidz Foundation Global, Ms. Allen regularly organizes groups of professional volunteers to travel to other parts of the world to provide global outreach to children and their caregivers.
These children, often considered untouchable, receive much needed touch therapy and compassionate care. Caregivers are always trained to provide healing touch for these children, so they would continue to receive much needed “TLC” long after the volunteer group returns to their home country.
Global outreach focuses on vulnerable infants and children, especially those who are orphaned or have special healthcare needs. Liddle Kidz Foundation Global programs have been implemented throughout North American, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam.
Children receiving nurturing touch have the effects of trauma associated with being isolated and abandoned, as well as, a host of special healthcare needs and birth defects including AIDS/HIV, Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephelus, Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, Autism/ASD, Muscular Dystrophy, landmine survivors, children with visual and hearing impairments, mental, neurological and physical impairments.
A widely known expert in her field, Ms. Allen has appeared on NBC and The Learning Channel’s “Bringing Home Baby”, KCET and PBS’ “A Place of Our Own”. Her work has also been featured in many international publications including Massage Magazine, Massage and Bodywork Magazine and Massage Therapy Journal. She is a featured columnist with Massage Today Magazine.
She is featured as the Pediatric Massage, Infant Massage and Children’s Massage Expert on Canadian Parents and Parent Guide Canada.
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As an invited speaker for major international conferences, Ms. Allen has presented for organizations such as The Mayo Clinic, Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Northwestern University of Health Sciences, St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital and Healthcare System, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, World Massage Conference, Massage Hall of Fame, American Massage Therapy Foundation (AMTA), Society for Oncology Massage, First 5 LA, Infant Childhood and Relationship Enrichment Network, Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Glendale Memorial Hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital, South Bay Counseling Center, PAC/LAC (Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership Advocacy and Consultation), The International Association of Infant Massage, ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium), Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Boston Children’s Museum and major school districts throughout the United States.
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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 Liddle 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.