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The comprehensive Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz (Massage for Healthy Children) Course for massage therapists and healthcare professionals provides educational and professional training to those who wish to enhance their skills. Through this training, participants learn to provide massage therapy, nurturing touch techniques, and touch therapy for children.
Children require tactile stimulation through a variety of sources in order to fully develop their body, mind and spirit. Those children who receive massage therapy may experience many benefits including decreased anxiety, improved muscle tone, enhanced pulmonary and immune function, enhanced body image, increased bonding and attachment, healthy sense of boundaries, stress reduction and an overall sense of well being.
Throughout this children’s massage course we will help you find ways of increasing tactile stimulation and exploration experiences for children. In addition to physical experiential activities, calming and relaxing touch is also introduced through hands on massage therapy and massage stories.
Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz uses adaptations of massage therapy as appropriate for children. Massage is adapted for each individual child client on a specific case by case basis. With each child, it is important to build a rapport and trust in your professional relationship. Learn to ask permission effectively and understand both verbal and non verbal cues.
Each child needs to know they can trust you, and that you will listen to their requests. Learn how to explain massage to children in age appropriate language. By learning to appropriately ask permission prior to massage, you’ll encourage children to develop healthy boundaries and become more secure as they grow older. It is very empowering for a child to have the ability to direct their therapeutic session, and at times even refuse it. Once they trust you, they can relax and just feel the many benefits of the massage.
This children’s massage course incorporates movement games, stories and stimulating activities which can help introduce massage and nurturing touch to children. During the course we will show you ways of incorporating families into sessions, so they may have the opportunity to use nurturing touch with their children in their home environment.
We understand that children have different physical, emotional and developmental needs than adults, which is why we have developed this children’s massage course with early childhood development considerations. During this course you will learn to use massage and touch therapy to interact with children using age appropriate activities that stimulate a child’s development. Developed with young children’s language level in mind, storytelling and songs are used to connect with and engage children.
During this course, we will use appropriate touch therapy activities for healthy, well children. Hands-on exercises will include adapting storytelling for massage time and utilizing common childhood toys to increase tactile stimulation. A relaxation series of massage strokes will be taught and hands-on practice will demonstrate how this sequence may be especially beneficial to children.
Our Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz
(Massage for Healthy Children) Training Course includes:
- Massage techniques and nurturing touch techniques with adaptations for children
- Storytelling to connect with children during massage
- How to ask permission to touch and help children develop healthy boundaries
- Contraindications and Precautions for the use of Massage Therapy with children
- Methodology for the use of children’s massage therapy
- Age appropriate approach and communication
- Overview of growth and development
- Benefits for both children and caregivers
- Recognizing Children’s verbal and nonverbal communication
- Methods for working with the entire family
- Teaching and facilitating skills to impart simple ideas and techniques to parents
- Considerations for providing massage therapy for children of all backgrounds, including cultural considerations
- Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz (Massage for Children) 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
Finally, a children’s massage course for healthcare professionals who wish to provide touch therapy for children. The Liddle Kidz Foundation course is an intense, fun and effective way to advance your massage therapy skills and embrace children in your practice.
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 Massage for Children, you have the unique opportunity to impact a child with for a lifetime.
About the Trainer
Tina Allen is an internationally respected author, lecturer and authority on infant and pediatric massage therapy. Ms. Allen managed the United States first comprehensive pediatric massage program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and developed pediatric massage programs at Mattel Children’s Hospital (UCLA) and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is currently consulting on the development of comprehensive pediatric massage programs for some of the world’s leading medical institutions including for The Mayo Clinic, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Connecticut 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.
She understands the varied physical and emotional needs of hospitalized and medically complex infants, children and their families. One of Tina’s passions is bringing the nurturing touch of pediatric massage to as many children as possible.
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Tuition & Registration
Please see our Calendar for upcoming Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz Training Dates and Registration Information.
In-class hands on practicum
Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz (Massage for Healthy Children) 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 who may benefit from the use of 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