Infant Massage, baby massage and children's Massage Expert, Tina Allen welcomes any questions relating to infant and baby massage, children's massage, pediatric massage, and massage for infants and children who are hospitalized or in hospice care.
Additionally, through her internationally recognized volunteer work, Tina has extensive experience providing massage therapy to men and women who have advanced HIV/AIDS, are elderly or living with terminal illness in hospice care.
With over a decade of service to children and families, Tina Allen, founder of leading children’s health and nurturing touch organization Liddle Kidz™, has become an internationally respected educator, author and expert in the field of infant massage and pediatric massage therapy. She is a Pediatric Massage Master Teacher, Developmental Baby Massage Teacher and a Licensed Massage Therapist with specialized training in providing massage therapy for children with special healthcare needs. She understands the varied physical and emotional needs of hospitalized and medically complex infants, children and their families. Because of her dedication to the well-being of the entire family, she has studied and become certified in pregnancy massage and is a Trainer of Peaceful Touch®, which implements a healthy touch approach for children in school based environments.
Ms. Allen began her charitable work as a volunteer massage therapist with The Heart Touch Project, a nonprofit educational and service organization dedicated to the delivery of compassionate touch to homebound and hospitalized men, women and children. As a volunteer, she has provided massage to individuals with advanced HIV/AIDS, children with special needs and senior citizens at the end of life.
Most recently, as Director of the Children’s Program for The Heart Touch Project, she provided specialized education and inspiration for massage therapists committed to addressing the needs of medically challenged infants and children who are hospitalized or in hospice care. To date, approximately sixteen hundred volunteers have participated in The Heart Touch Project, their ranks including massage therapists, physicians, physical therapists, and nurses.
In addition, 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.
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 England, France, Sweden, Canada and Thailand.
Recently, Ms. Allen led a group of volunteer massage therapists to Thailand where they provided care to infants and children affected by HIV/AIDS and living in orphanages. These children, often considered untouchable, received much needed touch therapy and compassionate care. Their caregivers were taught by Ms. Allen to provide healing touch for these children, so they would continue to receive much needed “TLC” long after the volunteer group returned to the United States. She has plans to travel with another volunteer group to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and India to provide similar care.
A widely known expert in her field, Ms. Allen has appeared on NBC, The Learning Channel’s “Bringing Home Baby”, PBS "A Place of Our Own", KCET and Your LATV. She is featured as the Infant and Children’s Massage Expert on Canadian Parents and Parent Guide Canada. Ms. Allen 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 and is a 2009 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Inductee.
Based in both Los Angeles, California & Vancouver, British Columbia, Tina Allen’s private massage therapy practice focuses on educating families in the many benefits of nurturing touch. Her organiztion Liddle Kidz offers Infant, Children's and Pediatric Massage Instruction courses internationally.
She is an invited speaker to major conferences and has presented for organizations such as Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, First 5 LA, Infant Childhood and Relationship Enrichment Network, Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Glendale Memorial 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 and major school districts throughout the United States.
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First 5 LA's Champion for our Children • 2009 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Inductee • Richard Ryder Award for Dedicated and Passionate Service
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Hi Sandra, Happy to answer your questions: 1)Are there any other CP targeted massage courses, close(er) to NY in 2013? The 2013 dates are beginning to be listed near and will include other options
Hello Sandra, Thank you for your email and question. The focus of the Liddle Kidz Foundation is on massage therapy and touch therapies for infants, children, their families and healthcare providers
Hi Taryn, Thank you so much for your question and your willingness to volunteer to provide nurturing touch to children in Africa. With anyone who is HIV positive, you do want to think about any possibilities
Hello Liz, Thank you for your message. Paediatric (Pediatric) Massage for children with a variety of different abilities and medical conditions can be quite beneficial. There is research indicating
Hello Jenny, Thank you for your question. Everyone's body has a different schedule for elimination. Some babies may have multiple bowel movements everyday. While, others, have one every few days
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