Today I received an email from a former Working Well Massage massage therapist, Rania Baxter, who left Chicago a few years ago for the calm and quiet of upper Wisconsin. Rania let me know about a fantastic program she is taking part in to bring infant and child massage to children and caregivers in another country with the Liddle Kidz™ Foundation. Rania, as you can see, is now calm and peaceful and ready to bring her compassion and touch to children in a less developed country.
I think it’s a great idea and a wonderful way to bring massage therapy into less developed countries in a manner than can be healing for everyone involved. The lessons Rania learns on her journey will likely benefit children and parents here as well when she returns to the U.S. Rania is hoping to raise $4300 for this effort. If you an afford to donate to Rania and LiddleKidz™ Foundations mission to help children and their caregivers in Viet Nam, click here and you can enter any amount you wish. Donations are being handled by Firstgiving, a secure donation portal. And sorry, I can’t let you be the first to donate. Working Well Massage already made the first donation!
According to the Liddle Kidz™ website, “Children who are resilient typically have a number of characteristics that make this possible. These characteristics include having a sense of purpose in life, confidence in one’s ability to control any given situation, compassion for others, a belief in the fundamental goodness of people, and the energy and resourcefulness to make things happen. The Liddle Kidz™ Foundation Global programs directly nurture two of these important characteristics; compassion for others and the belief in the fundamental goodness of people. Liddle Kidz™ programs support children and their caregivers, so that each child has the chance to reach their full potential.”
According to Rania, “It is the vision of Liddle Kidz™ Foundation Global to make a true difference for children who have been orphaned, along with their caregivers who lack the necessary support to provide them with best developmental care possible. Specifically we provide focused support to orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Agent Orange, Down Syndrome, Autism/ASD, Muscular Dystrophy, landmine survivors, children with visual and hearing impairments, as well as a host of mental and physical impairments. The LiddleKidz foundation’s mission includes setting up massage and nurturing touch programs in orphanages and children’s care settings across the globe. The goal is to provide infants and children with experiences of caring and nurturing touch that they often lack. In addition to working directly with the children, volunteers such as Rania, teach staff and caregivers at these facilities ways to continue to provide supportive, comforting touch to the children in their care.”
Annually, Ms. Tina Allen, the founder of Liddle Kidz™ and Liddle Kidz™ Foundation Global, travels with volunteer groups to provide touch therapy in orphanages all over the globe. This is the group that Rania will be traveling with this December when they visit orphanages and children’s hospitals in Viet Nam.
Who is Tina Allen?
Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
With over a decade of service to children and families, Tina Allen, founder of leading children’s health and nurturing touch organization Liddle Kidz™ Foundation (LKF), has become an internationally respected educator, author and expert in the field of infant and pediatric massage therapy.
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. 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.
For more information on Tina Allen and her work with healthy touch and children, click here.
For massage therapists that want to be trained in Infant Massage and Pediatric Massage, click here for upcoming class information.
- Spa Time for Baby- Why Infant Massage Makes Sense (holisticdiva.wordpress.com)
- American Massage Conference and ONE Concept HONORS Tina Allen, the Authority on Infant and Pediatric Massage, International Massage Therapist of the Year (prweb.com)