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BY APPOINTMENT

Infant  Massage Workshop
Private & Group Instruction
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for parents, care givers, healthcare providers
and licensed massage therapists.

Price (3 classes recommended)

Private: $75 per class

Group: $45 per class

PEDIATRIC MASSAGE THERAPY

Center for Pediatric Massage Therapy

Touch Institute Los Angeles  (TILA) provides comprehensive, research based, pediatric massage therapy for children 3 through 18 years of age, and infant massage instruction for parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

A Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT) is a licensed healthcare professional who has acquired advanced knowledge in pediatric growth and development in addition to specific massage techniques aimed at providing individualized touch therapy for healthy children and children with varying degrees of physical, medical, psychological, and/or emotional well-being.

A CPMT is specifically trained to meet the therapeutic needs of children with various pre-diagnosed conditions, in an out-patient setting, with special attention to safety guidelines, infection control, and privacy.

A Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT) is a licensed healthcare professional who has acquired advanced knowledge in infant growth and development in addition to specific massage techniques aimed at providing parents, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals with the tools to provide nurturing touch to their own infants and/or patients aged 3 weeks to 3 years. 

A CIMT is specially trained to educate caregivers in the benefits and practical application of infant massage.  Massage strokes and routines are taught using a demonstration doll.  Teachers do not directly massage infant participants in class.

At Touch Institute Los Angeles  (TILA), it is our goal to introduce our youngest clients and their caregivers to the benefits of massage therapy in a safe, nurturing, environment.  Our CPMT’s and CIMT’s have passed thorough background checks by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and have met or exceeded the professional standards of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), which was established by the enactment of Senate Bill 731 to serve and protect the interests of the public.  Therapists certified and licensed by the CAMTC are conferred the title Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), or Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP), with the honors, rights, privileges and responsibilities thereto pertaining.  Any unauthorized title use is a violation of the California Business and Professions Code Section 4600 et seq.   

Benefits of Pediatric Massage Therapy

Touch therapy research suggests that pediatric massage therapy may help children grow and develop by stimulating nerves that facilitate food absorption and by lowering stress hormone levels, which allows for better function of the immune system.  

In the infant population, documented research finds massage therapy aids in weight gain, respiratory function, improved sleep patterns, pain due to colic, teething, and constipation, decreased hospitalization in pre-term and medically fragile infants, improved-long range behavioral development and academic achievement, parental bonding, and reduced anxiety in both infant and caregiver.

In children, research studies indicate pediatric massage therapy may improve over-all immune function, improve motor function, muscle tone, flexibility, and joint mobility, aid in posture and balance, relieve muscle tension and spasms, improve respiratory function and sleep patterns, improve gastrointestinal and digestive function, improve skin conditions, decrease stress, depression, and anxiety, enhance social behavior and decrease aggressive behavior, aid in touch aversion and sensory integration, help with body awareness, improve attentiveness and responsiveness,  improve performance on standardized testing,  and help reduce pain and symptoms of serious illnesses.

For children with a specific physical or psychological diagnosis, serious illness, or special health care need, pediatric massage therapy provides numerous benefits.  Touch therapy is within the scope of many health care providers including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and chiropractors, however, time restraints often preclude these professionals from providing it to their patients.  A Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT), is a valuable and resourceful addition to the health care team.  The physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of touch for infants, children, and their families,  is well documented and contributes to a positive, nurturing, and healing environment.

More health care providers, hospitals, occupational centers, and schools are exploring the use of touch therapy for pediatric populations.  In Southern California, the nation’s first comprehensive pediatric massage therapy program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), was managed by Liddle Kidz founder, Tina Allen.  Ms. Allen trained volunteer therapists and medical professionals to work with hospitalized rehabilitation patients and medically complex infants in the Center for Newborn and Infant Critical Care (CNICC) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Ms. Allen also developed pediatric massage therapy programs at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.   Touch Institute Los Angeles  (TILA), is committed to providing comprehensive pediatric massage therapy to local families in an out-patient setting, and to supporting the global initiatives of the Liddle Kidz Foundation .