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I can not tell you how nervous and anxious I have been from even before I sent my application in to the Liddle Kidz Foundation to take their Pediatric Massage Therapist Certification course! This course will be taught by the amazing Tina Allen, who travels the world teaching courses on massaging children and infants. I already have the suggested reading for the course; a book she wrote that is a great introduction for parents, LMTs, and healthcare workers on how to approach children about massage, and suggests easy techniques to use. Her book is entitled, “A Modern Day Guide to Massage for Children“, and is only available on Amazon.
I am planning to read it again on my flight (less than 3 weeks away!!!) over to Orange County, California, where I will be taking the course. Since this course is only two days, I bookended them with a few days beforehand and after to sight-see around the O.C. area. I promise a post filled with photos as soon as I return! My best friend from Massage School is going with me, and we plan to spend a ton of “big girl away time” out relaxing on some pretty beaches, and possibly trying out some adventurous activities.
As soon as I get back I hope to use my new skills and knowledge to network with with local hospitals and other healthcare centers in order to provide massage for kids and their families in these settings, and around my local area.
I can’t wait for all the special opportunities to care for so many children and their families using the knowledge and techniques I will acquire from this course, whether they have any type of illness or are perfectly healthy. Physical and mental illnesses and disorders are so common that I am anxious to learn whatever I can as soon as possible using massage therapy to help those who have them, especially children.
Prayers, as well as any advice on things to do or see around the OC would be appreciated!
Thank you to those who have offered your advice and encouragement.