Fast forward a few years, I found myself working on many adult clients with chronic pain conditions and later runners and triathletes, as I worked in a running specialty shop. Somehow, my career took a different path than where I started. It was great, though! I thoroughly enjoy working with all my clients and have been able to provide relief to many. It has been a very fulfilling path.
I met my husband almost 7 years ago and we had our son, Elliot. We decided that it would be best for our family that I stay home with Elliot and take clients during the evenings and on the weekends, so that we would not have to figure out daycare. Being new to the mommy world, I decided to start venturing out and meet other moms with babies Elliot's age. I found a great group of friends and have watched our children grow up together. We may get a little busier these days (most of our friends now have 2 or more children) but we have made the connections and I am forever grateful.
I learned about so many products, services, groups and other businesses that cater to the mom and dad crowds. It's amazing what is out there. I learned about play places, classes and stores that I would not have known about if I had not become a mom. Going to these places and reading about products, I saw a common theme. These things are out there to help parents and babies as they try to navigate their new relationships.
So when I saw that the Liddle Kidz Foundation was coming to town with the Certified Infant Massage Teacher course, I knew this the perfect time for me to revisit my initial plan to work with babies. I hear about the worries parents have about their babies sleeping, or trying to get through teething or gas pains. Even more, I notice the way parents (especially new parents, but it is not just new parents!) question if they're doing it right and want to have the answers. Part of what I teach in my classes is to trust in the communication parents have with their babies. Parents learn how to read cues and better communicate and increase their confidence as parents. Confident parents, lead to happy parents and happy parents lead to happy babies. A recent article in Massage Magazine talks about this and explains it simply.
While seeing cute babies (and baby toes!) is definitely a plus on this part of my career path, the knowledge that I can help parents gain a little confidence while connecting with their babies makes it all worth it.