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Continuing ed

June 26th, 2014 at 11:44 pm

As part of keeping my massage therapy license I have to take 24 hours of continuing ed courses every two years. My current 24 hours are due Jan 2016. We have to do at least 4 of those hours in ethics. I signed up for an ethics class in August already. The rest can be anything we want as long as at least 8 hours of it is hands on.

I decided to get certified in prenatal massage. I have had quite a few pregnant clients already (we had some basic training in school, enough to be able to do it but not necessarily specialize), and they are a demographic I want to attract. Most of my pregnant clients come in two to four times a month, vs. once every one to six months like most of my non pregnant clients. The certification course is very rigorous and comprehensive.

They are doing the four day course in San Diego in October of this year. I found a room on airbnb.com with great reviews that is close to Sea World, near where the class is being held, and it's $55 a night. The hotels around Sea World are 150-250 a night. This room also includes use of the kitchen, which includes some fresh food items, so I can further save money by fixing my own meals. And there is an outdoor jacuzzi! Good thing I still have a swim suit I almost never use. I requested a booking and pending verification from the owner, that is where I'll stay.

Flights are currently about $150 each way. That's not bad, but I'm going to watch it and see if comes down any. Special rates between Seattle and San Diego aren't uncommon. I could save about $40 total by taking Amtrak, but since it's a full two days travel time, I'd be losing a lot more money by missing all that work. I do love the train, but not that much.

I am also excited because one of my best closest friends from high school, who I still keep in touch with, lives about 20 miles north of San Diego. We haven't seen each other in 4 years, so I'm looking forward to catching up.

After this class, and the ethics class I will be done with my continuing ed until 2016.

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