A lot of our clients ask if we will work with their child (we most definitely will). So when one of our clients, Kevin approached us about working with his son we of course had no problem. But, Beckham was a unique case, he has been diagnosed with Autism at 18 months old. Kevin had researched massage as a therapeutic tool for Beckham and figured we might be a good fit for their son. Well we were thrilled to work with him and Ashley has so far made a difference in his life. On massage days he is noticeably more relaxed as the therapy takes the tension out of his body. Ashley makes a special trip to Beckham's house so he is comfortable and that maximizes the massage benefits.
Here at Tocca Massage we try to make sure that any causes we support either benefit our local community or our clients. And it was a no-brainer that when Kevin mentioned they belong to Autism Speaks. Thus, Autism Awareness Month was born to contribute to a worthwhile cause and vastly misunderstood condition.
From Beckham's family ... "Autism and its cure is unknown today and as such we as a family have been chasing rainbows, speech, OT, hyperbaric chambers, gluten free diets, genetic testing, and on and on. He eats like a champ as my wife Kalin has become a tremendous cook with a diet full of all the good stuff. Beckham claps his hands together alot, I mean alot and as such swimming has been his favorite thing to do as it seems to add just the right amount of pressure to his little body. We started researching massage therapy and found Tocca through a friend and wow! Does Ashley ever connect with our little guy! Beckham asks for it now, he calls it "ssage". It replicates the pressure he gets in the water and stops the hand clapping during the sessions. Small steps, its all about the small steps.
During the month of August, all massages, packages, and gift cards purchased will have 10% donated to Autism Speaks. Our goal is to donate a minimum of $1,000. You can also donate to Beckham's page at Autism Speaks which was setup for this event. To learn more about autism and how you can help please visit autismspeaks.org.