Hi Everyone! Just signed up for the course last week and so far so good, although I have to say it absolutely kills me to sit on my heels so hoping I'll get used to this!
I'm originally from Ireland but have been living in the Cayman Islands for over 5 years. I have been working in a small Spa at a Beach Resort but this week is my last week there as I will be starting my own mobile massage business. I'm excited to integrate Thai Healing Massage to my services a few months down the line.
My website won't be up and running until next week but please check it out when it is to see a little more about who I am and what we offer!
Hi Lainey, welcome to the forum, I am glad to have you onboard! Looks like you are an expat like myself.
Regarding sitting on the heels, I have good news for you:
- It gets better once you get more used to it
- The initial practice phase always feels the worst since you still have to figure out your ideal ergonomics, your body is not flowing yet, and everything takes you much longer in the beginning. It all will get progressively easier from here.
- Once you have learned the basic technical skills of Thai Massage, you will naturally find out which techniques work best for you. You will be learning a huge amount of moves, but this does not mean that you should use all of them, every time, on everybody. They are choices to pick from, not sequences written in stone. We all create our own styles ultimately, and you will find a way that works best for you and that is easiest on your body.
Let's take myself as an example. Although I know hundreds of Thai massage and other techniques, in actual practice I use relatively few of them in my sessions. I have specialized in highly specific therapeutic work which just happens to be my main strength. It is like a niche work within Thai Massage.
What you are learning now is a foundation. There are so many ways to adjust and adapt Thai Massage that you will certainly find the way that is perfect for you, and the heels won't be "killing you" much longer.
I am looking forward to checking out your website once it is up and running.