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Akuaem
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February 1, 2015 - 1:25 pm
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Hello, very excited to be in the class.  Read my manual and just completed the 1st module.  I feel that there is much to learn.  My perspective of Thai Massage has changed just by watching the module.  My view was that it was a very strenuous practice.  I didn't realize the use of breath and that it so comparable to yoga. I'm also learning to be patient while waiting for the modules.  I see that it is better that the pace is in such a manner.  I find it already to be a course that I will do more than just learn technique.  It is definitely an art so I am excited.

 

P.S.  I signed up to receive both the International Cert and the CEU's .  Thanks again

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February 2, 2015 - 12:03 am
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Hi Akua, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage course. You are registered for both certificates.

I think you will be very pleasantly surprised by the depth of this course, and I am looking forward to reading your progress reports and assisting you if necessary.

Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list here:
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This will get you on the right track with your forum posts and your profile. Smile

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February 4, 2015 - 10:22 am
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Module 2

I watched module 2 and was able to practice the Chi Machine with two different people.  I was able to focus on the hips so it was very successful.  Both individuals said that they liked how it felt and that they enjoyed it. Also, I have been working on being conscious of my posture and breathing.  

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That's a good start. The Chi Machine is one of the more challenging techniques for many new course students. If that worked so well for you, I predict that you won't have too many challenges with this training. Smile

Also please remember to complete your forum profile with your name and bio (as outlined in the certification check list) so that I have some idea about your massage background and experience.

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February 10, 2015 - 3:51 am
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Thanks Shama,

I updated my profile, I hope it helps.  I just finished Module 3.  I am still working on being mindful while performing the foot techniques.  I do wish I had a partner that was in the class.  I would very much like to know how the foot massage feels.  I think that would help.  In the meantime, I am listening to the feedback of my partner so that is what I am working with.

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Thanks for updating your profile. That's very interesting indeed with so many skills and a wide range of healing skills.

At some point you just have to train someone to do this so that you can experience it yourself. You know, I have had this problem so many times. Many of my courses are very unique since I created the content. When I was teaching it live, I often wished that I could experience my own work on myself from someone who was really good at it. 

But the truth is that there are still many aspects of my work which I have never received myself, even though I taught it to hundreds of therapists. I mean I might have had a student practice something on me, but that's not the same as really experiencing an actual session from a qualified practitioner.

That's often a challenge when you innovate something. Sure, I get lots of great feedback from students and clients, but to actually get the real experience of it myself is sometimes not so easy. So I understand where you are coming from. You just have to find someone who is willing and interested in working with you on this.

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Thanks Shama,

I've been getting good feedback. My husband is a martial artists so he occasionally watches the videos with me.  He's been a greet help.  I am now on Module 4.  I took me a minute to get to this module as I kept reviewing module 3.  4  was a good review and it helped me to develop my coordination.  I had one practice partner with a small bunion so I had to be very aware of my partner's comfort level.

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February 14, 2015 - 12:55 am
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Talking about how the foot massage feels - I am so grateful that I can go to my favorite foot massage outfit here in town and get my weekly session for $5/hour. I just got one today. That's one of the great things about Thailand.

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February 20, 2015 - 11:48 am
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$5/hour wow.  Bet you it was the best.  I got really busy so although I have moved forward in watching my modules, I decided to go back to 3 and review.  However, somehow I accidentally deleted Module 4.  What can I do to get that video resent to me. Thanks.  I will be updating my forum responses soon.  Have a good day

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February 20, 2015 - 12:57 pm
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Module 5

I completed module 5 a few days ago and I reviewed it and practiced again today. The leg warm ups were easy. I understand how sensitive the tendon can be. I worked on my breathing  a lot today. I have to watch when I try to lock my foot around the ankles as I have boney ankles and I was told that they were a bit uncomfortable. 

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February 20, 2015 - 6:05 pm
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I sent you the link to video # 4 via email.

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February 21, 2015 - 10:50 am
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Thank you. 

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Module 6

I love the addition of the forearms to the leg warmups.  I particularly like the rocking.  It was good because my partner this time was different and she had some sore quads from working out.

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February 23, 2015 - 9:58 pm
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The rocking is something that I use extensively. You will hear a lot more about that throughout the course.

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August 12, 2015 - 11:31 pm
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Hi Shama, I fell behind in my lessons.  I have restarted. Please tell me if I need to do anything to request an extension.  Also, I have all my modules but I am missing module 11.  My computer is old and sometimes the mouse clicks which has caused me to accidentally lose information. Thank you for your patience.

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That can happen that people fall behind. You are not the fist one! Laugh Anyway, you are still in the very beginning of the course, so I can extend the time for forum posting. However the test questions for the CE certificate (you signed up for both the international and the CE certificate) are administered by a third party software, exam professor. And the access to those test questions expires after 180 days (appr. 6 months).

So if you want the CEUs you would have to pay another $10 to get another 6 months to complete the test questions. These test questions are a requirement by the NCBTMB.

I will send you the link for the missing video via email.

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Module 7

Hi Shama,

I worked on my partner today who had a very tight hips.  They were a little off balanced.  I worked on a lot of rocking that helped to loosen him up.  After that we were able to do the stretches fairly well.  I did this for a couple of days.  Each day his flexibility seemed better.

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Clearly you are on the right track. Rocking is generally better to loosen things up compared to straight stretches.

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Module 8

My client was larger than me so I modified and performed the power version of the stretch. He is also very flexible and likes a good stretch. This made it easier for me and more comfortable. 

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Yes, the yogi types are easy to work on, but we learn more from working on the stiff people with problems. Smile

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