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Section 1

Module 1 & 2

- Truly helps the idea of using a table vs on the floor.  Great

information and it all make sense for the massager and the

clients.  Win win of both side of spectrum.  It totally make

sense specially when you teach yoga.  I make adjustment when I

teach and my clients LOVES it and I am using the same technique

proper position of the body and gentle touch of the hands.

- Good to know the differences of the western massage which is

primarily based on anatomy and physiology compare to ENERGY.  I

love the concept of the energy and feeling the flow.  Hara =

Sushuma

- I love the idea of using our own body to massage the person and

connecting it to the breath.

- Beautiful to learn the different techniques to use.  I tried a couple of them like compression, twisting and stretching.  

Compression
Stretching
Twisting
Traction
Rocking
Percussion
Weaving
Holding

- Great tools - This is helpful and I've been only using half of it. 

thumbs
fingers
knuckles
hands
forearms
elbows
knees
feet

- So much helpful on the body positioning on giving the massage.  Its so simple yet effective.  I usually use sitting japanese style and half kneeling.  I am so exciting to use the rest.

sitting Japanese style
half kneeling
full kneeling
squatting

- I love the philosophy of using the energy through the flow and touch.  I used this alot in my practice even the breathing.  I usually tell them to breathe with me when I do adjustments.  I feel them and they feel me.  Just love it!

When you lean in,
you breathe out -
when you lean out
you breathe in

- I tried last night the "Chi Machine" technique and my students LOVEs it!  Some of the comments are :

relaxing
euphoric
hypnotizing

Thank you!!!

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Hi Alan, welcome to our community and to the Complete Thai Massage course. It sounds like you had a good start already with good feedback. 

I am glad to hear that you relate well to my style of teaching Thai Massage which is closer to yoga principles than the traditional style of Thai Massage.

One question - are you posting just to share, or are you posting with the purpose of getting a certificate?

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I'm really enjoying it and always can't wait to get an email for the next module.  Since I am applying it towards the end of my class.  My students are just loving it.

I am posting to share and also getting a certification. 

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Module 3 – Foot Massage

  • Good to know that the start of a Thai massage is the foot.
  • I love the moving the body while doing the massage
    • I tried this and my clients loves it
    • I feel more stable with the positioning of the body
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Module 4

  • I totally agree of doing the massage conceptual and technical. Clients will feel it. I love the way of feeling it and just doing it.
  • Moving it with the body is really good. It is really like dancing with your partner and getting the rhythm and the breathe. “Give and Take”
  • The transitioning from one body part smoothly is really good. I want to learn more of the transition.
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I love your enthusiasm!

Since you mentioned that you want a certificate, we need a certification registration form from you. You can find the access link to this form if you click on the 'Certification Information' tab in the sidebar of your membership portal. Scroll down until you get to the registration section, then fill out the form and submit it.

Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

Certification Registration

Oh, and you will learn several more transitioning techniques in this course! Smile

One more thing: Make sure to NEVER click on 'Add Topic', but only on 'Add Reply' when you post something in your thread. When you posted something for module 3, you clicked on Add Topic, and as a result your post got separated from this thread. You seem to have noticed this yourself and you re-posted it in the right thread. I deleted the duplicate already.

Also, for certification purposes, modules cannot be combined as you did with module 1 and 2. No big deal this time. Just do one post per module from now on. Smile

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Thanks Shama for your patience.

I registered for the Certification. 

Yes,  I realized that after I add the topic.  I tried deleting it and it won't let me.  Thanks!

I will separate it from now on.

Thanks again! Much appreciation.

Namaste,

Alan

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Module 5

  • Warming up – I love the idea of warming the body before doing the massage. I applied this and for us we know it was a warm up but for my students/clients they think that the massage already started.  It will also great to for blood circulation of the body.
  • Yoga and Massage is a form of Art for me - Being artistic is so helpful than being technical. I am so agreeing with this concept 100%
  • The locking the foot works so well with my students. At first they are asking “What I’m doing?”  and I explained to them to avoid the legs to move.
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The students/clients are right - the warm-up is part of the massage. Smile

It just means that before we do the stretching phase of Thai Massage, we need to do the warm-up phase. But both are part of the massage. There are many elements in Thai Massage - warm-up, deep pressure work, stretching, traction, energy work, twisting, rocking etc. They all have their function and place in the overall system.

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Module 6

    • This helps a lot specially with my male students. They usually have big muscles, by using the forearm really helps. Leaning in with your body is very effective.
    • The Pull-Push / Push-Pull is a great vibrational movement for the tiring legs.
    • Very effective. My students love the vibrational movements for the lower part of the body, specially our standing asanas.
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Module 7

  • Leg stretching – I totally agree on analyzing the body before even start touching my client/students. In my yoga teaching, If my student is knew I usually observe the way the walk and the their body structure. I also ask if they have any injuries that I need to be aware of.
  • My students love the smooth elephant walking. Releasing and letting go.
  • I love the technique of locking / supporting my body part against my client/student.
  • I am getting good feedback on the stretch 1-2-3 3-2-1 its like repositioning the joints in the body.
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With your yoga experience you already have a good understanding of how a body should look like and when it is clearly out of balance. This will come in very handy in Thai Massage.

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Hi Shama,

Truly is!  Every time I was every module, it puts a smile on my face.  I have just loving every minute of it and I keep on watching it over and over and over again.  Then I apply it.  I wish I have 3 hours of my yoga class - 2 hours of yoga and 1 hour of massage.  Hahahaha!  I just can't wait to full immerse to it.

It is very handy and my student already noticing it.  Thank you!

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Module 8

  • The idea of using it as modular is a great idea. It’s like when I teach yoga is by asanas.
  • I’ve been trying the legs massage with my students and now they are requesting if I can a session of all massage instead of yoga. Hahahaha!  I love it.
  • I have been noticing that my yoga teaching is so so similar with Thai Therapeutical Massage. When I teach my class I don’t have a set of asanas, I go with the flow on what the student needs.  It is so great to see the same approach in this massage technique.  It is so important.
  • Evaluating my students before my class is the first thing I do so I know exactly on how to approach them. Not only to make them happy, you will know that they will come back to your class. 
  • The concept of 8 slices of “Hip Pie” is so smart. It helps to remember how to approach it. My favorite so far is the knee massage – alternating back and forth rubbing the lateral and medial knee (I call it creating “agni” – fire) and my second favorite is the compressing-rotating gastrocnemius muscle.   I have a lot of student who have issues with their knees and this is very helpful.  Thank you!
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The Thai Massage and yoga combination seems to be such a great fit for you. I am so glad to hear that, and I am happy that this course works out so well for you. There is still so much to come, and I am looking forward to hearing all about it from you! Smile

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Yes,  I love incorporating it from my yoga teaching.  Thank you!

I had an opportunity to have my first massage therapy and I applied that techniques that I've learned so far.  I must say that my student who took my yoga classes and requested to have a massage afterwards was in heaven.  🙂  I am so happy that night eventhough it was my longest day teaching 6 classes that day and giving a massage on my last class.  It's all worth it.

Module 9

  • Awareness of the tense body - I totally agree 100% that most of the people are not aware of whats going on their body. As a yoga teacher/massage therapist, it is a great idea to remind them to “relax” that particular part of the body.
  • I always appreciate showing different variation for flexible and not flexible person since all of the massage technique is not for everybody.
  • I am getting use to on where I position my body on each different massage. It’s all make sense when you deep dive into it and just practice.
  • Communicating with my students and asking them “how does feel?” “Is it okay?”
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Excellent news about your first session. Yoga students tend to make great massage subjects. I used to teach live Thai Massage courses to recent graduates of a 3 month long yoga teacher training, and it was really fun! They were all very appreciative and receptive.

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Thank you!  I am loving it.  They are truly very appreciative.  

Namaste

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Module 10

  • I love the idea and the concept of that we need to have proper body posture. Which is totally true.  When you feel out of balance, our clients feel that. 
  • The “softness” and “flow” of the body. I always say this in my class that when you move your body in Vinyasa is like moving under water.  It’s supposed to be flowy.
  • I applied the rocking technique when my student on their final twist before Savasana. It was great combination before putting their body on total stillness.
  • My students favorite is the adductor stretch specially when we do a lot of standing asanas(poses)
  • My favorite on this module is using both the hand and legs/foot/toes in opening the body.
  • The “blood stop” on the femoral artery is very effective and similar on one of the poses that I do which the “wind removing pose”. Holding the pose for about 3 secs so it replaces with fresh oxygenated blood.  I love it!
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Module 11

  • I love love love this module ! It’s beautiful to see the overall flow of the massage for the lower part of the body.  It’s amazing to see the dance between the massager and the client on how did to the “cha-cha”.  I watched this video 5 times and I can’t wait to see the transition to the upper body.  Well done!
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