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module 1

 I feel it was a great introduction to Thai massage learning all the different positions, techniques and the principles of Thai massage. I was able to practice these techniques on my husband John and so far he is really enjoying it. I definitely will have to work on using my body weight instead of muscle power as that is what I’m use to doing in western massage. I will also have to work on my breathing and connect it with my energy. So far I’m loving the course! 

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I had lots of fun working with the chi machine! It took me several attempts to do it the correct way good breathing definitely comes in handy doing this one I found myself holding my breath so it’s going to be really important for me to remember to be intune with how I’m breathing. My husband is a smaller guy so I’m a bit worried about doing this technique on a larger person so I will have to practice this one on some different people . I can definitely see how the chi machine would be very relaxing.

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Module 3

 I really feel like the techniques are coming together definitely not fluidly but I will get there. I have a question about the flexibility of a person. If the client is not flexible with certain techniques then do you just stretch as far as the clients body allows and not force it? What if the client is uneasy about the techniques?

Im having a great time learning Thai massage and you have a great gift in explaining the art.

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Hi Amber, welcome to our community and the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the course – thanks for the compliment! Smile

Regarding your question about client flexibility – there are several ways to go about this.

  • You can reduce the intensity as you suggested
  • You can slow down the technique
  • You can replace a technique with a gentler one
  • You can use rocking motions instead of the linear stretch
  • You can skip a technique on a particular client
  • You can use the one-to-ten method to gauge exactly how far to go 

All this will be covered in depth throughout this course.

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I definitely will have to keep working on this. I actually have been useing some of the techniques in my regular massage to help get the feel. I also have been practicing using my body weight instead of muscle power. I’m really excited learning Thai massage one reason is because I have multiple sclerosis and sometimes it can be difficult for me to stand all day long and use my own muscle power. I think this will be a great benefit for my clients and for myself.

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Thai Massage is an ideal modality to minimize use of muscle power and work with least effort – if done as taught in this course. So this should definitely help you. 🙂

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 I have really enjoyed the leg warm up techniques again I have to be aware of my breathing. The hardest part I found was the push pull technique the Coordination and also a comfortable position for myself and I feel with time and working on it but it will come along just fine though. I also had my husband do some of the same techniques on my legs which felt great as that is where I have a lot of my pain.

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Then I hope that you can inspire your husband to learn more of these techniques and use them on you.

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Module  6

I am getting more and more excited learning Thai massage. This has been so much easier on my body! I’m truly amazed!!! I really have been enjoying the leg warm up and forearm techniques. I find positioning the clients leg to start a new technique is not very fluid yet but it will come in time. Working on the IT band I had a bit of a  rhythm problem doing that technique not sure why just seemed Awkward for me. All the techniques together seems a bit overwhelming at this time so I will try not to overthink what I’m doing and focus on the flow and Gentleness of my approach. 

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That’s quite normal that all those techniques seem to be a bit overwhelming in the beginning. Your prescription of not overthinking them is spot on! In a few months from now, it will all feel like second nature! Smile

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I was excited to learn these stretches. My husband always has hip/ IT band problems and I’ve noticed his feet hang outwards. He said the stretching felt great and so I’m looking forward to learning more about this to better help him specifically for his body/ hip type. I have always found it interesting to look at someone’s body and    see the areas of concern.

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Then you found the right modality! Thai Massage lends itself to observing the body since there are so many manipulations which can all tell you a story, once you learn how to interpret them! Smile

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Module 8

I did find this to be more challenging. I like the concept of the pie analogy. I will have to get use to that but I feel it will help me. I feel kinda nervous doing these stretches on people but I know practice makes you more comfortable. I like the calf techniques and the all the ways you showed to loosen a tight hip.

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This section IS a bit more challenging, but it won’t get any harder than that! Smile

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Module 9

lots of practice is needed for the stretching techniques. I had some difficulty working on the hamstring stretches it felt awkward so I will definitely be practicing that one in particular. Overall I feel I’m doing really good and I’m really enjoying this course. I do want and need to ask other people to practice on so I can get a variety of different body types.

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Module 10

Again lots of practice needed but lots of great stretches and variations to do on different body types. The Blood stop I kinda feel people will not receive it very well and may not understand the importance of it. I know in the US in massage school we are told not to apply pressure over certain ares it’s contraindicated so the mindset of some clients this technique might make them feel uncomfortable. Good explanation of the technique I hope will help people understand.

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True, practicing on a variety of people and body types will be very helpful in the learning process.

If you don’t feel confident about the ‘blood stop’, you can easily skip that. Maybe at some time you will get an opportunity to practice it with someone you know well and where there is no awkwardness. I like receiving it, if it’s done right.

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Module 11

I really enjoyed module 11 demonstrating the techniques. I found that very helpful to have it come to life.

This module was easier for me to practice. The standing sandwich stretches took a bit of coordination and focus on my part especially when I have to do two things at once or alternate a technique. The sacrum stretch really sounds like that would feel good. I broke my tailbone when I was 18. I never realized it until it really flared up on me so I had ex ray many years later and found out that in fact it was broken and that explains why I find it difficult to sit in certain chairs or sit for long periods of time and even lay flat on my back on a hard surface. Unfortunately for me the sacrum stretch would not be a good thing.

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A sacrum stretch might not work for you, but there are many gentle sacrum techniques which might actually help you quite a bit. You will find some of them in the prone section of this course.

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