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Brand new to the course, just getting my page set up!  

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Hi Amy, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage course. I read your bio, and it seems that you have worked at some really nice places during your massage career. And you are moving up the ranks – great! Smile

Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list by clicking on the link below:

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I am looking forward to following your progress with this course.

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Module 1

I honestly have never had a Thai Massage before so I was completely unaware of how it would work ergonomically but after watching the introduction, I’m very excited to get started!  I’ve also noticed that it’s a little difficult finding a Thai Massage practitioner who does Thai Massage on a mat.  I booked a Thai Massage yesterday and one today and both places it was done on the table.  Disappointing. They were nice but I’ll have to keep trying because I really want one that is done on a mat.  Speaking of mats, I just purchased one!  It’ll get delivered on Monday.  Can’t wait!!!!  

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Module 2

Chi Machine!! I LOVE this and so does my boyfriend and dog.  My dog?!  Yep, my dog is big (great dane/boxer mix) and has this funny habit of laying on her back with her feet in the air.  Ever since we got her when she lays like that I’d take her back paws and rock her back and forth so her whole body rocks gently, very similar to the Chi Machine movement.  Anyway, I started doing this because as a massage therapist I know how good it feels to be rocked in that way and judging by my dog’s reaction, she loves it to.  Now I have a name for it and now I know WHY she likes it so much.

As far as practicing this on my boyfriend; it took a couple of times to get the coordination right so his whole body rocked all the way to his nose but once I got the hang of it, he says it feels amazing and loves it.  Like many westerners he’s kind of a skeptic to Chi and energy flow but he did say he felt more energized afterword (he won’t be a skeptic for much longer!).  

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Thai Massage is often kind of westernized. Working on a table is a limitation and it is harder on your body. It can be done, but it is not an advantage at all. The problem is that many therapists can’t make the mental jump to a floor mat, and they think that their clients would not go for it either.

That’s of course a way of creating your own reality. I have done 100 percent of all my sessions on a floor mat over 15 years, and I had never once had a client even mention that they would prefer to be on a table. However I am pretty sure that if the therapist has doubts about it, the client will have doubts about it as well. (talking about transferring energy…)

The only reason in my mind why a therapist would want to do Thai Massage on a table is if he or she has a physical limitation which makes it difficult to move around on a mat, i.e. a bad knee or a bad hip.

Regarding working on your dog, you might enjoy reading this article:
Thai Massage Therapy On Dog Gains Trust Of Client

I am glad to hear that you got the Chi Machine figured out and working correctly. Smile

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Module 3 

Thank you for the article about Thai Massage and pets, it’s makes perfect sense.  I’ll be working more intentionally with my dog in the future.  

Regarding module 3 material:

I caught on to the ‘doing many things at once’ in the second technique pretty quickly, which surprised me.  I think what helped was visualizing it first then practicing.  I absolutely loved the 6th technique (push-pull technique) because I have very tight hamstrings and this offered a gentle stretch for me while I was working on him. Bonus!! Also, I don’t know if my boyfriend was just feeding off of my “I love this technique” energy but he said that the ‘push-pull’ was his favorite.  

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Module 4

Throughout foot sequence process I would catch myself not using my body weight.  I would notice I was sitting still and just using my arm strength instead of flowing through the movement with my energy and body. Most noticeably this happened during the press and roll movement at about minute 13ish of module 4 video.  My partner said he could tell a difference when I was using my body as opposed to just my hands and arms.  

I wrote out the sequence and put it on my wall in my practice area.  Thank you for listing out the sequence of footwork, it made it easier to remember for those of us who like lists :)

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You will hear me say that you should work with your body weight and your entire body so many times throughout this course that you will end up dreaming about it! Laugh

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I see what you mean about repeating key topics so they are ingrained in our heads.  Nice warm up. I really need to find someone who does the traditional type of work so I can feel it; my partner is falling in love with it already!  

When warming up the inside of the leg I found the knee block to be more comfortable and stable for me than the toe block.  Question for you: When you work up the inside thigh with the squeeze/roll of the adductor technique, do you find many people are ticklish?  My partner was fine with it and said it was a nice technique but I feel I would be extremely ticklish if someone did this on me.  

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I have rarely had people who found this ticklish, but every now and then it does happen that someone is ticklish somewhere, and not just for this technique. But it is a tiny minority of clients in my experience.

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Module 6

I LOVE the elephant walk move, it actually helped to center my breathing and bring me back to my partner because (unfortunately) I was thinking too much.  Thinking about what’s next and if I missed anything.  

Getting out from between the legs gracefully took a few times to master.  You make it look very easy. I have no doubt it will get easier, I felt like a clown the first couple of times though. 

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Module 7

More elephant walking!  Yay!!  You bring up great points about observing the feet to get an idea of what’s happening in the client’s hip and low back.  I use this in my own practice as well.  My partner is like a noodle so it’ll be interesting to work on someone who has restrictions but he absolutely LOVED the hip pull at the end of this session.  

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Thank you for teaching the hip pie, it made the sequence so much easier to remember and understand.  My mom had knee replacement surgery 6 months ago so I can’t wait to work on her. The knee and hip work is something she really needs, plus she has obvious restrictions that will be good for me to work with. 

You’ve mentioned a few times already about how there are so many other techniques that can be used in Thai Massage, as future reference, do you have or are you going to make an advanced Thai course?  I’d love to take it after I’ve been working with these techniques for a while.  

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Actually I just added 5 hours worth of more advanced material to the Complete Thai Massage course. It’s an entire course called “The Art Of Thai Massage.” You will get that automatically.

Aside from that, I have many courses that go much deeper into certain aspects, like the hips or the back or Sciatica issues or neck, head and face. So there are lots of advanced Thai Massage courses to choose from. 

You might want to browse our entire course library to get an idea what’s available:

Click Here see see a listing of all our courses.

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Module 9

Oh wow, thank you for including the 5 hours of additional material!  That’s awesome and I’ll absolutely be back for more of your courses, this one is great!  

As far as module 9 goes, I appreciate the adaptations you went over, it increases our confidence as therapists when we have more tricks up our sleeves depending on the size and condition of our client. I can’t wait to get a really flexible yogi type on the table, it’ll be fun to try those techniques.

I’m still trying to get the synchronicity between my breaths and the movements.  In these early stages I feel like I’m thinking to much and not relaxing into it.  It’ll come though. 

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Module 10

That blood stop technique is nice.  I was a little hesitant at first but you’re right, you start to feel a stronger pulse when you hold a little longer.  My partner liked it as well and did notice a slight warming when I let up.  

I have started to incorporate your 1-10 method for determining the intensity of a stretch.  It helped my confidence level to know my partner (or client) will let me know when it gets to be to much.  I agree, we should be watching and feeling for clues but it’s nice when he mentions he’s about at his max stretch.  

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I am glad that the blood stop technique didn’t freak you out, as it tends to do for quite a few course students. Done correctly, it is a very nice technique – it just has this awful name which really doesn’t do it justice. Smile

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Module 12

Whew!  I’m glad to be back.  Life got crazy-busy there for a few weeks but I’m back 🙂  

The hip stretches were nice!  I tried the power stretch (hip, not calf) on my boyfriend although he didn’t need it; I can see how easy it would be to go to far.  It was a little tricky for me to get into it gracefully but once I did it a couple times it started to flow.  I accidentally let go of his foot at one point which made for a good laugh…it’s better this happen now rather then when I start working on paying clients.  

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Definitely you want to make your mistakes before you work on real clients! Smile

I am glad to see you back. I know how it is when life gets in the way. The weeks fly by before you know it.

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Module 13

The scooping and rocking techniques to work and stretch painful hip flexors are worth their weight in gold.  I am one of those who has pain in my hips when stretched in that way.  I had my partner try those techniques and it really brought some relief! He didn’t experience any pain during those stretches so I wanted him to do them on me so I could see the results because I ALWAYS have pain.  

Also, thank you again for adding conceptual tips and tricks to remembering sequences.  For those of us who are visual learners, it helps to have a pattern to visualize while learning the flow.  

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