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Amy Schilt's 'Complete Thai Massage' progress report
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Module 14

Getting from one side of the body to the other (gracefully) was a question of mine from the beginning!  How in the world do we get to the other side without the client experiencing a break in the flow?  You make it look so easy, I on the other hand, was not quite as graceful but at least I have plenty of time to practice.  

I think for working in a casino/resort spa environment I will use the male hip rocking technique for both male and female.  Many people who come into spas are a little more conservative (and more than likely will be first timers to Thai massage) so I think for modesty's sake, I'll use the male version on both.  I don't know, that could change as I get more comfortable and confident in my abilities though so we'll see. 

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That sounds like a good plan. Start conservatively, and when your confidence and your intuition grows, you can always switch techniques. From my experience, at that level neither you nor the client will ever feel apprehensive.

It's really more of an issue in your mind. When you are totally sure of yourself, this will get transferred to the client and they won't mind what you do because they can feel that you are totally professional and act in their best interest. However I acknowledge that it takes time and practice to get to this stage.

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Module 15

Abdominal massage is neglected in the US and especially in the spa environment which is a shame because it can provide so much benefit for the guest. I really enjoyed implementing your techniques because they are very gentle and comforting to both client and practitioner and kind of reignited my love of abdominal work.  

My partner is an Air Traffic Controller and works daily at an incredibly stressful job; he was amazed with how good these techniques felt on an area that had never really been worked on before.  His favorite was the thumb under the rib cage technique.  He mentioned that it felt like a light stretch and he had more room in his abdomen plus felt lighter when I was done. 

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Module 16

Shoulder series was pretty straightforward although I had issues with using my body weight vs 'arms only' for the shoulder circles in the beginning.  I caught myself using arms only and immediately noticed how much stiffer the movement felt with arms only.  There's a coordination element that I need to work on for this move.  

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Actually abdominal massage is totally neglected in Thailand and in Thai Massage as well. If you get a massage here in Thailand, the therapists almost never touch your abdomen - what a pity!

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You're right, it is such a pity... especially with what we now know about how much of the immune system is comprised in the gut.  We need to start giving this area more attention... 

Module 17

I really liked all the traction movements in the wrist sequence.  It will be so nice for my clients who have issues with carpel tunnel syndrome and those in front of a computer all day long.  I actually like this sequence so much I will be incorporating into my table massage sessions starting today!  

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Great! There are lots of elements in Thai Massage which can be incorporated into table massage. Here in Thailand Swedish Massage and Thai Massage are often blended into the same session.

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Module 18

The transitions in this session will take some practice!  I'm embarrassed to say that I lost my balance at one point and almost kneed my partner in the forehead!  I also found it comical that while doing these transitions my ankles and knees pop and creak 🙂  Let's just say my client will ALWAYS know when I'm transitioning.  

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So you are not perfect after all - how disappointing! LaughLaugh At least you have a sense of humor about it. That's much better than taking oneself too darn seriously. Here's a secret: my ankles and knees sometimes pop and creak as well. But don't tell anyone. Cool

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Laugh No sir!  I am most definitely not perfect and I'm happy to read that you aren't either.  

Module 20

I can tell you've been teaching for a while because you always seem to anticipate questions that we will have.  The pillows are a perfect example.  Just as I was thinking about what I would do when I have a guest with large breasts (or fake ones like are so common in the US) or a client who couldn't lay with their head to one side for very long, you started talking about it.  It's happened a couple times already and is always appreciated.

No major issues with this module, it was pretty straight forward.  The achilles tendon work is a nice touch.  That's an often missed area of the body that feels fantastic to have worked on. 

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June 1, 2015 - 12:56 am
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I also have a separate video from my Tips And Tricks series that demonstrates the use of pillows:

Simulating a face cradle in Thai Massage

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Module 21

I tried the 'lean' vs. 'press' technique on my partner and he agrees with you... there is a difference and leaning feels much better.  It feels better for me as the therapist as well.  

LOL, working with my kneecap.  That's different!  I love it. This one is going take some practice to get the feel of proper pressure.  You know how we had to develop "feeling" in our elbows to be able to use appropriate pressure and feel when we are on bone?  Now I have to develop that in my knees!  Such a crazy concept.  I love it. 

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A crazy, useful, effective and powerful tool to work with! Laugh There is a lot more about knee work coming up in various places in the course, so you might as well get started with developing the sensitivity. Smile

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Thank you for the link!  I'll check it out, it will definitely come in handy.  

Do you teach "live" classes as well?  I've always wanted to come to Thailand and it was always my plan to stay for about a month and take a Thai massage course somewhere.  If so, do many Americans attend your classes?  I'd love to start planning a trip out there for the beginning of next year. 

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I have taught many live classes throughout my career. In the early days, when the online program was still small, that was rather easy. However these days running the online academy (which has grown a lot), creating all my video courses, maintaining three websites, keeping up with forum posts, and writing articles etc is taking up a lot of my time.

Teaching an extended live class and running the online academy at the same time is difficult and would be quite stressful. This will only work for me if I find someone capable who can handle many aspects of the online program so that I can free up my time for live training. Actually I have been looking for someone like that for a while, but have not found a suitable person yet. It is on my mind though and sooner or later it will happen again.

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Module 22

I loved all these techniques for the quads/flexors/low back.  It's great to have different options for different body and flexibility types.  I tried the single leg heel-to-buttocks technique without the knee block first (just to see the difference) and the knee block totally helps both my client and myself feel more secure and stable and I was able to give him a deeper stretch which he really needed.  

My knee was too high on the knee-to-buttock stretch at first but I soon found the "sweet spot".  I'll need to work on developing feeling in my knees 🙂 but once I found it it was easy to find again the next time I tried.  

Thai massage is proving to be a workout for me!  I love it. 

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Module 23

I do a little bit of sacrum work in my regular practice but I'm thinking I'll incorporate more after learning your techniques.  My partner did express a little discomfort when I worked along the groove down the center of the sacrum but after a few minutes he said the pain went away so it was obviously working to stretch things out.  These last two modules are so great for those who sit for countless hours during the day.  It will really help produce more movement in those muscle groups and decrease pain.  

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True, Thai Massage is a workout for the therapist as well, which is a good thing. It's not a workout in terms of working harder, but it keeps you flexible and it improves your balance.

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Module 24

I had the opportunity to travel to Arizona and a take a week-long Thai Massage course which was awesome but we learned the traditional Sen Line Thai Massage.  It was great to feel the differences in doing a massage that is VERY thumb intensive vs. your style.  My thumbs were so incredibly sore and I was extremely grateful that I found your course before I went to the one in Arizona.  I did the traditional one on my boyfriend yesterday when I got home and he said he liked your style better.  I do as well.

The back techniques from this module feel much better for my hands and my partner said the rocking and circles felt much more relaxing than the pressure point style of the other massage.   

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Module 25

I can't help but compare the two styles of Thai Massage for this module as well.  Doing your style feels much nicer and the elbows and knees allow me to do deeper more meaningful work (if that makes any sense).

I was a little disappointed in the other style because it didn't leave much opportunity to work deeper into the back.  Thumbs and wrists at 90 degree angles can only do so much.  My partner was very impressed with how good the elbow techniques were.  I went a little deep on him at first with my knee the first time but I quickly got the hang of catching my body weight with my hands.  

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