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Andrea Yu's Complete Thai Massage Course Notes
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Andrea yu
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Module 1

I have been doing Hot Yoga every day, I think it's going to be a big plus for this course. I have practiced all positions included in this course, and found Squatting an full kneeling positions have challenged me. I need to do more practice on that. I like the idea by put pillows under client's head and the knee for extra support. My movement always too fast when I was giving a Swedish or Deep Tissue massage, I think practicing on breathing will be really helpful for slowing down myself. 

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Module 2

I think "Chi Machine" is a wonderful start. It looks easy on the video, but it's not. I had to go back watch 3 times to learn the trick. My receiver (my husband) is 6feet 4, I was having a hard to moving his feet left to right. At first I obvious my receiver's legs moved, but the upper body was not. Then I was thinking of focusing on the hips move as video mentioned. I have tried a few times, it seems like I am doing better, and my receiver did say that he felt warm and tingling in his body.

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

Certification Checklist

You are right, the Chi Machine looks easy, but when you do it, it is a bit challenging. It is a matter of finding the rhythm and the right body mechanics. It is definitely harder to practice this on a 6'4" person. If there is any possibility of practicing it on a smaller person, it would feel a lot easier. Anyway, your husband seems to have gotten the correct result. Smile

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Module 3

I have practicing Foot Massage on a few of my clients, since I didn't have floor mat at my treatment room in my spa yet, I only practiced on the table. Last night I practiced on the floor mat at home, I had so much fun to practice circling myself while practicing on my receiverSmile, my husband said it felt wired at first time but felt so much better after my 4th try .

I found that I had a really good work-out while practicing Foot Massage on others. I noticed that everything above my knee was moving, So I went back to watch the video and found my body mechanic was wrong. I will continue practice and hopefully work better on flows as well.

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It will take some time before your body mechanics become natural and easy. This is something that you will feel after a while. If it feels to you that you are straining and you are not relaxed and comfortable, then your body mechanics are probably not correct.

Typically it takes a few months before the techniques begin to really flow. In the beginning, it is a matter of learning the techniques and trying to remember them all. When you get to the point where you don't have to think about the techniques anymore, then the flow will come. 

Re-watching the videos is essential because there is always something that you will overlook or not quite understand the first time around.

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Module 4 

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 I did so much better with flows in this module. As I practiced more, my body techniques was better, and I learned how to use my body weight not muscle power. I would correct myself as soon as I noticed that my arms was not straighten. I re-watched video a few times, and went over my note, and then just practiced whatever I could remember in the module. Sometimes I wore the headphone while practising, it also guided me how to do the next step. My receiver said that he was feeling good when I was practicing 8 ways to work on the feet. I was having a hard time holding both feet and shaking up and down, I was not confident to work on the big size clients yet. I am wondering is there any way to work on the big size clients without burning myself out.

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"I am wondering is there any way to work on the big-size clients without burning myself out."  -  There is always a way to work on big clients. Sometimes you can modify a technique (a lot of these variations will be covered in the course and even more so in one of the bonus courses.), and sometimes the best modification is to just skip a technique on a large client.

Remember that the techniques are options to choose from, NOT mandatory sequences. There are many more techniques in this course than you could ever use in one session. So the idea is that you learn them all, and then you choose what works on a particular client.

There will definitely be techniques that you will skip on very heavy clients. You should never do anything that can contribute to burnout.

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Module 5

Leg Warm-Up 

It makes sense that Warm-Up the muscles before stretching for both clients and ourselves.  Same like any other modality, without warm-up, the muscle will feel like attacked by someone before the Deep Tissue work, that's why we add hot towel, hot stone and do Swedish massage before the Deep work in each session. I like to do some quick stretch that I learned in Yoga classes and Tai Chi on my hands, shoulders, lower back and legs before the client shows up, I feel like my body is more flexible. When using my left foot lock client's foot,I was very confused and wasn't sure how to position myself. I went back to check "Module 5 transcript", I like to read all the details that cover in this module, sometimes with combined pictures showed clearly positions when working on the clients.

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True, the more details, the better. Some positions take a while to figure out. But no worries, you are still at the very beginning of the course. It will get much easier after a while.

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