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Angela Williamson
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MODULE 1

The introduction module was very informative. The basic concept of Thai massage and the techniques and tools used were introduced in a fluid and easy to understand manner. Also, it helped me to better understand why it is more effective to practice thai massage on the floor versus using a table. The explanation of using the breath to work made so much sense, it was like an aha moment. 

I notice lately, since working for a chiropractor, a lot of focus is on the specific muscles and anatomical areas giving each patient trouble. I feel that studying this course and applying my focus on my breathing, as well as the patients, will help me truly help them. It will help me develop a better quality of touch, while having the support of my anatomy knowledge. 

I am extremely interested in learning and focusing more on the energy lines that run throughout the body, and freeing up any energy blockages that may be hindering the normal physiology of the body. I am also excited about learning to use my feet and different body positions (sitting, kneeling, squatting) while working. 

It made so much sense when you explained that if your energy is off you will transfer that to your client. I have worked on someone and didnt feel very confident in a certain technique I was using, as soon as i started to feel that, the client started fidgeting on my table. I hope this course will help me to work through situations like that.

By the end of the course I hope to have composed a beautiful symphony! 

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MOLULE 2

The ergonomics of thai massage seems to be more effective than the body mechanics that are used in table massage. I am using my body in a more effective way that helps me feel closer physically and spiritually to my clients. I am getting more and more entuned with their breathing as well as becoming insync with their energy. I have been interested in learning ashiatsu (modality that uses the feet only for massage) for some time now and thai massage so far seems to be helping me in that direction.

My husband and my 9 yr old daughter both love the chi machine. Luckily for my husband it only took me 5 times (while watching you do it) before we both felt comfortable with the technique. Once I felt I had learned it and could practice it without watching, I gave him another try as well as my daughter. They both said they felt rejuvenated yet fully relaxed by the time we were finshed.

I look forward to the many more lessons in store for me, and I want to thank you for offering such an incredible course to all of us all over the globe. If it weren't for this online course I would not be learning new techniques and I definitely wouldn't be brushing up on my body mechanics and energy work.

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Hi Angie, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all properly organized:

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It's true, Thai Massage focuses much more on ideal ergonomics. It can do that since working on the floor allows you to do things with your body which cannot be done on a table, like getting right on top of a person, or using your knees and feet.

By the time you get through this entire course, you will know a lot of what Ashiatsu is all about.

Both Shiatsu and Thai Massage have in common that they do not focus on the anatomical aspects exclusively, as is typically done in western massage. Is is a much more holistic approach, and you will learn a lot about this in this course! Smile

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MODULE 3

After watching module 3, I was ready for some hands on practice. It was a little frustrating at first because I usually automatically pick up on almost any kind of lesson. Needless to say, it took me four times of watching while I practiced. My husband had two turns and my daughter had two turns. Finally I was able to give them each a great foot massage. My daughter fell asleep halfway through the foot massage and woke up the next morning for school wide awake and totally refreshed; that never happens!

I took reflexology while in massage school and learned about how the foot is a map of the entire body. So, by relaxing the feet, in essence the wholebody is being relaxed.

It may take some getting used to, beginning at the feet instead of the face/head, but it will definitely be beneficial to relax the whole body by beginning with the feet. After a relaxing foot massage, the entire body will be prepared for any form of therapeutic work it may need.

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In Thailand, almost all Thai Massage sessions start with the feet, with the exception of one major school here in Chiang Mai where they start with the head. Personally I like the feeling much better when it starts with the feet and ends with the head. You can do some amazing trancy stuff with head and face work which is great for sending clients off to bliss-land at the end of the session.

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after completing the full thai course, I really look forward to taking the heavenly head massage course!!

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This would indeed be the perfect combination!

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Module 4

After watching module four part two of foot massage, i began to adapt my learning process to a more conceptual basis. The eight basic moves/concepts of foot massage are much easier to grasp and put into practice than trying to memorize each stroke and/or move, one after the other.

As i focused on synching my breathing with my daughters, my sense and quality of touch seemed to evolve as well. There came a point in the foot massage when our separate energies began to feel like one all encompassing energy. It was almost as if i was able to experience the quality of my own touch as she was feeling it.

Maybe it was because i wasn't so focused on memorizing a set order of sequences, i was better able to tune in completely to my daughters energy and experience what she was actually feeling. It was pretty amazing!!

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Sounds like you had a really good experience there! You are right, of course, the less you need to focus on the execution of the techniques, the more you will be able to tune in and feel the energy between you and your partner/client.

There will be lots and lots of techniques to learn in this course, so most likely you won't feel this energy initially, but once you have learned the techniques, you will feel it during the entire session! Smile

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Module 5

Module 5 helped to reinforce the practice of using my intuition, rather than following each step mechanically. I am finding it easier to work and my massages are beginning to have an even more dynamic flow with the added thai massage techniques i have learned so far. 

I have used the butterfly technique on each of my clients since watching module 5 and everyone loves it. I have also been more aware of my breathing and almost all of my clients have noticed a great improvement in the quality of my touch.

The push-pull thigh technique has also been a favorite of my clients and it has been a refresher of my earlier shiatsu classes because of the correspondence to the meridian lines.

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Angie, please do not post in all caps. It makes it hard to read and it conveys the feeling that you are yelling at me. Laugh Just write how you have been doing it in your first few posts.  I converted your last two all-cap posts and re-posted them in lower case which is luckily quite easy to do in MS Word.

Otherwise what you write sounds good, like you are getting the hang of it quite easily. Smile

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I am so sorry Shama

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It's not a big deal... Smile

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Module 6

Learning and practicing module 6 has been a welcome break for my fingers and thumbs. I find that working in a chiropractors office can be very taxing on my body, especially ,my fingers and thumbs. 

Every one I work on needs detailed work and they are usually very tight and tense. not to mention a great deal of our patients are bigger than I am. lLearning these lower leg techniques with my forearms has helped me and my clients enjoyed the change up for the last couple of days. even if it was just on their lowr legs.

I also learned the importance of positioning my self and my clients in the correct way. As I was working the adductors I was positioned quiete awkwardly and my back began to hurt which in turn caused me to lay my forearm to closely to the clients groin, which was very uncomfortable for the  both of us.

The c0nsensus of my clients was that their favorite thai move for the lower legs was elepjhant walking on the bottom of the feet and calves. The broad firm compressions were relaxing while also releiviing tension. It is also a technique that does not take much time at all.

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This correct positioning makes all the difference between having a wonderful and relaxed session as a therapist and stressing your body and cutting your career short. This is super important. Play with the positions and re-adjust them until you feel totally at ease. 

There are many ways how you can relieve the stress on your hands by using other body parts in Thai Massage. That's one of the biggest advantages of this system, as you will see throughout this course.

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