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Angie Berthelsen
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August 13, 2019 - 3:22 am
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Module 1

 

I did a little reading before starting Module 1. I really like learning about energy lines and how many different techniques there are within Thai massage. I am also very excited to explore rocking thai massage!

I am most nervous about using my feet on clients. I have been practicing on family and it feels so uncomfortable! I know Shama mentioned that is normal in the video so I am hopeful it will become more comfortable. Thank you for the reassurance that my body will be sore and hurting initially. In my practice, I have experienced that.

Loved the reference to the breath! I am a yoga teacher and this is a wonderful reminder. When practicing on family members, I am mindful of their  breath but not my own and I think this is going to be key in giving a good thai massage. I actually watched this section of the video twice. 

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Thank you for clarifying that there is no difference between the various names given to Thai Massage. There are some practitioners that I know in my area that will not cal it Thai massage but Thai bodywork. I assume that is the same thing as well. I like that Shama mentioned 

I have given a Thai massage when I am tense and I absolutely agree that this is not a good thing. I can tell that I have not done my best work and I see a difference in the person I am practicing on. 

I appreciate Shama mentions modifying and not necessarily following the tradition. This is true in my yoga practice and sometimes I get flack for it. I like that there is freedom in doing your "own thing."

Positioning is something that will take work for me and knowing that I don't need to use more muscles than necessary is a good way to pay attention to how I am positioning myself. 

Curious about the Achilles tendon stretches. While practicing, many adults seem to be very uncomfortable with this stretch. I watched the video about the various ways to perform this stretch. does there seem to be one that is better than others for people that are sensitive to this stretch? 

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Hi Angie, welcome to 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:

Certification Checklist

I am glad you figured out the forum process. There is just one thing - your post about module 2 has nothing to do with what's in module 2. Frown

Module 2 is about the Chi Machine technique. Still, you wrote a nice post and made good points. So...if from now on you focus on actually writing about your practice experience with each module, then your thread will be in good shape! Smile

I am looking forward to following your progress and assisting you whenever necessary.

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Module 4

 

I really appreciate the reminder to not focus on memorizing techniques. This is important for me because when practicing on my students, I tend to focus too much on that. I gave a friend of mine a Thai Massage yesterday after watching the video and I made a pint to pay attention to her energy and her body language and also my own. It made a big difference! I keep hearing "Engage the whole body" in my head. 

Unlocking the elbows is also a good reminder because I tend to do this a lot! I get nervous about bending feet up. I've tried this on students and they seem to tense up when I do it. In the video Shama uses his whole body, is this the key to making sure people aren't uncomfortable when using this technique? 

I look forward to trying all the different foot techniques!

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Shama Kern said
Hi Angie, welcome to 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:

Certification Checklist

I am glad you figured out the forum process. There is just one thing - your post about module 2 has nothing to do with what's in module 2. Frown

Module 2 is about the Chi Machine technique. Still, you wrote a nice post and made good points. So...if from now on you focus on actually writing about your practice experience with each module, then your thread will be in good shape! Smile

I am looking forward to following your progress and assisting you whenever necessary.

  

I did watch the Chi Machine video and practiced it on a friend and she loved it!  I think the video I am referencing a video that may have been titled number 2. It was an additional video sent out.  

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There are several keys to making people feel comfortable:

  • Being relaxed ourselves
  • Working with body weight instead of with muscle power
  • Breathing with the movements whenever possible
  • Working with our entire body instead of with just our hands
  • Focusing on our energy center instead of only on our hands

All this will be discussed and explained in great detail throughout this course. After a while it will feel like a dance, like a graceful art, instead of an effort to move body parts around. Smile

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