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Anna Maryott
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Module 1

I had a basic understanding of this module from a barefoot massage class I took previously so this was kind of a refresher for me. I really liked the music analogy as I am also a musician. Proper leverage through body mechanics by lining up the body and stacking my joints over my work definitely saves me effort and helps with longevity in massage. Breath work also helps to keep me present and engaged with what I am doing. I also like to follow the breath of the person I am working on as it helps both with their relaxation and my energetic connection with my client. Energy lines is definitely something I am more unfamiliar with and I look forward to working on it more developing a deeper energetic connection with who I am working on.

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I am excited to try out the Chi Machine more. I practiced it a bit to work on my hip sway and caught myself hunching over to examine my work. I immediately straightened up to keep in proper alignment. I also noticed the strain on my ankles and realized how tight they are. I think the additional exercises for legs, feet, and ankles will come in very handy as I get used to working on a mat. The person I was working on did not experience a rush of energy/chi but I did get the desired full body movement so I am looking forward to working on it further and establishing a better headspace as I work on breathing, centering my mind, and connecting with who I work on next.

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Hi Anna, welcome to our forum and 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:

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It sounds like you resonate with the main principles of this course. That's already a big step in the right direction! Smile

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I think I have everything in order now, thank you. 🙂

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I'm still working on remembering the moves so I keep reminding myself to breathe and watch my body mechanics. Getting used to working on the floor and how different the body mechanics are has been interesting. I feel like I've been more distracted by what I am doing and should focus more on how my client is feeling but I know there is also a balance in the learning process and that will come naturally after I become more comfortable with the material. It helped loosen up my client's tight hips a bit and she seemed to like the movement overall. It's nice not having to haul a table around to bring massage to people in their homes.

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All the techniques can feel a bit overwhelming in the beginning, but after a while it will all become second nature. It is also normal that in the beginning most of your attention goes to remembering how to do the techniques. After a while, when you know the techniques well and don't have to think about them anymore it becomes much easier to focus on what your client is feeling and working in an intuitive way. All this will fall into place with time and practice. Smile

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Exactly what I was feeling after module 3 you covered immediately in module 4! I was able to get a better flow and felt more focused and centered. I still have a ways to go but I'm feeling better about the material already. My client opted to wear socks which was interesting. I think I'll recommend being barefoot going forward. She also said her hips were tight before and loosened up as I worked. She also fell asleep in that short session which always makes me smile. She said it was more relaxing than she expected it to be. 

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That's a good sign that she fell asleep. Also it shows that Thai Massage is not just a sequence of brutal stretches, as some people think and some therapists do. Putting clients to sleep is a good goal! Smile

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Module 5

This module was much less relaxing for my client as she had a very tight hip and one leg in particular was very tender. In a way I feel like this was good for me because I really had to focus on breath and how much I could lean into the muscle. I had to focus and go slowly to make sure I wasn't hurting her.  It took some time both with learning the moves and focusing on going slow and with deep breaths from both of us but she did loosen up and was able to walk without limping afterwards which we were both pleased with.

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Good result, congratulations! Going slowly with body awareness and breath is the way to go. In this way you can feel what's going on.

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Module 6

She really liked the rocking of the leg and found it very relaxing. Working on the adductors was a bit rough as she is still tight in one leg and hip. She hasn't had trouble walking since the last time I worked on her though so I feel like it is helping. I had a bit of trouble on the IT bands. I have a short torso and short arms but I feel like it will get easier as I loosen up and get used to the movements. I think part of it is having very tight shoulders that don't allow full range of motion so I will work on loosening myself up. I feel like being bound up myself might be hindering my ability to help other people's energy flow freely.

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This is a very astute observation. Definitely, the more you can relax, the better you can help others relax. The more comfortable you feel in your body, the better you can help others to feel comfortable in theirs. The more you can release your own restrictions, the better you can help others to feel open. That's why many Thai Massage practitioners get into yoga to improve their own body and mind.

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Module 7

Having her leg propped up in a way that she is not used to was difficult as it was longer than usual due to learning. However, she said the stretching as I pulled up and across to move her hip up off the ground really helped and felt nice. I still find myself struggling with pressing instead of simply leaning in. I'm used to being a deep tissue therapist and have often felt I use mostly body weight but I'm learning I'm really not used to not using my muscles all the time. I also may need to find people to work on who don't have hip restrictions like the 2 ladies I normally practice on. It's good to have variety of muscle tissue to work with. I also think I may need to start practicing both yoga and meditation again to help center myself.

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I have often found that it is more difficult to unlearn and relearn something than learning it from scratch. Many experienced massage therapists have the same issue that it is hard for them not to use muscle power. Smile I am sure some yoga and meditation would be helpful.

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I remember that same thing with music! It is absolutely harder to relearn something a new way than learning it from scratch.

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I really enjoyed the range of motion and various ways to stretch the hip depending on flexibility and size and whatnot. My client fell asleep when I was working on her hips and it really flowed very smoothly. It's amazing how much mobility she has regained and she can sleep on her side again and walk without pain which she is thankful for. I think I am finally starting to find my rhythm and flow with Thai massage.

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Great news - clients falling asleep is always a good sign, and the results from your hip work speak for themselves!

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I love hip stretches! I was born with hip dysplasia and I kept thinking I need to get some friends to take this course so they can work on my hips. My client also enjoyed the added stretches but she especially liked the rocking techniques. She has a really hard time letting go of control so it helped to gently encourage her muscles to relax. She said it was surprisingly gentle and relaxing which she didn't seem to expect from assisted stretches. She had to tell her husband about the spinal twist right away. I think she was surprised she could move like that.

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Good surprises! Especially when adding rocking to the moves, stretches in Thai Massage can be very gentle in spite of the fact that many people assume that stretches must be something like a workout, but that's not the case.

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Agreed! It's gentle, rhythmic, and relaxing if you do it right.

Module 10

My client wasn't so sure about the adductor stretch but she liked the stretching otherwise. She didn't get the rush of blood from the blood stop but it made me nervous to practice that one on her due to her medications. I have done a successful blood stop on someone else and had it done to me, however. I'll have to practice more on other people. The chi machine is still her favorite move and she comments about missing it if I don't do it.

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Good - a Chi Machine 'addict'. This reflects on you as you must be doing it right obviously. The 'bloodstop' doesn't work equally well on everyone. Try it on a few people and see what reactions you get. Most likely you won't get the results until you have more confidence with it. And confidence comes from practice. Smile

There are 3 parts to it - finding the exact right spot with the heel of your hand, sinking in slowly and gently, and releasing slowly when you feel the pulsing increasing. 

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Module 11

I'm still working towards remembering techniques and creating my own cohesive flow but I'm getting better. Remembering to center myself, breathe, and follow the lines of the body helps. Working on different people also helps me listen to what the body needs more instead of always working with the same tissue. Working with someone taller also helped with practical application of certain techniques. It's also interesting to work on people who haven't been loosened up for weeks already.

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