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January 31, 2021 - 2:07 am
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You have the right attitude - success will follow! Smile

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Thank you!

Module 12

My client wasn't sure what to expect but seemed pleased with the results. She is currently going to massage school and I think may take this course after she graduates. She said I turned her into a pretzel and her upper body now seems to tight after loosening up her lower body so much. She also said it felt like she had previously been using her legs as straps to hold herself up and she was so loose she could do gymnastics now (I convinced her to take it easy after such intense stretching and not push her body too far too fast). I worked on two other clients who especially seemed to enjoy the sacrum massage through the legs and were surprised how they could feel it in that area while I was pushing on their knees. So far everyone enjoys the "Chi Machine" and any gentle rocking techniques.

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February 1, 2021 - 11:22 pm
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You must be doing an excellent job, based on the feedback you are getting. I imagine you will have many happy clients! Smile

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Module 13

My client this time was the most limber I've worked on so far. She still had some restrictions but it was nice to have someone more bendy to practice more intense stretches on. She really liked it and I'm hoping to convince her to take the course too so we can work on each other. The finger circles on one hip was very ticklish for her but the other side was fine. Scooping and moving slower seemed to help on the ticklish side.

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That would be ideal if your guinea pig partner would turn into an equal practice partner so that you can both work on each other. 

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Agreed! and she's a good therapist already so I'm really hoping she goes for it.

Module 14

After a bit of practice the hip rocking transition became easier Both of my clients could tell I was moving but didn't feel a strong push or uncomfortable jostle as I switched from one side to the other. They both said the movement in their hips remained the same and the transition was relatively seamless. One client recently injured her ribs so I was more careful with the back stretching portion on her to just get an idea of the movement and how it feels. My other client loved the stretching and told me how loose she felt several times even after I left.

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February 7, 2021 - 12:44 pm
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Great feedback. And getting the hip rocking with the transitioning right is a real accomplishment. With practice it will become perfect! Smile

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Module 15

My client this time is also a massage therapist and really loved the work. I think I've talked her into taking the course as well. You might have several new students from this area soon, lol. Anyway, she loved the abdominal and chest work. She said it really opened everything up and not enough people do that kind of work. She also liked the way everything flower and felt relaxing instead of jarring.

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February 11, 2021 - 11:51 am
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Great - you will be a trailblazer for Thai Massage in your area! Smile

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That seems to be the plan! I'm hoping to get enough people interested and convince my boss to offer it at our spa here. If not I guess I'll have to open my own Thai massage studio.

Module 16

My client loved the shoulder work. The slow pull at the neck and the stretches with traction on the arm were her favorites. She liked that it was gentle and relaxing while also being deeply therapeutic and fairly intense work. I think as I get used to the moves more and can transition easier and flow better the neck and shoulder work will be greatly appreciated and requested by many.

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Opening your own Thai Massage studio might be the perfect plan if your boss doesn't want to offer it at the spa.

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I think she'd be crazy not to want to add it to the menu but I may be biased. 🙂 I talked at least one person into the course so far! 😀 Now we can trade practice sessions and learn through both giving and receiving which I am very excited about.

Module 17

My client loved the "elephant walking" on the arms. She went into a meditative state while I was working on her hands and ended up falling asleep so I figured it must have felt pretty nice. She also commented again on how much she liked the arm traction. My other client also told me it was nice to not have oil or lotion to worry about especially with sensitive skin.

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Congratulations on your new practice partner and session exchanges. That will be really helpful! And thanks for the referral.

Falling asleep during a session is always my measure for a good massage. Smile

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I'm honestly really loving this course so I can't really help but refer people even friends who aren't massage therapists. I just tell them how awesome it is and then work on them and then tell them how they could be doing it too.

Module 18

My client really loved what she called "shoulder smooshes" and shoulder stretches. She has chronically bound shoulders and felt looser afterwards. She also liked that it was all face up because it often hurts her neck laying face down even with a face rest on a regular table. Some cross body things are difficult for me being rather short and still working on regaining my flexibility but I'll just have to forego doing those on larger clients and practice being smoother with them on flexible smaller clients.

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The good news is that there are two modules coming up with tons of excellent shoulder work in the side position. That's much easier for the client than the face-down position.

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Module 19

She really liked the shoulder transitions and the figure 8 was very relaxing for her. She blissed out when I got to her hands but said the flow and everything was really good and transitions from one side of the body to the other felt natural. She also really enjoyed the opening up of the chest.

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Module 20

My friend really liked the elbow on the foot and both the rocking and traction of the legs. The traction reminded her of the traction done while face up but she thought it might be easier without the twist which she struggled with getting down while practicing herself. She said she didn't really notice that it was hard on her neck to be face down and turn her head to the side until she went to move it and realized it hurt to stay in that position for long. I might try using a massage table face pillow next time to see if that helps but it would need to be just the right thickness.

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Did you watch the video in the Thai Massage Essentials section of this module? It shows you how to alleviate the neck-turned-sideways issue.

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February 26, 2021 - 9:51 am
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I did just after I posted and was like....I should have watched this sooner, lol.

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Module 21

My client this time was larger than I've gotten used to with more than 6 inches of height on me which was good practice. She was also less flexible. She really enjoyed the hip work but mentioned that on the first leg I grabbed her ticklish spot and she jumped a little but had corrected it with the second side. She also said it got smoother as I progressed. Moving the legs was a bit challenging but got easier with practice so I am optimistic about future sessions.

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