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October 1, 2014 - 5:33 am
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It's day 1 for me, having read the introduction and watched the module 1 video.

I'm prepared with blankets for practicing on my partner, and willing :) friends. The mid afternoon is the best time for Steve & I, as we work from a home office and usually have an afternoon lull. This should help us increase our energy - better than more coffee!

I appreciate the reminders about good ergonomics, which took me a long time to attempt to master while giving table massages. Need to remember to keep myself in alignment and use my body weight. 

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October 2, 2014 - 12:19 am
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Welcome Barbara. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist:
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I am glad to see another therapist from my old stomping grounds in Austin in here. Catharina Kiaha is another one, fyi.

Good ergonomics is easier on a floor mat than on a massage table since on the floor you can get right on top of people without having to lean over and bending your body.

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Hi Shama,

I believe I have registered for the certification (ceu) program. However, when I get to this page https://thaihealingmassage.com/info/thai-massage-ce-test/, I cannot log in. How do I create a login password for the ExamProfessor CE test question software. ? 

 

Thank you,

Barbara

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Most likely the issue is that you are trying to log in instead of setting up a new profile. You cannot use the forum login for the CE testing software. They are not related. You need to click on REGISTER, not LOGIN.

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Module 2

The terms, Thai massage,'Thai Yoga massage', are interchangeable. Good to know, as I searched for Thai massage I ignored Thai Yoga. Techniques can be personalized, once learning the underlying reasons that make the technique beneficial. Thus, 'traditional' forms can be modified and improved upon.

The most important aspects of giving massage is right intent and nurturing quality of touch...then applied in good technique according to anatomy and intent of what the therapist is trying to accomplish. It is important that the therapist remain un stressed in body and mind. Breathing out when applying pressure, carrying out a movement, assists the therapists body to integrate with the movement. Causing the movement to become as the breath - slow, deep, satisfying.

I am only superficially familiar with Chi. My partner felt a sense of well being, warmth, and energy flow as I was practicing the Chi machine. My feet and ankles became stressed with the weight of his feet/legs in my palms - I've begun stretching each day, and feeling incrementally better.  Focusing my attention, even my gaze, on his hips helped achieve the whole body rocking motion. I look forward to practicing on my girlfriends this weekend, to compare the difference with light weight partners versus heavy weight Steve. I also hope they can practice on me so I can experience the feeling. Will continue with this practice - proper ergonomics, focus, intent, breathing, and my streching during the next 3 days with the girls. 

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The feet and ankle stress is a typical symptom initially, but it will go away once your body gets used to those body positions.

The well being, warmth and energy flow during the Chi Machine is exactly what you are looking for, so you must be doing it right! Smile

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Module 3

So happy to be back to the course. I've practiced the Chi Machine and can now successfully get a full body rock with good results. As stated in the foot massage video, the circular movement has been the hardest for me to master. The techniques have a good flow, moving all aspects of the foot. I particularly like pushing and pulling the leg, working the hip and foot. Getting into and out of the position is still awkward. However, I'm ready to move on to the leg courses; practicing Chi machine and foot massage. My 2 'assistants' say they like this movement oriented massage very much.

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This 'movement oriented' aspect of Thai Massage is like switching from a two dimensional experience to a three dimensional experience of massage. Smile

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Module 4

Loved this module, because I was expecting leg work, and instead, you communicated exactly what I found I needed to learn. I was trying to remember all the techniques in sequence, and realized that what I needed to understand was the purpose of the techniques...Remembering my intention was to move the foot in different ways, I could then remember the technique. 

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Conceptual learning works better than rote mechanical learning! Smile

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Module 5

This all made sense to me, working along 5 lines of the thigh, inner calf, and outer thigh IT band and outer calf. My partner enjoyed the initial compression work on top thigh. My main challenge with this module is moving around the client, moving his leg and myself gracefully. That's going to take awhile :)  

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Module 6

This has been the most difficult module for me so far. I've had to watch the video many more times than the others, and have yet to smoothly remember what body position I should use, and put the client in for the work. I understand the concept, as it is a different technique to stimulate the same muscles as module 5. Do you suggest I continue to practice this, and #1 through #6 until I am comfortable, or, chose the techniques that are more comfortable for me and satisfying for my partner and move on? 

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December 6, 2014 - 11:49 pm
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Just do what you are comfortable with and move on. You own this course for life and you can always come back to any section later on. 

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Module 7

So each time I practice, I also begin at the beginning to reinforce what I've learned. Yes, I'm going slow but that's alright for me. Completed module 7, and my partner, after practicing and practicing on him says his legs have never felt better! He likes the pedaling on this inner thigh, stretching the hip, and especially likes the last rolling of the hip joint. The rocking of the hip and knee from Module 6 proved very effective loosening his leg muscles before applying the elephant walk and butterfly hands.

I also am very much enjoying the interactive nature of Thai massage, and am loosening up. Thank you for providing such a thorough, easy to follow course!

We have named the various techniques, to help with memory. The names are overlayed mentally with the concept of why I am doing them...now to move the foot in all possible ways, now to loosen the leg, compressing all planes of the thigh and calf, now to stretch the hip...

I'll be posting a photo of our animals who come like a magnet to lay on Steve, when we let them, after a practice session!

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I have heard that from other course students as well, that animals seem to love being around during or after a session. I guess they can feel the good energy.

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Module 8

My partner is not flexible, so he is responding well to rocking and rotation of the joint prior to stretching. He also liked the final stretch, where I change position and use my torso, bending, to stretch the hip. Thinking of the hip movements in terms of a pie is helpful. Transitions are becoming smoother each time I practice.

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Module 9

Now working on the 90 and 45 degree stretches of the hip. Again finding the rocking and rotation important before performing the stretch. Love the yoga spinal twist stretch! And I always enjoy the elephant walks on the legs. Being partial to elephants (sponsor of orphaned elephants in Kenya, and riding one in Nepal & Myanmar), this move makes me smile.Laugh

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I bet you never thought that the elephants would come to you in the form of Thai Massage. Cool

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Module 11

Great to see a summary of the feet and legs. I am reminded to keep a smooth transition and flow. I've always enjoyed the 'dance' in giving massage. Not only does it feel good to the client, is is therapeutic for me, the practitioner. 

My key take aways are: think about the body part I am working on, how does it move? how can I move it in all of it's potential directions; 5 lines to work on the thigh as a warm up, remembering the calf as well; use rocking to preface a stretch or when the client can't accept a stretch; remember the hip 'pie'. 

Looking forward to the upper body!

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Module 12

First I can report much laughter when I first tried the strong stretch (last before leg swings), sitting on Steve's bum, as I promptly fell onto his faceSurprised I appreciate the variety of stretches to the same muscle, figuring out which is most suitable for me and my partner. I particularly am fond of the subtle sacrum movement when practicing the elephant walk on the kneecaps. That's an area that doesn't get enough attention. 

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