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Barbara Coleman
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Barbara Coleman Complete Thai Massage progress notes

Module 1- I just watched this for the second time. As a massage therapist that does standard and Ashiatsu barefoot massage, these are the same princibles in Thai massage that I was actually taught in massage school. Breath controls flow and follow proper ergonomics so you dont damage your own body. I also come from a background of horse training and some limited martial arts, this adds to the breathing, movement and flow. A great reminder for me. I actually applied these to my massage clients today and felt better during the sessions and had better results. 

The quality of touch is also very important as to how what you do affects others. In horse training, you can have a horse turn just by tightning a muscle but no need to apply actual pressure. The same is true in standard massage and I control my barefoot massage much the same way to apply specific pressure without adding muscle force. Tighten a muscle, then add body weight to apply that specific touch.

Again coming from my varied backgound, energy is also very impotant and a big part of how I practice already. A relaxing breath can be all it takes to help a muscle to let go..

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

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It seems that you have a great background for this course, and that you will relate to the material easily. I am looking forward to following your progress! Smile

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Hello and thank you Shama.

Module 2 The Chi Machine-   We worked with Chi in Traditional Chinese Medicine class/ Cupping/acupressure/qi gong. It is very interesting how rocking can loosen up not only the muscles but also the energy flow in a body. The person that I was starting practice with yesterday felt very relaxed an sleepy after just a few minutes of the rocking from the feet through to the head.

A note on the ergonomics, as a person who is short, 5’2″/157.48 centimeters, It is good to be able to adjust position when working on taller people as we don’t necessarily have the same reach and stretch during some of the positioning. All of this can be adjusted if you, the practitioner, are aware of your body and how it needs placed for different moves and positions.

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It sounds like you got the Chi Machine move right – excellent! That’s not the easiest move for many new course students.

Regarding your size and making adjustments – this is something I address a lot throughout this course. You will see that whenever possible I show modifications to accommodate size and weight differences between therapist and client.

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Thank you Shama, I look forward to the modifcations!

Module 3 progress notes: the only area that I had trouble with was getting the circular motion. It feels awkward to me. Practice on! The practice person almost fell alseep during this practice and stated that it is so very relaxing. This is the same person from previous module practice so she is getting the build upon. 

I do perform some reflexology, so I am very familiar with the feet being connected to the body energetically. I also know this from too many years of having to stand on concret for work.  

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The circular motion definitely is one of the more complex techniques and will take a little more time to learn. But once you ‘got it’, it is a great technique. It flows well, it feels great, and it is very effective.

Are you practicing this course on a floor mat or on a table?

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Shama, I am practicing on the floor mat. 

Module 4 progress notes: I went through the new information for this module and followed it with doing all of the foot work to tie it all together. The circular movement is still, after several practices, difficult. The practice person stated that the movements were very relaxing and felt good. She has a bit of limited range of motion in one ankle, and with just these practice session, we both have noticed an increase of ROM!

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That’s excellent. Every little improvement is a step in the right direction. The circular movement will come with practice over time, and even without it you can do a very effective foot massage.

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Thank you Shama, the circular movement is causing me significant low back pain. I have injured it multple time with horse training. May be time to start some yoga and strength training….

module 5 leg warmup progress notes: I really appreciate the flexability of Thai massage, I have practiced the leg warmup on 2 people and they both appreciated the relaxation from the warm up and the better coverage the muscles get, then from either my regular or my barefoot massage. I am doing these practices on my massage clients so I can get some really good feed back.

I really like this applicatin on the legs. Once I get use to performing it, I can see my practice going to a much higher theraputic place.

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This higher therapeutic place is definitely a very realistic outcome of this course, and it is one of the elements that had always attracted me to Thai Massage. It’s also a great confidence builder when you are able to work on very specific issues effectively.

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Thank you Shama

module 6 leg 2 progress notes:  The push pull with the muscles own rhythm is a bit difficult when the muscles are disfunctional, as they relax an function returns, you can see the entire leg and hip relax. Working the thigh with the forearm is also very easy and I am able to have a high level of control with the pressure. The practice person also really likes the work apon the sen lines. She stated that it was very relaxing.  

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Module 7 leg stretches 1 progress notes

     I got to practice today on a friend with a knee replacement. I am used to working with joint replacements and it was interesting to see how the stretches, done with caution, helped the person gain mobility in the hip and help the thigh and calf muscles relax so she gained range of motion in the knee. If you have never dealt with a knee replacement, the muscles can take more than a year to gain back proper tone and the can remain slightly displaced after surgery. The person really liked the walking with your feet stretch, it really loosened the hamstrings. . 

I am still working out the positioning as I am short and it is just interesting hahahah

these stretches are fairly easy for me to do on a medium height person.

just a note, I only practiced on this person due to the 12 total years I have been doing massage therapy and I have been working on her for 4 years and have been working on this knee since 3 weeks after it was replaced. 

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That’s really interesting that you have experience with working on clients who had joint replacements and that you are comfortable doing this. Many course students are quite nervous about this kind of work.
By the way, do you know that I have an entire course which is exclusively about knee therapy?

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Hello Shama, I did not know that and I look forward to taking that class!!!

Module 8 : leg stretch 2 progress notes:

       I continued working with the knee replacement person for this module as she is having the other knee replaced soon and thought that we could get the natural knee ready for its surgery. With the knee having trouble I was not able to get the full range as you showed in the video, however, after doing the thigh work with the knee and hip work, we both noticed an increase in the range of motion for both joints. The calf work was very easy for me to do and the client loved it and stated that she felt more relaxed with just having the calf work done!

Thank you for shoeing an alternative position for performing the knee and thigh stretch, I really help me as this person is larger.

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Whenever possible I try to present alternative ways of doing certain techniques. After you get used to those alternative methods, you might even come up with more of them on your own that fit your body best.

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Module 9: leg stretch 3 progress note

      I am so very thankful to have a wide range of people that I can work with and practice on! Lesson 9 got to see the hip stretches being practiced on a gym owner that has some dysfunction in the hips due to tight muscles. Continuing the pie stretches form lesson 8 and the hand walking and pressure that goes with it on the muscles, we were able to achieve a looser joint and better range of motion in his hips. This client was able to give me good and critical feed back that reinforces that taking this course was an excellent idea for me!

I have also done these particular stretches during an Ashiatsu massage and found they help the client achieve the relaxation that we have had trouble achieving from the other sessions I have given. I like to integrate types of massage to give the person an individual massage based on their needs.

Thank you again Shama

        

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Sounds like a success story to me! I am glad to hear that you feel that this course is a good choice for you. Smile

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Thank you Shama.

Module 10: leg stretches 4 progress notes:

      some of these positions are kind of tricky for a short person 🙂 but did some adjustments and used the adjustment that you recommended on the spinal twist. It helped  Understanding range of motion and being able to feel the persons stop point helps a lot in doing some of the stretches. It can be so easy to over stretch. The person I worked on for this class as a bit of a knee problem so I modified to suit her for the calf and ankle stretch by keeping a slight bend in the knees and keeping them soft. 

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Posting 2 times in one day as this is when I have time Smile

Module 11 review for supine legs:

       Putting everything together and starting to get a flow was interesting. I did practice everything so that I can get a feel for it and an idea of how it all works together. My Practice partner has a good sense of humour as I fell over a couple of times changing position. I appreciate how this course builds on itself, it makes the review easier and more thorough.  The chi machine and the foot work are still the favorites among my practice people, with the hip walking stretch the next fav. 

      Off to start the next class and maybe start the test!!! Have a great day Shama and Family!

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Yes, it is easy to overstretch with Thai Massage. And I have seen many therapists who do that. I have also seen people who were injured in Thai Massage sessions by insensitive therapists who subscribe to the no-pain-no-gain motto. That’s why I put a lot of effort into explaining how to do it right, with sensitivity, using the one-to-ten method, and by working slowly with breath awareness. Yoga practitioners also easily injure themselves by overdoing it or going too fast. Thai Massage is similar in this regard, and that’s why I always talk about not doing it mechanically, but by using a more refined way of working.

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