First of all I am very excited to have finally been able to sign up for this course. I have spent time in Thailand, and over 400 additional hours in a training program in Florida, and now I am so looking forward to advancing my practice with a new perspective and new teacher.
The first video highlighted the basics of a Thai massage set-up, explaining the differences of table vs. mat work. We also learned the different movements, tools, positions of therapist and client, and learned the 'anatomy of the move' or the importance of technique, ergonomics, and breath as they all come together to provide the client with the best possible experiance.
Hi Becka, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage course. I am glad another experienced Thai Massage practitioner has joined us here! Clearly not all the material will be new for you, but I am sure you will pick up plenty of nuggets and different perspectives during the next 5 months.
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I am looking forward to reading about your experience with this course.
I am excited to learn the Chi Machine move, as I have used the actual machine, and loved it! Will be so happy to share this with my clients as soon as possible!
Will be practicing tonite with my partner and am looking forward to what he says, as he previously didn't care for the Thai work due to many chronic injuries and what I think is early arthritis and scar tissue in his feet, knees and shoulders. I am hopeful that if I can practice just a little with him every few days, he might change his mind! I believe in this work and believe that it can help him.
I also want to thank you for the short video on stretching for the therapist! Although I have been doing this work for some time and practice yoga I still get a cramp in the arch of my foot, i would say 1 out of 3 sessions. Will be streching my toes a bit more.
There are plenty more of those short supplemental videos coming with all kinds of useful tips and tricks.
My style of Thai Massage has many gentle and flowing rocking elements in it which makes it ideal for working on sensitive people who don't take well to the often more direct or linear approach to the techniques in traditional Thai Massage.
Stick with the program, and I know you will pick up many useful gems that your partner will appreciate. This is a huge course, so it will take quite some time to get through it all. There will be techniques which you are familiar with, but there will be many which will add to your repertoire and your style!
MODULE 3 FEET!!!!!!
everyone loves foot massage. some of my clients ask for it exclusively. I'm excited to have even more moves to add to my bag of tricks!
I added the circular push/pull leg compression/extension to an appt i had yesterday and my client enjoyed it immensely. It was a perfect addition to his session because he was complaining of low back and leg pain due to lots of driving. I'm going to have to teach someone else this move so i can experiance it myself!
I did have some trouble keeping my wrist straight as i was trying to turn the foot towards the outside, but i know my right wrist has more troubles than the left due to repetative stress injuries from years of table massage. Thats one reason i started with Thai work. Will keep an eye on it, maybe look into some light strength training.
If some of your clients ask for foot massage exclusively, you might want to add our Thai Foot Massage course to your repertoire at some point. With this course you can offer foot massage as a stand alone session and have an entire income stream from it. Something to keep in mind...
Thai Foot Massage is quite different from western reflexology. It's a big hit here in Thailand, and I get sessions regularly myself.
Mod 4, feet cont'd
i think the thing I appreciate the most about this video is the reassurance that there is no 'right way' to do the work. As a pretty uptight and by the book type of person, I had a lot of trouble when I was starting out with Thai, I was being very meticulous and routine-based. In the past years I have worked on letting go of that aspect of it. There is no set method, no pre-determined speed or specific sequence that I have to follow. I've been able to release the need to be right, and embraced my desire to help my clients in the most true way possible.
I enjoyed the more in depth foot work and am looking forward to trying it out asap!
You got it - there is no ONE right way, no "authorized" sequence, no set routine which everyone has to follow. Sequences can be very useful for learning techniques, and they can be useful models to follow, but ultimately they are crutches which you can discard at some point. Never think that you have to follow a set routine in every session. Actually if you always do the exact same thing in Thai Massage, you will get bored with it sooner or later.
It is much more fun to change your routines around, use parts of it, modify some things, experiment etc. Now this is not possible when learning all the techniques in the beginning, but once you know them well, then you can put them together in many different ways.
My motto is that the techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences.
MOD 5 - leg warmup
I'm starting to notice how the gentle rocking approach you have could be so therapeutic for some of my clients who are still uncomfortable with Thai Massage. The style I have been trained in previously seems much more direct, with some very deep holds, which the less flexible find very difficult, especially those with super tight hips! I can't wait to get the feet and legs put together, I am thinking of the perfect client to have some additonal practice time with!
In this video you said that using all the moves you have shown so far would take up quite a bit of time... out of curiosity, what is the average length of one of your Thai sessions? In the US, one hour is standard, even if longer would be better. I would love to start at 90 minutes and go up from there, but I'm not sure how clients would react, whether it be a matter of money or available time, or simply that they don't think they would be deserving of that length of treatment.
MOD 6 Leg
Very excited to see this video. A huge reason why I started learning Thai Massage was because after 8 years as a massage therapist, I was starting to have some wrist troubles, mostly from years of compressing and rotating the joint. I use my forearms and knees a lot already in my Thai routine and am thrilled to have more of those kinds of techniques.
As i said in the last post, lots of my clients have tight hips; and the specific, but soft/deep work on the inner thigh will be very beneficial to open and relax that area
Loving the videos! thank you
Personally I have never done shorter than 2 hour Thai Massage sessions, and that includes the US. Somehow my clients never questioned me on this. However this worked for me and may not work for everyone. You can certainly do 1 hour or 1.5 hour sessions. It is ideal to do longer Thai Massage sessions than 1 hour, if possible.
There is tons of material coming up that will help you with your wrist issues. There are rocking alternatives, and lots of training for working with other body parts. There is an entire video module just about forearm work and one just about knee work.
I had my own issues with wrists and thumbs and therefore developed a style which is more therapist friendly than typical Thai Massage training. I even created a "Hands Free Massage" course which is all about non-hand techniques.
mod 7 - leg stretches
i enjoyed this video, it helped reinforce some things and clarify others. I often use a support pillow when the client has tight hips, mostly to reassure them that they are safe, but also of course to aid in the stretch itself!
i love the 1,2,3,2,1 approach because it lets me know that even though i might not know the exact point that i'm supposed to be getting, with the 1,2,3,2,1 i'll hit it either way. also looking forward to trying the internal knee circles to release the hip joint, it looks great!
mod 8 - hip openers
LOVE the hip pie concept! makes it very easy to remember and then easy to make sure I address all hip positions.
I've also noticed that I am taking some of the Thai concepts to my table massage work. working smarter, not harder. I'm using my body weight in a more efficent manner, and I find mysef elephant walking all over the place!! thank you Shama
🙁 somwhow lost my last post for MOD 9. will do my best to recreate it
this was a fantastic video! So many people have tight hips from sitting at a desk for hours! I have also noticed a lot of people hold a lot of thier self-acceptance/self-worth in the hips and pelvis, and while that seems to be at a low point the hips respond by locking up. Excited to try the full circle hip rotation modification to loosen up the joint before pressing 1,2,3,2,1. Also appreciate the rocking motion added to the begining of your spinal twist. I often think that in the style I learned before, there isnt enough done for the low back before the first major spinal twist
Glad to have gotten 9 out of the way and back on track myself Thanks Shama
Its crazy how much I have learned and forgotten in the last 4 years of studying Thai Massage! So glad to be reminded of swinging the leg outwards to stretch thru the adductors, and your variation is different that what I knew preiously, so I will have to try it out asap on some of my yogi friends!
MOD 12 - hip openers
I feel like i am repeating myself, but I love this video too! so many of my clients have SI troubles or hip problems, and i'm so glad to have more options available to me to help them! the variations of the calf stretch wil be wonderful as the tension in the hips inevitabley crawls into the lower leg as long as the client holds themselves so rigidly.
And the knees-to-chest stetch will be a great warm up for some of my more flexible yogis!
mod 13 - hip cont'd
wonderful disussion on the idea of pain and how to approach it with clients. Love that you use the word discomfort instead, even the word 'pain' gives people the notion that it might hurt and that leads easily into that it is going to hurt, even if it doesn't! I find that being aware of the clients breath and facial expressions helps a lot to determine the intensity of the stretch that can be most beneficial without being too much. I also tell my first time clients that there might be some moves that seem uncomfortable because it is so new, so different, and possibly awkward... but that is different than pain. If i notice a muscle flinch or a squished face, I'll come out of the stretch just enough to let them take another breath and then i'll guide them thru it in two or three gradually increasing stretches. Seems to work very well