I'm thrilled to start this training. I had such a good experience with the Complete Thai training, and can not wait to add this information to my growing Thai repertoire
In this Module, I appreciate the depth to which Shama explains the lines on the bottom of the foot. When I used this technique on a client, the said the pressure was good generally, but due to an old injury I had to adjust the thumb placement and pressure for the outer line keeping it a little more broad. Thankfully I am able to balance on my toes and secure my elbows on my inner thighs without falling over!!
Welcome back, Becka!
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And I am happy to hear your good feedback about the Complete Thai Massage course!
Learning how to use body parts other than the thumb is one of the main reasons I started down the Thai Massage path. I was pushing my body too far with standard table massage, and quite worried about injury and burnout. Thanks to learning Thai, I have been able to continue my work and career for longer than I had imagined possible. Learning to use a fist and the forearm on the sole of the foot in this section will be added to my bag of tricks... and the clients cant get enough!
I LOVE THIS TECHNIQUE! The rolling of the feet in a rhythmical and relaxing tempo is so fantastic to get the client to start the letting go process.. If I get in the correct timing and balance going, I can scan the body to see where the client might be holding some of their tension, generally in the same area as where the body stops rocking... I am curious though if I as the practitioner can go clockwise and/or counter-clockwise?
Using multiple body parts on the foot is a game changer. It doesn't matter the size of the client, there is always a tool to use, from fists to forearms to elbows to feet to knees. Broad or pointed, general or specific, its all good. I only wish I could somehow practice on myself!!
"I am curious though if I as the practitioner can go clockwise and/or counter-clockwise?" - I think that both directions should work. I just do it in one direction because this feels best and right for me, but it may be different for you. Try both directions and see how it feels to you.
I am not one for making lots of rules. A bit of creativity and intuition can go a long way.
This video was great because it showed a good bit of a possible mini sequence with the different directions to move the foot/ankle. I see so many clients who have foot troubles, and this set of stretches is something that I can share with them and then they can have someone do with them at home.
I'm excited to incorporate the wiggle too! i do a lot of rocking moves and this will fit right in
I appreciated the info you gave on how to address an ankle that doesn't move so well due to an injury. My sister broke her ankle 15 years ago and still has some limited range of movement. I can't wait to try the supported rotation with her. the traction move is something I have been doing, but never thought to use rotation too! i just pull back and push in... now i'll make it a more full and fluid movement
WOW!!! there is so much good information in this video. It is exactly what I was looking for with this course.
I have never really liked doing reflexology sessions because my thumbs got so sore, and then I would switch to a full fist, but that sometimes was much too broad... how did I never think to use a knuckle or two? Or better yet a knuckle wrapped around the thumb? This is a game changer!
I have received hour long sessions before but have never wrapped my head around how to give one. With the many variations of strokes that you gave, I can see that it might be possible. Especially when combining it with the stretches that were shown in the fist part of this course.
I appreciate the info you gave on what kind of oil/lotion to use. Mixing a heavy cream with an oil will give good glide and not be absorbed as quickly as either one alone. Seeing the same moves in different positions shows again how versatile this work is! I have been adding bits and pieces of this course to the sessions I have with clients, and they feedback has been very good. Here has been specific compliments to sliding between the ankle bone and achilles tendon
Another video full of great information! Many techniques that can be used in multiple ways and on various parts of the foot and lower leg/knee. I love the idea of supporting the foot (when the knee is bent) with my own knee. No worries that it will slide out, or kick me!!
There is a great move that I use with the calf, pulling the gastroc towards the front of the leg using alternating hands... and I think I am going to try that with the galloping tempo next time.
So grateful for this course and the information provided. And having a demo of your routine will help me to become comfortable while I figure out what little things I can add to make it unique to each client. I remember when I had visited Thailand, there were so many places to go, whether they were little shops or on the side of the street or within the market, I can see now how those women were able to do this work all day long. I'm looking forward to being the only massage therapist within quite a ways, possible one of the few in my state, to be able to offer this amazing service.
Thank You Shama! <3