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March 28, 2015 - 10:44 pm
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Video 1 was perfect.  The technique shown for working the energy lines is so simple and easy to use.  The form for squatting is difficult for me right now, so work with feet flat on floor and rock to toes.  With work and strengthening, should be able to get on toes before too long.  This technique is a great place to begin a session as it opens the energy lines as well as relaxes the feet and ankles from the rocking motions involved.  I believe I prefer this to the relaxation manipulations I was taught in reflexology.  Being older, with less shoulder strength, this movement is a real life saver.  The simple physics of the position and motions matched with the power in its use is remarkable. 

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March 29, 2015 - 2:12 am
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Hi Beverly, welcome to the forum. I saw that you registered for the CE certification test questions. However I did not see that you filled out the certification registration form. I am not sure if I missed it somehow or if you did not send it. Please fill it out so that I can get my records complete. The access link is in your course manual in the CE certification section.

Also after you fill out and submit this form, you will be automatically forwarded to our certification tutorial which contains important information.

I am glad to hear that the first session proved useful for you already. Lots more good material to come which will add to your reflexology skills.

Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list here

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Glad I found these techniques.  They are so easy on the thumbs, hands and fingers.  Even though I use a variety of probes and other tools, this can still become a problem.  Using my body weight has made a big difference in my effectiveness.  I have a client with an artificial hip and arthritis pain in every joint who is quite inflexible.  Even with the pillows and easy pressure, they seem to still be having pain.  We are working to find a comfortable way to do some of these moves so that flexability will be improved, energy will begin to flow evenly and circulation to the feet will be improved.  The client is diabetic so this is very important.  Love using the knuckles technique.  Will take much more practice to get the forearm technique down although it is becoming easier.  This course is so exciting, it is hard to stop and practice instead of going on to the next technique right away.  Patience, patience.

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April 4, 2015 - 10:52 pm
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I am so glad to hear that the course is working out well for you. You just made my day with your post! Smile

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Still working with the rocking circular motion for Lesson #3.  It seems that when I finally get this one down, it will not only be an excellent technique for my clients, but also, a way to help deal with my balance problems that have plagued me for several years.  Use of the whole hand and circular motion with the heel of the hand working on the top of the foot feels more natural for me than the thumb motions used in the reflexology I learned.  I have been concerned with pressing too hard on the top of the foot since there are so many small bones and clients are older.  Love working the sides of the foot, ankles and up the leg since these energy lines relate to the root and sacral chakras where it seems so many of my clients are out of balance.  Getting this grounding energy flowing is a real plus.

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Since Lesson #4 was a continuation of the same techniques, I have been working on all of the variations together.  Doing these squatting positions and rocking/circular motions along with my beginning yoga class have improved my strength and balance in a short time.  An added benefit to my training for sure.  My friend is a massage therapist who is also working on and perfecting her Thai massage techniques so we are working together on some of the techniques.  This gives me an added set of eyes on how I am doing and her an added set on how she is doing.  This is the best training for reflexology and massage that I have taken.  Finally learning techniques I know I can use for the rest of my life without wearing out my hands doing them.  THANKS!

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This was one of the big reasons why I created this course. The Thai system really offers a different perspective on foot massage and reflexology than the western model and helps you to stay in this profession without risking to burn out your thumbs.

You will be very pleasantly surprised when you get to the actual reflexology part of the course, I think.

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April 18, 2015 - 10:13 pm
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Video Lesson #5 on Moving the foot makes so much sense.  I learned a few of these types of moves when learning reflexology and do them in my sessions.  I have found that most people don’t give this a thought and walk, run and play sports on ankles that do not have proper range of motion thus resulting in pain and injury.  These techniques are a marvelous addition for my constantly on the go Western clients.  No one wants to stop doing what they are doing even when their feet, their foundation, hurts.  Ill fitting shoes are also a problem since fashion is more important than proper fit and walking barefoot is almost nonexistent.  I am glad I got my basic foundation in traditional reflexology, however, these simple, common sense moves are the ones I will be using more and more in the future.

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April 18, 2015 - 10:23 pm
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Also incorporated Video Lesson #6 this week.  To me these techniques make so much more sense to use than the thumb walk and other techniques I was taught.  I have always favored working with all of the energy lines rather than certain points as a way to awake the body and get all of the systems firing so the body can do what it does so well, heal itself.  All of the moves so far are such a great addition to working with clients with Plantar Fasciatis who also seem to have problems with their legs as well.  The techniques loosen and energize the feet up the legs along with the range of motion moves can provide quicker relief for the pain.  Looking forward to starting the reflexology section of the lessons next week.  Blown my mind so far.

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April 18, 2015 - 10:33 pm
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Better your mind blown than your hands and thumbs blown! Laugh Thai Foot Massage as well as Thai Massage are great for protecting and preserving your body and health. That’s one of the big reasons why I like the Thai style of working.

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Video Lesson #7   Love this.  Shows me how to do reflexology the way my spirit tells me to do it.  Relaxing and getting motion to the foot.  Working the energy lines in a group.  When the foot is relaxed you can tell where the energy lines are shorting out.  Then the Thai techniques for working the points make so much sense.  You are already there with your knuckles so just continue to use them to work the point in need.  Common sense moves to de-stress and encourage health in both the client and the practitioner.

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April 23, 2015 - 8:59 pm
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Video Lesson #8  Was so excited moved directly on with the course.  Thank you for outlining use of the techniques in recliner, massage table or mat.  I could picture the first two, however couldn’t picture the mat.  Of course, the solution was so simple.  This allows me to place the client in the position most relaxing to them for each session.  Thank you for the explanation of the creams and oils.  Have experimented for years and still am not satisfied.  Will try your suggestions. Have only recently started using the pain 1-10 method.  Since physicians here use it in practice, I started to use it too since clients were familiar with it.  This seems to work well in getting the client to disclose their comfort level.   

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April 24, 2015 - 12:40 pm
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I get the impression that you will make excellent use of this course material. Your enthusiasm is coming through loud and clear! Smile

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The Reflexology techniques in Video #9 are wonderful.   Now I understand how to take the energy work from the feet and carry it usefully up the lower leg.  I have felt that this was important to do since the foot is attached so directly to the anatomy of the leg.  Thankfully the licensing rules here allow me to work from the knee down without being licensed as a massage therapist so I can apply these techniques without concern.  Personally, I have issues in my lower legs so the foot and leg portion of massages I receive is very important.  This material has opened my eyes to see reflexology in a new way.  Your superb instruction in Thai techniques has given me the tools I needed to perform my sessions in the way my intuition was telling me to.  As I gain ability and skill in the use of these techniques, I foresee an increase in the number of people I can reach to relax, de-stress and enjoy one of the small pleasures of life. 

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Video #10  covered some techniques I had learned to do using percussion tools.  Learning to do these with my hands and body is a much better way.  When trying to work with small feet or people who are very sensitive, the percussion tools are too harsh as even the low setting seem to be rather fast and hard.  Humans came equipped with the best tools possible if we just learn to use them efficiently.  Watching the ‘put it together’ session left me nearly as relaxed as your client.  The ebb and flow, rhythm and dance to the moves was relaxing to behold.  You could feel the energy moving between practitioner and client and building in the room.  These are powerful tools to learn.  Thank you for creating these training videos.  I will return to complete several more.

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I am so happy to hear that you appreciate this course. I can just see you really taking off with these new skills. I am myself such a big fan of good foot massage, and I know how great (and how rare) it is to have an excellent foot massage therapist in your area. 

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