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Brenda Ovando's Complete Thai Massage Course Progress Notes
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Brenda Ovando
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August 20, 2017 - 5:52 am
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A thread for my course notes. Thank you for this space!

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August 20, 2017 - 10:54 am
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Hi Brenda, welcome to our forum and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all organized correctly:

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I  am looking forward to seeing you progress through the course! Smile

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Thank you, Shama!

 

Module 1:

I am very interested in working on clients on the floor because I am short and working on a table is often difficult for me. I understand that Thai massage uses the energy model in the body. That is very compelling to me because in my experience, this is more how I understand my clients, through feeling energy and finding problem areas rather than by anatomical landmarks.

I also am familiar with the rhythm of breath and loving movement. I feel like it is something that is very natural to my method.

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It sounds like Thai Massage and you have found each other! Smile

Working on a floor mat is much easier for smaller persons. You get to use your body weight in a much more effective way than on a table where you can’t get on top of people.

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So true! It seems a lot easier so far. Smile

Module 2:

I LOVE the idea of the chi machine! While practicing on my husband, I found it a bit difficult to get his whole body moving because he is a lot taller than me and bigger. But I found that sitting taller, moving side to side a bit more and holding my arms against my body really helped. My husband said it was very pleasant.

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Module 3:

One aspect I found difficult about the foot sequence was when we put one leg under our partner. My leg is very short! my husband’s leg is very long! So I had to adjust this a bit. Also my husband has an anterior pelvic tilt so his lower back was uncomfortable. So he bent the other leg upwards. The traction and compression move was a bit challenging with my left hand, but after getting into a groove, it became easier. All the other moves were natural to perform.

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Module 4:

 

I love your conceptual approach! it really does make it easier to remember the 8 motions of the foot rather than a series of specific move. I found myself mixing it up a bit and finding a series that was natural to me and my tall partner. My husband really enjoyed the pressure with the thumbs on the insole. 

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The foot work, as well as all other Thai Massage work in this course is based on the motto that the techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences. So you never have to feel that you have to do all techniques on everyone.

There will be several techniques in this course which might be difficult to do on someone who is much larger and heavier. In some cases there are modifications which you can do, and in some cases the right decision is to just skip this techniques on such a person.

This also means that it is very important to practice on people of several sizes and weights since the techniques will not only feel different to you, but the clients or practice partners will react differently. 

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Module 5:

 

The butterfly compressions were extremely relaxing for my partner.  The slow rhythm created a calming effect. The rolling with the thumbs in different directions was very enjoyable for my partner. He said it felt better nearest his knee so I spent some more time there. The push pull technique was  a bit difficult to get right. I will have to practice it a bit more.

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Module 6:

Yes! The forearms on the IT band! What an effective technique. My partner really enjoyed that. I found myself rocking the leg a bit more between techniques. It is a very nice method to relax the client. I enjoyed the forearms on the legs because it gave me a chance to rest my thumbs. Also, my partner has large legs so it was an effective way to apply broader pressure. My partner had fallen asleep by the time I was finished with the sequence.

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Falling asleep of partners or clients is always a sign that you are doing it right! Smile

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Module 7:

My partners hips were evenly turned outward. The butterfly triangle stretch provided a pleasant stretch for my partner closer to the groin. Thank you for the additional video for smaller people working with large people. It really made it easier to work on my husband!

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Module 8:

Thinking of the hip pie helps me remember the different positioning of the stretches. Thank you so much for including the technique adjustments for short therapists. This really helps me in giving an effective stretch for my husband who has heavy, long legs. 

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Module 9:

 

 I found myself adjusting my body a bit to deal with the length of my partners leg and trying to give an effective stretch. Using the knee into the attachments of the hamstrings and leaning into the leg was a very powerful stretch! my husband enjoyed that. I still learning to use my whole body and I found that useful when doing the spinal twist at the end.

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Module 10:

I actually have been using my hara energy intuitively in my bodywork practice. Again, the modifications for short therapist really helped me give an effective stretch. The blood stop was very interesting! my partner experienced a really wonderful rush of blood. He said it was very unique. The calf stretch was a bit difficult because my partners leg is very long. I can’t wait to watch it all flowing together.

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There is a summary module coming up where you see it all in flow. I am glad to hear that you did the “blood stop” with good results. Many course students are initially totally freaked out by that one! Laugh

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Module 11:

 

I really enjoyed watching the flow of how everything fits together. 

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Module 12:

Thank you for all the versions of the calf stretches. They were useful because my husband has long feet. My partner really enjoyed the knee to chest stretch but couldn’t handle me sitting down. It was too much. The sacrum massage was very enjoyable to my partner as well as gentle swinging after.

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Module 13: 

 

I really appreciate what you said about the psychology of stretching and the way you frame that for your clients. While practicing on my partner, I found that 225 degree stretch was a bit too strong, but rocking into it really did help open up that range of motion. The 315 degree stretch was really enjoyable for my partner who loves deep work. It really targeted the IT band in a new way which my partner appreciated very much.

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Welcome back Brenda! This time you can power right through to your certificate! Smile

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