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Brenda Ovando's Thai Foot Massage Course Notes
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Brenda Ovando
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August 22, 2018 - 1:26 am
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Hi Shama! Here’s my thread for my foot course notes! I’m excited to learn and add another 1 hour service to my practice!

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August 22, 2018 - 12:37 pm
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Hi Brenda, welcome to another course!

One question – are you posting just to share or do you want a certificate? I haven’t seen a certification registration from you. If you want a certificate, can you please send one in. The link is in the course manual. We need that for our records, and it tells us what kind of certificate you want. But if you are just sharing, then you don’t need to do anything.

With this course you can easily add a 1-hour service to your practice. I sometimes get 1.5 hour foot massage sessions.Smile

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August 23, 2018 - 9:00 am
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Oh yes, I would like a certification! I’ll look for the link and send it in

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August 23, 2018 - 6:57 pm
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Great, got it – thanks. 

Can you please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all organized correctly:

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Module 1:

 

Thank you for the tip of reducing the gap between the thumb and index finger. I find that very helpful. I find that addressing the third sen line on the bottom of the foot (heel to pinky toe) is difficult for me when working on men with very large feet. The squatting and rocking into the movement took me a while to get right, especially the arm stabilization with the inside of the leg, but once I got it right it felt very stable and powerful.

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You will see in coming modules that there are other ways of accessing the third sen line when working on someone with large feet.

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Module 2:

 

I found these additional techniques very useful when working on people with big feet. Especially the knuckles and forearms and then using both forms of thumb work to folllow up. It seems like once you warm up the feet with the knuckles and forearms it is easier to do the thumb work (not suprising) 

I had to play a bit with my sitting position a bit based on the size of my client when doing forearm work but I found a couple of positions which work for me universally. 

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August 28, 2018 - 11:42 pm
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I know, the forearm work requires just the right sitting position to work properly – glad you found it!

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Module 3:

The first technique is from the Complete Thai Massage Course! It is definitely a challenging rhythm to get down but clients really do love it once you find your groove. I really do like the addition of adding the legs into the movement. That’s new to me. I love all the techniques for the top, side of the foot! Those feel really nice for the client and I think sets this course apart. The achilles tendon work also feels great to clients. It’s great for very athletic people, too. I am excited to add this to my skill set. 

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You will be amazed how many techniques and how much knowledge is in this course that sets it apart. The first section has a little overlap with the Complete Thai Massage course, but the next two sections are totally different.

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September 1, 2018 - 11:05 am
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Module 4:

I really love your explanation of using the forearm and elbows in different positions. I especially appreciate the sidelying explanation, my clients really love the broad pressure of the forearm in that position.

My client LOVED my using the feet on his feet. I guess the deep broad pressure feels really good!

The balancing for working with the knees took a bit of effort but I found a nice positioning to make it easier for myself.

Using the fists was only possible on one side as my client could not internally rotate one leg for long. we had to do some hip work on that side to release that issue.

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The walking on the feet feels great – unless you walk too far up, and then it feels painful.

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Module 5:

I still really love how you remind us to be conceptual when approaching techniques. It helps to be more effective at improvisation while still maintaining flow. I love the bending out and in of the feet. I feel like this has a relaxing effect all the way up to the hip. The bending of the feet towards and away of the client is very powerful. I find the bending towards the person a little trickier because you have to lower your body down farther than you think to do it. The twisting of the feet was very relaxing and enjoyable to my client. 

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“It helps to be more effective at improvisation while still maintaining flow.”  – I really like how you put that! Smile

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Thank you!Laugh

 

Module 6:

 

I really loved the ankle therapy technique. I have a few clients with ankle and foot problems so this technique will be very useful. Also the compression and tractioning is a lot easier to do on smaller people, and my client said he felt taller after doing that technique. I really enjoyed your summary at the end. It gives me an idea of the flow of the movements all together.

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And those ankle techniques are quite unique. I have never seen them taught in any other Thai Massage school. That’s why I created them, because there is a need for this. Smile

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Module 7:

I really love the knuckle techniques. They save my thumbs and the broad pressure with the curved finger is really great. You can cover a lot of area. My regular clients have been loving new foot techniques and one even asked if it was possible to have the whole session on the feet! Laugh I’m looking forward to the other modules. I’m thinking of adapting this reflexology with oil to the mat somehow. Maybe by using a couple of rectangular bolsters. 

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That is not only possible, but easy to do, and in an upcoming module I show how to do this on a floor mat.

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Module 8:

I love the bolstering for working on the mat. It allows me to seamlessly integrate it into my mat sessions. Also, those “groove moves” are wonderful! My clients love it and it is easy for me to do with the bolstering. I tend not use any oil and it seems to work fine for me. Thank you for focusing on ergonomically correct techniques. I appreciate it!

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I try to offer plenty of options for several scenarios, and good ergonomics is something that’s very close to my heart!

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