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Brenda Ovando's Thai Foot Massage Course Notes
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Brenda Ovando
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October 17, 2018 - 3:29 am
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Module 9:

I loved the techniques you showed for the toes. It gives me more tools to focus on the toes, and clients really love it because it feels so good. I love the techniques for the lower leg and knee because foot problems can sometimes originate in the lower leg. It is definitely important to include that area, too.

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Module 10:

The tapotement techniques are a hard sell for Americans, but the one with the soft part of the fingers in between the knuckles was a hit as well as the toe pulling with the towel. As always, it is helpful to watch you do the complete session because I get a sense of the rhythm and cadance of the work.

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October 19, 2018 - 6:35 pm
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I saw your test results - so now I could send you the CE certificate since that is only based on the first 10 modules. You also registered for the International certificate, and that is based on all 17 modules. 

Do you want me to send you the CE certificate now, and the International one when you are done with all posts, or do you want me to wait and send them both together when you are done with all posts? I am asking because some people have a license renewal deadline coming up.

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October 21, 2018 - 2:42 am
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We can wait until I finish all the posts. Thanks, Shama!Laugh

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Many of my female clients have bunyons. It is frustrating because they continue to wear high heels, so aligning the metatarsals in the proper position is always beneficial during the session. I definitely like working in between the metatarsals, and the pulling is a great traction move. I have added these techniques into my sessions and clients have noticed an improvement.

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It's really amazing to me how people will continue wearing shoes that damage their health. Here in Thailand it is a common sight to see a woman in high heels who has to hold on to her man just to be able to walk straight. Confused

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Module 12:

I see hammertoes mostly on elderly clients in my practice. I love the mat for this particular condition because I usually address the entire anterior lower leg as well as the foot. The wooden sticks really are a helpful tool (saves my thumbs) Toe exercises and stretching really are helpful and help to decrease the shortening of the extensors.

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That's the thing about foot conditions - they can take years or decades to develop. That's why it's often hard to convince people that they should change their detrimental lifestyle habits NOW. They don't experience any symptoms now, and so they don't really believe that they are setting the stage for big problems later on in life.

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Morton's neuroma is a common condition I see in my practice. You gave me some great ideas , such as toe spreaders, to suggest to clients. Most people have feet that are so immobile these days. I always recommend walking barefoot as much as possible and yoga, because in many yoga postures you use the feet to grip the floor. The stretching of the toes really helps to reduce the pressure from the enlarged nerves.

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Good - you know about Morton's Neuroma. Many therapists are not familiar with it, but if a client has it, they can be pretty desperate and need all the help they can get.

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This was a great lesson on plantar fasciitis! This is one of the most in depth explanations I have ever watched. I have many clients who complain to me about plantar fasciitis. I find working on the anterior of the lower leg and extensors of the foot really helps. Your explanation really helped explain why the techniques should be done in the way they should. It also explains why clients find a lot of relief after a focused time working on the feet.

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January 26, 2019 - 3:53 pm
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Clearly this course is in good hands with you! Smile

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I have never heard of Tarsal tunnel syndrome. Thank you for educating me on that. Your description of over pronation really helped me to understand how the tibial nerve may become inflamed. I often wonder if over pronation is genetic because I see it more often in certain populations rather than others. The exercises you showed will be very useful to me. Thank you. Another thing I recommend to people with flat feet is to concentrate walking on the lateral edge of their feet. It helps them to become more aware of their gait.

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Awareness of the gait can definitely help, and combined with some exercises can alter the gait and improve the overpronation issue.

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Module 16:

Thank you for this module. It really ties everything back to all my other thai massage training. Hip muscular dysfunction is a huge problem in America for sure. So is plantar fasciitis. You can really see how choices in footwear and sedentary lifestyles affect mobility. I really appreciate everything I have learned in this course because it helps me to educate my clients and get them out of pain. Thanks, Shama!

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So glad to hear that, Brenda! Smile

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May 22, 2019 - 1:29 am
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I have watched the full final sequence. Thank you for that video. It is always helpful to see everything put together. If you could send me the certificate whenever you have the chance, I would appreciate it greatly. Thanks for the great course, Shama!Laugh

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