First of all I cannot express how excited I am about finding this course, getting started and learning from Shama! I have received the first three modules and already been using the new techniques I learned on my clients. I used the Chi Machine on a young man that's 15 with low back pain and he said it felt great and felt it massaging and loosening up his back. I didn't have the foot massage module at the time but went through my regular routine. When I finished the massaged and asked him how he felt, he said when I finished his right side he could feel that it was a lot looser than the other side. I have a client this evening that I will do Shama's foot massage on instead of my usual foot massage. Although it is similar, there are a few things that are different and I'm anxious to see how it will feel to her as opposed to last weeks Thai massage.
Thank you, Shama, for all of your wisdom and willingness to share it with us in this wonderful course. Looking forward to my fourth module!
Just finished watching Module 4 and and love all the foot techniques. I learned a few in my prior training but not in the way you are showing us. I love the rocking movements you put with them and the positions you are putting your body in to. I believe it's going to make the massages I do so much more effective. People enjoy having their feet worked on and I can't wait for them to enjoy there techniques. I have 3 clients tomorrow so I can try them out. Thanks Shama!
I really enjoyed Module 5 working with the legs. I like the way Shama works the legs first warming up the legs, which I've never warmed the leg up leaving the leg in a straight position. I like the rocking forward motion. I usually work the lines using thumb presses but the using your thumbs in a roll action and rocking your body forward looks like it would work and feel so much better. Looking forward to putting this to good use. Can't wait for Module 6, I can't get enough of this!
Yes, straight thumb presses with direct linear pressure is something you want to use very sparingly since it can really wear out your thumb joints over time, and it can easily feel painful for the client. Rolling and rocking movements feel better for the client in most cases, and they are easier on you as well. There are some exceptions where direct thumb pressure is useful, but they are few and far between. The general rule is to give motion based moves preference over static direct pressure moves.
Really like using the forearm and the leaning and rolling technique! My right thumb is a little messed up from over use so I am excited to be able to use the new techniques I am learning in each module. Like the IT Band work, so many of my clients, including myself, have tight IT Bands! Looking forward to putting this in to action on my client this morning!
That's one of my favorite features of Thai Massage, that you can use so many body parts and thus save your hands and especially thumbs from overuse. I even created an entire course about Hands Free Massage which takes this even further.
Just finished up with Module 7 and although I have done this stretching series on clients, I was impressed by the the things that Shama added. I work for a Chiropractor and now that the body is usually out of alignment but I like the was Shama showed us how to look for certain things going on in the hips by looking at the way the feet lay. I'm also curious about the side that you work on first. All the books and training I have had says to start on the left side of a female and the right side of a male, however, I like to start on the problem area first, that way that get relief in that area before I work on the other side.
One concern I have is the rocking method in the case of severe pain in the low back. I have a degenerative L5 that is totally degenerated and causes a lot of pain in my back at certain times. The rocking motion in module 7 looked very painful to me for someone who has my condition as I cannot do any twisting or side-to-side motion because of my L5 being bone on bone. Any suggestions here?
Thanks again, Shama, for all that you do!
It's nothing urgent. I just always try to make my students aware how they can go deeper if they express an interest or appreciation for a particular aspect of Thai Massage. Actually I was inspired to create the Hands Free course after having thumb problems myself in the early days of my Thai Massage career. I can honestly say that without this Hands Free knowledge I would not have been able to maintain my career and my work for so many years. So it literally saved my career, and I hope it will save the careers of many therapists.
In regards to your question about the rocking technique: Thai Massage should never be a mechanical sequence of moves. There will always be techniques that work perfectly for one client and not at all for another.
The flow of things would be that you first find out in your intake questions if the client has any issues that you should know about. The next phase might have to be some experimentation what works best for the client. Just tell the client that you will use a technique and you need feedback how it feels. If it feels sharply painful, then you immediately stop the technique and use another one. The more you progress, the more you will know in advance what works for whom and what doesn't.
It is very important to have a sizeable repertoire of moves available. Otherwise you end up in the position of someone whose only tool is a hammer, and therefore to him everything looks like a nail. Not a good position to be in!
Once you have built up a good repertoire of techniques and experience in using them, you need to work on building up your intuition. You can do that by trusting your feelings and literally asking your intuitive faculties what would be the techniques to use (silently of course). Over time you will often spontaneously do the exact right thing.
I wish I could say: If A happens, then do B. But good Thai Massage is not a mechanical process - it is an intuitive healing art. You need the techniques, the experience, the intuition, the right communication techniques and more.
You will learn more techniques throughout this course. Good client communication skills are covered in module 35 of this course. And more intuitive and energetic skills are covered in one of the bonus courses, Magic Touch Secrets.
Actually your question will answer itself while going through the training, you will see.
Just finished up with the leg series and love how you put it all together. Even though I have been practicing most of the stretches, you had a few that I have not seen and again you added the rocking motion. My clients love the rocking motion. So excited to get to the next module. I do have a question, are we supposed to be answering test questions or is that just for CE students?
The test questions are only for CE certification. The NCBTMB (National Certification Board) requires 5 test questions per CE hour in order to qualify for the CEUs.
I don't require test questions for the International Certification (Non CE) since I can see from the forum participation if students are working with the course.
Talking about certification, you did not enroll in the certification program, right? I don't see you in my database. Or did you enroll and I missed it somehow?
Luckily it does not matter if you missed it or I missed it, or if the internet spirits played havoc with your registration email. I will enroll you officially now and add you to my database. Please let me know if you want the International certificate or the CE certificate. In either case, you will be good to go!
Just finished up with the Hip modules and they are wonderful! Need to have someone do them on me. Also working on the shoulder series you are sending me and my students are loving it. Haven't worked on my husband yet because I want to get through a few of them first so I can do a long massage on him. I'll let you know what he thinks.
No confusion about the name. Just wanted to make sure I got it right.
Thai Massage is really good for hip work, so many stretches affect the hip. This should work very well, especially in combination with your yoga. Are you planning on incorporating the Thai Massage into your yoga classes, or will you offer separate Thai Massage sessions?