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I just received module 2 in my email.  I didn't get the first one.  Although I know you recently updated so all videos and messages go to my email instead of my husband'. I will see if he has it and i will let you know.  Thank you!

 

 

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I did just finish module 2 and I am a big fan of qigong and practice it as well.  I have wanted to use chi in my work and I believe I already do naturally.  I did enjoy the talk on ergonomics, I believe it is very important in all therapy work.

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Maybe during the transition from one email to the other something got lost. Anyway I re-sent module 1 to you in case it is not in your husband's inbox.

I am glad that you like Qigong. You will see that I use energy concepts in my training. Actually one of the bonus modules which comes with this course, Magic Touch Secrets, will be perfect for you. I also practice Qigong and always found that energy concepts can really improve your sensitivity and quality of touch in massage work, what to speak of the ability to direct and move energy. It's a good fit with Thai Massage which is based on working with energy lines anyway.

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Thanks shama.  I did receive the video and I am excited to learn more.  I have been practicing the chi machine.  

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Did you get the hip and the nose to move? Did it feel right to you? That technique is actually a bit harder to do correctly than what it looks like. But maybe you are a natural talent. Smile

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I have been practicing on my clients.  They don't know what I'm doing but they say it feels good.  I have just started the feet video and I tried a couple of those moves in my deep tissue massages I gave today.  The stretches are awesome!  You are also helping with my body mechanics, using more body weight!

 

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Great! Yes, the body weight is the biggie. It will make all the difference in your Thai Massage. Without using good body mechanics you will wear yourself out in no time with Thai Massage. With good body mechanics you can do Thai Massage up until ripe old age. Smile

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Module 4

 

  Its good to see the whole sequence for the feet put together.  Some of the techniques I use in massage already.  I really enjoy the body mechanics and using the whole body.  I am working on another LMT I work with and she is interested in the complete course.  I saw you have some sort of referral deal you do.  Thanks again for teaching this, and making it easily accessible!

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Yes there is a referral deal. Actually I am about to change the numbers in your favor, and the total value of the courses you can get for a referral for the Complete Thai Massage course just went up from $60 to $74, which would be one or two of my smaller courses.

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Thanks shama!

I just finishes the leg/forearm techniques.  I really need to incorporate more forearms in my massages in general.  My thenar eminence on my right hand has been achy the last few days.  Have you ever heard of Thai massage being done on the massage table?  What are your views on this?  My spa that I work at has their own version of Thai massage they are training all therapists on so the can have the option.  I think its a brief overview of a spalike Thai massage.  That's one reason I signed up for your complete courese.  Another is so I can be certified and know what real Thai massage is.  I have been talking to the other therapists because they don't feel comfortable offering Thai massage if they have received no real training in it.  I'm just wondering what you think on this.  I would not be happy as a Thai massage therapist because I had training and this spa is just showing a video that doesn't explain anything.  As well as a protocol for all Thai massage to be done in this order with this being done to the feet, legs, arms, neck, head, back, etc.  Thanks for your input on this!  Take care!

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There are lots of people in the western world doing Thai Massage on the table. There are even quite a few trainers teaching this. Personally I feel much more comfortable on a floor mat for several reasons:

1. You have better leverage because you can get on top of clients and use your body weight to your best advantage.

2. You can do some techniques that just don't work on a table.

3. It is much easier to move the client into different positions on a floor mat rather than on a narrow table.

4. You can use body parts like knees and feet which you cannot use on a table.

Thai Massage can be done on a table but it is often a little bit watered down version. The clients won't know, but I know that I can do much better work on the floor, especially when it comes to preserving my own health and working with least effort.

I know that there are quite a few spas which "train" their therapists in Thai Massage, but you simply cannot learn real Thai Massage in a few days. I used to have quite a few of those spa Thai Massage therapists as clients when I worked in the western world. When I asked them why they did not get their massages from their colleagues, they told me that they just did not have the in depth training and that there was no comparison between my work and their spa colleagues.

So that's my experience with this subject. I am glad that you decided to go ahead with a more complete training. It will feel so much better for you, your confidence level will be much higher, and it will be much more enjoyable to do as well.

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As always thank you.  I have felt the same way about table versus floor Thai massage.  As well as that I feel the spa has its watered down version.  All the therapists are uncomfortable with giving a client Thai massage when most themselves do not even know what a real Thai massage is like.

 

Getting back to the modules, I just finished the third on leg stretches.  I think these stretches for the hip are awesome.  The one where you put the lg in 90 degree angle and use your own leg and feet to stretch out in the three points is one technique the spa wants us to use but they go almost all the way to the genitle area.  I am going to show other therapists the way you train.  Plus you add in two feet after and that looks amazing.  Thanks again shama!

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January 5, 2014 - 2:07 am
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I have another student whom I trained a long time ago. She used the course to become the main Thai Massage trainer in the spa where she works. Who knows, the same could happen with you.

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January 7, 2014 - 10:21 pm
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Module 7

  I really enjoyed part 2 of the leg stretches.  I think they are all awesome and feel really good.  I have been using a lot of my body weight lately in my massages as well and I have been getting really good feedback.  I love the hip work, I already do the leg circles and the knee to chest but I don't usually compress on the hamstrings which looks like it would feel really good!  Thanks again!

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Without being really good at using your body weight, Thai Massage will neither feel good to the client nor to yourself - or to put it more bluntly, muscling your clients will feel painful to them and it will be exhausting for the therapist. So I am glad to hear that you are working a lot with your body weight. Smile

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module 9

I really enjoyed the leg stretches in part 3.  They look amazing, I love how we don't just do stretches but with the elephant walking it adds a massage to it.  I also have a question about certification and ceu hours.  Do I need to fill out a request to receive both?  Thanks again!  I'm having fun learning.

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January 17, 2014 - 10:46 pm
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Brittany, here is the registration form for the certification:

https://thaihealingmassage.com/info/certification-registration/

You will also find it in your course manual in the certification section.

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Thank you for your help.  I really enjoyed this video, it helps me put everything together. When you are working on the legs, how much time on average do you spend?  I will  

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Actually I almost never do a whole body Thai Massage session anymore. I only work on clients who have specific problems, and that's what I focus on in my sessions. I might work for an hour or two just on someone's shoulders, or back , hips or whatever they need. 

Here in Thailand most therapists work on the legs for about 70 percent of the session. I always found this very unbalanced, and when I did whole body sessions I reduced this to more like 30 or 40 percent in favor of doing more upper body work.

Even when doing whole body sessions, if the client has upper body issues, it is ok to only spend only 20 or 30 percent of the session on the legs and then focus primarily on the upper body. Of course this ratio could be reversed if someone has leg or hip issues in which case you would focus mostly on the lower body.

Bottom line is: no hard and fast rules - let the particular situation guide you.

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Module 12

 

Thanks again for your answering my questions so quickly.  I have been practicing the hip/leg techniques.  So far people love them and I have helped two people whohave hip issues.  I love the hamstring stretches.

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