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September 4, 2014 - 1:31 am
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Hi Brittany,
If you scroll up a bit to my post from April 28, you will find the answer to your question. Particularly this sentence: "This would mean posting a progress report about each course module here in the forum". 

You did fine up until module #12, and then you stopped the posting process which is the main requirement for certification since this demonstrates that students have actually worked with the material. Please re-read the certification tutorial again which I posted in April. The same information is also in your course manual in the certification section.

So if you catch up on your forum progress reports, I will gladly issue you a certificate. Smile

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September 9, 2014 - 5:50 am
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Module 13

  I watched the techniques you did along the inguinial ligament/adducters.  I have a question about a technique I was taught that was supposed to be Thai massage.  Its called opening the wind gate and it is done in that area.  Basically you are cutting the blood flow for seconds by blocking the blood flow with your forearm on that area.  It is supposed to rush in fresh blood.  I just feel weird doing that technique, and messing with bloodflow deliberately.  I enjoy the hip pie and so do my clients.  It is one ofthe main ttechniques I use.

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The common name of the technique you are referring to is the "blood stop". Of course it doesn't stop the blood flow, it just slows it down. If done correctly it produces a very enjoyable feeling of tingling in the legs. It is supposed to stimulate circulation and Chi flow. If you go back to module ten of this course you will see that I am teaching this technique in there.

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Module 14

  This is one of the more enjoyable techniques to me.  I have hip issues and the stretches, especially the one with the leg out to the side feel great.  I also enjoy the hip rocking, as if you are rocking out all the stiffness.  I will go back and look at module 10.

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Module 15

For this module, I worked with my husband. With the light weight of my hand on his abdominals and him breathing gently, our breath began to synchronize. As I listened with my hand, I was able to feel as he relaxed and became calm. Creating a circle with my hands with one on top of the other, I began with minimal pressure and slightly leaning, I followed my hands....heel, edge, fingertips, edge, heel and repeated.  I have done some abdominal work, mostly body scrubs.  Most Massage Therapists do not work much on the abdomen.  I have on occasion worked with people suffering from constipation or digestive issues, as well as bringing blood to the uterus for fertility.

The final technique of elephant walking on the shoulders with my heels in the area between the ribs and shoulder, was probably my husband's favorite from this module.

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Even here in Thailand hardly any therapists work on the abdomen. Actually the abdominal techniques in this course are part of the Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage system.

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Module 16-Shoulders

 

  I really enjoyed these stretches and technique.  My shoulders have been really tight.  I have been showing other LMT's Thai Massage.  I love the compression technique with the push down on shoulders and pull back upward.  I also enjoyed the technique with the arm pull with foot into shoulder.  That felt awesome!!!

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 module 17

 

This seems a lot like the legs.  My partner enjoyed the hand work.  I already do a lot in my own massages. I use fists, elbows, knees, and arms.  It is amazing.

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You mean you used all these body parts outside of the Thai Massage already, or are you referring to the Thai Massage practice?

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Module 18

  First, to answer your question I do Thai massage at our day spa but it is similar yet different.  So I do use anything I can to not always use my fingers or hands.  We do everything on a table.  So some of the moves you teach I have either modified or I can't do at the spa.  

 

  Like with these transitions you showed the arms extended straight out.  I can't get to that angle, but on the floor it feels amazing!  I've shown other therapists different Thai stretches I have learned from you and they love it.

 

  Back to the video.  I love your methods of transitioning and never breaking the connection.  The stretches were great too.  I love the one were you pull on the scapula.  This is one I normally do but your additional going up the spine with the other hand was awesome.  I need to work more in my massage even with transitioning and keeping the flow and connection.  I will massage an arm then

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Sorry last post messed up.

 

To continue, I will massage a arm then walk around the person breaking the touch and connection.  So this is something to work on for me.  Thank you again!

 

Brittany

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Doing Thai on a table has some limitations, but if that's how you have to do it at your spa, what can you do! Still most of the techniques will work with some modifications. I am glad to hear that you are so aware of not overusing your hands and fingers. That can go a long way in preserving your health and career.

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Module 19

  It's good to get another overview of putting it all together.  I love the leg and hip stretches, I have had them done to me as well and I love them.  I also enjoy the hip rocking, it feels like it realigns everything.  I also enjoy the elephant walking on the shoulders, and shaking, with the figure 8 movement.  Although I still need practice on the figure 8 with my balance.  I love the over the head shoulder/arm pulls.  Thanks for the Quantum Touch technique.  I am a reiki master and really into qigong and sometimes I visualize light energy going through me and my hands to heal.

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I have a background in Quantum Touch and Qigong as well, and this has translated into my Thai Massage work. I am glad that you can relate to it easily. You will love the "Magic Touch Secrets' bonus course which you will get after you go through all the main course modules.

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Module 20

 

  Thank you for showing these techniques with elbows.  I usually use the same achillies stretch already.  It's interesting to see how massage is similar but different in different styles.  I think all the moves on the calves especially the elephant walk feel amazing!  I also love work on glutes and I feel that is very important for helping all kinds of issues with back/hip pain.

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Module 21

 

  The arm rolling technique on the hamstrings is very nice.  It's great to learn different techniques, instead of using hands.  Anything to save my hands is important.  Ive done this technique before on the quads but never the hamstrings for some reason.  So thank you for the additional technique to add to my massages!  I also love the leg extended out ward with the rolling of the arm on the side of the leg and hips.  The different rocking moves are also really nice and relaxing.  I always avoid working on the bone, it just hurts people.  I do enjoy working on the hips though, it feels amazing and is so beneficial!

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Sounds like those techniques fit in well with your practice. It's true, there are similarities and overlap between massage styles. For example, Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Breema, and Yoga therapy have a lot in common. Over the years saving my hands has become increasingly important to me, and for that Thai Massage is the best solution I know.

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Module 22

The first stretch is very nice.  I not only compressed on the hamstrings during the stretch but the hips as well.  It feels awesome!  The one foot on top of the other really gives you a different type of feel during the stretch.  I don't quite have the reverse leg pull, it pulls on my back.  I know I have to keep my posture and just lean with it.  Sitting on the hip feels awesome, another LMT and I practiced on each other.  The hip flexor/quad stretch is very good, I am very tight but it made me feel better.  The knee in the hip is also pretty cool, instead of using my hands to push into the hip.  The stretch after I need a little more practice again with the pulling up on the hip.  Other than that, I am really good with the flow.

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Module 23

This is the part I enjoy the most.  I have hips that get stiff often, ever since I had my last daughter.  So I love work here and I put a lot into my hip/sacrum work.  The hip shake/rock is great.  It feels like the pressure is released from the sacrum.  The loose fist beating and hacking also feels good, I enjoy percussion.  I love the hip rocking, the transitions are fun.  The knee rocking is also very good relieving the pressure in the low back/hips.  I would be interested in learning more hip/sacrum work.

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I have a really in depth course about hip therapy which will take this to a whole new level:

Thai Hip Therapy

The same goes for the sacrum. You will find it on this page if you scroll down a bit

Thai Sacrum Massage

If you are interested, email me at shama@thaihealingmassage.com, and I have some news for you.

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