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Module 1

 

This is a pretty easy module to go through, but i like all the reminders of proper ergonomics, using body weight and watching your clients alignments. I also liked the mind and movement connection when using your breath. I am a Massage Therapist and yoga student so Ive been trying really hard to always incorporate these things into my practices to bring more enjoyment to my clients and to prolong my ability to practice. So for me the take home from this module was to practice being comfortable on the floor and to watch my body alignment in the floor positions.

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Module 2- chi machine tech

 

Again love the posture reminders and talk of bringing relaxed energy to the sessions, i know being on the floor and maintaining proper ergonomics is going to take some practice and time. I think this is a perfect first move to practice being comfortable kneeling and moving on the floor. Im going to practice it tonight on my husband and see if he feels the different sensations of his chi being stimulated. i know we arent supposed to report on the 2nd section but thanks so much for including exercises to help me adjust working on the floor. 

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Module 3

Firstly i didnt realize there were so many ways in which to manipulate the feet, We learn a little foot massage in school but nothing like this module shows. and i like how you broke down the motion and hand placement in the video as well as how the therapist should be moving while on the mat. Im excited to practice this module working on my breathing, touch and movement as well as trying to create a flow to my work. Trying really hard to train myself to use my body weight and not my muscles to squeeze and press and stretch the feet/ankles in this mini treatment.

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Module #3 foot massage practice report

 

just finished a mini foot massage with my husband trying out module 3 techniques as well as chi machine move, I couldnt even sit on my heels at all, i sat on my knees with my feet flat and ofcourse they fell asleep after awhile, but other than that i found the techniques not too complicated except the push-pull-rotate move, i found the motion difficult to incorporate, going to watch the video a few more times and keep practicing. My husband said that just the chi machine move seemed to relax his whole body and made his hip feel better, he has a bit of a sciatic nerve pinch sometimes so the oscillation of the rocking in the hip joint felt nice. Also he is a very tall guy and im short so positioning my leg under his was difficult. but over all i found my first thai massage practice run pretty good and relaxing for both client and therapist 🙂

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Hi Brittney, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

Certification Checklist

You can comment on the other sections as well, if you like. It is just not a requirement for the certification. 

There are even more ways to manipulate the feet as you will find out soon! SmileAnd the next module will make it easier for you to remember them all.

The sitting on the heel is just a matter of getting used to it gradually. It might take a while, but it will make you more flexible. There are videos coming up which will help you with initial challenges in the positions for your own body.

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Module #4 foot massage 2

I really liked a lot of these moves especially working both feet at the same time, it feels amazing, so im told . and i liked the following of the toe joints from ankle to ends, felt very relaxed and natural. Im still working on sitting on the floor on my knees and keeping my back straight while working on my client but its getting easier every time i practice.

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Module #5- Leg warm up

 

I liked the idea of using your own body to lock a clients foot in place while you work on the rest of the leg. these are all pretty easy and fun moves, the legs have such nice big muscles to manipulate i enjoy working on them, I would probably use just a few of these to warm up the leg then do the forearm moves to get some deeper releases, really good video though, this course so far is really changing how i think about my massage practice and how i use my body.

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Module #6- leg warm up with forearm

I have to say this is my favorite video so far, i love the use of forearms giving my hands a break, and i really enjoyed the positions and how they exposed the sen lines to be worked on and how the lines seem to correspond with the anatomy of the leg. I love the constant reminder to move your whole body as you rock or rotate a muscle group, i often forget to use the motion that my body weight creates to apply pressure. Im interested to see more about the sen lines and how to manipulate them to benefit my clients.

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I am glad to hear you appreciate the videos so much. There is quite a bit more material coming up about sen lines, although this is not as much of a 'magic bullet' at it might appear when you first hear about it. Smile

The sen line work is only as good as your intuition, your connection to the client, and your sensitivity is. The sen lines do not have a special magic on their own.

"This course so far is really changing how I think about my massage practice and how I use my body." - That's a quantum leap forward already! Smile

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Module #7- hip evaluation

I really liked the actual looking at the client to notice any abnormal positions for clues to thier issues. I always listen to what the client is telling me is going on but i also try to notice my clients body language as well as how they feel under my hands. Im starting to really enjoy the freedom of practice with this course in that you are constantly telling us to use what you teach but in a free and open way, to adapt to us as therapists and to the clients needs.and i really enjoy using my feet to stretch people becuase my current practice is all upper body use.

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module 8- hip pie

We were taught the angles of the body extensively in class but i can remember the hip pie method way easier, so thanks for that.my husband whom ive been practicing on is very tall so i love the variation for small therapists to big clients, this position does feel super awkward though.and i like to throw in some rocking with almost all the moves i do just to relax my client into proper position.

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module 9- hip pie continued

love all the different stretches at various degrees of the hip pie, ive been using some of these stretches and then applying some body weight to the tense muscles for my clients that have a hard time with pressure. and the power versions of these stretches are also very helpful because i do get a few clients who are very active and need a little more out of a stretch than just the normal versions. still practicing sitting on my knees on the floor, finding it useful when playing with my 6 month old baby lol

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module 10

 

love the use of feet for stretching and keeping the client in position. The blood stop was pretty interesting, i had no idea this was even a thing in thai massage but i can see how people would like it. going to practice that one for sure. and the spinal twists are so relaxing, love practicing them and getting my husband to do them on my as well.

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module 11

 

this is a super helpful video so nice to see the flow that you talk about and how you move yourself as the therapist around your client. going to watch this one a few times.

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Wow, that was a posting marathon! Smile

I like how you described the "freedom of practice" which I encourage in this course. I am glad you picked up on that one as it is an essential ingredient for becoming an inspired and creative Thai Massage therapist.

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module 12

yea i tend to do a bunch of modules together and then post them from my notes when i have time. The stretches in this module were great and i love being able to use my body in such a different way then my traditonal practice, my husband has also been loving this hip sequnce as he is very tall and has lots of hip problems so keep the adaptations for tall clients coming. I still find it difficult moving around the client on the floor but im practicing.

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module 13

It was good to go over the differences in pain and to actually refer to pain as discomfort because alot of clients get scared when you talk about pain. so i also use the good pain reference. and giving your clients a way to measure the success is an awesome way for them to decide if this type of therapy is working for them and to keep them coming back for more. love that i can almost elephant walk anywhere lol

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Module #14

This is my husbands favorite thing in thai massage so he was pretty excited when i told him i have a module all on hip rocking lol I really like stretching clients by reaching behind them with the arch stretches, using there own body weight to do the work. Im going to work really hard practicing the transiton you showed as i am fairly short so this position is challenging to maintain. great finishing module for all the amazing hip and leg techniques.

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Module #15

In traditional massage no therapist i have ever encountered really did any abdominal work, we were taught some techniques in school but outside school its barely practiced so i really loved all these over the clothes techniques because alot of clients are very sensitive about their tummys being touched. I really liked the listening with your hands because i do this all the time, clients will ask for a certain pressure and im kinda like ill see what my hands say and find but always keep clients communication open.Especially with sensitive areas like this or even the chest as well.

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module #16

 

this is the most common area i work on so i am very excited to test some of these moves out on my clients at work. Again i love the reaching behind the clients body techniques and using their body weight to stretch, its a really nice alternative to my normal poking and pressing techniques especially for clients that cant take alot of pressure in their sore areas. I just love the way the arm triangle shoulder stretch looks and is very easy on the therapist to manipulate the triceps with some kneading. I also noticed that you encourage some kind of relaxing technique after a good stretch to relax any kinks or soreness from the stretch like the arm swinging, i find some therapists dont do this and it can leave some residual tension or pain in the tissue.

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