I have been really looking forward to start the Thai massage course. I love to move. Moving gives me energy. If it gives me energy, then it will probably do that for others as well. Using the body´s full range of motion, especially when it is completely relaxed, keeps the body healthy!
Very profound explanation. Calm and very understandable.
Module 2 the Chi machine
I do something similar quite often on the couch. Mainly just by ´rotating´ the ankles, making the movement with my wrists. Interesting to experiment (also standing up) to use the whole body to make the movement.
My clients always have loved this. While holding still at the end, you can almost see the the energy buzz through the body of the client. 🙂
Module 3 Foot massage 1
My first model with who I practised the ´multimotion´ technique said he felt less and less stretch with this technique than with the outwards and inwards rolling for instance.
Tomorrow another chance to try and get feedback about this movement.
I am going to look for another mat. I am now working on a topper for a normal bed. It is quite big. It is comfortable for the clients but for me a bit too soft to easily move around the client. But for now it works.
Hi Carli, 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:
As a personal trainer, yoga instructor, pilates instructor and massage therapist you sure have the perfect background for Thai Massage and should have no problems learning it.
Module 4 Foot massage 2
A few new movements for me in this complete foot massage sequence, but a lot movements I already have integrated in my couch treatments. I like feet. I can almost feel the move in awareness of the client towards the feet. The rejuvenating energy flow you create with foot massage 🙂
Module 5 Leg warm up
I have now practised on 3 different bodies and it is amazing how different the various bodies act and react on thai massage. Of course I know it from normal massage, but while you move peoples limbs around you notice much more if they surrender and relax or not 🙂
The leg warm up with hands is probably something I am going to skip quickly. I do enough with my hands.
True, in Thai Massage you notice the different reactions to techniques a lot more than in other massage styles due to all the motion.
There will be some foot techniques in the prone section where you get to use your elbows, forearms, and knees for the feet - that should be good for relieving your hands.
Module 6 leg warm up with forearms
I had to watch the video several times to get an idea of my own body positions as a therapist. I could find any ´logic´ in there. But then I tried it on my guinea pig and he gave me marvellous feedback about pressure, direction of pressure and what is nice and what not.
In my opinion it is a close cooperation between my own body size, position and part of the arm, to get it right.
I have to practise a bit more. Especially the outer thigh with the triceps side of my upper arm 🙂
"In my opinion it is a close cooperation between my own body size, position and part of the arm, to get it right." - Definitely, that's why I like to call it 'a dance' because it requires coordination and body mechanics and application of the correct body weight, and the sensitivity to gauge the right pressure to make it all work together harmoniously.
Module 7 hip evaluation
Indeed I see them regularly in my practise, people with uneven hips mnv,
I like the rocking and shaking to loosen them up. What I find difficult, are the people that can not surrender and let me move them. They are trying to help or they are giving slight resistance. I am curious to see how I am going to deal with that in the future:-)
The 'helpers' are an ongoing battle you have to deal with. That will never change. You just have to learn how to deal with them. Sometimes you can make a joke out of it and tell them that you are quite capable of moving them without their help. Sometimes you can make them aware of their helping and tell them that the indicator for success of the session is their ability to let go - so you put the ball in their court.
Or sometimes I keep making them aware of it until they finally let go. There are several ways to deal with it, but there will always be 'helpers'.
Module 8 Hip pie
I love these movements. and so do my clients. I am doing them now almost standard with my normal massage clients on the couch.
Of course then you need to drape the towels properly.
People with fragile knees can sometimes be a bit afraid/cautious about what is going to to happen, until they experience what it is.