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Carolyn Stewart
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Module 1

I found Course 1 to be very comforting because I was afraid that I might be a bit overwhelmed because I'm fairly new to Thai massage.  I really appreciate that fact that Shama mentioned that he preferred Thai massage on the floor or mat and did not say that it shouldn't be done on a table.  I have always done it on a table (what few techniques I know) and have had a session done on me while on the floor. I do prefer the latter: indeed, I am limited on the table but my clients still love it.  I'm also pretty tiny so I could easily adapt on the table.  I do have a mat with pillows that I haven't used yet so I excited about that.  I love how in depth the topics were explained: the tools, techniques, using your breath properly, etc.  So looking forward to the next videos.

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

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I already made one change for you by inserting the module number at the top of your post.

Thai Massage can best be done to its fullest potential on a floor mat, however many of our students are using it on a table as well. We all have to work within our particular situations, our preferences, or our physical limitations.

There are some techniques which CANNOT be done on a table, but there are plenty of techniques which CAN be done on a table. There are certainly enough of them to do a great Thai Massage on a table. I just encourage all students to try out floor work as well since it is easier on your body, gives you more leverage with your body weight (especially when you are small yourself), and you can do ALL techniques.

I am not a fan of rigid rules, so you just do what feels best to you. Smile I think the ideal situation would be to be able to do Thai Massage on a floor mat, and on a table as well, to accommodate all scenarios.

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Shama, thank you so much for the correction and feedback.  Cheers

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Module 2

So I've occasionally done my version of the chi machine on clients while using a table.  I would only do it for about 10 seconds and really couldn't get into it. I always felt something was wrong even though the clients all said it felt good.  My technique I could see was good.  I watched the video a few weeks ago.  What I picked up from it was that I noticed that I was too rigid and tense because I was trying to do it right, therefore, the technique wasn't working out.  I calmed down then remembered to rock.  It worked.

So I watched the video again a few minutes ago then practiced on my boyfriend - this time on a mat.  I did exactly as instructed and BINGO!! I got it.  Much better on the mat as I expected.  I did it for two minutes.  He had a very sore back from doing construction work.  Afterwards, he told be his back loosened up and he felt better.  He also said he liked it a lot: it was soothing.  To my surprise, he also stated that his body got warm starting at the feet and moving up.  While doing it my ankles hurt and a few times when I was rocking I got out of rhythm and it was a tiny bit jerky so I gotta practice that.  My arms got a little tired too.  When I finished, he didn't want to get up because he was so relaxed.

This exercise was exciting and a great confidence builder.

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Module 3

This module I found to quite challenging.  First, my mat is too narrow - had to use pillows which made it awkward and uncomfortable.  Second, I struggled with doing to three step sequence of pressing the foot, bending the foot out and then moving in a counter-clockwise circle - oh and to move up and down the foot. After a while, I got it then I lost my rhythm which made me lose confidence which made me concentrate too hard so I had to pause, get myself together and start over.  I eventually got it together.  Certainly need to practice it a lot.  The other steps to the foot massage were definitely easier yet practice is still needed.

My friend's comments were that the whole sequence felt very nice and it was relaxing.  I kept asking him if it hurt while I was practicing because it looked like it did but he assured me that it didn't.

Great module!

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Your first success story that you got the Chi machine to work! There is just one thing - you said your arms were getting tired. If you do it right, then your hands are resting on your thighs and do only minimal work. The movement comes almost entirely out of your sideways hip rocking. There should be very little arm power involved. The stress on the ankles is normal in the beginning, but once you get more used to this position it will resolve itself.

Regarding the circular foot technique - this is one of the most complex techniques of the course, so don't beat yourself up over this one! Smile It is perfectly normal that this will take extra time to 'get'. You can do a perfectly good foot massage without it, but this is a great technique and is well worth the extra effort to learn.

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