Hi Shama! I love that Thai massage is a healing art. I did ok in anatomy and physiology (A&P) in school, but I was born intuitive. In school, the focus was what we called "technical" or "clinical" because the main importance was knowing the names, location, and function of everything in the body. I think that's great, but I didn't excel there. My touch was connective and had little to do with A&P. I appreciate learning a modality that I can pour my heart and soul into.
As far as the therapist positions go, I am working on getting comfortable with them periodically every day. My main concern is my left knee. I have an old injury and chronic inflammation there. Is there anything I can do to help decrease the swelling and thus the subsequent pain and stiffness experienced after being in the kneeling and squatting positions?
I love Chi Machine!! I am a visual learner. If I can see it and break it down mechanically, I can replicate it. I watched what you were doing and I imagined creating a wave in my clients body that originated from my hips. I used to be a competitive swimmer, and butterfly was my stroke of choice. The same rhythm and patience required to swim butterfly is also required to do the Chi Machine (CM). <3 My practice partner (husband) has low back pain. I modified this technique by placing a small pillow underneath his low back to alleviate the pressure caused from having his legs extended. This worked better than being flat on his back. He said a better option than the pillow I used (because we were home, not at my office) would likely have been one of the bolsters at my office. He believes something a little more supportive, less soft, would be better. As an aside, this position did NOT hurt my left knee. Perhaps being active in the positions will be better for me than static.
Thank you Shama!
Foot massage! Yes!! I am working through the seven (7) basic moves to warm up the foot. It flows very well in the video, but I'm going to need a couple days to practice these consistently. I have a massage client I will practice this on in roughly 18 hours. For now, my husband is asleep (because of the gentle nature of these foot techniques!), so I assume that means I'm doing something correct 🙂 I will expand upon this entry later on today. <3
- Chris Means
Hi Chris, welcome to our community and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. It looks like you got it all figured out, but just to make sure that it is all correctly organized, I always post a link to our certification checklist at the beginning of all threads for your information:
Yes, putting someone to sleep is always a good sign!
You must have a natural talent for Thai Massage since you figured out the Chi Machine so quickly. Many 'newbies' struggle with that one.
I am like you - I work intuitively, and this has always served me well. It doesn't hurt to know the anatomy, but for me, and for Thai therapists in Thailand, this is not the main way of approaching Thai Massage.
Module 4: Foot Massage 2
I would like to start by saying I am using a TENS unit on my knee and it has made all the difference in the world removing the fluid in my knee and allowing me to kneel and bend it without any pain <3
As I worked through the fourth module, it continues to be clear to me that Thai massage is all about "least resistance" to the therapists body. It is about energy conservation as well as body restoration, which is why it is known as a healing art.
You are right that this is very logical. I love learning about the basic concepts and playing around with what you show us, adding adaptations and new variations along the way. I appreciate the flexibility that is Thai massage.
Module 5: Leg Warm-up
When I warmed up my husband's leg using the butterfly technique, it felt really comfortable on my wrists. I enjoy not working hard to be effective giving massage. Using my own body weight to do the work for me is tremendously beneficial to my own health and wellbeing.
As far as the rolling techniques, it is easier for me to watch you do this so I can duplicate your movements and actions. It reminds me of working with dough (baking). This technique has multiple application throughout the body too!
Thank you for the pointers as you instruct us!