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June 4, 2013 - 6:36 am
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Hi, I´m Cida Amazon, from Recife (Brazil). I am licensed massage therapist in the state of Texas and a yoga teacher. I´m taking this course as CE to renew my licence. I´m currently living in Brazil and don´t want to lose my license. 

To take this course with Shama is so special. We met in Texas more than 10 years ago and I was able to experience his amazing touch.

The first module was just for me to contemplate the idea that I´m taking a class with you Shama and my kids asking how I met you etc. The second module I was able to pay attention to the techniques :) )

I already use some rocking techniques with massage and yoga. I have been teaching yoga for the elderly and it is extremely important to stimulate the chi in their body and make the asanas more pleasant. I´m feeling more confident just with the 2 modules and can´t wait to see the rest.

I also studied Zen Shiatsu and structural body work and it is beautiful to see it all coming together. I loved the part about observing the body (feet) and the way it guides us to select the appropriate technique to use. 

Thank you

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June 5, 2013 - 8:10 pm
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Hi Cida, I am really excited to meet you again after all those years. Do you remember the last time we met, you were pregnant. I came to your birthday party and I gave you a foot massage because your feet were hurting badly. That was my birthday present for you.

I also studied Zen Shiatsu. Actually this is what initially inspired my rocking style since the Shiatsu teacher used some rocking techniques. Then I got really into it and created an entire new Thai Rocking Massage system which has become the main way how I practice Thai Massage.

With your experience in yoga and rocking, you will find this course much easier than most, I think.

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How could I forget that massage and all the others :-) I hope to get more. Please come and visit and stay with us - we can swap massages. We live 3 blocks from the beach, I love it.

I´m enjoying your course a lot. Module 3 made me want to be more familiarized with the medians, in order to be more effective. The idea of working on the center lines gives more direction to the work and allows one to be more thorough with any area.

I will pay more attention to my center of gravity to decide how to position my body in order to help the client and not get hurt. Thank you.

 

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Here I am watching module 4, after having a piece of corn bread made by Giacomo :-) Want some?

In order to answer several test questions, I unexpectedly had to watch several sections of the video again.

Great to see all the movements coming together. I liked the directions about when we work and when let the client's body do its part. It makes us realize that we just stimulate the chi and we watch it happen.

Thank you for the great directions. God bless you and good night.

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Please pass the corn bread! Laugh Here in Thailand it is difficult to find good bread since the Thais traditionally don't eat bread at all. They are into rice and noodles.

If you watch the videos closely, all the test questions are answered in it. I tried to not leave much room for other interpretations to make it easier. These test questions are required by the NCBTM (national certification board) for CEUs. You wouldn't believe how much time it takes me to compile them for all my courses. The most difficult part for me is, since they need to be multiple choice questions, that I have to come up with 3 wrong answers for each question! Confused

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Hi Shama, module 5 was great to remind me about how important the 1 to 10 pain range works both for the client and for us therapists. Like you said, communication is the key for a successful session. Also, I liked your comments about how the rocking techniques work. It took me back to being a baby and being rocked by my mom. This wonderful feeling relaxes, disarms, and lets me want this work to be done on me:). I imagine the client feeling the same way.

Thank you Shama.

 

Cida

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Pretty good description of the rocking. I am sure that the clients will feel the same way. Or at least most of them. There are some, but very few, people who get dizzy from big rocking moves on their midsection which rock the entire body. But rocking can be applied in many different ways, from big moves to tiny wiggles. There is plenty enough in this system that you will find enough techniques to be able to work on everybody successfully. I have been doing exactly that for many years. Anyway, you don't rock people for two hours straight, but you blend it with stretching and other techniques.

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Hi Shama,

I went to practice techniques from module 7 on Giacomo and I had to do most of the lifting myself :-)  

 

Since I like to ask my yoga students where they feel pain or about past injuries, I know which postures allow me to work in the rocking techniques.

Last Saturday I had to do a massage and there was no massage table, it was good chance to put my new moves into practice. I was happy to feel no physical discomfort, thanks to your good directions on body positioning. The client love it. Thank you 

 

module 8

I like the tips about synchronizing the breath, the pressure and the movement. The client tends to imitate the therapist. It is nice to see all the moves for the shoulder coming together beautifully.

For sure, for some of these moves we really have to take into consideration the size, gender and the personality of the client.

 

Cida

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June 20, 2013 - 12:48 am
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Hi Shama,

Like I said, I studied Zen shiatsu, so the course has been a great help to review some of the body mechanics and add a bunch more with your nice and detailed introduction on how to use your body.

The communication techniques like: relax, do you feel this area tight, breathe into it, imagine your favorite color, etc are really a must. And thinking back, 1 to 10 pain management is also important.

With all of this, for sure the client and the therapist leave smiling.

I had forgotten the controlling hand and the working hand. I just remember this when one hand or arm of mine is weak for some reason, but not anymore.

Thanks again and take care.

Cida

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Hi Shama,

Great stuff in module 10. Since I have lower back problems I always welcome new information, for me, my family, clients, friends and anybody needing my expertise. You never know when your knowledge may be useful, like when one day at the Austin Community College, a guy in the study room started  to have a cramp. I introduced myself and asked him if I could try something, and he ended up becoming my client :)

For sure the sacrum is a must area to work, it is the end of the spine, if we don´t address it in a session, it does´t feel complete and the session is not as effective. 

I loved the details about transitioning from side to side and letting the rocking fade out slowly.

Thank´s again and God bless you.

Cida

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Hi Cida,

I was already wondering where you were, and then you got your 'second wind' here in the forum. Smile

I am so glad that my teaching style resonates with you and that you can relate to all the concepts like breathing and communication techniques. They add a lot to the massage techniques.

It seems that you are absorbing all the material easily. I am sure your clients will appreciate it.

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June 22, 2013 - 3:15 am
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This it my friend :-( (

Module 11 is done, took the test and now it's with you and the state of Texas. Let me know when the certificate will be issued. I´m a little nervous about the time. I just have to the end of the month to renew my license, please hurry :-) ))))

I was excited to see you at the first module and at module 11, I´m sad.

I loved especially the shoulder blade work. The part where you use the knee under the shoulder I already do with the yoga block, I will try with the knee.

All that wiggling looks real effective...

Sincerely,

Cida

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I did my part, the certificate is in your email inbox already. Smile

And the great state of Texas will accept it since it is a legally valid document. So you should be as good as new with your licence!

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