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Claudette's Thai Foot Massage Course
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Claudette
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March 7, 2014 - 4:15 am
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Hello Everyone,

 

I am so glad to be part of this course experience…

 

Blessings to All,

ClaudetteSmile

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Welcome Claudette, I am looking forward to reading about your experience and progress with the course! Smile

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Module 1

 

I received my first module and quite intrigue with the culture manual information because I had no idea about thai massage.  Anyhow, the video was a little difficult to save to my files but I think I got it now.  The video was put together very well and I was able to practice the technique with ease. Like you said Shama until you find the distance between the feet it flowed well.  Thank you for the new discovery!

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It’s a fact – there is a cultural and social component to massage in Thailand which is not true in the western world. I am glad that I can help you to discover new things, both culturally and technique-wise. Laugh

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These techniques were easy to maneuver, now it’s just to practice for the flow of the technique.  My practice partner (husband) thought it was quite relaxing. He can’t wait for me to work on his feet for the full hour and found this technique more relaxing than reflexology. 

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Reflexology can be intense. I’d rather get the Thai version any time which is less painful and more enjoyable in general.

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Personal interruptions can easily impede on the process of this course…

Plus my partner hurt his foot at work so it was a little difficult practicing on air. So anyhow as I was watching the videos it seemed easy until other alternative ways were shown. And I think when you said that the sequences of the techniques or videos are not to be practiced consecutively. Then I felt a little panicky…wondering how I am to keep the flow of the technique if I am not sure about the sequence to do the massage.  Otherwise, explained and demonstrated very well.  No questions at this time. Thank you

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You misunderstood something. It is not that the techniques are not to be practiced consecutively. The point is that I don’t want students to have a one-size-fits-all mechanical mentality where they are simply repeating sequences. There needs to be room for creativity, adaptation, intuitive adjustments and modification according to who your clients are, what needs they have and what type of body they have, in what position you are working, and which techniques fit together best.

There is nothing wrong with using the techniques sequentially, but you should not be limited to the idea that this is the only way of doing it. In other words the techniques are meant to be options to choose from, not mandatory sequences. Or you could say that the idea is to become a healing artist, not a massage mechanic.

It is best to practice the techniques sequentially until you have learned them, but in the long run you will see that it is not ideal to always repeat the same sequence on everyone in the same way since every session is different. Any kind of massage is an intuitive art, or at least should be.

Nobody’s massage potential will ever develop to its fullest unless you develop creativity and intuition for this work. The flow of your session does not ultimately come from memorizing a sequence. At some point you won’t have to think anymore about which technique comes next because they will be totally part of you, and you can focus more on feeling than on remembering what to do next. Granted, this does not happen in the beginning – it takes some time to develop, and it is something to look forward to.

I hope that this clarifies your concern.

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