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Claudia Thomas
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April 19, 2023 - 12:45 am
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Hello and happy day. 

I have had some extended time away,  so after reviewing and refreshing the information given to navigate properly on this site and forum posting, I am ready to activate this study once again. My last course was Heavenly Head Massage which I presently incorporate into my sessions. I look forward to adding what I learn from this course also.

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April 19, 2023 - 6:12 am
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Hi Claudia, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Certification Checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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...and welcome back! Smile

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MODULE 1

I have come to realize that in my later years of working with clients in massage sessions table work only, my body is now feeling the results of this technique of muscle power vs. body weight (Thai method explained). Many of my clients request deep tissue and trigger point techniques. 

My wish is that this study will allow me to transition to what seems to be a better way from the traditional western approach to a better method of therapy, both for therapist as well as client benefit.

how do you approach deep tissue and trigger points in your practice? I ask because many of my clients want this. 

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I have personally never done deep tissue or trigger point massage. All I have ever done is Thai Massage full-time. My wife and partner, however, is doing both - oil massage and Thai Massage. She much prefers Thai Massage since it is so much easier on her body.

In my case I made it very clear: I only do Thai Massage. So I was never asked to do anything else.

That being said, you can do something similar to deep tissue massage in Thai Massage. The difference is that it is done with clothes on, without oil, and without sliding. But the effect is definitely deep tissue. You could explain that to your clients and suggest that they try the Thai version of deep tissue work.

You can go very deep with knuckles, forearms, elbows, and knees in Thai Massage, and without wearing your hands out. You can do Thai Massage without stretches as well. There are many options to accommodate clients. The thing is that clients don't know that, so you have to educate them, provided you have learned all the Thai techniques, of course.

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Module 2

My practice partner is my daughter and this opening technique Chi Machine was well received. She stated how relaxed and calm it made her feel. So I asked her if she would try this on me 🙂   -she did an excellent job because I really felt the calm relaxing experience too.  Also it seemed to feel even better when she slowed it down. At one point I noticed her pulling as she was rocking, which did not feel good, I will be mindful of that not to do. 

when i purchased this course last year I watched most of it through. Living alone, most of the time I did not have someone available to work on, which was a big disadvantage. This year i do have someone (or two) for the needed hands on.   yay!   I watched in all your modules sections 2 and 3 because not only were they helpful, but very interesting to see the people and culture of Thailand. Thank you for this.

The toe-ankle-knee exercise is very beneficial since I was wrong in thinking I was more limber than I am. Need toes and ankles more than knees... I'll get there. 

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I am glad to hear that you now have practice partners. I am also happy to hear that you appreciate all three sections in the modules. Smile

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MODULE 3

Going into the foot massage after chi work furthers the relaxation experience. I like that a session starts with the feet because in my personal experience foot work will completely relax my whole body and mind to receive what comes next. My client loved all the moves with the exception of the technique where her leg is resting on my leg, going into traction push and pull. I will try again but i feel it is because of the weight pressure. I like this move so i have tried it without the leg lifted, she stated it was more comfortable. the flow is so important so i will, as you have indicated, pick my favorites for that flow. leave the rest.

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MODULE 4

Continuing on with review and additions to the foot work, this has become a favorite for my client. I like to challenge myself when I switch sides just to see my own capabilities of left vs. right equality.  as in table session my right side application has always been more coordinated and comfortable than my left lead. This may not be as noticeable on the foot work, but the challenge may be up ahead on the legs, arms etc. modules. 

righty vs lefty. My client will never know the difference.... 🙂

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You are right - it is important to be ambidextrous in Thai Massage, otherwise it feels weird for the client if it feels different when you use one hand versus the other. As you said, the client should never feel any difference.

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