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module 1

Hello, Shama, I just completed module 1. As of right now, I'm practicing the knealing and half knealing positions. Even when I practice yoga, sitting on my toes is very challenging so, I'm gonna take a few minutes each day to strengthen my toes.  

I really like the anatomy of a move section of the video. I believe using bodyweight is indispensable with correct breathing. I even try to apply this principle in regular massage. 

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Module 2

hello Shama, I really like the Chi machine, it was easy to learn and perform with my partner. I exactly followed the instructions in the video: Japanese kneeling, holding the feet more medial to my thighs, and shaking my hips left and right for two to three minutes while focusing on my partners hips. My partner subsequently felt the tingling sensation through her body. 

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Module 3

i really like the flow of the body mechanics taught in this video. I started off kneeling between my partners feet and rocked side to to side pressing the foot outwards on the three spots for carousel minutes until I got used to it. The next part of the routine was a little challenging, however, I was able to flow into it. I circled from left to right. after pressing into the second foot,  I moved my thumb to the next part of the foot: 1,2,3,2,1. Next, I practiced bending the plantar side of the foot towards the floor by moving my body weight forward three times and then ,I heald the plantar side of the foot and pushed inward toward the body while bending my body weight forward.  Next, I placed my lower leg under my partners knee and held the ankle of my partners foot in my hand, held the upper part of the foot with my other hand &lifted my arm with my Forearm facing the floor, and rotated the foot invertedly and switched hands rotated my partners foot everdedly with my arm -not using my wrist. 

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Hey James, great, you figured out the forum, and now you are on a roll!  Smile

That's impressive that you figured out the Chi Machine so quickly. This tends to be one of the more challenging techniques in the beginning for many course students.

It sounds like you are off to a good start.

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Module 4

i like the conceptual framework for the foot routine because I am a conceptual thinker. After watching this video, I subjectively checked off the steps from bend outward to working the bottom of the feet whenever I practice on the feet. . At first, pressing into the sole of the foot and rolling up felt a little awkward, and I was moving my body fast. I assume, I was moving my body fast because I wasn’t relaxed. When I started to move slower on the foot, I was immersing into the flow. 

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I watched the videos again that you sent me on facebook and left a lengthy comment. Did you see it?

Regarding fast movements, you will find that a slower pace feels better in most cases - both to you and to the client. When Thai Massage feels rushed, it is a really weird feeling for the client, and it prevents you from feeling what is going on under your hands.

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Module 5

i read your comments in Facebook in regards to the video. 

module 5 was a tough one for me. My partner said when I gripped her calf muscle during the rolll up with my thumb and finger, it felt u comfortable on her shin bone- tibia. Like you said, it was my stiff movements that caused the discomfort. I also think my grip was too strong.  
after you critiqued my movements on Facebook, I was able to make it feel more natural. I’m reminding myself to move more slow. Still feels a little awkward. 
How is it suppose to feel when receiving? Is it’s suppose feel deeep when I’m pressing in with my thumbs? 

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"How is it supposed to feel when receiving? Is it supposed to feel deep when I’m pressing in with my thumbs?"  -  It is all supposed to feel good. Nothing should feel painful. Initially stiff muscles can react with some discomfort, but the idea is to loosen them up gradually, slowly, gently, not with a bang.

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Module 6

even though this module was a challenge for me, I was still determined to learn every detail of this sequence. 
I started off by lifting my partners leg and sliding my leg under their  knee; I placed my my right hand below their kneecap for the pull and pushed my partners thigh for the rocking movement with my other hand. 

i had a difficult time transitioning to the next position. In the beginning, I lifted my partners leg from under their knee to move closer; I found this to be challenging because I couldn’t get a good grip and felt awkward . I contacted and discussed this issue with shama, and he suggested lifting from the ankle, which is now my preference. Next, with my forearm facing up, I lean into medial side of the quads muscle in three spots form the groin to right above the knee. 

I straighten out my leg, which is supporting her upper leg, and place her foot on top of my foot and the sole of their foot touching the thigh of my opposite leg. I continue with the leaning with my forearm in between the tendon and quad muscle. 

I grab my partners leg and place her foot into my groin area And move her leg in a ninety-degree angle by moving my body up a little.  I continue leaning in with my forearm and body at the bottom of their inner thigh. 

I move back to my previous position with their leg straight facing away from my body; I move their leg inward toward my body. Next, I continue pressing my forearm  the outside the quads and IT band

last part of this sequence,  I move just below my partners leg, medially twist their foot, and lean in with my arms  straight at a 45 degree angle into the muscle between tibia and fibula followed by the elephant walking technique on their calf and foot. 

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Module 7

Hip evaluation: my partner’s foot was medially angled, in which, I assume her hip is tight. 
For learning purposes, I wanted to get a different perspective so, I observed my feet while I was laying down and they were both facing outward. Subsequent to my feet facing outward, It was hard stretching my feet inward. 

To begin with this sequence, I placed my partners leg into a ninety degree angle and kneeling with my knee blocking her foot to holdher leg in place and began the elephant walk on their thigh and calf- three spots. Next, I transitioned to leaning in with my body going a little bite beyond my arms up and down their thigh- three spots. 

Since I’m on their left side, I was kneeling with my knee at their foot, I place my right hand on their knee and slid it down to their foot. With my opposite arm, I used it to support myself.  I turn my body towards them, move their other leg closer to me to make it straight with their body, and I moved my other leg into thier inner thigh. Since my foot is holding their leg at a 90 degree angle, I can reposition my hand by holding the dorsal side of their foot. Now, I straighten my leg so their hip is a little bit above 90 degrees and gently pull towards me- three spots. 

The only issue I ran into with the next move was my leg holding their leg up in position to prevent sliding. They complained that my ankle was rubbing the bone of their ankle. 

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"The only issue I ran into with the next move was my leg holding their leg up in position to prevent sliding. They complained that my ankle was rubbing the bone of their ankle. "  -  That's one of those little things that you learn with experience. Often it is a very small adjustment that makes the difference between a move that feels good and one that feels uncomfortable.

The solution in your case is easy - just slide your ankle away a bit and use your lower leg for blocking instead. Don't use the bony area of your leg, but the area where it is a bit more padded.

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Module 8

 Starting where we left off from the last module, I gently grab my partners calf and pulled back with my body and, continue with the same movement with my other arm. After I was done with the calf pull, I placed both of my hands on my partners calf, compressed, and leaned in. Next, I placed my hands on the side thier knee and made circular motions

Moreover, If I’m working on the left side of my partner, I place my right hand on top of their knee; Ilift my left leg up; I put my right leg back; I move my left arms on the other side of their left leg to support myself; I push their right leg up; I move my knee closer to their midsection- about a couple inches, and place their foot in my groin area. 
moreover, with my hand holdin their knee - just like the video, I lean in with my other arm, compressing into thier hamstring. The issue I ran into with this move, when I was leaning in, I felt a little tension or pain in my upper gluteal muscle near the ilium 

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When you write your posts, there is no need to write exactly how you executed the techniques. It would be more interesting if you make it a bit more story-like, or experiential. In other words, how did the practice session go, what kind of feedback did you get from your practice partner, how did you feel about the techniques, what came easy to you and what was more challenging, or any questions you might have for me. Smile

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Module 9 

I only had one issue bending my partners leg in the 180 and 135 degree angle: I kept feeling pain in my lower back near the glute and ilium. I mean, I kept my back straight whenever I was bending down.. Besides the one issue, my partner didn’t have any issues with the stretch. One thing I found interesting while I rocking her leg up and down at a 90 degree angle is the gradual flexibility; I was able to rock and stretch her leg to floor. 
Furthermore, My partner liked the spinal twist; however, I still felt the same discomfort in my lower back. 

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Module 10

i was surprised that my partner was able to endure through the stretch after the spinal twist. I even tested the waters and moved her foot closer to my knee but not in  front of my knee, which is the strongest part of the stretch; she is not a yogi. My partner really liked the blood stop because of the heat sensation rushing up her leg. My only concern about the blood stop is the location, which isnear the private area. I guess, if I communicate  well and build a good rapport with my client, I won’t run into any issues. 

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Regarding the pain in your lower back, this is almost always caused by not quite correct body mechanics. Try to shift and adjust your position until it feels more comfortable to you. There should be no pain caused by any position, if it's done right. Also re-watch the video and try to see if my position is different from yours.

The other thing that can cause pain is if you are tense, and if you are using force instead of body weight. Try to find out what it is by listening to your own body. Are you really relaxed? Are you holding tension anywhere? Are you breathing easily?

"My only concern about the blood stop is the location, which is near the private area. I guess, if I communicate  well and build a good rapport with my client, I won’t run into any issues."  -  One good way to deal with this is to tell the client what you are doing. Explain that this technique is like 'backwashing' the arteries. Tell them that they should focus on the sensation after you release (which should be warmth and tingling). In this way they are focused on the results of the techniques instead of worrying about private areas.

But you already said that yourself. Good communication gets around most concerns of clients. Sure, if you do this technique in total silence, it might feel weird. But if you explain it to them, they will be fine.

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Module 12

my partners received these stretches really well. I like the alternative with stretching both the calf muscles at the same time by leaning in with my chest.. Especially this would save a little bit of time because I’m compressing both feet instead of one foot. 
my mother and godfather both liked the sacrum massage, even though it’s a little awkward getting comfortable in that position because both of them are stifff. 

module13

i don’t have much to say about module 13. My partner is not flexible and I can’t practice the two additional hip moves that was taught in this video. The concept of the hip pie is a great reference for the routine. 

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Regarding the challenge with the position for sacrum massage, there is a bunch of sacrum work coming up in the prone section which doesn't have the position issue.

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Module 14

My close friend really liked the hip rocking techniques in this module. She was complaining about hip and lower back tension. So, after watching module 14, I thought this would be a great opportunity to practice on her.  Well, to make a long story short, her tension had dissipated, and she was very grateful for the therapy. 

so, the one thing I’m struggling with in this module is the transitions, it’s hit or miss. Sometimes, I can execute it, and other times I lose balance when I lean back in my foot. And, Whenever I lean back in my foot, it hurts my toe. 

module 15

I’ve received exceptional feedback on the techniques in this module, especially in the chest/ sternum and shoulders. While I was massaging my friends sternum, she told me how much she loves me in the moment and that I’m her best friend; I guess I was real sing some oxytocin and seratonin. Furthermore, my partner and mother said it was a favorite of theirs. My mother said that it woke her up. 
My partner wasn’t thrilled about the abdomenal massage; however, my mother and close friend liked it. After reviewing my performance, I think, I wasn’t pushing and pulling deep enough for my partner. 

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"to make a long story short, her tension had dissipated, and she was very grateful for the therapy."  -  Great, one thing is working out well.

The transitions are more challenging and do take more time to learn. Let's talk about it again in a couple of months, and you might tell me that now it is easy. Smile

Good to hear that you figured out how to do a good job with chest/sternum/shoulders. The abdominal work is something that requires not only the right pressure, but a loose wrist, a soft hand, and good fluidity in order to feel good. It will come with time.

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