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Constance Crawford
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February 20, 2018 - 12:09 pm
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Module 1

I'm looking forward to working on the floor after 13 yrs of table massage. Incorporating more stretching, compression, twisting etc. will be much easier on the floor with a clothed client.

  Between the salon I work at and my family I have a variety of people available to practice on and learn to be comfortable with the new techniques and ergonomics of Thai Massage.

I feel excited about learning a massage style that will be very useful in my practice.

Thank you Shama for making this affordable and on line.

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February 20, 2018 - 5:24 pm
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Hi Constance, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all organized correctly:'

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I am glad to hear that you are looking forward to working on the floor. Often I have to contend with therapists who are looking for reasons to NOT work on the floor. As you noted, working on the floor has many advantages even though it might take you a while to get used to it. Your body will thank you in the long run! Smile

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Module 2 

The 1st person I practiced the chi machine technique on is a small framed women. The technique was easy for me to perform and had her whole body rocking quickly, she said she liked it. I thought well that was easy.

The 2nd women is of medium frame and weights more then me. I immediately noticed that she was tight, she said she had not been to the chiropractor in a while. I had no problem with the technique but it did take several minutes to get my clients whole body to move. She said she liked the chi technique and felt more relaxed and not as tight.

I can see were this is a great technique to start a session, as a therapist I will get a sense of what may be going on with the clients body plus it will help client  to relax from the beginning of their session.

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Yes, it is important to start a Thai Massage sessions with something gentle to set the tone. Some people think that Thai Massage is just a series of stretches, but that's just a part of Thai Massage. There are wonderful relaxing moves in this system which are just as important as the stretches. After all it is supposed to be a 'massage', not an exercise session. Smile

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Module 3 

Foot Massage 1

The technique I had the most issue with is the Circular Foot Bending & Twisting, mainly putting it all together in a smooth, rhythmic motion and keeping smooth and rhythmic. I like the technique and my practice partners also like it.

The Push - Pull - Rotate technique also takes some practice to get smooth. Transitioning my  body needs work, definitely not graceful or smooth.

The other techniques, bending the feet out, in, down, forward, and twisting are all techniques I've done on the table. I like shaking the foot up and down.

Both my practice partners liked the session. One of them didn't realize her ankles were tight until after the session, she said they felt great, loose and relaxed.

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Module 4 Foot Massage 2

All of these techniques were easy for me to perform on my practice partners, they thought they were very relaxing. 

Putting the Chi Machine, Foot Massage 1 and 2 all together makes for a very nice foot session. It's like the Chi Machine is the warm-up, Foot Massage 1 is the work out and 2 is the cool down.

The more I practice the easier it is for me to transition my body plus the Circular Foot Bending & Twisting technique is becoming easier.

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Sounds like you are finding your 'groove' with it already. The circular technique is clearly more complex, but feels great once you got it.

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Module 5 Leg Warm Up

I'm back. I've been practicing and taking notes,  just unable to post.

The squeeze and thumb roll up is a little hard on my thumbs after years of trigger point and deep tissue massage. I enjoy the butterfly technique and palm roll up. 

My clients seem to really like the push pull technique, once I got the rythem down. 

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You can replace the thumb techniques with just rolling up with the heel of your hand, or you can go straight to the techniques from module 6. Remember, the techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences.

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Module 6 Leg Warm Up with Forearm

Rocking - Push Pull, is a great indicator of the clients that have a harder time relaxing but when they let go they comment on how good it feels.

Using my forearms while sitting is a new experience. I use my forearms a lot while doing table massage, totally different body mechanics. Working the IT Band will take practice, I have a hard time with this technique. 

About half of my clients I practice on think the elephant walk on the calf muscles is too strong, but they like the gentle calf muscle rotation technique, I like them both.

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The IT band technique is the trickiest one because it requires several elements to work together just right. Watch the video again and follow every step. Once you 'get it', it is really very easy to do. 

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Module 7 Leg Stretches 1

Hip evaluation via the feet, I've been doing this with my table massage clients for years, some of them don't realize they have tight hips or that one side is tighter then the other.

One of my practice partners with tight hips likes the hip rocking technique before the butterfly technique she feels she gets a better stretch.

Right angle foot - hip stretch and walking are new techniques for me and my practice partners. Getting in the right position for different sized people takes practice, but they seem to like the stretches.

Everyone likes the hip lift cross pull stretch and the circular one.

I still feel awkward trying to get myself in the right position, I know with time my movements will be smoother 🙂

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I remember when I first started out with Thai Massage 19 years ago, I sure felt awkward with some techniques. Smile

That will change soon enough!

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Module 8 Leg Stretches 2

The knee and calf muscle techniques are easy enough to perform and my practice partners say they enjoy them.  I have a few clients that don't like a lot of pressure on their calves but they really like these techniques. 

Hip pie 180° stretch

I did  the leg rocking sideways, up and down plus leg circles before the actual stretch everyone loves those.  With the actual stretch one person said they could feel the stretch in her low back with both the regular and with the rocking into the stretch. Another felt more discomfort in her hamstrings. I found the power version the hardest to perform

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All the rest of the hip pie stretches can be quite strong and need to be done carefully, and on some clients not at all, or only in the rocking versions.

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Module 9 Leg Stretches 3

I do something similar with table massage but I I feel doing these stretches are stronger on the floor are in general stronger stretches because it's easier for me to use my whole body, which makes it easier on me also 🙂

90° stretch I did the bounce on everyone before the stretch. Just about everyone I work on has a hard time relaxing.  I did the lean down pull up and as usual one side is more flexible. The one client that is most flexible I was able to do the elephant walk on.

135° again I started with rotation of the leg before the stretch. My most flexible client I perform the stronger stretch and ended all of them with rocking.

180° I perform this on my most flexible client plus the version with my knee on her hamstring.

Everyone enjoyed the lower spinal twist. With this one I have to remember not to muscle with my hand on the lower back. 

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I think you can see now that without the rocking options, many of these stretches could be quite intense or even brutal. The rocking is the equalizer to get into many stretches without causing too much discomfort.

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Module 10 Leg Stretches 4

270° Hip Pie - basic, intermediate, and power version: My practice partners enjoyed the basic and intermediate, only one could handle the power version. 

With the spinal twist I had to lean out away from my clients so they could feel the stretch. I told them it was a more gentle twist but they wanted to feel the stretch.

I had to make sure I was in a good position for the adductor stretch so I could walk my foot up a little, I didn't have to move much for my practice partners to really feel the stretch. I find most of my clients have tight abductors.

I practice the blood stop on one person, it took several times to get it. She said she felt some warming but mainly tingling and it felt weird. I honestly don't think I will be using this on my clients they won't be comfortable with this technique.

The calf muscle and ankle stretch is a nice easy stretch to perform and everyone realized just how tight their calf muscles are.

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"I honestly don’t think I will be using this on my clients, they won’t be comfortable with this technique." - You tried it on one client, and since it was your first time, you felt quite insecure with this unusual technique. As a result it obviously felt a bit weird for your client. May I suggest that you try it on another client. And, instead of calling it or thinking of it as the 'bloodstop' technique, label it the 'energy flow booster', or the 'Chi flow accelerator', or something along those lines. That will give you more confidence, it will be less awkward to explain, and you might find that clients might actually like the sensation. 

You probably did not do it long enough, or you were a bit timid about it, or it just didn't work for this particular client. Whatever the reason, I suggest you try it on a female client or friend whom you know well, and do a little more experimentation. You might be surprised. Some course students have reported that their clients quite like this technique. Smile

Of course ultimately it is your decision if you use it or not, and like all techniques, this is totally optional. But this is quite a popular technique here in Thailand, and many of my clients find it quite delightful when they feel the warmth and the energy rush. I always explain the effect to them, and they appreciate that. However I have to admit that there are some people who don't feel much and it just doesn't work on them for whatever reason.

My advantage is that I have 100% confidence when doing this, and that's why nobody finds it weird. Smile

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