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COURSE THAI FOOT MASSAGE – FRANCESCO CONSIGLIO
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Goodmorning everyone! I know the energy lines because I practice Thai massage in Italy. I usually do not use the oil. The customer is dressed and this makes it obviously impossible to spray him with the oil body. I use the oil in the classic and californian massage (esalen massage), and even when I practice a relaxing thai foot and the customer is sitting in front of me. By practicing the Thai massage, stretching it to the feet but not specifically touching the reflexology points to report them to a precise illness. My is a preventive work. In Italy there is a saying: Prevention is better than cure.
When I started my massager work, one of the difficulties was to find a comfortable position to keep all the muscles relaxed and eliminate any tension. Usually, I’m kneeling in front of the customer. I have never tried the position shown in the video but I promise to do it as soon as possible.Smile

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September 7, 2017 - 8:10 pm
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Hi Francesco, welcome to our forum and the Thai Foot Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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I think ‘prevention is better than cure’ is a well-know motto all over the world – it makes obvious sense! I agree that Thai Massage can be used just as much for prevention as for improving problems. I hope that these techniques will give you new tools and inspiration for this work. Smile

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Hi Shama! I am very confident of learning. You are a very nice teacher. I just hope to be able to understand everything you say in English. Hey, why do not you learn the Italian language?LaughLaughLaugh

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I have full confidence in your ability to understand everything I say! Smile

I already speak pretty fluent Spanish, so theoretically I could learn Italian quite easily.Laugh

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September 9, 2017 - 3:31 pm
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VIDEO 2.

Hi Shama! I noticed that you pay close attention to explaining the massager’s positions. It seems like a very good didactic. During the other courses I attended in Italy, the teachers explained the reflexology points to be treated but did not say how to go. You do it with great precision and this is your strength. Certainly, like me, he already has a foot massage experience, I can have difficulty changing my positions, but I will try, because it seems to you that everything comes very simple and natural, stiff. On the other hand, one of the main tasks of a massager is to save his back! With a deaf metaphor, we could say that the massage is a couple’s dance.
In this module touches a sore point of my massager work: the forearms. I never loved to work with my forearms. I find it unnatural. That’s why I do not practice Hawaiian massage. Will I check the suggested locations for you? Yes, I promise I will. But for me the massage was until hands, hands and hands. I’m curious to find out if I can extend my skills.

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I do pay a lot of attention to the therapist’s position. This is what will make the massage graceful instead of mechanical, and easy on you instead of hard work.Smile

Regarding the forearm and other body parts – this is something unique about Thai Massage. If you have strong hands, you can do a lot with them. But imagine a small woman with small hands trying to do effective foot massage work on a large man with large feet. That could be quite a strain. Using other body parts is the ‘equalizer’, allowing her to be effective without wearing out her hands.

And to be honest, all of us, even those who are male and have strong hands, can benefit from having more power with less effort.

However, if you like working with your hands, the entire second part of this course, the Thai Reflexology section, is all done with your hands. Smile

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VIDEO 3

Hi, Shama! For the moment I seem to understand that the positions I’m learning, with the relaxed client, are pre-requisites for the full Thai massage. While those that take place with the sitting client are a separate massage, the thai foot. It happens to me that if I sneak the client, he thinks I get a full thai massage, and if I sit down, it’s clear I’ll make a thai foot. Perhaps because in Italy are those images of Thai massagers massaging in the street holding the customer on comfortable armchairs. In your work experience, when you work in your studio, are there people who just ask thai foot massage or do they all want thai full?
What I like about your massaging is the rhythm (left, right, left, right …). It’s a method I absolutely must do because I’m convinced that it makes the massage very fluid, sliding like a river.
I also noticed that the circular massage on the back of the foot relaxes the client and puts it in a psychological state of security. On the contrary, it seems to me that the part under the foot is perceived as a part of the most intimate body and, perhaps, and perhaps I emphasize, this is the psychological reason why some customers suffer tickling.Smile

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The first part of this course is not a prerequisite for a full Thai Massage, but rather an expansion and refinement of the foot massage which is used in a Thai Massage session. It’s an advanced version of it. It can be used as part of a full Thai Massage if clients ask for a Thai Massage sessions, and it turns out that they either have foot problems, or they happen to really enjoy the foot work.

Then this foot work can also be integrated with a foot-only-massage. Actually here in Thailand, when you get a reflexology session, the therapists generally also include some Thai foot massage moves, and they also work on the calves.

Many clients are not really aware that they can get a full foot massage, and how good this feels, and how beneficial this is. So it is a good idea to introduce full body massage clients to the foot massage option. This works especially well with regular clients who like the idea of trying something new and different.

Or you can suggest it to a client if they mention that they have foot problems. They might ask you to do something extra on their feet, and you could suggest that they try an entire foot massage. So there are various scenarios here.

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VIDEO 4. Hi Shama! You will see a complete massage sequence at the end of the course? Today, as soon as I saw your new video and the use of forearms, I thought I could experience this technique with the first person I had at home: my wife! I still have trouble balancing the body weight, but I know I can get some good results. It’s a matter of practice and time. The use of the elbow was a pleasant surprise.
And also that of the knee. I will propose these new techniques to people who massage. After an initial mistrust, I think they will like the novelty. The fist on the feet is a technique I used already and is very important for those who suffer from tickling. The higher the pressure, the less the tickle. I always see your videos with great pleasure and I congratulate you for the clarity of gesture that makes me understand what you teach even when I have difficulty with English.

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September 13, 2017 - 9:11 pm
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You don’t seem to have much difficulty with English from what I can see! Smile

Regarding seeing a complete massage sequence – yes, you will see that for the second part of the course. The first part however is not really meant to be practiced as a fixed sequence, but to be built into a session as it fits best.

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VIDEO 5. Hi, Shama! I’m learning a lot of new maneuvers and thank you. I wanted to ask you if you consider this curative massage or relaxing and preventive. In Italy there is a great discussion about this and only those who practice healthcare can massage to cure. Others can only perform relaxing massages. In this video it seems to me that work on joints and ankles can be considered “preventive”. I played tennis and I think these maneuvers are very useful for players and sportsmen in general. And this seems to me the most significant aspect of the maneuvers of this module.
One last thing: Pushing and pushing the feet in the inside, scares my clients ? Maybe they do not have enough confidence in me ?

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In the US no therapist can ever talk about ‘curing’. That would be illegal. However here in Thailand you can use this word without getting into trouble with the law. So this is an issue which is determined by the laws of wherever you live.

From my perspective all massage is therapeutic and can help with the healing process. It’s just a matter how you define this. It’s not a black and white issue with ‘sick’ on one side and ‘cured’ on the other side. There is a large grey area in between. 

I have written several articles about this topic:

The 5 elements of successful Thai Massage therapy

What conditions can Thai Massage treat?

Can Thai Massage help with serious diseases?

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After Video 6. Hi Shama! I’m starting to insert what I’ve learned in a Thai massage section. Customers seem to like it. The only problem is that the Thai massage is long enough to last, I do it for at least an hour and if I add a very detailed sequence of thai feet I finish it to reach the hour and a half, which is a time impassable for me , also because the customer should pay a lot. So stand by if you propose the Thai foot in a single session of 40/45 minutes, or put it in the full Thai massage. Then I wanted to ask you something, I hope to be able to explain to you in English: I’ve seen that you sometimes stand in balance on your feet and sometimes lean your knees on the ground. I find the position “in balance on the feet” rather unstable, at least for me. It is true that it allows me to “support” the weight of the body on the patient and “sway” while I press on the patient’s feet, but it is also true that ionon is comfortable for my ankles. Forgive me if I do not accept this, but I’m trying to learn your method and I wanted to take part in this difficulty.

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It is certainly true that if you build all the foot massage techniques into a Thai Massage session, it would have to be longer than a 1 hour session. Personally I have never done shorter Thai Massage sessions than 2 hours, so I was never under time pressure.

The techniques in the first part of the foot massage course are not intended to all be used in one session. They are more options to choose from, not a mandatory or fixed sequence.

So I guess your choices are to either only use some of the techniques in a Thai Massage session, or make your Thai Massage sessions longer, or offer separate foot massage only sessions. These are all valid options.

If you want to see how to develop better balance in the standing position, please watch the video on this page:

Balance Exercises in Standing Position for Thai Massage Therapists

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September 20, 2017 - 9:29 pm
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After the video 7. Hello Shama! Finally the armchair! My favorite foot massage! Most of my customers love the oil, and I also use it a lot and I like to feel my hands flowing fluid on people’s skin. Working on the floor is great for Thai massage, but I prefer to sit in front of the customer. I ask: The massage you see on the street from Thai is a reflexology massage? To learn about books, there is the map problem. I have some reflexology books and I have noticed that the Chinese have drawn some reflexological points, the other Thai people, the Europeans and the Americans regard it as others. Ok, the biggest lines of energy match, but no points. This sometimes creates a great confusion!
The video you’ve recommended me, “Standing Balance Exercises For Thai Massage Therapists”, is really very interesting. When I finish the course I will study your site and your videos. It is true that a masseur should train as a sportsman. Do you know very old masseurs? According to you how old can you massage?

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I know plenty of older massage therapists who are in their sixties. There is no age limit. If a person can physically handle it, then they can do it at any age.

Regarding the energy lines and the reflexology points – you can mostly disregard them. If you work the feet as shown in this course, you will cover all the essential lines and points. If you really want to get into this and figure out why the Thai points and the Chinese points and the western points are not exactly the same, you can drive yourself crazy.

Then you will be all in your head instead of feeling with your hands what is going on in someone’s body. The Thai foot massage is a combination of reflexology and massage. You don’t have to get so scientific about the precise location of the lines and the points. This won’t make your foot massage any better.

However if you develop your capacity of feeling with your hands and listening to your client’s body, this will improve your foot massage greatly.

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After video 8. I have some doubts about the pressure of the thumbs. I noticed that some people have a very pronounced sensitivity in the soft parts of the foot and this causes pain, and then the massage does not relax anymore. My doubt is this: if the Thai foot is a massage you can “sell” like a relaxing massage, Thai reflexology is more therapeutic, or at least people expect it to be. Then, if you propose a massage without using the word “reflexology”, people expect delicate and very relaxing movements. In Italy, therefore, there are many people who associate Tahilandese massage with something painful, perhaps because it has the most acrobatic positions in mind. In short, I seem to emphasize the intensity of pressure.
Thai reflexology on a mat, practiced on the floor, becomes part of the complete Thai massage.
Curiosity: Do you speak to the customer during the massage? I noticed that sort of if the customer is sitting, she really wants to tell the episodes of her life!

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September 22, 2017 - 11:08 pm
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After video 9. This video is great! I did not think you could do so many massages on your fingers! It’s a mini massage session that will please my clients a lot, I’m sure. Additionally, adding a lower leg massage contributes to what I have said, namely, that it is now a massage that can be sold independently of a Thai massage session. It made me a little smile that your model has small fingers and you had to do a lot to be precise in the movements. Is there a manual that plays your sequence?

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You can “sell” the foot massage in any way which works for your market, and you can apply it in a more gentle or in a stronger way – whatever works for you in Italy.

If a client wants to talk, I let them do this and I chat with them. However I never initiate a chat unless I want to tell them something specific about their body, their feet, and their issue.

Regarding module 9 – you will see a suggested sequence in the next module. However you don’t necessarily need to follow an exact sequence. 

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10. Here we are at the end! Meanwhile, I have to thank you for having really learned so much. Some manuals I knew already, others were a nice novelty. I think now my massager work will be much more complete. I can offer a foot massage without necessarily incorporating it into a long thai massage session. As far as customer experience is concerned, I’ve found your way very satisfying. Joking, I could say that although I strive, I can not find anything negative in these lessons. Even the final work on shoulder and neck is a great idea. Are the areas where customers have more pain, especially on their shoulders, where they say, metaphorically, that goes to “the weight of life”. I embrace you virtually, and I tell you that I really have a good learning experience. Now I would like to ask you how I will get the certification. Will you send it by email?

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