September 6, 2018
I’m very excited to start the complete Thai massage course. I’ve been looking forward to it! I had taken a brief intro course on Thai for the table and in it the therapist climbed on top of the table to do a stretch. I agree that using a table for Thai massage would be limiting. The table seems too narrow for the therapist to comfortably be on top of along with the client. I prefer to work on the floor mat. My only concern with the floor mat is whether or not the client would be comfortable in the prone position since they would have to turn their head to the side. I’ve seen people use face cradle cushions on the floor but I wonder if the client would be able to breathe well enough using that.
I’m looking forward to learning more about the energetic aspects of Thai massage. I really like that it is based on working with energy lines. I’ll practice aligning my breath with certain techniques since I think that will really help to improve the flow. I’ve seen therapists hang something from the ceiling to hold onto, such as fabric or a rope so they can balance better on one foot. I might want to try this. I’ll start practicing the yoga tree pose as you suggested to improve my balance.
Welcome back to another course, Crystal!
I know, some therapists climb all over their clients on the table, including standing on it. I could never see what the advantage of this is supposed to be. It is so much easier on a floor mat, and if you do work on a table, then just do those techniques which don’t require acrobatics.
The prone issue with having to turn the head sideways has an easy and elegant solution. There is an entire supplemental video about how to do this in this course. That’s not a problem at all!
I also don’t see the need to hang on to ropes. You will see, the way how I teach it, there is no need for that, even when standing on one foot.
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