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.
September 6, 2018
I recently completed a local 32 hour Thai Massage Level 1 course. I’m glad that I am also taking this online course because I’m able to watch and re-watch the videos to help solidify the material I learned. Also, your course helped me prepare for the in-person class since I had already been practicing Thai Massage for a couple of months.
While practicing the Chi Machine, my partner initially felt as though his legs were stiff. Then when his hips started to move, his legs started to loosen up. Then after a while he felt his back moving. He felt that the technique wasn't effective until the movement reached his hips and it was most effective when his head started to move. While practicing this technique, it took a minute or two before the movement reached my partners head. I think it takes a bit of effort but the more I practice it should get easier.
September 6, 2018
I’m not sure that I can comfortably press the three points on the feet with my thumbs as the technique is demonstrated in the video. I can do palm presses on the feet but I know this won’t have the same effect. I am trying to avoid applying direct pressure with my thumbs if possible. I noticed that if I apply pressure with my index finger and use my thumb to support it, as you have taught in the foot massage course, I can apply pressure to points without causing pain in my thumbs.
In a different Thai massage class, I had learned to point the feet in and put one foot on top of the other and then press down on them a couple times. Then to put the other foot on top and press. As a receiver I felt this technique could be a little uncomfortable. As a giver I find it a bit awkward trying to get the feet in the proper position. I like the technique you teach in this module better. To keep the feet apart and bend them in and lean forward. This way the feet are not being pressed against one another.
In the push-pull-rotate technique, when you lean forward are you pushing the foot forward with your thumb or the heel of your hand? Also, I'm not sure if you change your hand position at all while pushing forward compared to leaning back.
Regarding the foot techniques - don't do the thumb techniques if they hurt your thumbs. Regard the techniques as something to choose from, not mandatory sequences. There are so many different ways for working on the feet, and you don't have to do them all. You just need a few good techniques, and if necessary, modify them by using more support, or by using your knuckles, or whatever works for you.
For the push-pull-rotate technique I use mostly the heel of the hand to push, the area just below the thumb. I do change hand position for the pull-back, otherwise you couldn't really pull back effectively. It's not a major positional change, but for the pulling back you have to get a good grip on the foot.
September 6, 2018
For the thumb circling techniques, including circling the inside of the heels and the lines on the top of the feet, I found it more comfortable to use my fingertips. My partners’ feedback indicated that I should be careful not to squeeze his feet when I stretch them.
I am studying your online course at the same time that I am practicing the techniques and the routine that I have learned from an in-person course locally. I’m grateful for your reassuring attitude about how in the beginning it feels the hardest and that the longer you practice it, the easier it gets. I have had a little trouble remembering the exact sequence that I learned in the local class and I agree with you that it’s not important to know an exact sequence. I like the idea of conceptual learning that you discussed and I’m going to try that approach.
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