November 19, 2020
Well, Shama Kern, you are exactly right! As a new student I am very excited to start learning the material right away. Thank you for recognizing that we students do need the extra time to absorb, process, and practice before moving on to new material. Personally, I think this is incredibly important, even if I do have to practice patience.
After seeing many of the positions of the practitioner, I am very grateful that I have a strong yoga practice! Still, I will be doing the recommended poses and practices to continue to prepare my body. I like to see how the practitioner doesn't need to use much strength, instead using body weight and other motions to accomplish the techniques. This makes me excited and confident about performing Thai massage because I know that will also remain comfortable and feeling well.
I am so very grateful that this course is more focused on energy than anatomy. That is exactly what I was looking for! I have prior experience with working with the human energy field, but I am looking forward to learning it with Thai massage.
Hi Crystal, welcome to our community and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:
As a yoga practitioner plus being able to relate to the 'energy' concept you already have a good head start with Thai Massage!
I am looking forward to reading about your journey and assisting you whenever necessary.
November 19, 2020
After watching the technique for Chi Machine I couldn't wait to try it. It took several people, several attempts, and almost a week to finally figure the technique out and get the desired effect. In the beginning I could only get the legs to swing. I could not get the motion to travel past the hips unless I held the feet in my hands and used my arm strength to swing the legs. When I used just my arms, the recipient reported that they felt the tingly sensation throughout their entire body. But as soon as I took the feet to my thighs and rocked back and forth, I could only affect the legs. I was determined to figure this technique out! And finally I did! With patience and practice, I suddenly found myself rocking side to side and getting the desired effect without using any arm strength. I was doing it exactly as taught. Once I FELT in my own body how to do the technique correctly, I haven't had any trouble doing it again. There is a particular motion, a particular movement of energy, that makes the Chi Machine possible. But it is not easily put into words and described. Once you FEEL this move, you can DO this move!
And people LOVE it!
Fantastic! You are so right - it is not possible to put into words exactly how to do this. You just have to FEEL it, and apparently you did! From then on it is easy to do. Without this feeling it is a struggle and doesn't really do much. I am glad to hear that you overcame this hurdle.
BTW, most techniques are much easier to comprehend than this one.
November 19, 2020
Of course, the first attempts at the foot massage techniques felt awkward. This was probably due to the fact I was still attempting the Chi Machine and finding myself a little frustrated. But by the third practice, the moves were coming naturally and the entire process seemed to flow. My husband was very relaxed, almost asleep. Of course, that is what he has done every time I have practiced on him. Even if the moves feel a little awkward to me as I am trying to feel them and learn them, they feel amazing to him every time. And when I occasionally take something a little too far, such as bending the foot too far out, he is quick to tell me.
I am also having my husband try a few of these moves on me so that I can have an idea of how it feels. He has an amazing healing touch, and would really do well at Thai massage. Maybe training is in his future as well? Regardless, from what I can tell, it is vital for me to feel some of these things myself. I never teach yoga poses, transitions, or sequences that I haven't done myself and felt in my own body. I can't understand how I can tell people how to move or position their bodies when I haven't put my own body through it. Therefore, I am going to make it a point to get a professional Thai massage very soon. And I think after the beginning of 2021, and right before I complete this course, I will have another one. Perhaps that can give me the beginner's perspective, and then the "practiced" perspective.
You are lucky to have such a good practice partner in your husband, and can even experience some of the work from him. If he is really into it, that would of course be fantastic if he would join you in studying it.
I hope you find a good therapist to get a Thai Massage from. Some are good, sensitive and intuitive, and some are purely mechanical. You will also find that quite a few techniques which you will learn in this course are not known by most Thai Massage therapists.
November 19, 2020
Wow! I watched the video twice and was able to give a full 15 minute foot massage that incorporated all of the moves learned so far. It all clicked and seemed to come right together! It is beginning to feel more natural. I do often have to remind myself to use my body weight rather than my strength. But I feel such a big difference that I hope that part comes naturally soon. My hands cramp very easily, which is one reason I never even considered becoming an (American) massage therapist. Now I know that if my hands are cramping, then I'm not doing it the right way.
I am happy to hear that I will be learning techniques in this course that are unique and unknown by most Thai massage therapists!
You are right - if your hands are cramping, it is a sign that you are using too much effort and are not relaxed enough. Just imagine that you are massaging a baby without any force. That will give you a softer touch.
Aside from that, you seem to be a natural when it comes to Thai Massage! A 15 minute foot massage is a good accomplishment!
November 19, 2020
I have had a very different experience with this module than the last one. That foot massage came easily and naturally. However, I have been nursing an injury of some sort for the last week or so that has prevented me from getting on the floor and doing too much of the leg warm up. I have some hip alignment issues, and this particular "misalignment" was affecting my knee so greatly that I could barely sit cross-legged, much less Japanese style. Normally, sitting on my knees and many of the positions I would take as a Thai massage therapist cause me zero pain or discomfort. This has not been the case this time. I was in severe pain in any position that I needed to be in for Thai Massage. How frustrating! No doubt it was the universe intervening to tell me to slow down and take my time, and be more mindful in my movements and my life.
Anyway, I was finally able to accomplish the leg warm up last night (with only mild discomfort and a few modifications with my own positions) with my loyal practice partner (husband). I did some of the moves really well and naturally, but others were causing him pain, especially my thumb roll up technique on the quadriceps. Sometimes I could do it well, and others it was really causing him pain. Of course, he tried it on me and figured the technique out right away and it felt wonderful. I will definitely need more practice on the legs with these techniques! For now, I'm just grateful I was finally able to get down and really practice.
Thank you for the advice about imagining I am massaging a baby without force! I believe that will really help me!! That was exactly the touch I needed for this practice! I will try again this evening, and will be incorporating the module 6 moves as well.
If the thumb roll-up is causing pain, it is the same issue: Your hand is not soft and not relaxed. Focus on the word "softness" in your mind, and think of massaging a baby or a little kitten or puppy dog which you would certainly not hurt. It's not about pressing hard - it's about generating a feeling of well-being. Always try to start the techniques in a very gentle way, and then gradually increase the intensity, but never to the point where it causes pain.