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Cynferth Zala's Full Thai Massage journey to certification
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December 21, 2018 - 4:55 am
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I have been taking manual notes for module 1 and 2 on my iPad and I am not sure how to upload my notes on here.

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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:

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I made one change, as you will see in the first item of the checklist - your name here in the forum has to be identical to the name which you listed in your certification registration, otherwise it is too difficult to find you and match our records.

Regarding your notes, normally course students just type their posts in here. There is no upload function per se, but you can copy and paste your notes in here if you are logged in to the forum on your iPad.

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Module 1- Introduction (19/12/18)

While I was well aware of the advantages of working on the floor, I did not realise that the contrast between Western and Eastern massage is an anatomy VS energy focus; I find this even more interesting as I can invest myself more into the massage and focus of the energy exchange. 

The variety of techniques, I had already experienced. However it was instructive to be able to list them and put a name on all of them.

I look forward to using the multiple therapist positions; in particular working on "sitting on the heels" (japanese style)

The words supine and prone never stuck with me prior to this I could never tell which one was which. But the simplicity with which it was explained/listed, allowed me to remember them and even explain them to my husband.

I like that there are so many variables to this style of massage; each client can be catered for and it doesn't get monotonous.

I didn't realise that it was only body weight and not muscle power. I hope that with my light weight I can still provide the desired effect.

Working on my breathing will be good practice for me, as well. Smile

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Module 2 - Chi machine (20/12/18)

In this module, I found the focus on the ergonomics very interesting. The way the alignment is key to carrying out this technique successfully.

The way you made the body move from head to toe was quite interesting- I wasn't sure that I would be able to do the same with my petite size and someone bigger than me BUT I DID IT!

I focused on moving the hips and his whole body ONDULATED (love this word- it perfectly describes the desired result). 

I told him before trying it on him that he would need to give me feedback at the end to tell me what it was like. Both of us found it funny at first; him because he had no idea what to expect and me because I wasn't overly confident. However, within a minute, seeing that in fact I was able to do this, I composed myself and focused on my breathing and channelling positive energy.

I found it a little difficult to slow down at the end as my legs did find this a little bit challenging: (his legs were heavy). 

At the end I gave him a minute to enjoy the energy release and when he sat up he was pretty surprised that wriggling him like a worm could do this. Yay!

As I wanted to know how it felt as well, I explained the ergonomics and the focus on the hips and shared with him whatever I knew and asked him to do it to me. Seeing me wriggle he laughed as well but after a few seconds, I enjoyed the benefit of the Chi machine as well. It is pretty cool-my head and limbs felt lighter as a result of it.

We were talking about this in the car and wondering if it could be a closing move as well..? Why do you say that it is an opening move?

Looking forward to your feedback,

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Actually, with your light weight you can be even more effective using your body weight versus muscle power - you will see! That's the whole secret with all those 100-110 pound Thai women who can work very effectively on much larger men. They use their body weight to their full advantage.

Congratulations to your successful first attempt with the Chi Machine. The reason why I use it as an opening move rather than a closing move is this: The opening can be a move to prepare the client for a session with many moves.

The closing should be a non-move. This follows the same line of thinking as the closing move of a yoga session which traditionally is also a non-move - the corpse position. I always use some techniques from my Heavenly Head Massage system to end my Thai Massage sessions with. This puts people into a trance and takes them straight into massage heaven.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with using the Chi Machine as an ending move, however I have found that the combination of a moving opening and a non-moving closing proved to be perfect for my sessions and always got me great feedback.

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Module 3 - Foot massage 1 (01/01/19)

Happy New Year, teacher ! 🙂

This was interesting to say the least. I started with the Chi machine but I liked the way we start with foot massage drawing in on health pressure points in the foot. 

The 1st rocking move was fairly simple to carry out and I found myself not too uncoordinated on the counter clockwise movement. I still need to practice though. 

My husband really liked the stretch he got from bending his two feet at the same time. He would have liked more pressure on the fourth move where i was bending the foot upwards but I explained to him that it is about body weight not muscle force.

I found the positioning for the 5th move ok to get into but it was difficult to keep my back straight while doing the rotating and pulling away move. My husband said he still enjoyed it and his hip even cracked which was a comfortable release for him. 

Both the twists felt nice for him but i found that it was quite a bit of effort on my shoulder - I will practice thill this becomes comfortable.

the last move where you shake the leg was easier to carry out than it looked like and even more so with the bounce.

Hope you are well!

CJSmile

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Module 4 - Foot massage 2 (05/01/19)

I must say that I was struggling trying to remember the order of the moves from Module 3 so the conceptual approach made so much more sense for me, especially the OUT-IN-UP- DOWN part.

While i was listening to you, I had my husband give me his feet for another run and not only was I able to focus on the feeling I was putting across to him but the moves felt a bit more natural and easier to carry out this second time round and I was able to invest my whole body into them. 

I first thought that this module would be a whole new lot of moves but I am really happy that it was a conceptual way of revisiting Module 3. 

The kneading of the feet and the circling the ankle areas was really nice to carry out as my husband really enjoyed it all. I will still need to work on circling the top between the bones. 

The stiff ankle trick as well needs some more work putting into it as I found my husbands legs quite heavy to handle. The transition between legs I had already worked on as it looked complicated; I look forward to getting swifter at it!

 

Thank you for this approach and revision lesson! 

CJ 🙂Wink

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It takes a while for all the pieces to fall into place. In the beginning it is hard enough to remember the techniques, but that will change. After some time it is like riding a bicycle - once you know how to do it and have found your balance, you don't have to think about it anymore. Then you can appreciate the ride and enjoy it. 

The first hurdle in Thai Massage is to learn the techniques. After that you can focus on more subtle elements and on the flow of it. That just takes some time - no way around that! Smile

In a few months you will be able to use Thai Massage in a creative and artistic and flowing way!

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Hi Shama,

I would like to apologise for my long absence. There has been a change in my family circumstances and I have parted ways with my husband; this has taken up a lot of time and mind space. However, I am back. I have limited access to the internet; I will be downloading the videos and starting again - I will revise the 5 modules I have already covered and write a reply on here for those 5. Then I will continue with the rest fo the modules as planned. Hope all is well with you.

CJ

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Welcome back! Life can get in the way of our best plans - that happens. No problem with this course, it is waiting for you patiently! Smile

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Hi Shama,

I've gone through the practice of modules 1 to 4 again and have succeeded in completing the moves. The chi machine and the foot massage bit is fine. The one difficulty I find is the weight. My current practice buddy has quite heavy legs and I find it somewhat difficult to carry out the moves. I suppose that with practice this will get better Smile.

The Chi machine is quite popular as well as the move where you pull rotate and push the hip back in, although it was difficult due to the weight of his legs haha. Ive had it done to me and its really nice.

I have studied module 5 and will be practicing it shortly and a new reply will be posted subsequently. Thank you!

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Yes, over time the weight issue will get better when you learn how to work with perfect body mechanics. You will hear a lot about that in this course.

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Module 5  - Leg warm up 1

Hi Shama,

Leg warm up 1 was interesting because it was a lot of hand work. My partner is very big and muscular so my wrists were pretty sore by the end. I think this one would be much more suited on someone smaller and less muscular. Nevertheless I got positive feedback and the massage was really appreciated. I also took interest in the Thai energy lines; I will be researching this soon as well. The butterfly compression and the push - pull technique is definitely one i will be using regularly. They are easy to remember and execute.

Thank you for your teachings.Smile

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The good news is that in the very next module you will learn how to do the leg warm up without using your hands! Smile

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Module 6 - Leg warm up 2 with forearms

I practiced leg warm up 1 & 2 in less than 24 hours. My wrists were quite exhausted and the forearm leg warm up seemed like a good alternative to using my hands, and it was. I really enjoyed it and so did my partner. He said that the pressure was much deeper and more appropriate for him. I managed to use my body weight much more on this one and it made it much easier to massage him than it was with my hands.

I can also see why both types of warm upside appropriate for different body types. I will definitely use both of them. I usually watch the videos and take notes but I have noticed that it is much easier to watch the videos and practice along side - it takes away the difficulty of having to draw body positioning when you can put it into practice straight away. From now on I will practice on my partner while watching the videos and I will rewatch the videos to take notes at a later stage.

I liked the rocking movement on which the leg swings freely; my partner found it really relaxing. I need to practice positioning myself and smoother transitions between my body positions but the more I do it the better I get. My partner did say that he liked it more when I used my body weight to lean in rather than press and in all fairness, so did I. 

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Good, this was a welcome option for you. Now you can use your hands on smaller, easy to work on clients, and your forearms on larger clients, or whatever suits you best. It's all about having options. The techniques are not meant to be rigid sequences, but options to choose from.

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Module 7 - leg stretches 1

 

This was great! I enjoyed the theory at the start about assessing hip flexibility and I really liked executing all the moves. Making his leg rotate was a little challenging at first but I got there. The one where you use your feet to massage, I really found cool. I wanted it done to me. I could tell this was really deep and he was really relaxed. The moves in this were easier in terms of positioning as well. Laugh

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Module 8 & 9- Leg stretches 2&3

 

These stretches allowed me to sympathise much more with what was happening to my client. I think its down to the amount of physicality these stretches required on my behalf, i also enjoyed positioning myself as it was really easy and in these positions his legs felt much easier to manipulate. the knee rub was not the best feeling on my hands but I can see how it could increase blood flow to the area especially for someone who sustained an injury. the calf stretches were quite easy to execute and I preempted the hand  change as well before you mentioned it. Very happy with these leg stretches. The cake quarters was very useful in remembering the different hip positions. In the spinal twist, I still need to practice body positioning to make it easier. My partner is taller and heavier than me so i need to learn to adapt my positions to perform this move properly.

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That's quite impressive how you relate to this section of the course. These leg stretches can be challenging because you have to get your positioning just right. They are great for learning to really integrate your whole body with the techniques instead of just doing something with your hands.

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Module 10 - Leg stretches 4

 

my partner really liked the double dynamic going between the pressure and the stretches on this one. Again positioning for a little confusing on this module but I got there in the end. I need to figure how to put more bodyweight into the calf stretches as I struggled a little to add more pressure as this was already quite strenuous. I look forward to the summary to see how this all fits in together. 

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