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Cynferth Zala's Full Thai Massage journey to certification
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September 19, 2019 - 9:37 pm
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Module 11 - Summary

 

In comparison to the last few modules where I was practicing isolated moves and maybe racking my brain into perfectly executing them, the summary was so much easier to execute. Once I got the flow I realised it wasn’t as much about the perfect isolated move but more about offering a relaxing flow. I also felt very confident copying you. Up until now, learning isolated moves, I didn’t feel like i was getting anywhere but when it all came together it really boosted my confidence. So now I’m really looking forward to the next  portion of these modules.Smile

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I am happy to hear that! Smile

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Module 11 - Summary

 

In comparison to the last few modules where I was practicing isolated moves and maybe racking my brain into perfectly executing them, the summary was so much easier to execute. Once I got the flow I realised it wasn’t as much about the perfect isolated move but more about offering a relaxing flow. I also felt very confident copying you. Up until now, learning isolated moves, I didn’t feel like i was getting anywhere but when it all came together it really boosted my confidence. So now I’m really looking forward to the next  portion of these modules.

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Supine Upper body 

Module 12 - Hip stretches 

The calf muscle stretch was fairly easy. In fact this version was much easier to execute for a heavier partner. The third version was not that bad either but i still prefer the second version with my current partner. the fourth version was a little bit challenging when bending forwards because my bust was in the way. do you have any tips, please?

the double knee to chest was just another version of the child’s pose in yoga and I could really relate to it. I want all these moves doing to me haha. the gentler version of this stretch would be for a less heavy body again. my partner enjoyed the stronger ones. I look forward to actually practicing such close proximity moves with other people. the power version really could not be done on my partner if he wasn’t as flexible as he is. my balance was one of the difficulties of this module and it started just about at this point of the module, especially with the step through. The elephant walking on the knees seemed mild at first but it is a very deep move and i think the movement in his sacrum was really beneficial for his posture or at least I could visualise it. With the step through I actually tried to do it standing the other way and it was easier and less dangerous in terms of balance. Sitting on his buttock was fine but i would have to learn to get more comfortable with other people. 

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If you are referring to the traction/compression move where your bust gets in the way - where both feet are pressed against your belly - for female therapists this really doesn't work on male clients with large feet. It works much better on women with smaller feet. That's why there are so many ways of basically doing the same thing. You choose the technique which works best for a particular client and skip the ones that don't work as well.

When you CAN do this technique, try to keep your upper body as straight as possible and tighten your belly muscles. If you don't do these two things, the stretch kind of collapses and becomes ineffective.

Always remember that the techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences.

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Module 13 - Hip Final

This was a nice recap of the 8 hip positions. The move that I found quite handy here was the circular and scooping massaging between the groin and the hips. My partner who has really tight hips and complained of pain when folding his legs onto his chest, really enjoyed this. I need to make sure my nails are very short if i want to carry on executing this move. Also the leg on the shoulder was quite heavy so lower would be better for me but he found it more effective with his leg higher. 

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Module 14 - Hip rocking

I found the hip rocking quite strenuous with regards to my massage buddy but there are definitely some moves that id like to keep from this section.  moving from one side of the body to the other will get better with practice but it wasn’t that challenging. Hand placements were fine as well. My wrist is a little sore so I need to be careful.

I will have a chance to massage two of my friends on Friday who are lighter and this should be a good experience. I will try all the massage moves that i found difficult on a heavier body on them. Laugh

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If you found the hip rocking strenuous, this could only mean two things. Either you are working on someone who is much heavier than you, or you are working with muscle power instead of body weight. Or it could be a combination of the two.

Try working on a lighter person, and if you still feel any strain, then the problem is with your body mechanics. Under normal circumstances the rocking should be quite easy on you. The exception would be lifting and rocking a very heavy person from one side. That's a techniques that you just have to skip on heavy people.

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Sorry a little bit of internet trouble here.. luckily my videos are all downloaded so I can keep practicing. I did do the whole lower body sequence on a girlfriend of mine and it wasn't strenuous at all. So I will just adapt my techniques depending on my client.

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Module 15 - Abdomen and Chest 

I was practicing on my partner again on this one but once a week I work on another girlfriend of mine who is much lighter and redo the same on her so as to have not only another body to practice on but a lighter body and a female body. This came in very handy with this module as the chest and abdomen moves are different on men and women because of the bust. 

All the moves were easy to execute. I had a bit more difficulty moving my partner's ribcage from left to right because of his weight but this move was fine on my lighter partner. I really liked working on the solar plexus - I like anything energy related. The elephant walking on the shoulders looked comfortable too.

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Module 16- Shoulders

I had already dipped into this one a couple of weeks back when my partner suffered from shoulder pain and this was so helpful. His pain did improve after the massage. The foot in the armpit technique in particular. I will keep away from the technique where I need to lift body weight when it comes to heavy people as I find it very difficult on my back and wrists. However, my partner really liked the release he got from the arm shoulder triangle move as well as the swinging. 

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Shama,

I was just wondering up till which video I need to get, to certify on the course, as there are quite a few extra ones after the 35th module ? 

Thank you,

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For the certification program you only need to get to module 35. There are lots of modules from the three bonus courses after that, but they do not need to be included in the forum posting for the certificate.

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Thank you for your answer. This means I'm halfway through. I hope I am doing ok with my journal entries?

Module 17 - Arms and hands

I practiced this on my lighter girlfriend and it went truly nicely. I practiced this one with the shoulder module and she liked the swinging move at the end of the shoulder module and the elephant walking on her shoulders on this module. The hand sliding off her hand was nice as well for her. The rest of the massage went smoothly and was so much easier to practice on someone smaller. For the arm and hand massage, I incorporated the Thai massages moves to some of the lymphatic drainage moves I had learnt in a past certification. I like how it is all coming together. 🙂

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Your posts are fine. They are experiential, and I can see that you are really practicing the material, which is the idea of the forum posting.

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Thank you for the reassurance.

Module 18 - Shoulder transitions

Most of these transitions make sense but I think it is mostly a matter of practice. For the moment I feel like I am moving around quite fluently and intuitively but i would not say unnoticeably. I spend a lot of time focusing on being calm and breathing with my client and not using strength but body weight. I believe that once those elements have sunk in I will get used to more elegant moving around. Practice makes perfect 🙂

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Module 18 - Shoulder transitions 2

I really like doing the various spinal twists to my lighter client. I am yet to practice them and the shoulder moves on my heavier partner. 

I am thinking of creating a booklet of pictures of all the different moves... I am just wondering if you have a repertoire of pictures I could use to do this so as to not have to take screenshots of each one, please? Embarassed

 

Thank you ,

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When I created the illustrated transcripts for the Complete Thai Massage course, I took a lot of screenshots from within VLC Media Player. All the screenshots I took are included in the transcripts. I did this with the hope that in this way course students would not have to do something like this on their own. 

Granted, not every single technique is shown as a picture in the transcripts. If you wanted pictures of every single technique, then you would have to take additional screenshots. If you use VLC media player, this is very easy to do and very quick. You just pause the video at the right spot and click on 'take a snapshot'.

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Thank you very much for directing me to the transcripts. I will be printing them out very shortly

Module 19 - Summary 

once again I really enjoyed watching the summary of all the moves on this section. Over all this section was much easier to remember moves from than the first one. I see exactly what you mean by we pick some moves and perhaps leave out others; I would have perhaps picked different moves - I tend to leave out the ones that could be strenuous due to working with a heavier partner. As I go, I might colour code the pictures of the moves in terms of body type and weight for future reference. Im looking forward to the next section. I start practicing that one tomorrow. The pressure is on to get the course done before december or I don't think I will get the certificate. This year has flown by!

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Module 20 - Prone Legs

This video was a good recap on ways to warm up the legs in a face down position. The foot work as well as the pull push motion were very welcomed and straight away put my partner at ease. With regards to the calf stretch i had to use a more intuitive approach to his legs. So after trying your method, I leaned his foot against my rib cage and used my rib cage to deepen the stretch. It was less strenuous on my arms. The elephant walk is such a great move! It can be done on nearly any part of the body. I liked the little calf twist added to it though 🙂 

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