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November 17, 2014 - 10:12 am
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Hello My name is Cynthia I am a Licensed Massage Therapist in The USA, and I am thrilled to be taking the Complete Thai Massage Course.  I believe it was put together with so much careful tack, and that Shama is a great teacher.  Needless to say, I have already begun using these techniques with my massage clients.  In the first module I learned a general overview of what to expect in the course, and the main things I would have to concentrate on to begin to master Thai Massage.  Being an MT already made it easy for me to absorb much of these concepts.  The concept that stood out to me the most though, was to synchronize my breaths with the movements.  

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November 17, 2014 - 10:22 am
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In the second module I came to understand that Thai Massage can be adapted to become an individual's practice.  The idea that Shama evolved in the practice over time is truly intriguing; I especially loved the idea of heavenly head massage. After watching the video, I practiced the Chi Machine on my whole family, and there was an overwhelming consensus; everyone felt like they were floating on air. 

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November 17, 2014 - 10:26 am
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The third module introduced many techniques that can be used to massage the feet. To be honest this was a bit overwhelming at first.  Even with my experience, committing them to memory was difficult.

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November 17, 2014 - 10:33 am
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Module four made the foot massage sequence reasonable.  The concept that the foot can only be massaged in the eight ways that the foot is able to turn sunk into my brain.  With this in mind while I was practicing the techniques on my family and clients, the massaged just flowed.  I turned on relaxing music and even burned some aromatherapy while they relaxed to a Thai Foot Massage.

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November 18, 2014 - 12:59 am
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Hi Cynthia, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage course. Just one question: Are you posting on your own or for certification? The reason I am asking is that your posts look like certification posts, but I never saw a certification registration from you (or did I miss it?). Just making sure that I know what your intentions are. Smile

Aside from that it looks like you are off to a good start with your family members "floating on air". And the foot massage clicked into place with the last module. You will see more such "concepts" in this course which make it easier to make sense of all the techniques.

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November 21, 2014 - 9:14 pm
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Hello Shama,

     I am happy to be able to communicate through this forum, and I did not realize we would be able to.  My intentions are to post for the NCBMT certification.  I paid for a ten dollar exam, and did not realize that I had to do more to become registered.  Can you give me some direction?Confused  Is it possible that the registration was in one of the emails that I received, after paying for the $10 exam?

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November 21, 2014 - 9:48 pm
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I am now signed up for the certification.  I apologize, I missed that portion in the course manual.  Can you confirm that the process is complete? Thank You.

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Yes, you are fine now. The only thing is that on your registration form you listed your email address as gmail.net, and in your forum profile you listed it as gmail.com. Which is the correct one where you want the certificate sent to?

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December 11, 2014 - 9:15 am
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Thank You Shama, and I would like the certificate sent to mcccynth@gmail.com.

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December 11, 2014 - 9:40 am
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Module was about warming up the leg before stretching. Practicing this leg warm up was rather easy, because like the foot sequence, it followed in logical order. The techniques were easy too, because they were simple. 

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December 11, 2014 - 10:18 am
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Module six continued with the leg warm up except this series of techniques was a bit more complex.  I had difficulty sinking my forearm comfortably into the anterior thigh muscle.  I am planning to continue working on this technique, and I hope it will become easier for me. 

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Module seven got into lower body stretching.  I have experience with some of these stretches because of things I learned as a Massage Therapist, and I found that I could perform them gracefully.  I found the leg pull very difficult though, especially on people with bigger legs.  

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December 11, 2014 - 10:43 am
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The eighth module explained stretching and warming the leg according to the hip pie.  The hip pie was a great way to remember how to work the leg.  I found that the hip pie caused my practice sessions to flow smoothly and thus the people were able to relax.  

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December 11, 2014 - 9:54 pm
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You are now in the technically most challenging part of the course. Once you get through the leg stretches, you are past the hump. If something is difficult to do on large clients, there is nothing wrong with skipping it for the time being. You don't have to do every single technique on everyone. Remember that the techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences.

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Hi Shama,

It has been difficult, but now that I have included the hip stretches the massages have begun to be very effective.  I really enjoy learning this modality, and think that you put it together in a way that makes sense to the "real world".  With that I cant say why, but I have stopped receiving my modules.  That last one that I received was on December 5th and it was module twelve.  I have submitted all payments, and I am keeping up with the posting as much as I can.  Can you let me know why I have stopped receiving them?  (although it was helpful, because it gave me a chance to catch up).  Thanks.Smile

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Hmm, I checked on that, and for some reason you show as "unsubscribed" since 12/6/2014. I don't know why it happened, but I have resubscribed you. Sorry about that. Must have been some techno glitch somewhere in cyber space.

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December 22, 2014 - 8:04 am
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Great! I'm glad that is resolved.  I have practiced module nine and one again I found it to be easy, because it went over a basic Thai stretch that I have already learned.  In the session I did (and usually do receive complaints when pressing the knee to the chest) receive feedback about pain in the tendon that connects the quad with the anterior hip area. 

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Session ten was a little more interesting and fun to do, because it really started to get into some intense stretches.  Also, I found it simple to incorporate these stretches into the sequence, because like the other techniques they followed logically in completing the hip pie.  These were the stretches that pulled the leg across the body and then in the opposite direction out from the body. 

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Session 11 gave a summary of what I have learned till know and it helped me to identify the areas that I need to work on.  First of all I have noticed that I am using my body well in that I have the presence of mind to gather strength from my Hara, but my breathing rhythm while doing the massage is not flowetic and it is to fast.  Also, I have a problem with transitioning from one necessary move to the next necessary move.  For example warm up stretches must be done before leg stretches, but sometimes doing it in a proper sequence makes the massage robotic rather that artistic.  

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December 22, 2014 - 8:17 am
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Module 12 was great because the stretches are much needed for releasing the hip area.  Unfortunately, I am a semi petite female therapist, and I was working on a man with large feet.  I had to try to balance my weight correctly while leaning in a way that was not unprofessional.  It was difficult, and I still need to work on modifying this stretch, because I believe it to be very effective. Thank you again, I really appreciate learning with you.  

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