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January 28, 2016 - 10:56 pm
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I did Chi machine and Mod 3 Foot massage with my partner yesterday. 

With Chi machine i was unable to get her nose to move the way your partner did. She is having hip trouble and i didn't know if that hindered the movement or not. She said that it felt very relaxing though, very soothing and she felt the self massage on the back and glutes. My questions is.... i am a very small woman, when it comes to larger clients do you just exaggerate the movement or is it as easy no matter the client size?

Mod 3 Foot Massage. My partner said it felt awesome. I do believe that this style massage with more passive movements will take some time for me to adjust to. I am a therapist that specializes in deep tissue work and have to get my mind wrapped around the thinking that one does not have to stress a muscle in order for things to be beneficial. 

I do love the factor of "power of touch" I am a firm believer in this. To me it is the purpose in which you have inside that is reflected in the touch and healing you give. A quick meditation while connecting with my client, centering and asking the body to show my hands what to do. Again, i am excited to learn more, maybe save my hands just a little. Cool

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Hi Dani, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage course. 

Any blockage, restriction or trauma can hinder a movement like the Chi Machine. However with repeated application the Chi Machine might also be instrumental in releasing or improving this issue.

If you do the Chi Machine right, you shouldn't need an exaggerated movement for larger persons. It's a matter of correct ergonomics. However if someone is twice your size and weight, then the Chi Machine is clearly harder to do.

Here in Thailand most Thai Massage therapists are female and weigh around 100-110 pounds. I know some who weigh less than 100 pounds. However they are all very good at using their body weight correctly and they can work very effectively on much larger clients. You will learn this as well in this course. This is one of Thai Massage's great advantages, that you can accomplish a lot simply by using body weight and not having to muscle people which is clearly difficult if you are small.

Just one question - are you posting just to share or are you posting to get a certificate? Just checking...Smile

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January 29, 2016 - 11:00 pm
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I am posting for both reasons. Am i doing it correctly?

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I sent you an email with some guidance tips about doing it correctly! Smile

Also please look at this certification check list:

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Mod 4

Over the weekend my son and i did Mod 4, as well as redoing Mod 3 for extra practice. He said it made him feel very relaxed and he was ready for bed afterwards. I really like how you added the conceptional reasoning for the movements that we were doing. It helps me piece everything together and understand more of what i am doing and why.

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February 2, 2016 - 11:55 pm
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You will find more such conceptual reasoning in this course - it does help to learn the material versus just memorizing it.

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Mod 5

I again feel like a fish out of water. i guess it's just because of a new concept. Switching from kneading to this kind of warm up. i do prefer this sequence of warm up vs the next mod. It just seems that there is less moving and positioning. I can't wait to get to the stretching!

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I felt like i need to go over theses a few times. I have the concept down of going down the sen lines, there was just a lot of moving and positioning. Will there be one mod in the future that shows the sequences with out instruction? Just to see the flow of the massage? I am actually going to get my first Thai massage on Tuesday so that i can be on the receiving end. I believe this will aid in my learning process.

Monday i will go through and double check that i have done everything for the certification requirements. I have signed up and have been answering the test questions after each instruction as suggested.

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Yes, there are several review modules in this course where I show the entire flow without instructions, or at least very little instruction.

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Mod 7

So happy to get into stretching! I practiced these on a client at work and my "practice dummy" here at home. They both said that these stretches feel amazing. I wish i could do them on myself ;-(. I do have a question however. While i am doing the thigh stretch, walking on the thigh, my tiny hand keeps slipping. Sometimes in my massage when i am doing stretching i will place a towel around, say the ankle or wrist, and use that for grip. Is that acceptable? or is there another way to adapt?

 

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I again love the way that you break things down into conceptual thinking, really helps me learn. While trying the 180 degree hip stretch i tried both techniques. Regular and modified for smaller therapists. My partner said that she felt more of a stretch during the second stretch, so i will be using that technique. She also feel in love with the calf rolling.

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Here in Thailand most massage therapists are small women with small hands. However they know how to use their body correctly and they can easily work on much larger clients. So the secret is not in using something like towels but in developing correct ergonomics (body posture) and working with your weight instead of muscle power.

Small hands are not an obstacle in Thai Massage. If you can tell me exactly which stretch your are referring to (how many minutes into the video), I can get a little more specific. However small hands should not slip more easily than big hands if the position is correct.

Later in the course you will see that I provide many alternatives to compensate for size and weight differences between therapist and client. It is true that some techniques need to be adjusted if the size/weight difference is too big, and you will learn how to do that throughout this course. Smile

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February 18, 2016 - 10:23 pm
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The stretch on Mod 7 at 16 minutes.Laugh

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February 18, 2016 - 11:58 pm
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Actually the answer to your question is coming up in the very next video at minute 4:30.

There are quite a few techniques in Thai Massage which you cannot do on everyone. It always depends on the difference in size and weight between therapist and practitioner. That's why my motto is that the techniques are options to choose from, not fixed sequences that you do on everyone.

There actually is a modification for this stretch which eliminates the use of your hand altogether. However it is not in the course material, so I am thinking of producing a supplemental video which shows this.

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That would be very helpful! Thank you

Mod 9

I love the stretches in this video. I find it inspiring that i find myself already doing versions of a few of these stretches in my current massage/ stretching sessions instinctively. These however seem to not work my body as much, energy and pain wise.

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My practice partner is currently out of town. If I do more than a few mod posts on Saturday to catch up once I practice with her, would that be okay? 

I have been watching the videos. Just haven't had a practice person.

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After you practice, you can do several forum posts - just keep them separate, i.e. don't combine several modules into one forum post. Each module should have it's own post. Smile

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MOD 10

I worked a marathon this weekend and was able to apply alot of these stretches to the runners with ease, post run by a simple modification and climbing on my table. Nothing but great responses! A few came in with specific muscle pain, whether in the calf or the quad, and the rest were just hurting and needing to be stretched. Both  sets of client left happy, feeling well and a few mentioned that they have never received such a detail stretch ever. 

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MOD 11

This mod was very helpful. It showed me the flow and fluidity that i have been lacking. My practice partner mentioned that as well. I did find that i need to go back over some over the earlier foot massage elements to brush up. And i am still getting my breathing down, but i feel that that will come more with time and getting comfortable with the moves and not having to think so much while doing them.

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MOD 12 

My practice partner does have hip issues in the left side so this mod was perfect for her. She said she felt so much better after the session and it was just what she needed. I appreciate how you show different modifications for the same stretch, it allowed me to pick the best one for my size and create a flow. I do have larger clients and can't wait till i get one of the taller ones over for practice.

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Congratulations to your success in treating the marathon runners! Smile

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I have gone over the checklist for the ceu requirements.... i would just like to double check that i am doing this correctly.

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