Hi Dawn, welcome to our community and the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Sorry to hear about your ribs. I can speak from personal experience that this is not much fun. It can take around 6 weeks to heal. I imagine you won't be able to do much Thai Massage until your ribs get better. That's no problem - you own the course for life and there is no need to rush the certification either.
Since the certification program is based on writing about your practical experience with implementing the material, it might be better to delay the forum posting until you can actually work on people with Thai Massage (without wincing in pain).
Also please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:
I appreciate from module one, the explanation differentiating western and eastern massage foundations. Until I watched the video, I didn't realize that Thai massage was so much of an energy work.
I also have learned that I really need to work on my balance for the kneeling and squatting positions I will be performing as the Thai Massage Therapist.
As for breathing through a move, that I have down. I naturally breathe out like i am pressing the air out of the tissue when I lean in and inhale when I release as if i am pulling air back into the tissue as I let up.
Module 2 was a good reminder. I use to struggle with pain after seeing clients for body services such as full waxing, scrubs, wraps, salt glows, etc... Massage school fixed that by teaching me proper body mechanics.
That was great for table work however, it wasn't effective for mat. I am loving the tips on proper body mechanics for the mat in modul 2.
As for the Chi, I actually use the Sun Ancon Chi machine in my spa. It was really interesting to see how to duplicate that with my body when I am out and about and don't have a machine with me to help someone. Thanks you again for that.
Also, sequencing is an area I need help in for Thai Massage. I hope to see more of that.
I love the foot massage module. Smooth flowing movements that really allow the energy to create soft waves throughout the body. It is a really peaceful feeling. I have had some concern about turning the ankles on people with joint pain so thank you for being detailed. This is a video i will silent and work along with a few times until i create some muscle memory and then i plan to share it outside on a pad in front of my business so people can become intrigued.
I really like the music in module 4. I would like some suggestions of where to get this kind of music.
Module 4 really left me feeling like i had a more complete Thai Massage foot service. I love the zone therapy incorporated in the foot massage.
I am a bit clumsy at getting in position and transition into other positions and the sequences progress. I feel frustrated with that but I know it will go smoother as I practice.
If you really like foot massage (like I do ), then you might consider enrolling in the Thai Foot Massage course at some point. This goes much more into depth, and it would enable you to offer complete Thai Foot Massage and Thai Reflexology sessions as a stand-alone modality. Done right, this could attract quite some clientele, since this is a very unique skill.
Regarding the music, we recorded these videos many years ago, and we just played some of my huge collection of relaxing music in the background. I don't even remember what exactly it was, I have to admit. They were mostly in the 'new age' genre.
I have had massage guests who have asked for more pressure from the get go. I struggled with smoothly explaining why we need to warm the muscles first in a convincing manner as some think they need deep pressure right off the bat to get results and that is not the case so thank you for clearly wording this information. I really enjoy the leaning and rolling as it definitely does take strain away from my body as i flow through these movements. Allowing my body to rock instead of keeping a stiff back when I do squeeze and roll has dramatically helped my mat time endurance.
Thanks again, Shama.
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I love forearm work on the table however, have not done a lot of that on the mat as positioning hasn't been easy for me. I do feel the increased power of forearm work on the table for sure and look forward to increasing this in mat work.
For me personally, the compression, jostling and push pulls do more for me than Swedish or Deep Tissue. My nervous system just responds so well to these techniques.
I have been intrigued with SEN lines and do not thoroughly understand them. Very glad you brought them up. I want to learn more about them.
The reminder again to not worry about doing EVERYTHING is always welcome. Thanks again.
I absolutely love stretching. I definitely want to master these stretching techniques that you are showing. I have a couple of patients who are difficult to stretch and rocking was an intuitive replacement so it is nice to see this is supported in this module. This has been very helpful. I appreciate your detailed teaching when it comes to proper form.
We do quite a bit of hip work but had not known about the circular hip lift/cross pull stretch. I love that technique. I will definitely work to master that.
Great! Everything is on track now!
Rocking techniques are very useful in Thai Massage. You will see a lot more of them in this course.
In general, there are many more manipulations and a lot more movement in Thai Massage compared to Swedish massage. There is a whole new dimension built into Thai Massage. Some people compare it with a 3-dimensional system versus a 2-dimensional system due to all those movements.
I appreciate the reminder to rock to loosen up the joints.
Breathing out loud use to feel awkward to me until i realized i focus better and my clients follow the breathing I set the pace for so it has been easier to get them to breathe through and with the movements.
In general my breathing is not audible, and the clients don't know that I am doing that. However when the client is really stiff and locked up, then I sometimes ask clients to breathe into the locked up area so that they are consciously participating in the releasing process. But in a normal Thai Massage session I don't involve clients or ask them to do any special breathing. There are areas where I am coaxing clients to breathe with the movements, like abdominal and chest work.
I loved the arm tractioning portion.
I did not realize we could safely lift the scapula that far. I had thought about it but was concerned i would hurt someone so i didn't do it. Now, i understand I can lift and stretch the scapula on some patients. Thank you.
I really liked the back traction technique where you leaned back with your client's fingers interlaced behind your neck.
Tractioning of the scapula reminded me of a question i have about tractioning the clavicle. Do you recommend that if there is space to grip?
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Regarding the clavicle, I have never attempted to traction this, so I can't speak from personal experience. However I would imagine that this might feel quite strange since this is a bone which is in fixed position unlike the scapula and would be hard to move without causing discomfort. But, as I said, I have never tried this and I have never seen it done. If you want to try this, please let me know how it goes.
I loved learning a little about the HARA and the Hip PIE was awesome. I am gonna practice that quite a bit as i have quite a few patients with tight hips. I will take them very slow.
The blood stop was very interesting. The spinal stretch would feel so good i imagine.
This is a video i will return to often while trying to get these hip and leg stretches down.