November 29, 2012
Session 1 Introduction
This is very facinating to learn all this technique and positions of thai massage. I have practiced and read about number of martial arts and exercise such as Boxing.Muay Thai ,Yoga ,wingtsun and etc. And as these martial arts are related to our body movement the idea of technique and positions shama is mentioning in the video help me to understand. I think these area of background knowledge would be very assisting for learning massage and the other way around too.
Breathing parts would take a quite long time to be get used to it naturally without thinking more than learning technique parts. Even though I have been aware of importance of breathing when you do any form of movement for last 3 years and yet I have not reached the stage yet myself . It would be great if I can improve my breathing control through this course.
Dean, I have a background in martial arts, yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong as well. Many of those eastern disciplines share similarities. Especially yoga and Thai Massage, of course, since Thai Massage originally came out of the yoga tradition. The breathing is something which is generally not taught in traditional Thai Massage. I have added it into my style since it facilitates energy flow much better and gives you access to deeper levels of awareness as well. You will hear more about this aspect once you get deeper into the course.
November 29, 2012
Session 2 Basic principles & Chi machine
I have learned so much and could feel how much this course is helping me in a lot of ways. We all knows how important it is to keep correct position and straightening your back. However it is very hard to apply and keep it that way as this need practice and routine of doing continuously. What we really need to look at it is as shama keep mentioning and emphasize this area over and over agian it really effect on your mind to keep your body straight and put it in correct position to relax and make effortless movement on our body. I can feel I try to sit good ergonomic position myself while I am practicing massage and even when I watch this video on computer and could see how this bring benefit of good posture not just when you do massage practice but also to our daily life. And I do not even have to mention this right ergonomic carries on the positive energy to both giver and receiver through body contact happening during massage.
I am glad that you could see right away that Thai Massage is not just a collection of techniques, but a body-mind system that affects both the giver and the receiver in many positive ways. Thai Massage can become a part of your life in many ways. It is much more than a way to make money with clients. It is a way to help our fellow human beings, and it is a way to make this world a little better place, with every massage we do. It is a way to build appreciation and gratefulness between you and the ones you work on, and it is a way to generate many wonderful memories that will last a life time.
November 29, 2012
Session 2 Chi machine
This Chi movement was harder than I thought. I was able to qucikly got the idea of moving the whole body of the patient by focus on hip movement but I could feel that I am using too much energy myself to make this happen. In the result I was exhausting my body in a very short time of period. By the video Shama is performing very smooth and effortless doing chi machine. I should have more hands on practice and correcting my movement of positioning by looking into mirror.
The Chi Machine technique takes a while to learn for most students. Once you 'get it', it will feel quite effortless. Just keep practicing it without stressing out over not doing it right. It will come in time. This looks so easy, and it actually is that easy. But I know it takes time to figure it out. This is probably one of the hardest techniques to learn for many students. Once you get more into the Thai Massage course, your body movements will become easier and more elegant, you will see.
November 29, 2012
Session 3 Foot massage 1
This footmassage technique is so different from the one I have had from normal massage shops in Thailand . Most of the case was me lying on a sofa or floor and the massuer focus working on my sole of the food and not much engaging with my body . The techniques shama teaches here are quite bewildering as something I have never seen or experienced which seems to be much more effective and smooth feeling than normal massage shop footmassage. However learning these movement has been challenging to make smooth transition from one movement to the other and finding comfortable position to perform it. I seperate these into 7 move and practiced on the patient with all 7 movement in one go and extremely hard to memorize all the details of positioning and moves and do it correctly .
Keep on Practice and do it over and over again is the only way to go !
You will see throughout the entire training course that this is not just a duplication of what you experience in your 'normal' Thai Massage shop in Thailand. It is a refined and advanced system of Thai Massage therapy.
For example, I have an entire course about Thai foot massage which includes even more techniques and details than the Complete Thai Massage course. All my training courses are based on my own style which combines Thai Massage with yoga and Qigong principles, energy work, and advanced therapeutic work.
Many of the techniques and principles in my courses are not taught anywhere in Thailand. This applies especially to my rocking techniques and the Heavenly Head Massage course, as well as the abdominal work.
You are definitely not looking at an attempt to duplicate your experience in your typical massage shop in Thailand, but at a refined body-mind system of therapy work.
By the way, all the foot massage techniques in your course are techniques that I have learned from various teachers and masters in Thailand. But they are not necessarily known to the therapists in your average massage shop.
November 29, 2012
Session 4 Foot Massage 2
Have had another good session of learning about foot massage with shama and learned to relax and using the whole body and getting in to the stage of doing without thinking slowly. Touch of your finger tips and thumbs and also feeling of being in opposite position could be enhanced by self-massage of your feet. I think it is highly recommendable to understand both touching and getting touched feeling to be a good massage theraphiest. Plus would be good to have a fellow practioner of this course to share a knowledge and technique of how they are doing if possible and if not time to time take a turn with the person who you are practicing on ask them to perform on you to have a feel it.
It is definitely very important to get regular massages when studying or practicing any kind of massage, otherwise you don't know how it feels what you are doing to your clients. Taking turns or exchanging with a practice partner works well. Paid massages are fine too, even if they are bad ones sometimes. In this way you learn what not to do and what you should avoid. You can learn a lot from receiving massage, good ones and bad ones. The more you learn about massage yourself, the more you will notice what other therapists are doing and if it feels right.
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