You are very welcome and of course you have earned the praise because you have truly taught as a teacher or mentor should.
I just finished watching module 12 and I actually got really happy watching this video because the techniques you are teaching are so simple and I can see from experience that they are far easier on the body to perform them than those I was shown for the same areas and have been using. Your techniques accomplish the bodywork without stressing the back and neck. It also looks as though one would have greater control over ones own body weight to deliver the right amount of stretch needed on any given client.
When you first described Thai Massage as a dance, well, based on my previous experience I couldn't see it. Now I know that I can achieve the flow that I have felt was missing in my Thai Massage. This is good news because it is going to make the experience smoother and therefore so much more relaxing and less distracting for my clients.
As always....thank you so much!!!!
I have the day off and decided to dedicate significant time to the Thai Massage course this afternoon,so I just finished watching module 13. Similar to the first hip video I love the flow of these stretches from one to the next. The leg swinging and shaking at the end is a great touch and one I am sure the recipient will appreciate after the stretch. I have mentioned before how the hips are an increasingly serious medical condition requiring expensive and often very invasive surgery here in the US and I have clients looking for ways to avoid surgery so this gives me an arsenal to benefit them.
Thai Massage can be very helpful in preventing medical procedures that are often a result of certain unhealthy life style habits like sitting most of the day. If you want to go even deeper into hip work, I have an entire course just dedicated to that. You could be the queen of hip operation prevention.
I completed module 14 Hip rocking and have already applied it to clients. I can sense that they enjoy the pressure of pulling and rocking the hips in this way. I thought the same thing...it is a lot like the Chi machine! This is what I love so much about Thai Massage because it is so much more therapeutic than Swedish!
The techniques covered in the abdominal massage were more than what I expected. I perform abdominal massage much as you do but not the chest work and it is this one part of the massage other than the lower back that everyone looks forward to most because it is so amazing in what it can accomplish with such a simple move. Now I have extended work I can offer for the chest area. I am sure my body building clients are going to be grateful! Also, I think the part about letting your hands "listen" is excellent and calls into play intuition. Something extremely overlooked and undervalued here in the US but that is also slowly gaining respect with the open minded and health conscious people.
Another great video lesson!
I am on a roll tonight and have completed watching the shoulders video. I have seen pictures of the bent elbow move being performed in salons in Thailand and wondered what that was all about. Now I know! I enjoyed the flow of all the shoulder moves. So many people today are glued to a desk job all week long and of course they have shoulder stiffness and pain and come to me looking for relief. I could never have enough ways to deal with this area.
As always a big THANKS for another great video!
The arms and hands video shows how to give a gentle and thorough arm and hand massage from the top, bottom, and the sides of the arm. The massaging of the hands down the palm and along the lines to each finger is excellent. People love to have their hands massaged. I have never had anyone who was interested in real relaxation refuse it. Many women will tell you that the hand and arm massage is one of the reasons they enjoy getting their nails done at a salon. We can offer it without all the chemicals!
Module 18 Shoulder transitions
This flow and how to achieve it was one of the important things I had hoped to learn from your course.
Some of my clients are tall and large and to avoid having to move directly over the trunks of their bodies, which would equate to me straddling them and that would more or less have me practically sitting atop them even in a squatting position which is not what I want to do, I do find myself having to get up and walk around them or scooting down to their legs to cross over them from there and scooting back up where I need to be, so this lesson meant a lot to me because it addressed body mechanic issues and positioning that I struggle with since some of my clients are big tall men. Admittedly I could not lift those clients for some of these shoulder stretches, but my yoga clients who tend to be smaller will love it!
This lesson addressed neck position when lying on the stomach which I found very helpful as I am one of those people who can't lie on their stomach for long without neck discomfort. I have placed a bolster under the clients forehead which seems to help also to take stress off the neck because the head is then even with the chest while allowing the neck to sag a tiny bit. I like the pillow wedging because I have not felt that the forehead propping is good for long sessions. I offer a choice of bolster or pillow and keep it within hands reach of the client so that if I can't reach to change one then they can grab one to make themselves comfortable. I have been enjoying applying all the rocking moves and having another for the back of the leg in my arsenal suits me just fine because its good stuff and my clients are loving it!
I just finished module 21 for working the legs in the prone position. As always you give excellent advice from experience on how to hold yourself and relax when working on the body. I love how this position popped the hip up and holds it in place because I have found that just having the client lying on their side to work the hip allows the hip to run away from you so this is a far better method IMO. That hip stretch looks like it would feel fantastic! Can;t wait to have my partner work mine! Another great video lesson.
Hello Shama! I hope the weather there is as nice as it is here this weekend! IT is Fall here in the US the leaves are falling and today the air is chilly. I have completed lesson 22 prone legs-3 and am grateful for the extra hip stretches with the hips being a common problem here in the US, so that was very useful.
I have been in the process of house hunting and am about to move which is why my lesson pace has slowed. I will be done with all of that the end of October and can get back into serious study time!
In searching for a new home I ran across a great new office that I hope to procure and expand my business. This would not be happening if not for your course and the new confidence I have gained from your teaching. The Thai Massage Academy Video Course was precisely what I needed to give my practice the fine finishing I felt was missing. So far it has been everything I could have hoped for and more. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and the tips videos are wonderful!
This video is about working the sacrum and how to transition from one side of the body to the other all the while rocking the hip and sacrum while massaging the sacrum. I agree with you Shama. A woman could never get enough of this work! Haha! That technique using the knees to work the glutes and the sacrum is wonderful! I can't wait to try that out on my clients. This is what I love about Thai...the elegant simplicity.
TMC-24 prone- back 1
I was taught the thumbing technique along the spine and to use the butterfly hand position to elephant walk up the back to work the back and after three years of doing it this way...my wrists and thumbs are begging to bother me a bit so this alternative method you teach was really worth its weight in gold. I chose Thai to have a longer career and to be easier on my body. I agree with you. Some people love that direct pressure and some do not. My son said it hurts his ribs when receiving it the way I was taught, so he doesn't enjoy it at all. Thank you for explaining the importance of rhythm for the techniques.
TMC25 - prone - back 2
A nice method using the knee against the back of the arm for added pressure when working on the traps! I have a lot of large clients so this elbow method to work the erectors is really going to make my job easier and save my thumbs. The knee techniques to work the back are an excellent use of ones own body weight. I have two Olympic wrestling team coaches I can use the power knee moves on which will be nice since my current method doesn't feel very effective given their size to me. That last move looks like it feels so good up and down the spine with the knee! Almost everyone that comes to me for a massage will complain of back pain of some sort so this is a very important part of the massage. Thanks for another wonderful video Shama!