May 28, 2015
I found this an interesting module.
Until now I have used open diamond stance whilst working the foot lines.
I liked the advise on wrapping my hand around my recipients' foot to take the pressure off my thumb joints. I too have had aching thumbs but luckily only for a few hours at a time.
I found the alternative position easy to maintain, dropping forwards and relaxing my hands will take a bit of practise.
You will see that I focus a lot on taking it easy on your hands. Western reflexology can be very hard on the thumbs. One of the great features of Thai Massage is that you can work without stressing your hands so much. You will hear a lot about that in this course.
I am very aware that I don't want to be the cause of anyone creating problems in their hands with my material. That's because when I started out with Thai Massage 16 years ago, I developed a nasty thumb joint infection from overusing it, and it took me a year to get rid of it. Since then it has been a constant theme for me and my way of teaching to make sure that the therapist's health is never jeopardized by the massage work.
Also could you please complete the bio section of your profile so that I get an idea where you are at with massage in general. I still don't know if you learned massage just last month or if you are a 20 year veteran with tons of experience. That's useful to know when you are communicating with someone!
May 28, 2015
Worked through these foot techniques.
i particularly like using my knuckles as it gives my thumbs a rest while still being able to work specific lines.
Haven't decided as yet which is my favourite between the side sitting and cross legged so alternating between the two.