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Module 1

 

I feel blessed in this specialized training of using proper technique, body mechanics, and syncronizing the breath in tandem.  I practice this with good success on my partner.  My partner loves the feeling of body weight verses muscle pressure and the energetic feel of connection attained with syncronised breath work.  I feel much more comfortable doing massage on the floor with my partner, as compared to doing it on the table, as the support and movement range is limitless provided space is available. I'm excited to continue this massage journey and to be more of a blessing to those I touch.       

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Hi Delbert, welcome to our community and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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The one thing which I noticed is that you did not put anything in the bio field of your forum profile. Could you please add a little description in there so that we know who you are, where you live, and what your healing arts background is (if any).

I am glad to hear that you like doing massage on the floor. That will make this course much easier for you.

I am looking forward to following your progress! Surprised

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Module 2.

It seems like gravatar is the only way to add photo to the forum profile.  I did add photo to the other profile I use on the video training page.  Also I added the bio field to the profile.  Last time it didn't save; but this time it did.  Thanks. 

The chi machine was a surprise for me as I didn't know what that was.  I practiced it on my older son and he really enjoyed the rocking sensations.  I excited to learn and practice more techniques soon.  The foundations of this course has been helpful as a preparation.  I did at first feel muscle cramps in my calves as I sat on my heels.  But after a few tries, I finally was able to sit without cramps and give the chi machine rocker experience.  It wasn't too difficult for me.  It came naturally.  I love rocking vibrational motions on myself and giving them to others as well.   

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Thanks for filling in the bio information.

If you love rocking/vibrational motions, you will find a lot of that in this course - much more so than in any other Thai Massage training! 

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Module 3:

Wow.  I feel like the training has now exploded with the awesome and unique skills of ancient Thai massage techniques.  I must admit that I failed to master these first essential skills on my first round of practice with them on my son.  I'm compelled to re-watch the video module again to learn and memorize these techniques so I can practice them accurately.  I agree with the foundation of starting with the feet and working up the legs for the buildup of healing energy for the rejuvenation and well being of the client.  These combination of moves look hypnotic and fascinating; but are quickly forgotten how to perform if not practiced and memorized.  My work has now begun with this special training in healing touch massage. 

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Module 4:

Yes, after finishing this module, my son and I practiced the techniques on each other.  It felt so good.  Even though we are just starting the first few techniques only, the massage feels healing and wholesome.  I purchased a carpet about 7.2 feet by 5.2 feet, covered it with a sheet, and it works good enough for us.  The additional techniques in Module 4 were complementary to the first training given on the feet.  I'm really grateful for the quick review of Module 3's foot technique's because they were a little challenging to memorize at first watch.  Now it's getting easier with some hands on practices; but I still feel like I need to review the material.  I really appreciate the quality training from Shama.  It's seems like the best training I could imagine having as an online experience.  I'm sure it would be more impactful in person; but at least a good measure of the essence is distilled in the online video instructions.  I hope that the whole Thai massage can be demonstrated as one fluid experience.  For now we focus on the bits and pieces of various techniques on parts of the body.  I'd like to see a complete massage to see the whole experience in action.  Thanks.  Blessings. 

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In the beginning it does feel like practicing bits and pieces. However the longer you practice it the more you remember, and after some time it becomes one connected flow. To help with this, there are three 'summary modules' in this course where you will be able to see how it all fits together and how such a flow looks like.

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Module 5:

Thanks Shama, I'm thankful to know those summary modules are on the way. 

In the leg warm up, I was surprised how easily I forgot one of the great moves I saw in your teaching video.  So after my practice session with my partner, I checked the video again and was amazed.  I need to review the videos to get and learn all the great moves.  The first thigh compression move is the warmup I was referring to.  So I just keep practicing the leg warmups.  It's quite the journey. 

Also thanks for sharing about your job working for a company doing heavenly head massage for the wealthy.  That was a fascinating personal story.  Step by step and technique by technique with the emphasis on flexibility and flow in the moves is one of the ways to provide a wonderful massage experience. 

I remember the massages I've received.  Some were mechanical and didn't feel that good; and I wouldn't go back to them.  There were those rare ones though where I felt blitzed or blissed out.  I felt in a daze and walked along the beach to chill out afterward.  Those were the most healing massages for me.  They gave me a deep relaxed healing feeling throughout my body and being. 

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I have heard from many course students that they picked up plenty of things when they watched a video a second or third time which they had missed the first time around. So watching more than once is essential.

Regarding those healing massages - it just shows that excellent and healing massages are not so much a matter of techniques, but more a matter of the energy, the quality of touch, and the ability to connect of the therapist.

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Module 6:

In this module the leg warmups got quite intimate and close connected with my partner.  I felt a bit of discomfort with the close proximity of body parts.  I liked the rocking of the leg with some deep compressions.best.  Some of the positions were a little awkward and will take some getting used to.  However, a good leg warmup is essential to the best stretches of the hips and so on.  I feel like I need to practice these many times to master them; and for them to become second nature to me.  I'm glad we have multiple techniques to choose from based on the needs of our clients. 

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It is a fact that Thai Massage requires more body contact compared to table massage. This might feel a little strange in the beginning, but you will get used to it. That's just how Thai Massage is done. The huge advantage of this body contact is that you can get amazing leverage in this way with a lot less effort, and you can have much better (i.e. more therapist-friendly) body mechanics.

There is a video coming up in this course which talks about this subject more in depth.

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Module 7:

Ahhh....We are getting into the stretches at last. 

Thanks for the observational problem area work up, by checking the feet for clues of restrictions and how they might be loosened up.  I like to avoid the medical terms like diagnosis and treatment that can get into legal trouble.  I use more laymans terms to avoid the radar. 

When I did the hip, 45 degree angle, stretch on my partner, his knee was elevated several inches dramatically in the air.  But after the rocking gentle stretches with the elephant walking compressions, his knee went almost completely to the floor during the ensuing stretches in just a few minutes of warmups. 

The knee hip stretch towards the practitioners shoulder was challenging at first; and one that I need to practice some more to perfect.  The gentle feet massaging to the hamstrings felt so good to practice and to experience.  I really value this move. 

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So you got instant proof that this works - great! That's one good thing about the stretches. You have these visual indicators that you just don't get from doing oil massage. This really helps us gauge the effectiveness of our work.

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Module 8:

I felt that the pie hip training concept was excellent with the use of 45 degrees, 180 degrees etc.  It really gives an easy reference to the various stretches planned for and how to do them systematically as needed.  I like practicing with the alternative approaches as well such as rocking into the deeper stretches.  My partner really loosened up gradually in the hip joints. 

Over all, Thai massage looks so easy and simple from the outside.  But when beginning the practice of the actual techniques, suddenly, how easy it is to forget what and how to do some of those awesome moves.  I'm thankful to repeat the videos due to that issue.  later on I'll go back and repeat the video course over and pick up more details that I might have forgotten.  Excellent material. 

I'd like to see you in action doing a Thai massage without the explanations that disrupt the flow.  Just to view the master in action so to speak. 

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Actually this is coming. There are several summary modules in this course where you can see how it all goes together as in a real Thai Massage session. The first summary session is module 11.

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Module 9:

These 45 degree hip stretches are really intensive at times; and that's what sets Thai massage apart from other modalities.  I had to be gentle and careful with my client as his flexibility isn't as loose as your video partner was.  I found the rocking rhythm very helpful here. 

The hip rocking, spinal twist was my favorite.  I love that move and want it done to me.  Hehehehe.   My client was pleasantly surprised with this move and loved it too.  

I did go to YouTube and watch some Thai tutorials.  I saw a lot of thumb work, linear pressure, and routine sequencing.  It caused me to realize more fully the wonderful value of this specialized instruction in comparison.  As I listened to some authoritative western Thai therapists explain anatomically whats under the skin of every body part they touched, I really gravitate back to the simplicity of the Thai energy emphasis. 

Did you get your energy practice from "Quantum Touch?"  It seems replicated from it.  I've used that modality before also.  When I think of chi, I think of the blood circulation in the body.  By focus and imagination, the blood can be manipulated in the body.  By focusing on the hands and the clients body part, the blood can be used to bring in a flood of healing substances.  Of course, this includes gases like oxygen from the air we breathe which imparts energy to the blood, and making it bright red and a potent healing force.  There may be much more to it than that.  I'm still learning about it. 

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Yes, I did get some of my energy practice from Quantum Touch and from medical Qigong. I have studied both and integrated them with my style of Thai Massage.

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Module 10:

Yes, I'm feeling more comfortable doing the spinal twist now as I've practiced it a few times.  I'm amazed at the multitude of hip stretches available.  I like to practice every one of them to get a feel for the ones I like to do mostly.  The adductor stretch went well as my client was able to increase range of motion rather quickly by inching forward in the hip stretch outward.  He liked the calf stretch also; and I'm careful not to over do the stretches.  I'm excited for the upcoming summary video for the lower body.

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There are always more techniques available than you could ever us in one session. It's good to have options to choose from instead of one set fixed routine.

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Module 11:

The summary.  Finally.  I feel like your summary teaching was very helpful.  I like how you remind us multiple times of the basic points and skills you value for our long term massage career. 

I'm gradually feeling more comfortable with the sequences I've been learning to master.  There are so many moves and variations; but that's the beauty of it with all those tools to work with.  So I practice over and over and develop a flow and connection with my moves.  My partner is patient with me as I practice the moves. 

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