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Module 1

I have viewed module one and I can't wait to proceed.  As I mentioned earlier,  I worked with children with disabilities.  I did most of my work on the floor since it was safer for these children to be on a mat.  I so wish I knew these techniques back then.  This is going to be perfect for me. First with the theory behind this unique massage technique and second, the ease with which it can be performed with no stress on the body. 

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Welcome again to the Complete Thai Massage course, Denise. Yes, this is one of the great benefits of Thai Massage - it can be done with minimal effort if you use your body weight correctly and use good ergonomics.

Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list just to make sure that it is all nicely organized and within our guidelines (click on the link below):

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I have fixed the title in your post above for you to make it easier to see. Just do the same in all subsequent posts. Smile

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Module 2:  Chi Machine.  I was very excited to practice this.  I did expect to be challenged by working on my daughter.  She has had a right hip Osteotomy as well as having a 48 degree scoliosis curvature.  Because of these issues her leg discrepancy is quite large.  She wears about a 5 inch lift on her shoe.  With this said, I thought it would be hard to get her whole body to move.  I was surprised to find out that even with this challenge I was able to achieve exactly what I should have.  She did not want me to stop.  She said she was relaxed and really enjoyed this technique.  I then practiced on another client and I felt very comfortable with the technique.  My client also enjoyed it and also felt relaxed.  She did make the comment that it felt very nice on her back.  They are both looking forward to me working on them more and I am looking forward to Module 3. 

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Congratulations Denise. This tends to be one of the more challenging techniques for most therapists in the beginning. I am glad to hear that it worked out for you right away.

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Module 3  The foot massage was more challenging for me.  I worked on my husband who has a lot of muscle and does not stretch.  As a matter of fact he is not very limber at all.  He should listen tome more when I tell him stretching is very important.  He is also 200 pounds and I am 100 pounds so it was good for me to work with him to realize that I will be working with all different shapes and sizes.  As I worked on this technique it did not come as natural as the Chi machine.  I also worked on a bed and this limited me.  I did not feel as relaxed as I would have on the floor where there is more room to work with.  He did state that it did feel good but in regards to my comfort level i feel that I need much more practice to have it flow where we are both comfortable.  I will continue to practice this technique and I am sure it will become more natural. 

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100 pounds versus 200 pounds is always a more difficult situation in massage. The good thing about Thai Massage is that you can switch from hand use to using other body parts like forearms, elbows, and knees. The larger your partner is, the more important it becomes to choose the right tools to work with. 

However it is still very early in the course, and many of these options will be covered throughout the program.

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Thank you for that encouragement.  I do look forward to learning those options.

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Module #4.  I really liked how you gave us a logical way of remembering the progression of the foot massage.  After your explanation, it was much easier performing the massage.  I felt like I could focus more on the feel and the energy rather than trying to focus on each step and what comes next.  Thank you for that.  I practiced on my daughter who is around 75 pounds which was much different than my husband at 200 pounds.  The more I practice the more natural it feels.  I did feel my thumbs starting to cramp so I think I was focusing too much on pressing into the foot with my thumbs.  I have to remember not to press too hard.  I guess after working on clients who like deep tissue it is easy to get caught up in trying to work deep.  I will work on this issue as I practice. 

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Definitely, if your thumbs are cramping, you are using too much muscle pressure and you are not working with your whole body - something to look out for. If you need more pressure or power, you don't just press harder, but you switch techniques which give you more power without increasing your effort, like elbows or forearm. All that will be explored more in detail later in the course.

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Thank you I will definitely focus on that as opposed to pressing harder. 

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Module 5  I really enjoyed the leg warm up.  As I practiced, I focused on the tips you recommended after the last module.  I concentrated on using my whole body and all of my body weight and it did make a difference.  I felt very comfortable this time.  I did have a challenge with my daughter with CP.  The leg that had the surgery is very tight and has very little flexibility.  She actually cannot abduct her leg when it is bent.  This made it difficult to do the technique as demonstrated.  I did make some accommodations and adjustments and it actually worked.  She did enjoy the massage.

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Two takeaways:

1. You made accommodations and adjustments to make it work. This is very good, and this needs to be a permanent habit with Thai Massage. It will never work if you try to do the exact same thing on every client. The real art is to modify and adjust it for different sizes, weights, body types and conditions.

2. You are only on module 5, in the very beginning of the course, and your daughter enjoyed it. That's good feedback. Imagine how much she and your clients will enjoy it when you have learned the entire system. Smile

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Module #6  Great warmup.  I worked on a regular massage client of mine today.  I worked on him for one hour doing myofascial release and relaxation.  Near the end of the massage I added some techniques we have learned thus far and did some of the quadriceps warm up.  I thought it might be a nice ending to the massage.  He absolutely loved it.  He said he felt like blood was just flowing and made him feel energized.  I smiled and told him that it was actually some Thai massage that I incorporated.  He said he would like me to add more next time.  Looking forward to learning more and using it in all of my massages. 

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It's true, you can add parts of Thai Massage to other massage styles. It doesn't have to be used as a stand-alone system.

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Module 7.  Sorry for the delay in my forum.  Had some problems with my computer. I am hoping I do not have any more issues.  In regards to the module I am starting to realize how different this is from massage.  I have done a lot of stretching with my work with my children with disabilities and of course used many modifications.  When it comes to working with the adults, I only do a small amount of stretching since most of my clients want deep tissue in the neck and back.  I am realizing how many people are not flexible and I need to really evaluate the body in order to not cause injuries.  I also realize that for as much as I want to jump right in and do these stretches some of them will not be possible as I found out working with my daughter.  I do like how you are giving us examples of alternatives to use if we do get a client with restrictions. 

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Module 8.  Today I worked on another one of my children.  Sam is my 13 year old and it is very sad that she is less flexible than some of my older clients. She used to be flexible when she was in Tae Kwon Do but has been out for more than a year and stopped with her stretching a remaining active.  I continually stress how important exercise and stretching is but I am dealing with a teenager.  She has just started volleyball and all I here is how sore she is so this is a perfect time to be learning thai massage.  She kept saying that the stretches hurt but then again she is very dramatic ha ha.  She liked me working on her and I did utilize the variations on stretches according to her body and flexibility level.  This is going to be very good for her.

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Module 9.  My twin sister was my client with the techniques in module 9.  She is very active like me and together we used to compete in bodybuilding.  Over the years working out and running has become our lifestyle.  Now after many years and still working out the wear and tear has caused back and neck problems for her.  I worked on her and I realize that after watching you with such ease and beauty, it is not as easy as it looks once I try the techniques.  I can see why this is a modality that takes alot of practice and correct body mechanics.  The biggest challenge that I am dealing with is trying to get my legs in the right position in order to perform the techniques correctly and not cause injury.  My sister's hip really bothered her as I worked on it and I did need to use a pillow under her leg.  The other hip was ok.  She has never had thai massage done and she was not used to being worked on like this.  She gets deep tissue on her back and that is about all.  She enjoyed the calf massage along with the thigh stretch.  She wants me continue practicing on her and I know that as I become more efficient with my techniques she will truly benefit by it.   

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Great detailed posts, Denise! It is good that you are practicing on several people. Compared to Swedish-style massage you  have to be much more discriminating with Thai Massage. Not all techniques work on everybody, so the art is to choose what to do and what not to do, instead of doing a one-size-fits-all massage.

Also Thai Massage definitely has the potential to hurt people if you are not very sensitive and discriminating. That's why it is so important to work with feeling, use your hands as listening instruments instead of as a tool for applying pressure.

Thai Massage is a real art. If it is done in a mechanical insensitive way, just a series of presses and stretches, it can feel terrible. Done correctly it can be an amazing experience. Anyway, a lot of this will become more clear throughout the course - you still have 41 modules ahead of you. Smile

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Hi I am sorry for posting here because I know this is for the forum.  Could you please let me know how to contact you with a question I have.  This is not in regards to any of the modules. Either a phone number or an e-mail.  Thank you so much.

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