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September 28, 2015 - 11:04 am
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Many students told me that I make it look so easy. Of course it looks easy after doing it for 16 years. Smile When you do it for a while, it will feel just as easy, guaranteed!

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Module 21  I really appreciate you giving us alternatives of different ways of working with our clients in regards to their weight and size.  One of my clients is very petitie and another one has a weight of 225.  I being very small needs to know those different techniques.  It felt much better on my body.  Also, my daughter with her CP does not turn her foot easily so would it be best to hold her foot in that position while working on the hamstrings?

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Module 22,  I have noticed that most people are not really flexible so I am asking alot of questions pertaining to level of pain.  I do love working on my sister, however, who is very flexible and I am able to use the power stretches.  She really is enjoying the stretches..

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Module 24  Most people want deep, deep, deep and feel it is not a good massage if they have  not been worked on with a lot of pressure.  I have received a very good response and most people are saying this technique has given them a sense of relaxation and they felt loose.  They were very surprised at how good it felt.

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If someone is rather stiff, then you just have to modify and adjust techniques so that they work for such conditions. There is always a good amount of creativity and modification necessary in order to work on different kinds of bodies. The modification can be just a small adjustment, or you might have to use a totally different technique, or you might have to eliminate certain techniques. This is something which develops with practice and when working on many different types of bodies.

If people want deep, deep, then just use more forearm and knee techniques. There is a lot more to come in this course to show you many different options of doing that.

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Module 30  Really loved this one.  I have not done a spinal twist on my clients in the past so this is excellent to be able to offer. Clients responded with positive feedback.  I did feel a little awkward trying to hold the leg up in the side lying position, especially for a heavier leg.  I tried bringing my hand and arm up toward the thigh and that helped. 

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Module 25  I am so excited to have viewed this module.  I am 100 lbs and my husband is 220.  He has a LARGE BACK  and is muscular.  He is always asking for massages and he is very hard to massage.  It is very difficult on my hands and forearms.  This was an awesome way for me to give him a deeper massage and cause no strain on my hands.  He is now very happy that I will be able to meet his needs and help his back.

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module 26  This one was more difficult for me with the combination of the neck massage coincided with the trapezius and shoulder massage.  This takes alot of coordination but I am sure this will get easier.  I did use my head rest to my massage table because it is removable.  This felt ok for my client.  Is this ok to do or is it necessary to place the pillow under my client? 

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The pillow set up is only meant as a massage table/face cradle substitute. If you are working on a table, you don't need any pillows in the prone position. However when you work in the side position, you will need pillows, even on a table.

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Module 32.  My husband has a bad shoulder and will need surgery soon.  His shoulder locks up quite often and is one of those people who has the underneath of his shoulder blade like glue.  I was very excited when viewing this module because I thought I could help him.  I was very disappointed that once I started working on him he was saying he was in pain.  His shoulder was locking up and what I was doing was not helping him.  I realize now that not every technique we learn is going to work or even be helpful on everyone. For that shoulder I resorted to just some rolling and very light rolling of my thumb along his shoulder blade.   I did work on the other side and it was better. 

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Module 33.  I too would not end a massage sitting.  My massages end while my client is supine and I work on the neck, head and face.  I did like the fact that this position is perfect for my co-workers.  I am an RN and my co-workers are always asking me for massages in between taking care of our operative patients.  They are sure loving me now.  I am getting very good at feeling knots and tension, something all us nurses usually always have unfortunately.  They all thank you !!

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I am glad to hear that the nurses are benefiting from this course! Smile

Regarding the shoulder work, you need to have a pertinent treatment protocol for certain conditions. You cannot just use the techniques and apply them.

For example if you find that someone has a painful condition, and stretches are not working because they are not the right method initially, then you should first do a few sessions where you mostly do warming and relaxing techniques like circling and wiggling-type moves along with other rocking moves to loosen up the shoulder area.

If you have a big enough repertoire of moves, and you want to know what works best for a particular client, how do you find out which techniques work best for such a person? You ask!

You tell your client that you will tailor the session to his/her needs, that you will use various techniques, and that you want feedback how each of them feel in order to fine tune what works best for them. In other words you work with a client, not on a client. Most clients will be happy to guide you and be involved in the treatment. After all nobody can feel better than them how something feels.

Good therapy sessions are not an  automatic sequence of techniques. They are an intuitive, sensitive and collaborative process between therapist and client.

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Module 34.  I really enjoy learning techniques that are practical for me.  As I previously said,  I have my RN co-workers asking for me to massage them.  I also have my children and my husband asking for massages.  Most people, in my experience, are always complaining about their neck and shoulders.  This technique can be used so easily while someone is sitting instead of having to lay someone down.  I like the fact that is can use my body weight, use my forearm, and not have to put a lot of strain on my hands.  This technique has been very effective for everyone that I have worked on and I know I will use this quite a bit. 

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module 29.  This was interesting and I have never sat on a client to give a massage.  This took a little bit of time to get used to in regards to sitting in the right spot to really make it feel good.  Once I practiced a few times, it felt natural and very pleasing to my clients.  My sister especially liked the hip massage.  She has sciatica problems and this was very relaxing and therapeutic for her. 

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module 27  sorry for posting out of order.  Took a trip out of state and it kind of through me off a little.  Anyway this was one of the modules that most clients responded so positively.  Number 1 response..." you can do this the whole time if you want"  and I am referring to the trapezius area.  It is amazing how many people have tension in this area coupled with between the shoulder blades.  So many people need to be worked on in this area and I know that not only will I be using this a lot with the Thai, I will combined it with my myofacial techniques. 

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module 28.  I really appreciate how you have given us several modules that sum up what we have learned so far.  I usually set up my computer with my family and watch you while I practice which does not really create good continuity with the flow, however I learn best this way.  When you provide a module like this, it helps me create a sense of flow.  As a practice more and more I know that I will obviously not be using the computer and my moves will just flow and become natural and very free flowing.  Thank you for this recap !!!!!Smile

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Module 35.  Communication cannot be emphasized enough.  I do believe that if a rapport is not developed many people will probably not feel comfortable coming back to me.  I have not gone back to certain therapist for this reason.  I will definitely remember all of this important information and develop a good rapport with my clients in hopes of repeat clients. 

I am so excited to have completed the Complete Thai massage course.  This has been an enjoyable and remarkable addition to my massage career.  I am grateful for you and all that you have to offer to those you teach.  You have a very calming voice and such a graceful flow of techniques.  I will continue to practice and perfect my techniques and hope that I have a steady flow of clients who will want to continue to come back to me.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your time and amazing lessons.  I am blessed to have come across your course. 

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Congratulations for completing the certification program. It was a pleasure reading your progress reports. Also thank you very much for your concluding words. They mean a lot to me since I really put my heart and soul into my training courses.

When you originally registered for the certification program, you indicated that you wanted both the international and the CE certificate. So far you completed all requirements for the international one. You had signed up for the test questions which need to be completed for the CE certificate. As soon as I see the completed test questions result, I will send you both certificates.

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I completed all of the test questions.  There were 158 questions which i completed yesterday.  I do remember signing up and had access to all the questions.  I do not know what went wrong.  Please let me know what I need to do for you to get all of my questions that I completed.  Thank you.

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There should be some kind of function to submit the test questions or grade them or close them out or something like this. Did you see this?

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