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Session 1

Yay! I am in, I have just completed my first module and am so excited. I love all the versatility of techniques and tools and look forward to continuing practice with such a wonderful mentor.

The first module goes over tools, techniques and terminology. It is expressed that this not just a wonderful way to do bodywork but it is an art form and not just mechanics , but mechanics added with technique 

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Welcome to our forum, Don. I am glad you came onboard and I am looking forward to your progress reports. The beginning is always the hardest, and then it gets easier with time.

Luckily you figured out how to overcome your posting issue:) And thanks for your compliment!

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Thai Massage session 2

This is wonderful! Love Shama’s Spirit. 

It is always important to understand that there is more to Thai Massage then just movement. Always keep in mind the following:

  • Right mindset
  • Right Posture
  • Right attitude
  • Right Breathing

My own opinion is the following mentioned by Shama are that these qualities are a connection to energy. If you are trying to make the client feel better then prior to coming in, your energy should be calm and peaceful and stay this way thru out massage. This is what brings quality to movement and technique. You should be totally comfortable and relaxed, correct ergonomics helps with this.

Shama says “the massage should be artistic and beautiful” I love that! This is what we are trying to learn. “Thai massage should feel natural, comfortable and enjoyable not just to the receiver but also to the one who gives it”.

Different names for Thai Massage – they are just names they are all the same

  • Thai Massage
  • Thai Traditional Massage
  • Thai Yoga

Develop your own style based on tradition and the best way possible. Other styles developed by Shama:

  • Thai Rocking Massage
  • Heavenly Head massage

What is ergonomics in respect to Thai Massage:

  • Ergonomics means ideal position for technique
  • Keep Posture upright as much as possible
  • 90 Degrees to client
  • Be relaxed as much as possible

In Thai Massage are sequences, one move follows the other. Or you do topical which is therapeutic, on one area or another.

Chi Machine

  • Practitioner sits in open diamond stance, undulates the hip with clients heels in center of their palm and middle of there thighs.  The movement must come from practitioner’s center. Posture and core are activated to achieve this. Movement is firm but relaxed with good posture
  • Lift the legs and swing the hips if need to get started
  • Lift the legs and continue with focus on the clients hip movement in mind

Continue this movement for a few minutes.

Effect and Benefits of Chi Machine Technique

  • Tingling in the entire body
  • A rush of energy
  • Auto back massage
  • Stimulates a chi flow throughout the entire body and nervous system

Give the client some time to experience the feeling after technique with your hands lightly on their ankles 10 to 15 seconds as to not loose body contact

This an art form and should be enjoyable. It is about sharing and healing not just about money.  Love this!

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Thai Massage session 3, foot massage 1

I will definitly have to watch this one again and again. Foot massage is generally the starting point of Thai Massage.

Side to side

  • Working on the feet affects the entire body
  • Feet hands and ears
  • Establish a gentle touch in the beginning / Start in a gentle way
  • Alternate in a rocking motion side to side. Left-right with a gentle external rotation hands gently wrapped around the feet. Be sure to use body weight and not force of muscle
  • Each rocking motion start at bottom ( point 1) middle (point 2) top (point 3)
  • Go thru points in this fasion1-2-3-2-1

 Circular External Rotation

  • Left foot circling from your center same points 1-2-3-2-1
  • Squeeze out and bend (Can tell this will take practice to get the flow)

  Inward Rotation

  • Place hand gently on top of feet, Just below the toes, Lift hips up , the body is lifted more than 90° ( repeat 3 times)

 Downward and Upward Angle (Plantar Flexion and Dorsi Flexion)

  • Practitioner is in closed diamond seated position, Receivers feet are comfortably outside the practitioners thighs, Hands are wrapped comfortably around receiver’s feet. Gently on tops of feet. Practitioner leans gently down with weight. This stretches the food downward.
  • Practitioner places heel of hand right below receiver’s toes, Push the feet forward with body weight leaning forward. ( Use the whole body)

Compression and Traction

  • Practitioner lifts clients leg, practitioner is at an angle with receiver’s upper leg over there lower leg. Receiver’s leg should be in a straight line with upper body
  • Heel of right foot is placed in palm of left hand, fingers wrapped gently around foot thumb at top of arch and below toes. Gently lean forward and push forward for compression. Twist left push twist right pull. Pulling is traction.

Inversion and Eversion Twist

  •  Foot is still resting on practioners leg same fasion1-2-3-2-1
  • Movement comes from your center not your wrist

Dorsi Flexion Stretch (Dorsal Surface stretch and Plantar massage )

gently wrap fingers under sole press up with fingers as thumbs press down ” bob up an down with your body.

 

 

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Just finished Chi machine and foot massage 1 on my partner.

Feedback on internal rotation was a little much for their knees. I modified by doing one leg at a time and then figured I had their legs to far apart, once I brought the legs closer together all was fine. It was much more enjoyable for them. The other did not hurt them however, not comfortable for them and seemed to take them out of relaxation. I was able to quickly get them back though.

They loved Chi Machine they loved the ending where sole of foot is massaged as top of foot is stretched. My partner was an athlete in youth and now is middle aged, experiences gout if they do not watch their diet.  Also have extremely high arches. Tendons of foot are very tight at base of arch.

I feel it was a good session all in all as I learned to not take legs to far apart. I later noticed on video Shama’s models hips were hip width  apart if that.

A few minutes later partner said he felt energized and could not wait to work out. That was very rewarding to hear.

Also said “when your feet hurt your whole body hurts” So I guess there feet were hurting prior.

That comment was very rewarding especially for such a short session.

I finished the Foot Massage 2 as well; it is a good lesson for anyone who teaches movement. Just think of the way the body moves.  Great video once again!

 

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Thai Massage Session 4

Love the idea of learning conceptually as to mechanically, this gave me great relief in learning this art form. This really helped with flow.

Think more about how the body moves, wonderful. much easier to do

Foot Moves 8 ways

From Ankle

  • Circumduction/ Circular
  • Eversion/ Out
  • Inversion/In
  • Dorsi Flexion/Up
  • Plantar Flexion Down
  • Twist/ Compression or Contraction and Traction
  • Reverse Twist
  • Workin underside
  • Working Top/Press and roll up

( Trikanasna/ Tree Pose)

Circle thru sen lines/ Sides of foot (I need to watch this again)

aswell as sen lines of toes

Spaces between toes in the top indention of foot follow with circle

  

 

 

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Thai Massage Session 5

Shama gives a very helpful discussion on being intuitive and not to mechanical.

Goes over butterfly techniques in Trikassana on inner thigh and calve

(leg in 90 degree angle)

Breathing made simple when lean in breath in, when release exhale.

 

Inward rotation on sen line on outside leg

Also, helpful techniques on working with the inflexible client as well as the flexible client

Inward rotation on sen lines made very simple.

As always use your whole body

Goes over butterfly techniques and in Trikassana ( leg in 90 dgree angle)

 

 

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I am glad that you find the conceptual learning process helpful. Here in Thailand the various schools typically give the students a course manual, and everyone’s eyes are always glued to the manual when they are practicing.

I never liked this rote style of learning since it does not foster creativity and spontaneity. Thai Massage is all about creating a session which works for your client. And, as you found out already, this is not the same for everyone.

It is best to understand right from the beginning that this is not a mechanical one-size-fits-all system. Once we see the bigger picture, we will figure out which techniques fit the client and yourself. If you try to religiously do all techniques on every client, you will run into lots of challenges. Conceptual learning and conceptual sessions work much better than following all the techniques from step one to step 100.

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Thank You Shma, Love how you discussed not necessarily going thru format also. I am excited as I know this will make me more creative. Typically I do 1 of 3 formats. This changes things up a whole lot for me alreadyWink

 

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Thai Session 6

Clients are finally coming back from Holidays; I used techniques of 5 and 6 today on a Pilates Client.

She had finished a 6 mile run and strained her left hamstring. She was going to cancel today. I asked her to come in do light work and I would work massage her legs. She says she feels much better.

This is wonderful for 3 reasons.

  1. She feels better.
  2. She didn’t cancel her session today.
  3. She had possibly some injury recovery.
  4. And even still another reason to ad hopefully injury prevention as we were able to get to trauma and muscle memory and hopefully take away some of trauma in the future.

 

I also felt much more creative, as I didn’t even work her feet today. I just went immediately to working her areas that were sore. The rocking was great as if I had not known this and went right to work. It would have not been a pleasant experience for her.

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This sounds great, Don! It looks like you are making good progress and internalizing the program very well. I am happy that you are getting such good results already!

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Thank you Shama, My clients are becoming very spoiled in a wonderful way. I also practiced techniques of Chi Machine along with module 6 techniques on a client with knee pain today. We went slow and gradually became more vigourous. Asked her to tell me immediately if she had any pain.

 Well, it was very fun as she just started giggling during chi machine, said there was no pain. I proceeded to warming her legs and also using your rocking techniques with the leg at open 90 degree angle and finished with her feet in same position rolling in.

She loved it. Asked to please do chi machine again . It was very nice. I am very fortunate to be able to practice on a variety of people who trust me and have open lines of communication.

Also I am very fortunate to of found your course. I am watch Module 7 tonight. This really is a wonderful adventure for me and my clients and family.Wink       

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Generally everybody loves the ‘Chi Machine’. There is just one exception: people whose knee ‘hangs through’ – i.e. people with hyper mobility. They can find the Chi Machine uncomfortable because their knee joint does not keep the leg in a straight line. If you observe such a condition, it is probably best to skip the Chi Machine.

Keep up your good work! Smile

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Thai Session 7

Such a much better session today. I had to revisit the video on 7 and Rocking Massage 4 as I had a rushed day and let it affect my practisce. Today much better!

 

We did Chi Machine wich is becoming a favorite. Warmed up the leg. Was able to practice elaphant walking agin with leg open. Was also able to do rocking techniques with hip circle again.

 

This receiver has a pulled muscle on hamstring so we did not do much strteching other then adductors and gentle low back stretches with legs bent. They mentioned as walking out that ther leg no longer hurt while they were ther. They did say later that after going home that there was still some pain when going up stairs. But, still feels better then before.        

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Great! Good news. We can never expect to fix everything 100%, and certainly not in one session, but if there is an improvement in the condition of your client or partner, even a little bit, then this is success and progress. Thai Massage is not about reaching a specific goal, but about gradually getting better and better at it – and there is no limit or ceiling.

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Thai Session 8

Great Massage today! Client was male 25 had been in a car accident where car was flipped. He is also a massage therapist and friend or I might not have performed massage. (Was released from hospital. Accident happened a little over a week ago. 

 

However, he has communication with me and trusts me so we did gentle warm up.

Did rocking techniques on legs as well stretched calves. 

Also, performed compression and traction techniques on hips along elephant walk.

 Layed him on side and massaged low back, legs and shoulders  

 

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Wow, you are getting serious cases right off the bat. Good exposure and great for learning and practicing. Working on perfect yogi types is always easy, but working on people with problems is the best way to learn, because then you can gauge your results much better.

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Thank you Shama. I have many clients with physical challenges. They have given me lots of practice not in massage but in teaching Yoga and Pilates for years before discovering Thai Massage. I am really excited about improving my skills. This has been so wonderful!

I can implement in there other sessions or just give a Thai massage. I am also taking your advice and having them right there reviews. I will post them on my site also for you if you like.

I also want to write a review for you as I am a big fan already.

 Cannot believe we are already at 9 on modules.

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Thai Session 9

 

I really love the rotation and rocking techniques in this module. Can not wait to try these out!

I will get soon to give you my report.Smile

 

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Reviews are always great, since they force you to articulate clearly what you are thinking, and that generally makes it clearer not only for those who read your reviews but also for yourself. For example I have learned most by teaching it, since it forced me to look at other’s viewpoints, be really clear in my mind how and why it works.

So reviews are good for us, they help others who read them to make up their mind about it, and they streamline our own thinking process. Writing things down has proven to be much more effective than just having it in our minds. That’s why goal setting for example always involves writing your goals down.

I love writing articles about Thai Massage since I come up with many good ideas that way and I am forced to organize my ideas so that they make sense to others.

To make a long story short: reviews help your own learning process, they are useful for others and they are useful for me. So by all means write reviews, and encourage others to do the same. Smile

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