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Dustin: 'Complete Thai Massage' course notes
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Dustin Desouza
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Module 1

The various techniques, principles, and positions, were a great overview of what’s to come in future modules. The breakdown of some of the terminologies will help me to better explain to the client, what the session(s) will entail. 

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I have been trying different mediums in which to use for a floor cover. For the ‘Chi Machine’, using a thick ‘memory foam’ I found not to be the best. I had to try a lot harder to get the same results, than I did with a thinner mat. I found that I had to use different timing with different people (due to body size/shape), to get what I would consider the maximum effect.

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May 4, 2015 - 8:21 pm
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Did you ever see the video I made about choosing the best mat? You can watch it here:

What is the best mat for Thai Massage

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Thanks for the info.  I will check out all of the “Tips and Tricks” soon. 

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When practicing the foot massage I found that incorporating my body weight was so much easier for me than to use just my thumbs. I also found the angle in which my body was at during the “circling” and “rocking” motions eased the need for me to “muscle” my thumbs into the feet.

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My transitions from move to move and foot to foot are getting more fluid now.  I’m hearing nothing but praise from the “moves” being taught.

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That’s a recurring  theme in this course – don’t work with muscles and use body weight and good ergonomics instead. That by itself can make a big difference in your work and extend your professional life because your won’t burn out your body. It’s just a lot easier to work that way.

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Module 5

I found that paying close attention to the correct positioning(s) is crucial for both my massage partner and I.  Not only with comfort, but it helps the massage feel more ‘fluid’ and less ‘static’.  By not aligning myself correctly, I had to compensate for that by working harder.

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The rocking technique used with the legs was greatly appreciated by my massage partner. I was told it wasn’t just where my hands pressed that felt nice, it was where the leg is connected to the hip that really loosened up, and the ankle as well. It is a ‘multi-purpose technique that felt good throughout the entire leg’.
When using the ‘Elephant Walking’ technique, I found that using a considerable amount more pressure on the foot than the calf was appreciated. I guess an ‘Elephant Walking’ with a limp was what my massage partner wanted, lol.

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That’s the great thing about rocking – it works on more than the spot where you have your hands on. In some cases you rock in one spot, and the entire body is moving – how cool is that! Laugh

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Module 7

I’m very happy to see that you explained some ways to assess where tension is. The ability to do so allows me to feel more comfortable with the decision of what methods of massage would best benefit a client. It allows me to have a more meaningful approach of what to do next.

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Module 8

Quantifying the hip using the Hip Pie concept is an excellent way to simplify the angles in which the leg is able to move. Through all of the stretching techniques shown in this module my massage partner appreciated working on her calves the most. I was told that when she went on her hike, it took her 20 min. less time to do the trail. She accounted that to the calf massage she was given.

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May 31, 2015 - 9:58 pm
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Wow, that’s a pretty impressive result – congratulations! You are obviously doing something right.

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Module 9

As you stated, these are some powerful stretches. My practice partner loved these stretches. It was necessary for her to be very communicative during these moves as it is very easy to stretch too far. Although my massage partner is more flexible than another person I tried these stretches on, the pressure that I was able to use (where it still felt good) was much greater. This is something that I will have to try and balance.

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Module 10

The “blood stop” move did produce a feeling of warmth, and a tingling sensation. The “adductor stretch” was well received by my massage partner. After doing this move over a period of a few days, I was able to go further than the first time it was done (as well as other moves in this course). It is making her very happy to have her flexibility progress further.

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That’s a great thing about Thai Massage – you can physically see the results of it when you become more flexible with a greater range of motion. That’s a unique feature of Thai Massage.

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Module 11

I really liked to see everything put together as a sequence.  It makes practicing the moves so much more efficient.  It also really helps to see the transitions from move to move in a more fluid manner.

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Module 12

Those were some nice calf stretches, as well as some variations to do them.  The hip stretches shown were very easy to produce some strong stretches.

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Module 13

In this module it was very helpful for you to show some ways to deal with pain. It truly does help the session to feel as if it is not just a sequence of moves. To stretch on less of an angle in order to prevent someone from feeling pain is definitely the way to deal with it, but to “work” on it to try and allow the intended depth of the stretch is how to produce a top notch healing experience.

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Sounds like you are getting a handle on the subtleties of Thai Massage already! My training is a far cry from just teaching a sequence of techniques. There is a lot more to it than that.

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