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Dustin: 'Complete Thai Massage' course notes
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Module 14

When the “Half back arch stretch with quad and hip flexor stretch” was done with my massage partner she said, “it was a stretch that she has never felt before.” If that was the only stretch I did throughout the session that would have been fine with her. The “hip rocking” transition from left side to right side can be quite the workout. We definitely shared some laughs by me trying to do that one proficiently in the beginning.

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Module 15

The moves on the belly were found to be very relaxing. A helpful way I use for synchronized breathing is to use some music in the background that has a rhythm similar to slow controlled breathing.

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June 22, 2015 - 2:20 pm
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That's an impressive comment about the "half back arch stretch"!

I know, the transitioning is not the easiest thing initially, but it will keep you in shape as well. Smile

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Module 16

Lots of really nice moves for the shoulder area. I’ve been waiting to learn the moves for these areas. I just had to ask my message partner to do these moves on me as well, and they felt very good.

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Module 17

These moves feel really nice on the hands (I just had to ask for these moves to be done on me as well). Elephant walking is such a nice way to apply such a great deal of dispersed pressure, instead of just using thumbs in a concentrated area.  Adding in the circular motion to it gave it a whole new dynamic that was well received by my message partner and myself.

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If you have been waiting for shoulder moves, you will be very pleasantly surprised. There are two full modules coming up later all about shoulder work.

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Module 18

Very nice manoeuvres with the transitions. I will definitely have to practice positioning and placement with these spinal twists, although my massage partner did enjoy them.

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Module 19

Again, I love the summary sessions. It is so efficient for me to practice all the moves by just pausing the video between each one.

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Module 20

Using elbows is a great way to give a deep message with minimal effort. Feet are used to full body weight, and using thumbs to massage them, can feel like a gentle message even though quite a bit of energy is being used. By using elbows, even gently, is far greater force with plenty of reserve power to apply more pressure if the person wants it.

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Module 21

You have shown us the technique many times throughout your teachings of leaning vs pressing (without leaning), but it still impresses me that the application of using either of them makes a huge difference in the outcome. I do feel for my massage partner from time to time when I use more pressure in the move than through the softness of leaning. My biggest concerns are that I’m not applying enough pressure (because nobody likes a lazy message), and applying too much. Finding that perfect sweet spot where the person doesn’t feel like they've just wasted their time/money because it wasn't enough "effective" pressure, or feel like they need another massage to undo the one they've just received, is a mindset that I wish was implemented in some of the massages that I have received in the past. I appreciate you trying to instil these values in your teachings, and ways to find how to get the most out of each move.

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"feel like they need another massage to undo the one they've just received" - that's a funny one! Smile

There are two ways to develop the feeling for the perfect sweet spot. One is practice and experience, and the other way is using the one-to-ten questioning method which I talk about in the course.

Of course the two can be combined. The one-to-ten method is especially valuable when you don't have so much experience yet. 

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Module 22

My massage partner really enjoyed these stretches. She goes for long hikes on a regular basis, and told me that she stretches her quads often while on her hikes as it is an easy stretch to do by just grabbing her foot from behind while standing. She was very surprised to feel such a great stretch of those areas when she maintains that area herself quite often.

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Module 23

Lots of nice techniques to provide a thorough massage of the glutes and sacrum area. I was hesitant on applying my full body weight on the glutes with my knees. I took it very slowly and kept asking how she was doing as I continued to apply more pressure until my feet were completely off the ground!  

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Module 24

The various hand motions over the right and left side of the back was told to me to be very warming and comforting.  The subtle differences in the techniques shown had definite noticeable outcomes.

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Many course students are worried that kneeling on the glutes causes pain, but the glutes can take lots of pressure or weight. After all the gluteus maximus is the largest and most powerful muscle in the body.

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Module 25

Using my elbows and knees in the lower back is a really efficient way to deal with those strong muscles. Following the 1 to 10 rule closely I was able to provide a considerable amount of pressure on those muscles, definitely more than I would comfortably be able to do with my fingers and thumbs.

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Module 26

The techniques shown in this module were greatly appreciated by my massage partner. I was told that I needed to practice squeezing her neck and circling her shoulders for a very long time….not because I was doing it wrong, but because she wanted it to last forever, lol.

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Haha, what a great feedback! That's one of those moments when it feels so worth it to be in this profession.

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Module 27

You were not joking when you said you could knead the trapezius forever and there would not be any complaints. Pulling back the scapula is a very interesting move to perform and felt nice to my massage partner. For that matter, all of the shoulder stretches were greatly appreciated, and for me it was nice to know other methods to take care of that area other than the “classic” kneading massage.

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Module 28

As usual I love the summary sessions! It makes practicing so much more fluid for me. As I have said before, It is also great to see the transitions from move to move.

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