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Lainey
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June 29, 2012 - 4:00 am
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Have received the first 6 videos at this stage. No problems so far. I'm really liking the fact that I have a few days to practice each session and feel that the amount of content in each video is just right without overloading. I was volunteering at a Health Expo a few days ago, and performing a lot of massages on clothed clients. Even though it was on a massage table it was great practice to get used to some of the techniques on the feet and legs.

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That's good to hear Elaine. Sure, many of those techniques can be done on a table as well, and some can be adjusted to work on a table. I am glad you had an opportunity to put it into practice at the Health Expo, and I am also glad to hear that my course is working well for you.

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Wow, there was alot of leg exercises to take in! But they were great - I already have some favorites picked out. I struggled with my body positioning quite alot to begin with some of the specific leg stretches but the more I did it the more natural it became, plus I did adjust some slightly to suit my capabilities better.

Was very excited to get started on some of the hip exercises as this is always one of my favourite areas to work on. I feel its an area often overlooked by many therapists, when it it such a key area in the biomechanics of someones body.

My partner for the past few weeks has been a good friend, fellow neuromuscular therapist, and someone who has just come back from travelling in Thailand for 10weeks. She received many Thai Massages while she was there so its great to get feedback from someone who knows hows its actually supposed to feel. My husband is officially fired as a massage partner. She has also begun doing the treatments on me which is a really great tool for learning as it is so important that I also know how each move feels.

I definitely need to build up my leg strength for some of the hip work moves - not from the point of view where physical pressure is needed but I found my own legs were shaking from lack of strength in some moves, which was totally distracting me. But my partners legs were shaking when she was doing the moves on me also, and she is a complete fitness nut so that made me feel a bit better but I definitely need to sort that out. Will just keep working at it!

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Good to hear that you have an ideal practice partner. I am curious about the leg shaking. Could you give me some specific examples, like a specific video and how many minutes into it so that we are on the same wave length.

I know that in the beginning when you are not used to Thai Massage at all, it can take a little time to get used to using your body so much, but ultimately there should not be any leg shaking and it should all feel very easy and comfortable to you.

Normally when there is leg shaking, it indicates that you are either using muscle pressure instead of body weight, or your ergonomics is not right. My suspicion seems to be confirmed by the fact that your 'fitness nut' partner is experiencing the same.

I can assure you that experienced Thai Massage practitioners never experience leg shaking. So try to be very conscious of working only with body weight and adjust your position until it feels comfortable.

The other thing is that not every technique is meant to be used on everyone. It very much depends on your size, and your client's size and weight. If you give me specific examples, I am sure I can pinpoint the issue better.

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