May 2, 2018
Initially, I thought I’d be disappointed not to receive any practical/technique information in module 1, but after participating in the module it has really ignited my passion to learn more!!
The information presented in this module resonated with me, especially when Shama spoke about the difference between Western massage and Asian massage traditions. In the West, the idea of what a massage therapist should be is pushed on us throughout our schooling and in professional practice.
That idea being that the IDEAL massage therapist is someone who keeps firm boundaries in place between themselves and their client. And someone who is almost entirely focused on the clinical aspect of massage.
I found Shama’s take on Thai massage therapists refreshing, especially because it feels like a much more open practice than in the West. And that people aren’t belittled for not knowing all the anatomy and physiology that is required in western massage.
After learning about the different types of positions for the therapist to be in, I’m that much more excited to practice Thai massage. As someone who has only ever done table massage I can see the major advantages of working on the floor. I feel that, energetically, working on the floor is a much more grounding experience for therapist and client, as we are closer to the earth.
I know a little about TCM and Ayurveda, and practice Qigong, so I’m used to the philosophy of energy work, but I really enjoyed the way Shama presented it in this module.
In my western massage training, we didn’t discuss energy much, it was mainly focusing on the physical anatomy and physiology. So I look forward to integrating the energetics of the body into sessions.
Hi Elijah, welcome to our forum community and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:
I am glad to hear that you resonated with my approach not to jump in head first with the techniques. As you noticed, without having an understanding of the approach or the 'mood' of Thai Massage, it is not possible to learn it correctly. Without this understanding it is just a mechanical sequence of techniques, but not a living and breathing healing art.
Thai Massage is quite different from western massage, both in regards to techniques and in its general approach. With this introduction (and throughout the entire course) I wanted to make sure that western students are not trying to superimpose their western approach on Thai Massage, and thus try to pound a square peg into a round hole.
May 2, 2018
Module 2 -
First, I have today that I LOVE chi machine!
This is such a profoundly comforting, yet energizing, technique and everyone I’ve practiced it with has loved it; and really felt a positive difference in how they feel.
It did take a little bit to get used to this type of movement, but then it began to feel natural. I’ve found that this technique feels relaxing for me, as well as the client. I feel like the swaying/rocking movement brings us back to being rocked by our parents as children.
There was a noticeable difference in how the technique worked when I focused on my breathing, like Shama demonstrates in the video. With my practice partner, we were actually able to sync our breathing which made the experience feel very powerful!
Thank you Shama!!
May 2, 2018
Module 3 -
I, again, felt almost immediately connected to the information Shama provided in this module. I’ve actually instictually been using some of these techniques in my table sessions.
While practicing, I’m continually amazed by how powerful working with the feet can be, while still being gentle and not causing your client any discomfort. I find it incredible how the feet (and hands) are connected with the rest of the body.
I, and my practice partner, loved the move where the therapist’s leg is under the client’s leg. The circular, almost wave-like, movement is very soothing and allows the leg to relax very easily.
Thank you Shama 🙏🏽
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