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February 5, 2015 - 1:28 am
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Module # 1 Thai Foot Massage

I never realized the feet had energy lines. This video is very informative, because i was a little worried I might harm some one by touching the energy lines and causing damage. The instructions where clear how to correctly do it. I was really amazed how the arch of my hands are to rest on the foot so I don’t put all the pressure on my thumb { no more thumb pain }.  

Question: How long can you massage the energy lines and if the person has sour feet would it be good to use a little oil ?

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Normally oil is not used if the foot massage is part of a Thai Massage session. If you do a foot massage only session, then you would definitely use oil. This will become very clear when you get to the second half of the course. The techniques in the first half of the course are normally used if the foot massage is only a part of larger session.

However there is nothing wrong with using the techniques in the first half of the course all by themselves. They are not designed to be used with oil because you will use hands, forearms, elbows and knees, however theoretically you could use a little oil if you wanted to. There are no hard and fast rules about this.

There is no time limit for massaging energy lines. You can never overdo it unless you use too much pressure and make it painful.

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 Oh yes I see what you mean about the pressure that’s why if I rest my elbows on my legs and keep them slightly bent, while making sure to keep there feet at the right distance apart, makes the difference in how much hard or soft I am massaging the energy lines.

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February 6, 2015 - 12:41 am
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That’s the secret in Thai Massage – it’s all done with the entire body instead of just the hands, and using body weight instead of muscle pressure as much as possible.

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In video # 2

It’s interesting how you explained the difference of the knee when trying to place the foot in a 45 degree angle, I realized when your applying pressure on the foot their knee starts to move. So I used a pillow and kept the flowing motion on the foot it didn’t move anymore.Cool

I find the  forearm is a little tricky for me but i’ll get it.

I tried it out last night I rolled out the foot in a flowing motion and my wife said she enjoyed it from the start, she didn’t want me to stop, because her foot is flexible I realized supporting it with my hand while resting her foot on my thigh I was using less energy with better results.

I used to think the harder the pressure the better know I realized flowing is better, the energy lines made the results awesome also.  

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For Thai Massage it’s always a good idea to keep some pillows handy. Many times they can be used to fix a position which would not work otherwise.

“Pressure” and “harder” are words which should not even be in the dictionary for any kind of Thai Massage work. Instead it’s all about using your body weight and leaning in.

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February 8, 2015 - 11:32 am
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Yes that’s true Mr Shama ill remember that.

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Module#3

Lean in roll out : This technique seems a little challenging . It’s like a dancing rhythm  rolling the feet and circle motion all at once. Leaning from left to right made it less challenging I was able to do it smoother using the outer edge of my hand and keeping the feet closer together.

I like that you can use this technique on the legs also.

Top of the Feet: This technique is a little different because the energy lines are between the toes on top and their is 4 energy lines. The bottom has 3 energy lines. I like that I can use my fingers and the fleshly part of my thumbs. 

Sides of the Feet and Ankle : It’s nice that I could do circle or pull at the foot from the heel up to the outside edge of the foot. 

Thanks I really enjoyed this video.Surprised

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February 8, 2015 - 10:10 pm
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I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the video. There is lots more great material coming. Smile

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February 10, 2015 - 10:31 pm
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Your welcome

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Module # 4

  I like this video there is so many different ways to use my forearm and elbows comfortably. I will keep in mind to use the smoother side of my elbow when doing the energy points instead of the sharp bone. When using your knee it’s flowing like the third video in a rocking motion. When the clients leg is sitting on the knee, to position the leg draw the knee in and draw the ankle out before using the fist, the client would feel comfortable. Keep the toes pointed in towards one another to eliminate a space between the ankle and the floor.

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Module #5

I like the how you helped me to identify the restriction of the clients hip, by there feet being in a ninety degree angle and when I try to push it down it’s hard which isn’t good for the knee.

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That’s a great feature of Thai Foot massage – you don’t have to stress your thumbs and hands so much since you can replace them with other body parts.

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Module #6

 I found this module very informative. The ankle and foot being relaxed simultaneously is a good technique I was aware of, but I rely found the way you do it with the body weight much easier.

Cracking the toes I found is a bit dis comfortable for clients.  

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February 17, 2015 - 9:49 pm
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Module #7

I like this video on reflexology, I learned this when I was younger and its true clients find the thai massage more comfortable. I feel like I am using my strength not my weight like thai massage.

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Now you are in new territory with this course. The Thai Reflexology/foot massage is one of my favorite treatments here in Thailand and I get at least one session every week. Smile

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February 18, 2015 - 8:16 pm
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thats awesomeCool

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Module #8

I will keep in mind foot massage can be painful  as you said in this module, I will also keep communications with the client.

Working on the ankle was new for me its a good technique.

Thanks for explaining how to keep my hands ,arms and shoulder from being damaged in the long run.

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Module #9

    Wow what a very informative module this was. It’s cool to how you added the legs and knees in this video. From my experience I rubbed the legs and I did find that clients find the gastrucnemius muscle is very sensitive the circular motion you showed gives much better results.Cool  

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Yes, that’s a nice feature in the Thai Foot Massage system that it includes part of the legs as well.Smile

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