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August 14, 2018 - 7:03 pm
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As I am not sure if this question is already been discussed, please accept my apologies if so. 

I am just finishing the Thai foot massage (half way or 5 video), I see that some of my friends are much more enjoy if I start first with the manipulation of the foot and than proceed with the energy lines. Is it OK to do so? 

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August 14, 2018 - 8:28 pm
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Of course you can do that. There are no rules here. You don't have to follow the exact sequence that I show in the course. Just do what you like to do and what people like to receive. Smile

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August 15, 2018 - 12:40 am
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Dear Shama, 

thank you for the prompt answer. I will "play" and I am sure as the course progress, and as I am starting to work with different people  I will have more concerns. 

 

All the best from Sarajevo, 

Enita

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August 15, 2018 - 9:42 am
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Feel free to ask any questions - I am happy to help. Smile

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Dear Shama,

After finishing all 6 videos regarding Thai foot massage, I would like to take a brief overview of my beginners experience.

I like to start with the manipulation of the feet or whit shaking, as I see that this help people to relax at the beginning. Their muscles become loose so it is easier for me to proceed. I am proceeding with supine position techniques in other not to move clients frequently. However some of my friends I found very stiff, so I need to adjust the technique, and I found the side and prone position very helpful in that case.

As I expected, everything seems easier than it is in real time. It is really hard when people are stiff. 

Working on the energy lines is very comfortable for them all, and that positive energy gives me a boost to proceed. So when I feel low (because of the stiffness usually) I go on the with the energy lines. 

Hope this is ok?

All the best, 

Enita

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Yes, this sounds great! This course is not meant to be a fixed sequence. You can make it your own and adjust it to fit your client's needs. As you found out, some people are harder to work on than others, and they might need a different approach or sequence than someone with smaller and more flexible feet. After a while, when you don't have to think about the techniques anymore, it will all flow and become more intuitive. 

Of course there is another big section coming up in the course with a totally different approach which will give you many more skills.

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Thank you for the support, can't wait to see the rest of the course. Let me know go thru the modules so far.  

 

Module 1. 

Working with the energy lines is very comfortable for me. All the friends have a very good response to this. And the good thing is none of them so far those not found this funny, I suppose because it is not light touch but with more pressure.

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Module 2. 

Working in the supine position is nice and comfortable for clients. Using the thumbs is easy. However using the knuckles is a little bit demanding, and  using forearms depends (foot size does matter for me so far 🙁 )

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Module 3.

Finally working on the top foot it is so nice and pleasant technique. Also  the outside and inside edge of feet is ok for me (not too complicated) and for the friends. I try to add breathing in every movement, I feel as this is calming for clients/friends.

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Module 04.

Working with a client in the side position, I found very comfortable in a case when they are stiff. Working with the forearms and elbows is a little bit demanding for me. But it takes time to master those skill.

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Module 05.

As I mentioned at the beginning, I like foot manipulation. Foot manipulations and stretches in the supine position is so far the best possible way to start the massage. 

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Module 06.

 I like working on the toes, even it is very few movements, so I add this part with the energy lines from module 1, is this ok?

And foot relaxation is also nice and well received, I also do this to myself before yoga session 🙂

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You will learn plenty about working on the toes in the next section of the course. 

Now your posting looks like you are going for a certificate. First I thought you are just sharing and asking questions. But I checked and I see that you sent in a certification registration. In that case we need to fix a few things. Here is our certification checklist which explains the process:

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Please read through this. I will fix some things for you, like creating a correct topic title with your name in it so that you can be found, and adding your last name to your display name, again to make it easy to find you.

Also your posts per module need to be a little longer. But at least you made a good summary post. You will get there! Smile

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Dear Shama, 

I am really sorry about this. Somehow I miss this check list. So I just start writing, I was waiting for first part to finish so I can have a full overview. I will follow the chek list in next part. And for sure my posts will be longer. 

Thank you for correcting my details!

 

Have a nice day

Enita

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Module 7.

Thai foot massage reflexology, and working with oil is much more familiar with my friends/clients. So far I practice this as the separate part so it lasts up to 10-15 min. I found a little-complicated alternative for the knuckles (wrapping around the finger), but I think this is very useful if you have many clients. J strokes are nice for performance (not hard and demanding), and it feels good for the clients. Also, the technique for the upper part of the foot, are very well aligned with the anatomy, and after yoga practice, it is really nice form, my friends, to have a massage of this part of the foot. I found this very useful as an addition to my yoga class.    Massaging of the toes is hard if you use a light oil, it is too slippery.Laugh But I try this once without oil (my friend had very small feet) and it was a comfortable for me and for my friend as well. But after module from today, I realized that I can use a little mixture so I can avoid this 🙂

PS. this was the reason why I waited for module 1-6 to finish befor posting anything :), you are very detailed and you tell all the single detail, thru the videos so far. However, I will follow the rules, know that I am familiar with them, so posting will be regularly, after the video and some practice. 

All the best, Enita

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Great, now it is all organized! Smile

Yes, this section is totally different. This is the style which is used in Thailand to give one-hour long foot massages, or even longer. If people work several hours a day doing this kind of foot massage, they need every trick to make it easier on their hands - that's where the wrap-the-knuckle-around-the-finger technique becomes very useful.

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Module 8.

I found working on the floor mat very indulging for the clients, as from my point of view they are more grounded to the earth. I like the feeling of being grounded. I try to work all the time in synchronization with my breath as I feel this very relaxing. Working on the ankle and A. tendon is soothing for the clients. It is instant relaxation (I even try it on myself..it is really nice). Power technique is really powerful, it is a little bit demanding for me in case of the "big" clients as they can stand the pressure extremely well. One-to-ten communication is really helpful in this case (as you know 🙂 ). I prefer to say 1 is not feeling at all 5 is feeling comfortable pressure and 10 is uncomfortable pressure aka pain.  And I tried on one of my "big" friends this as the first thing to do and it was great for him (something like pranayama in yoga 🙂 ). 

The difference in oil is very helpful, light oil is the no-no to a foot massage, heavy oil or mixture of coconut oil and cream works much better. 

I really appreciate your dedication to ergonomic, it is something beginners always put aside, but it comes back as pain in different part of the body very soon (boomerang effect). But sometimes things look easy on the video but it is not that easy when I try. for example my elbow is sliding on my inner part of the knee :)) but practice will make it better. 

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August 21, 2018 - 2:18 am
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I replied to your email message about the course delivery, but I got a message back that you are out of the office and won't read your emails. Anyway, I am sure you will find it. Smile

I just got a foot massage session today and the therapist used very light oil. Her hands didn't slide properly at all. It felt quite weird. So yes, the right oil/cream is very important. 

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August 21, 2018 - 2:44 am
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Dear Shama, 

oil..who woulda thought it makes such a difference on the foot 🙂

I received e-mails, thank you so much! the expansion part is very "rich" with new materials. And the good thing is I will have much more practice before I have access to that so I think this is really a great present from you ! 

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Thanks for the kudos - I like to take care of my students! Smile

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