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Estell Myers' Complete Thai Massage Course Notes
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Estell Myers
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Module 1

Just completed the 1st video class. I sure hope I am posting correctly!

I Enjoy that some backround information is given, even though I am familiar with much of the content.

I currently use many of the techniques such as compression, rocking, twisting and stretching in my massages.I am looking forward to learning how to use my feet and knees!

I do like the idea that Thai Massage uses body weight instead for muscle force. I also like to work more intuitive with energy and touch. Looking forward to learning how to do this more.

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Hi Estell, welcome to our community and the Complete Thai Massage certification program! Smile

You are about 80 percent there with the forum. There are a couple of things which I will correct for you:

1. The topic title needs to include your name, because otherwise nobody, including yourself, can find your topic.

2. Each post needs to have the module number listed at the top so that it is obvious what you are writing about.

Please take a moment to read through our certification check list which will help you to get organized and to it correctly:

Certification Check List

I am looking forward to following your progress! Smile

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Shama,

I see you already fixed this for me! You are so kind to help me out, so as to make sure I get my certification and find my posts!

Re-reading and watching videos….

Estell.

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Module 2

Chi Machine

I am familiar with the Chi Machine, although I have never used one. I currently do this move with my clients on the table. The body ergonomics feel slightly different, but maybe because I am standing and have more of my legs involved. Clients really like it!

It is fun to do on the floor.

I am so glad that you will be covering massage for specific areas/concerns of the body as well as general massage. Looking forward to it.

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Module 3

Feet

The first move is one that I already incorporate into my massages generally. However, the second with the rolling of the foot out and the body moving at the same time feels very different! I am getting the hang of it, but feel like it is still a little modified I will work on practicing this one!

I appreciated the explanations of correct body ergonomics while doing the techniques. I tried them the wrong way and then the right way in my model, and he said he did not notice a difference, they both felt good. This is interesting to me, because while in massage school I noticed the better body dynamics transfers as better feeling massage on the table. I did, however notice that I feel better giving the techniques with the correct body ergonomics, which I am very sure will help with a long career.

I am very comfortable working on the floor, but not sure how I will do this in my office with a heavy electric table, which can not be moved. Is there a way to modify the technique that you use your leg under the client and rotate the foot and traction?

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Normally clients notice the difference between a technique done with good ergonomics and bad ergonomics. But even if you can’t get them to notice the difference, you can’t fool your own body! Laugh

Good ergonomics in Thai Massage make all the difference between a short and painful career, and a long, healthy, pleasant one.

You can certainly modify techniques for the table. You might try using a pillow under the client’s leg instead of using your own leg which is obviously not really feasible on a table. Since you are comfortable working on the floor, it would be a good idea to include some Thai Massage floor space into your long term planning. It is easier to do Thai Massage on a floor mat since you have better ergonomics without having to maneuver around the table.

But in the absence of the floor space, you can adapt many techniques to the table with a little creativity. And there is nothing wrong with skipping some if they just don’t work well on a table. There are so many techniques in Thai Massage that you don’t need to worry about skipping a couple.

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