As I work through these techniques I'm noticing I already use a lot of them naturally in my massage. It's nice to know or see how to maneuver legs to position feet. Sometimes, I either skip the technique or force it. So I have been practicing bending legs and using pillows and my knees on my massage table to get to the feet better. I found the information about the zone therapy interesting because it's a principle that I haven't really studied but know a little about. It's nice to see it integrated into Thai Foot Massage course material.
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This is a very comprehensive course and I am sure that you will find plenty of nuggets for your massage practice. I looked at your site, and you offer quite a lot, including Thai Foot Massage already. I am curious, where did you learn Thai Foot Massage?
Had to figure out positioning on a massage table as my plan is to integrate into my massages as well as offer thai foot massage too. I am trying to conserve my body mechanics as much as possible. I appreciate the alternative client body positions and how to use less thumbs effectively. I agree using the whole body to create the movements is much better than just using a thumb or a shoulder. I always describe massage as dancing, you have to use all parts of your body to dance. By using your body, it just feels better too.
So I decided it was much more efficient for me to watch, practice, and take notes as I went. So I will write my findings of each module.
I do like the rhythmic feel of the first movement. It is very therapeutic for me and my clients and depending on how fast I move can make the pressure more or less. It can also change the feel of the massage as being soothing/calm to energetic. Many people have commented how much they like the feel of this technique too. I've learned that working the ankle and heal help to straighten out the direction the feet point too.
It's nice to see what you can do in the different (side, prone) positions. I like the use of the knees on the feet. I have had Thai massage many times and I especially like the feel of this movement. I think It'll take a little getting use to for me to perform it. I think many of my clients will find it strange and maybe I will use it on new clients that come to receive a service. I can see doing it over the sheets as a warm up. As I go through the course I am thinking about what scenarios I can use the techniques.
Once again I like the integration of body movements to control the force/strength/flow of techniques such as rotating ankles to separate metatarsals. The things I like about Thai foot massage done on me are all the elements of stretching, deep strokes, shaking of the feet to reach a desired effect. How those things also effect the entire body.
Thanks for showing foot massage demonstration. I really enjoyed it. I will put many of these techniques into my massage. I especially like the emphasis on the multiple ways to work the feet without solely relying on one's thumbs. As I practice these techniques my test clients can't differentiate between my thumbs or fingers. I think that's pretty good.
Power techniques and explanation of oil usage was helpful. I'd like to see tools somewhere in this presentation. I often have Thai foot massage done on me and the people always use a little wooden stick. I would like to learn more about that and some simple techniques on using it.
Working on the toes...love this module. It's always nice to learn new ways to do things. This is one of those refreshing moments. I like the explanation of these techniques. Helps me remember them better. I also created a sequence so I can remember the many techniques that I've learned to this point. So I can develop some sort of flow to my service without thinking too much about what I can do next rather focusing on alleviating tension.
Regarding the tools, or wooden sticks, I personally don't like them. They don't feel as good as using our hands. When I get foot massage here in Chiang Mai, I only go to therapists who don't use the wooden sticks.
The sticks make it easier for the therapist, but, at least in my opinion, at the expense of the client. That's why I have tried to provide so many techniques and ways of using your body that you don't have to rely on the wooden sticks to take the strain off your hands.
That's just my personal preference, and not everyone might agree with me on that one. There are some foot massage outfits here where they always use the sticks, and other foot massage outfits where they never use them. So there are two schools of thought on that issue.