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Thank you so much again for the opportunity to gain my certification with your program. I am very excited to begin studying a new form of healing and to be able to help my yoga clients further.

I have been through the first two videos. Thank you for the introduction and further explanation of Thai massage.

I have tried the Chi machine technique on two people now and finally after tiring a second subject was successful. At first my subject was my husband, who is very fit and muscular. He is thin but because he is so fit he is a heavy, solid person. I found the movement awkward at first but seemed to get the rhythm down after trying it a few times. But no matter how smooth my movements were I could not really get his whole body to move. The movement would stop at his shoulders.

My second subject was one of my yoga students who has been a client for about a year now. He is middle aged and less fit. I was able on my first attempt to move his whole body and keep it going for 30 seconds or so, which he greatly enjoyed. He said it made him feel more mobile and more alert afterwards.

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You know, there can be a good explanation why you cannot get someone to move above the shoulders. If you do everything right, and the head is not moving, then this is generally an indication of stiff or tight muscles around the neck area. If I encounter such a person, I check their neck and in pretty much every single case they are in need of good neck work.

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My husband does have problems with misaligned neck and tight muscles around the neck and shoulders. A lot to do with the upper body workouts and wrestling practices and the trauma associated. I feel that if it wasn’t for me he would fall apart some times. He is very passionate about martial arts, just as passionate as I am about healing and teaching yoga. I guess that, and our understanding of each other, is why we are great partners.

 

I have gone through both of the foot videos and have discovered that I am not naturally good at some of the circular motions with the feet. My grasp feels uncomfortable on the foot and the movement while rotating of the foot is awkward. I have practiced them several times and I am getting the hang of them though. Most of the kneeding techniques are easier for me. Some of these foot techniques I have experianced with from a partners yoga class I experianced. I love the work between the foot bones. It seems to always really hit the spot for some of our more active clients when they have been having foot trouble or run a lot with their training.

I have studied a lot in a training for medical massage therapy that I did not complete. I felt that the teaching was to sterile, non energy based and not personal enough for my taste. I have learned more since my husband and I started the personal training buisness. I feel that it is important for me to be able to help our clients.

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Hardly anyone is naturally good at the circular motions with the feet. It takes practice to get used to these moves and then you will become ‘unnaturally’ very good at it. Smile You will definitely be able to help your clients with your Thai Massage knowledge, and in your kind of business this should prove to be very useful.

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Durring the leg warm ups I had a hard time getting myself in the right seatedposition to used my forearms on the thy. I felt like I was in the same position you were but could not get very good leverage at times. I will keep practicing and re watch the videos to see if there is something I am missing. When we did the bent knee kneeding with heal of the hand I perfered not to use my thumb. it just felt more comfortable and my hands moved better. The roll and pull move on the thy was a good one. my husband even comented about how good that one felt and that it seemed to releave a good bit of tension in his hips and thy.

I think the gentle rocking in the second warm up video is interesting, you would not think that a motion so small in the body would releave so much tension but it does. I did as I said have some trouble working with my forearms though. I will keep practicing and keep you updated.

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That’s quite common that students feel a little awkward in the beginning of the course in some positions. In pretty much all cases this resolves itself after a while when you just keep re-watching the videos and keep practicing it. Your body has to get used to all these new ways of moving. Often it is just a small adjustment in your position and then it suddenly clicks. A couple of days ago another student had a very similar experience, and by the time he practiced the next video, he had it figured out. So you are not alone Smile

All the techniques, if done correctly, should feel easy and comfortable once you get used to them. If there is any particular technique that does not feel right even after practicing it for a while, let me know and I will give you specific suggestions on how to adjust or modify it so that it works for you. 

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Thank you. I am practicing the leg stretching techniques now. One of my clients particularly likes the technique with the feet in the thy. He has very tight legs in general and has trouble in positions like downward facing dog, and even childs pose. This technique coupled with the warm ups, helped him releave some stress and tension he had built up from his regular running practice. Some of these leg techniques I have had experience with through my Yin Yoga teacher training. I find some of these much more fluid for me. I am still practicing the warm-ups that I was having difficulty with. I have gone over them several times now and I figured out that one of the issues I was having with my leg position and getting close enough to the other persons body. I had to move my leg into a bit of a different position than you hold. I am 6 foot tall and have very long legs and I was just getting in my own way. I have figured it out but of course still working on them all.

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also This week was really busy for me at work so I apologise for having a gap in my training video responses.

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We all have to learn how to adjust positions according to our body size and comfort level. That’s why I keep stressing that this is not a mechanical system but an art form. This also applies to techniques. What works for you might not work at all for a 5 foot tall therapist. What works well on a 120 pound client might not work at all on a 200 pound client. The art is to figure out what works on whom and how to do it with least effort and in the most graceful and fluid way.

Don’t worry about posting gaps. The course is not going anywhere and neither am I Smile

 

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