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I started this course on January 6, 2017. I’m challenging myself to post every other day till I catch up with the videos I’ve already watched and practiced. Wish me luck.  Smile

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Module 1

  • I liked the challenge that this modality will provide. I sometimes focus to much on the different muscles and how to fix my clients’ issues above the feel and relaxation of the massage.
  • Most of the techniques are similar to Swedish massage with the exception of traction and stretching which my school did not focus on. 
  • Out of the the therapist’s positions I find the squatting position the hardest to maintain. I need to start massaging my feet again in the morning with a focus on percussion (this has helped in the past).
  • I’ve begun focusing on my breath with the movement. I have found that it does improve the connection with my clients and the flow of my movements. Not only with teachiques but also with the flow of the entire massage.
  • Thanks for the great videos
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Be easy on yourself with your catching-up challenge. Smile You don’t want to feel like you are stressing over it. 

Regarding the squatting and your feet – there are several helpful supplementary videos in this course with tips and exercises to speed up the getting-used-to-it process.

I am glad to hear that you are already incorporating breath awareness. This will be very useful, as you will see. 

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Module 2

  • To create the experience of a Thai massage we use the correct movements, body posture, the right attitude, and synchronize our breathe with these
  • Your discussion of Tai Chi along with other discussions I’ve had this week has encouraged me to try and find a group in the area to practice with. 
  • I was able to get my partners’ head to move while doing the Chi Machine 30 minutes of practice. But I’m unsure how well I performed the move.
  • The hardest part for me is still holding the “Japanese” sitting position for that long. I’ve re-watched the supplemental videos, and I will challenge myself to practice my sitting and stretching each day.
  • I’ve put out a request to find someone to practice with maybe twice a week. We are a family of six so there is no shortage of “warm” bodies to work on, but I’m looking for more directed feedback them they seem willing to give at this point. 
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Well, don’t worry about performing perfectly. Of course nobody ‘gets it’ totally the first time around. It takes time and practice to get good at Thai Massage. This is a rather complex system with lots and lots of techniques and a refined system of ergonomics and correct use of your body, your breath, and your energy.

In the beginning it is always more difficult, until your body gets used to new positions and new ways of moving. You will find, like many other course students, that after a few weeks it will all feel more ‘dialed in’.

The good thing about the complexity of Thai Massage is that you have a huge variety of options, modifications, and ways of doing things. There is so much potential in this system, it is really amazing.

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Module 3

  • I practiced this module with three partners
  • I need to work on getting a better feel for the amount of pressure (the amount of resistance) each partner needs on their feet. 
  • I received positive feedback on my Chi Machine and the overall flow of the movements
  • One partner, that is heavier, stated that she felt her body was moving to much during the “circular foot bending and twisting” movement. I place the ball of my foot near her ischial tuberosity and that seems to stabilize her. After that, she stated that the move felt better and that it seemed to be a better stretch. What are your thoughts? Is this modification OK?

Thank you for your feedback

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I always encourage creativity and modifications. I can only show what works on most people, but the real art in Thai Massage is to adapt it to your individual clients. I modify things all the time when I work. If it feels better for the client and it works well for you, then you can certainly do this. 

I haven’t tried this particular modification, so I can’t really comment on it specifically. I haven’t heard such feedback from any clients so far. But new things will always come up and it is good to get in the frame of mind to experiment with ways of doing it better in such situations.

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Module 4:

  • I’ve been working on finding a foot sequence that I like and that flows, but I’ve yet to test it out on my volunteers that give better feedback.
  • I’ve narrowed it down to five moves plus the Chi Machine at the start, but I find myself slipping back to Swedish techniques when I find a spot that is not releasing as much as I would like.
    • Chi Machine, Circle/Press Out, Press Up/Down/In, Foot Twist, Wiggle/Rotate, and Lift/Press with Fingers
  • During this module I’ve been struggling with using just body weight instead of muscle power (more than the leg modules).

Side Note: I’ve been sick for a few days.

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The foot techniques in Thai Massage are not really meant to be a complete foot massage system. They function more like a small part of the entire system. 

However if you really want to focus on feet and work out specific issues with them, there is a much more specific Thai foot massage system. This is more related to reflexology, and it is not part of normal Thai Massage. It is a stand-alone modality. I have an entire course about this if you are ever drawn to learning more about this. 

Thai Foot Massage

However you can still do a very nice and effective foot sequence with the material in the Complete Thai Massage course.

You will get used to working only with body weight whenever possible. I keep mentioning it in just about every module! Smile

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Module 5

○The Japanese style of sitting and squatting are becoming easier. I’m still working on being able to squat and lower one knee at a time.

○This video was easier for me than the foot massage, because it is similar to the Swedish Massage techniques that I already know. 

○During these practice sessions I’ve focused more on the artistic and intuitive side of the form. Focusing on the feedback from my partners body rather than a correct number of repetitions.

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That’s the way to do it. The artistic and intuitive side is what gives Thai Massage it’s heart and soul, and it gives us, the therapists, inspiration and enthusiasm. Mechanical Thai Massage can get boring over time. So what if you forget a move or the correct number of repetitions. The clients don’t know and don’t care. For them it is only important that it feels good.

Over time you will remember all the techniques. It will come with repeated practice and re-watching the videos.

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Module 6

  • The squatting and dropping one knee is becoming easier all the time.
  • So this video gave me another challenge, some of the positions were harder because I have extra adipose that I’m still getting rid of.
  • I’m looking forward to making the transitions smoother.
  • Overall I loved this module, I’m always looking for new ways to work deep without hurting my clients and the focus on smooth, slow movements that use our body weight will allow me to do that.
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Slow, smooth movements that can be done with nothing but body weight, and ideally with body parts besides your hands to prevent strain on them, are ideal for working deep. There are lots of options for doing just that in this course.

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Module 7:

○ I’m excited to learn more about how to use the feet to diagnosis hip issues, we did not spend much time on it at my school.

○The support material lesson #6 really helped since I’m more petite than not. 

○ The move that got the best response in this module was the circular rock. As dancers we use our hips more than others and it can lead to very tense joints.

○ I’m trying to find a massage therapist that has the same availability so that I can experience the techniques as well.

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I don’t know where in Texas you are, but there are lots of Therapists from Texas who have gone through this training. You might be able to hook up with one of them. Where do you live?

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Arlington, TX

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Module 8 (I wrote this on 3/11/17, but then forgot to hit the post button): 

  • This module was full of great advice and reminders. 
    • Work with the client where they are
    • Never force their body or yours
    • Connect with your total body (energy)
  • This is a great hip stretch that everyone has liked, and I have been able to adjust the calf techniques to the massage table.
  • I’m looking forward to adding the knee massage to my Swedish massage as well. With spring coming early I’ve had more clients with knee and calf issues.
  • I love the power version of the hip stretch, I often have body builders come in for work and I’m always looking for better ways to leverage my body weight to give them a better stretch and massage.

I was reminded today of one of the reasons why it is important for me to learn this type of massage. I had a client that wanted me to detail his quads but did not want to take off his knee length shorts. I’ve learned some techniques already but not enough to feel comfortable adjusting them to a massage table. Also where I work requires us to keep one foot on the floor at all time.

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You might want to ask in our facebook group if there are any Texas therapists in there.

If you have clients with knee problems, you might want to look into my Knee Therapy course which has a lot of excellent material for working on knees. This is a very unique course. There is a therapist from Romania in our community who has had excellent success with this knee therapy course. His name is Alex Negrea. He posted about it in our facebook group. You can find several posts about this by putting ‘knee’ in the search box.

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I’m going to be out for a bit. It seems I’m going to need day surgery, and any open time I have right now will go to finding a doctor I trust to do it.

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No problem, just continue whenever it fits into your schedule.

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