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Heidi Rose Arnold
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Module 1 

I was very pleased with the in-depth over view of Thai Massage. I am ready to start practicing "feeling my way around the body". This concept fits so well with me and how I connect to other peoples energy.

I have already started practicing with the with the different Therapist positions. Because of my yoga back ground the positions are not too uncomfortable for me. I do feel I need to practice them daily so I will be completely comfortable in my body when I start working on clients. 

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Module 2 

Good Ergonomics and the Chi Machine

Thai Massage is very appealing to me because of using body weight instead of muscle power. I feel that it is easier to get burnt out or worn out when performing Western massage. I have always felt like Thai Massage and Yoga had a lot of similarities. After today's lecture, I see just how similar it is to be a Yoga Instructor and a Thai Massage Therapist. When preparing for a Thai Massage session the Therapist must have; right mindset, right body posture right attitude, and the right breathe. This is exactly the same for a Yoga Instructor preparing to lead a yoga class. 

The Chi Machine is definitely herded to perform than it looked in the video. I have practiced it on two of my sisters and they both loved it very much. I definitely need to continue to work on it so I feel more comfortable as I perform it. I can see how the body can become completely relaxed during the Chi Machine. This seems like a great and relatively easy way to get the energy flowing through the body. 

Over the next few days, I will be practicing the different body positions of the Therapist as well as doing exercises to strengthen my toes, ankles, and knees. I will also be practicing the Chi Machine. 

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Welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized (although it looks like you did everything correctly):

Certification checklist

It seems that this course is a good fit for you. I am looking forward to reading about your progress.

True, the Chi Machine takes a little experimentation to make it flow, and you will get there! Smile

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Module 3 

Foot Massage 1

After I watched module 3 video I was very egger to try and give someone a foot massage. In the lecture it was stated several times that it takes practice and that it will feel awkward the first few time. I agree completely.

I have mentioned before that I am a yoga instructor, I told my clients that I am doing this Thai Massage training and I ask that anyone who is willing can stay after my yoga classes and I will practice on them. Tonight I had 5 clients stay. I practiced the Chi Machine (I have been working with this the last few days on my sisters and I am feeling more comfortable) and the 10 different foot massage/manipulations that were introduced during Module 3. My clients gave me some great feed back on if there was too much pressure or not enough pressure. I felt very awkward with the first two. I also felt like my transitions form one movement to the next was very choppy and ridged. I did feel that by the fifth client this evening I could already tell a difference in my body postures and a smother transition. I hope that I will have the opportunity to practice on clients after all of my classes (I teach four classes a week). I am hoping to get a lot of hands on experience. 

I am planning on re-watching to video tomorrow and add to my notes. I am also going to watch the video when I have a body available to manipulate while watching. 

I was looking back in my notes and I saw that I had written down "Start with Chi Machine" and again I wrote today "Start with Foot Massage". So, I am a little confused. Do I start with the Chi Machine and then move to a Foot Massage?

Is the name of my Topic OK? Or is there a way I can edit my topic name to say, "Heidi Arnold Complete Thai Massage Certification Progress Notes"?

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"Heidi Arnold Complete Thai Massage Certification"  - That's fine. The main thing is that the topic title includes your full name and the course you are taking, and that's there.

Re-watching the videos is always a good idea. There is almost guaranteed something that you had missed the first time around, as confirmed by many of our students.

According to how it is presented in the course, you start with the Chi Machine. That's how I always did my sessions. But then again, we have students who change the sequence around a bit. I don't want to make any hard and fast rules here. The main thing is that it flows well and that the client enjoys it.

Naturally, in the beginning the flow won't be there yet. That takes time and lots of practice. The good thing is that you have lots of yoga students to practice on. It is always better to practice on a variety of persons rather than just on one person.

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Module 4 

Foot Massage 2

The introduction of the Concepts of the foot massage has already helped me as I practice the foot massage moves. Memorization has never been my strong point. After the first Foot Massage video I was very focused on making sure to move in the exact same way as was shown in the video. With having the concept of the foot and making sure to move through all 8 ways I feel way more comfortable when I practice. I started keeping a mental check list of the 8 directions, I feel like I can already tell a difference in the flow of my movements. I know with time I will develop a routine that flows well with me.  

In the last few days I had the opportunity to work on my Dad (first male body for me to use). I was very surprised at how different it was. Because his body is so much larger than the women's bodies I have worked on, I really had to focus on using my whole body not just my hands. I am going to make a point to practice on him after every module. I think learning on all different body types will be beneficial for me.

I notices that I am using more muscle energy not body weight. I am aware of this and I am working on using body weight. I am also doing my sitting, squatting, kneeling, balancing exercises daily.  

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I am glad that your dad's larger body drove home the message of how important it is to work with body weight and your whole body. If you work on smaller and lighter people, you don't notice the strain much. But on larger bodies you do notice it very clearly. So I definitely second your good idea to work more on your dad. Smile

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Module 5 

Leg Warm-Ups

Before watching the video for Module 5 I had not considered warming up the musicals in a massage session. However it is very logical. When planning a yoga class there are always poses to warm up the body before the big starching stars. Also, before working out we warm up the muscles. I was happy to learn the leg warm up.

I am being to feel more and more comfortable working on peoples body’s. I am also seeing how similar it is for me to prepare and lead a yoga class and to prepare and preform a Thai Massage session. 

I like how the massage is like a flowing dance. Gracefully moving from one technique to the other. I have been working on making my movements more fluid like. I am still a little stiff and awkward when I transition from on leg or foot to the other. I know that with time and practice I will become smoother. 

I practiced the leg warm ups and everyone enjoyed them very much. I can see how warming up the leg muscles can be very relaxing. 

I was also happy to hear that a lot of these techniques will be repeated on other parts of the body. Repetition is a good way to master a skill, and to gain fluidity in the body and techniques. 

I am also still doing the foot/leg exercise for me and I have now added the flexible wrist exercise as well. 

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"I am also seeing how similar it is for me to prepare and lead a yoga class and to prepare and perform a Thai Massage session."  -  Yes, the similarities are clear. I think that's why we have so many students (more than half, I think) who are yoga teachers.

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Module 6 

Leg Warm-Ups with Forearms.

Using the forearm is a great technique to know. I have already found that is is much easer for me to work on a larger body using my forearms. My brother and his wife were over the other day and I asked if I could practice on them with my forearms. My sister-in-law is a very petite women, after the first forearm technique I used on her I realized her muscles and body frame were much to small, so I switched and practiced leg and feet warm up instead. When it was my brothers turn it was a different story. His body is very muscular and he has a big frame. the forearm techniques worked wonders on him. I was amazed how much pressure I was able to use on him. Practicing on him was a great opportunity for me to really focuses on using my body weight not my muscles. 

I also gave a mock warm-up massage (from the legs down). I picked out the foot and leg techniques that I feel most comfortable with and I wrote them on a list. I then had my sister lay on the floor and I moved through the list as if I was giving her a real Thai Massage. It went a lot better than I thought. I am still awkward with transitioning from one technique to the other, especially if I have to move my body from under their body. I will keep practicing!

The kneeling exercise a great. I've added it to my Thai Massage Prep work out that I have been doing daily. 

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Great experience with two totally different body types! This shows clearly that Thai Massage can never be a one-size-fits-all system. It has to be adjusted and modified for different body types. You will learn a lot more about such modifications in this course.

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Module 7 

Leg Stretches 1

First, I want to say "thank you" for only introducing a few leg stretches. I started feeling overwhelmed with all the new warm up techniques and then learning leg screeches on top of it. After watching the Module 7 video I felt more energized and ready to keep going. 

I need to keep working with the Right Angle Foot - Hip Stretch. I am struggling positioning myself right so I can fully extend my leg. I know that like everything over time I will feel more comfortable. I gave another mock warm - up and added the leg stretches. I am feeling really good about most of the foot and leg warm ups. 

I really enjoy the modifications you have shown. As you know, I use my dad to practice on. He had one of his hips replaced and because of the mechanics of the prosthetic hip his rang of motion is quite different form one side to the other. It was nice to be able to practice the modifications in "real" time. I am so thankful I have such a great variety of bodies to work on! 

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" I am feeling really good about most of the foot and leg warm-ups."  - Happy to hear that. It will only get better and more comfortable over time.

Positioning and body mechanics is something you just have to play around with until you find the position that works best for you. 

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Module 8

Leg Stretches 2

Thank you Shama for the encouraging words in the forum but also in the videos! 

I can see how some of the leg stretches might not feel so great on someone with really tight hips. I was practicing on a very flexible person but I hope to work on someone not so flexible to see how their body responds. I did practice the modifications too. The rocking modification is quite lovely.

I love visualizing the hip like a pie with 8 slices. That really helps me remember the leg stretches. 

I have found that a very effective way for me to learn these modules is, first I watch the video and take my own notes. Then I watch the video with a body handy to manipulate and practice with. Then, I take my notes and the notes you offer us and I work through the stretches or warm-ups on a body. Last, I try to work through as many of the techniques as I can remember without any notes. This process seems to be working really well and I am enjoying every step of the way. My partners are enjoying the process too!

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Good - you developed a system for learning that works for you! Smile

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Module 9

Leg Stretches 3

I can definitely see who some of these stretches can be very intense or uncomfortable for some people. Thank you for the reminder to watch the client to see how they respond to the stretches. I know that when I am practicing I get caught up in everything I need to remember for the stretch, my body positioning and breathe, and I forget to look at the client. I took your tip on asking the client to rate each stretch while I practice. Having the client speak up has helped me stay connected with them. 

The stretches seem to come a little bit easer to me than the warm ups. They are very similar to yoga stretches that I use in my classes, they are just more hands on for me and less work for the client. I am also noticing how the stretches are similar to some hands on adjustments I offer. 

To recap, I am manipulating someone’s body everyday or every other day. I am doing the therapies stretches and exercise you have suggested daily (those stretches are in addition to my normal daily yoga practice). I am loving the materials so far and I look forward to learning more stretches and techniques.  

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Happy to hear that you love it so far. There is tons more material coming up. Smile

True, many techniques are basically applied yoga, but it turns into massage because the client doesn't have to do anything.

But there are also many other elements in Thai Massage that are not applied yoga, so it is very versatile.

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