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I have never done much reading about Thai Massage. I learned it all by studying with various teachers and doing countless sessions. I know that there are some good books about Thai Massage available, but I cannot recommend one since I did not study them in depth. For me, intuition and creativity were my main learning tools.

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Module 12 

Hip Stretches 1

I love all the versions for the same stretch. I have been making an effort to practice on all body times. I found these techniques and variations very helpful. It is amazing how powerful these stretches can be for many people. 

I am also seeing how important it is to use my whole body when working on clients. I have a very strong upper body and I noticed that I oftentimes only use my arm muscles. When this happens I become tired more quickly. I also notice that when this happens the stretches are not as enjoyable for the client. I will keep practicing. I’ve started having someone observe me as I practice and they let me know when it looks like I’m only using my muscles power not my whole body. This techniques is helpful for me. 

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"I noticed that I oftentimes only use my arm muscles. When this happens I become tired more quickly. I also notice that when this happens the stretches are not as enjoyable for the client."  - Sometimes it is harder to unlearn something than to learn something new. Smile

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Module 13 

Completion of the “Hip Pie”

I was just practicing on my friend and he is very strong with very tight muscles. I was noticing how I was having to adjust and modify almost everything. After watching this video I am eager to work on his body again. Thank you for the modifications and the tips. With his body I think it would be best to stick to the warm ups and skip most of the stretches  because his body is so tight. 

I drew the “Hip Pie” diagram on a big sheet of paper and hung it on the wall where I practice massage. It is a very nice visual reminder of the different stretches and techniques. 

Thank you for the reminder to keep the massage flowing. I do not want to just go through the machinists of the techniques I want to flow gracefully.

I have used the one-to-ten method every time I practice. I find it very helpful and my partners seem to enjoy it too. I have found that the people I am practicing on really like to give feed back. This is really helpful for me. 

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"With his body I think it would be best to stick to the warm-ups and skip most of the stretches because his body is so tight." - This is generally the way to go with very tight clients. There is no point in forcing stretches on people who cannot handle them yet. Warm-ups and rocking moves can be a better choice.

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Module 14 

Hip Rocking and Moving around the client

When I was practicing the hip rocking I had a lot of positive feedback. Everyone said it was a great feeling. I was very amazed at how well the body rocks with just a little movement on my part.

Moving around the client still feels stiff and awkward to me. I know that the more I practice the more fluid I will become. I’ve been using a large pillow to practice on. I’ve also been practicing with my sister. She tells me that it don’t feel awkward or choppy in her body. So I must be keeping a nice genial touch. I just feel that my movements are awkward. Practice, practice, practice.

In your hidden gem video I tried the Achilles tendon technique on my sister. She is a runner. She said that her heels have never felt so good. She said she wants me to do that technique to her weekly.  

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"In your hidden gem video I tried the Achilles tendon technique on my sister. She is a runner. She said that her heels have never felt so good. She said she wants me to do that technique to her weekly."  -  Great!! Happy for you!

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Module 15 

Abdomen and Chest 

With the abdomen I see how just a little pressure goes a long way. I feel like these abdomen techniques are really good to help aid digestion. When I asked to work on my clients bellies, a lot of them were very hesitant. I did what you suggested and I tried very had to listen with my hands. I feel that the belly is a very vulnerable part of the body. I was able to feel the tension in my clients release after a few moments. Everyone said they were pleasantly surprised at how it felt to have their bellies worked on. 

When I practice on the chest I am also receiving positive feed back everyone seems to really enjoy the sternum rocking. The circling of the upper chest is also a big hit. 

I do have a client that has very large breast, for her I skipped the sternum rocking. I felt like my hands would only be resting on her breast tissue not her sternum. Any suggestions of how to handle that. Or is it just best to skip a technique if this happens? 

Thanks for the balancing practices swinging my leg around is quite fun!  

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"I do have a client that has very large breast, for her I skipped the sternum rocking. I felt like my hands would only be resting on her breast tissue not her sternum. Any suggestions on how to handle that? Or is it just best to skip a technique if this happens? "  -  Yes, best to just skip a technique in such a case.

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Module 16 

Shoulders

I was very hesitant to try the foot to armpit push-pull technique. The feed back I received was amazing. Everyone said that the stretch felt so good! I would have never thought to use my foot that way. Thai massage is truly incredible. 

The arm-triangle shoulder stretch is really great. I can see how moving the hand farther away from the shoulders can make it a very powerful stretch. I love the option to stretch the whole side of the body by placing my other hand on the thigh.  

The reminders to breathe and to think softnesses with my hands is alway good for me. I have been focusing on being present and aware of myself while practicing. I feel that I am starting to get a nice flow going, and transitioning my body is becoming less awkward. 

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You wouldn't believe how often I heard from course students who told me they were very hesitant about a certain technique, and then their practice partner loved it! Laugh

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Module 17

Arm and Hand

After I watched this video about the arms and hands I was telling my sister while we were driving. (She was driving the car I was riding) she said sounds like you can practice those right now on m hand. And so I did. She loved it. 

The arm warm up is quite lovely too. At the beginning of this training, Shama, you said the techniques will get easier. I am really starting to notice the repetitive techniques now. 

I feel at ease and comfortable when working on the hand and arms. These techniques seem to flow naturally with me. I am going to offer a mock massage starting at the feet and working up to the arms. I’ll let you know how it goes in the next post. 

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I have done hand massage on people who were lying down, sitting, or standing. It all works. Smile

I am glad to hear that it is all sinking in. I know, in the beginning it all seems a bit overwhelming, but really a lot of it is similar with variations.

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Module 18 

Shoulders and Transitions

This was a great module, because by now you know that I struggle with transitions. I love how I can keep a hold of the arm and then turn my transition into a stretch. I am very choppy but I know that it will get easier and easier every time and practice. The single and double-arm pulls feel very nice. 

I practiced the upper spinal twist on a medium size partner. Because of my body size I don't think I could do this technique on a much bigger person. I also practiced the figure 8 shoulder move on the same client. I can see how this one could be very difficult for me with a big framed person. 

Over the weekend I gave two practice massages. For the first one I had my notebook and I was just flipping the pages as I went trying to remember what to do next. My partner know that I was only practicing so they didn't mind all the stopping and going. The second one I gave, I wrote down a sequence to follow. This massage went much smoother. I think until I have had lots and lots of practice I will just review my notes and then come up with a sequence to glance at to keep my moving smoothly through the massage. 

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"I practiced the upper spinal twist on a medium size partner. Because of my body size I don't think I could do this technique on a much bigger person. I also practiced the figure 8 shoulder move on the same client. I can see how this one could be very difficult for me with a big framed person."

That will happen with a number of techniques. If a client is much larger and heavier than you are, it is not only a good idea, but often a necessity to skip certain techniques. You don't want to strain yourself. Don't think that you have to do every technique that I show in this course on every single client. The techniques are just options to choose from.

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Module 19

Summery 2

last time with the summery I practice with a partner and followed along with what you were doing. I like to do that because it helps me have smooth transitions. Thank you so much for offering these summery videos. 

I do much better if I come up with with a list of techniques before I offer a session. I am sure that the more I offer sessions the easier it will be for me to come up with a smooth flow. 

I love your example of how to channel my energy to offer a lovely massage. When I offer a yoga class I make sure to offer my energy to the students. I will do the same when I offer a Thai Massage session. 

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"I love your example of how to channel my energy to offer a lovely massage. When I offer a yoga class I make sure to offer my energy to the students. I will do the same when I offer a Thai Massage session."  -  A great example of why Thai Massage and yoga are such a good combination.

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Module 20

Prone Position Legs 1

Working with my elbow is really great. I see how just a small amount of pressure can cause a lot of discomfort. The right amount of presser is quite lovely. My partner really enjoyed to Traction and Contraction. The calf muscle and Achilles tendon stretch was really nice to preform. Thank you for mentioning when it is a good time to transition to the other leg. This was a very helpful tip for me. That is something I have been struggling with, knowing when its a good time to switch sides of the body. 

Thank you for the additional video on neck support in the face down position. I can see that having the neck turned to one side could be very uncomfortable for some people. Adding the pillows under the chest and forehead are very nice options. 

I know that you are in Thailand and it is mostly warm there, would you ever recommend using a heating pad under the client during chillier months?  

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"I know that you are in Thailand and it is mostly warm there, would you ever recommend using a heating pad under the client during chillier months? "  -  Since I have spent almost my entire Thai Massage career in Thailand, I never had to deal with the issue of cold during a session. At most I had to have a light blanket around to cover someone. I have never tried a heating pad, so I can't really speak from experience. I think I am the wrong person to ask for advice about this. Laugh

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Module 21 

Prone Position Legs 2

I know that I already mentioned, but for me it is very helpful when you say things like “now would be a good time to repeat this on the second side”. I am getting much better at moving from one side to the other. I do however get a little carried away on one side and then can’t always remember what I did when I move to the second side. Is it better to do just a few stretches on one side and go back and forth? Or complete a longer sequence on one side and then repeat on the second side? 

I am glad that I have been practicing the knee-lowering exercise you showed us way back in one of the first models. This exercise made the stretch where I use my knee much easier to perform. Thanks for introducing those exercises at the beginning of the cores. 

I am getting positive feedback on my leaning in with the forearm. My partners say that they can really tell a difference from when I first started practicing. I have been trying hard to focus on softness, my breath, my hara, and to be relaxed. I think that it is really improving my touch during a session. 👍☺️

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