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after viewing first module ,I was excited to try the technique you taught. What I just love about your courses, is the emphasis on ease for the practitioners body, coupled with effectiveness/enjoyment for the client.  I had previously learned in a live course, to work those lines from a seiza position, sitting on my heels,and had felt that while that was ‘nice’, it lacked ‘oomph’!! The practitioner positioning in the technique you teach is so dynamic! and fun to do,too. I can feel totally at ease and let the weight of my body do the work. I tried both ways I had been taught on my practice client and they had a definite preference for your technique.love it,love it!!

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Hi Heidi, welcome back! I think you originally became a member of our forum in 2011.

That was one of the big reasons why I made this course. I wanted to make it easier on practitioners compared to the heavy duty thumb work which is often used in western reflexology and which can really wear out your hands.

Just a question – are you just posting to share or are you going for a certificate? I haven’t seen a certification registration come through? Just checking…

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September 16, 2015 - 6:00 pm
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yes,i would like to register foe ce credit! My oversight and will correct asap. Thank you for mentioningSmile

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September 16, 2015 - 10:42 pm
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You will find the certification registration link in the CE certification section of your course manual. Smile

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Module 1-Heidi Mitrus Thai Foot NMassage Progress Notes

Okay! I believe I am properly registered for CE credit certification now…I have practiced first technique shown several times now and enjoy thumbing the energy lines so much more in a squatting position vs. seiza, which i had been taught in a different course. While I’m sure that technique has its place, the body positioning you teach is very dynamic and i can easily engage my whole body/ Ive been asking clients how far into their body do they feel this movement/energy? and many say up into the hip joint.I will sometimes add some hip traction and rotations before and after thumbing the energy lines,both to engage them in feeling into their body and as a comparison for them to see that while I am working lines on their feet, it is impacting the whole body system.

I also thought,’why does this squatting position feel so natural to me/’… I find myself in that position many,many times a day because i have a small child- tying shoes, picking up crayons, etc…so much more comfortable in my body than kneeling directly on the floor. The technique position could be a beneficial practice to share w/clients as an alternative to kneeling!!

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September 26, 2015 - 1:25 am
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Good for you that the squatting comes to you easily. Many new Thai Massage students have a hard time with the squatting initially.

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Module 2 heidi mitrus thai foot massage progress notes;

So,technique one, I call “kneading Dough’- in a very graceful,flowing way,of course. I taught my practice partner how to do this,so I could experience it.Its wonderful.From the experiencing end of things,it makes a huge difference when the givers hands are holding securely to the foot,but also relaxing the hand.Relaxed hand,relaxed body is key!The knuckling technique wasn’t so natural to me…it didn’t feel good in my body-i felt awkward and it took a lpt of shifting around,fine tweaking the positioning…For the forearm technique,again,lots of shifting around and found the most natural feeling to me is to apply this in a cross-legged position.This felt very supported and very easy to sink in body weight.I’m still a bit puzzled by the knuckling technique…keep practicing…

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Knuckling often feels strange in the beginning, mostly because we are just not used to working with knuckles. I use it frequently, not just on the feet, but on the back. Once you develop a feeling for it, you have much more power with less effort. And done right, it feels perfectly good to the client.

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Module three; Heidi Mitrus Thai Foot massage progress notes

So…I will NOT be the first person you know to get technique one right away..haha…get the rythym, lose the rythym.get the rythym, stop moving hands…hahaha,,,so, I slow it way down, break it into steps, and started to get it.think I will really enjoy this once I have it down. 

Tecnique of thumb in hollow,fingers pushing foot into dorsiflexion was difficult as I was working with a very large client with large feet. I found I couldn’t effectively use my fingers to push foot into dorsiflexion, felt ineffective. I then tried one foot at a time inside thumb on hollow point, outside hand pushing and client loved it, felt a great stretch.I’m wondering if this is a suitable modification?

Client also loved all the ankle work,especially the pulling up the foot movement and thumb/index pulling together. I am comfortablee with this one also, Yay!Client says.’oh yes, feels sooo good!’

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October 3, 2015 - 9:28 pm
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How disappointing – I had thought you were my miracle student. LaughWink

If the client liked it and you find it effective, then it is certainly a suitable modification.

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Module 4 Heidi Mitrus Thai Foot massage’ 

I’m pretty comfortable with most of the techniques in this module as I have learned them before in Soma Veda Thai massage level one. The work in the prone position using fists was new to me as was the acilles stretch with clients foot in the air.The technique of using the fist with straight pressure was not so comfortable,similar in discomfort from knuckling technique in module two…it doesn’t hurt in any way, just feels kind of not so natural. I did enjoy using the fist and rolling across the sole of the foot,felt more engaged to me.

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There are plenty of techniques to choose from. However all the fist and knuckle techniques all serve the purpose of reducing strain on your thumbs and hands which is often a real issue with foot massage systems.

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module five;Heidi Mitrus Thai Foot massage progress notes’

I enjoyed this module very much and had a chance to try all the variations with my client- a very tall, big,marathon runner who wanted the ‘deep stuff’ but also had a great deal of hip tightness..It was a good experience for me to get comfortable allowing all my weight to drop in where it was welcomed-bending foot in and one foot on top of the other bending in stretch.On the techniques that felt too much for his knees – bending out both feet at the same time-a good chance to see how gentle rocking left and right to bend foot out felt very effective to this client.

Bending foot down,I felt quite comfortable with,client said, “thats definitely a keeper!” Bending foot up I wasn’t familiar with the position of getting the arms low and it took me a few attempts before client reported,”now you’ve got it!” I will have to teach this one to a practice friend so I can experience it…

Twisting in movement and twisting out movement didn’t feel so much effective to me, but my client experienced the twist as much deeper from their inside perspective than it looked from the outside.I really liked the variation technique of ‘sandwiching the foot ‘between the hands for a quicker,smaller movement.As i applied this,I could see that the client was gaining additional movement. And they loved it-“you could do that allll day”

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Great report – sounds like your are making good progress! 

The twisting is hard to do on large, stiff feet, especially if you have small hands. It works much better if you work on someone who has smaller and more flexible feet.

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Module 6;Heidis Thai foot massage progress notes;

I very much enjoyed learning the 2 variations for foot rotations.I love all the movement in these! For clients with very stiff ankles,or for clients who are ‘holding’ a pattern of tightness from a past trauma that has healed,I start with smaller moves than feels therapeutic(to me),and just let them build as more and more mobility becomes available.One person I did this with said that they hadn’t realized how much movement they still had,and hadn’t realized the extent which they had been holding.

Another client,who has amazing foot/ankle flexibility said they liked all the moves, but especially the ones that offered more support at the ankle,’a place of being held, in which i could explore the movement’. Great stuff!

it would be great if I could do the foot circling move with compression/traction on all my clients,but I seem to have mostly clients that far outsize me!I’m wondering of a way to use this technique while using a massage table…maybe leveraging with my knee against the end of the table? I couldn’t play with this technique so much yet, because I wasn’t going to risk injury…

The relaxing move of fingers on soles,hands on dorsum ,3 lines, set foot down’ a favorite! I was trying to make it playful,easy,and they seem to really like it!Smile

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If a technique is too hard on a large client, just skip it. Rule number one is to preserve your own health.

Your progression from the smaller moves and building up along with the increase in mobility is exactly the right way of doing it. The foot massage application can require different approaches between very stiff and very flexible clients, as you have found out.

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Module 7;Heidi Mitrus Thai foot massage progress notes;

All these techniques are great to learn as alternatives-or better ways,actually of working on the feet without sacrificing your thumbs!I’ve felt a good deal of strain in my thumbs while working on the soles of the feet and I now have many choices to choose from.What felt really comfortable to me is wrapping the index finger around the opposite thumb- gives it great support and felt i could work deeper and with more controlI really liked the technique of fingers on dorsum,index fingers in hollow point, thumbs on soles bending foot into dorsiflexion while adding the slide up and down, which i remember as ‘fluffing’,even though there isn’t anything fluffy about it ..I like that it is therapeutic, yet relaxing and i approach it with a ‘what could be easier’ kind of attitude of movement. I could really get a bit of movement and play out of this technique and seems that its another move that is difficult for the client to hold on to /resist. So, it’s just let go, let go;let go..

I have made an additional ‘practice prop’- I stuffed a sock with malleable sand-filled therapy balls, trying to get the most foot-like contours..not the same as a real foot, but helpful for some of the moves where i am trying to get very comfortable w/thumb supported strokes, some of the dorsum work, etc… maybe this sounds crazy, but its great in a pinch when you find yourself thinking about these techniques at odd times when no live person is available. haha//yeah, a little crazyWinkWinkWink

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Hey, it’s not crazy – that’s called creativity! Laugh

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Module 8; Heidi Mitrus Thai foot progress notes;

I found the bolstering position of the knee, lower leg/foot tons easier ergonomically than having the foot directly on the mat.Before, I kept trying to lower my body for better positioning, then finding it affected my ability to use my whole body to do the technique…so much better to have it raised up. And , blocking the foot into 45 degrees with support from thigh reduced the energy i was using in that support hand also.

The client i was working with said they had never received any detailed work in the groove between maleolus and achilles before and really liked it.She said it was surprising how good it felt,as she had never paid too much attention to that area.

I really liked the power move,on the mat and in the chair.It is so helpful to let the thigh muscles power this move and as i was practicing i was playing with,’how relaxed can my whole body be and let these bigg muscles do the work/’ my very big, marathon runner client remarked, ‘wow,you are really in there’Smile

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It’s quite amazing how a little tiny move like the one in the groove between achilles tendon and malleolus can feel so good. This one is kind of a unique foot massage “secret” since it is rarely done outside of the Thai Foot Massage system.

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