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March 3, 2013 - 8:58 am
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Hi, my name is Helga and I purchased the full course last year and do to circumstances out of my control I was unable to devote the amount of time to the course that I wanted to. But I am 100% committed to starting and finishing it at this time :)

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March 3, 2013 - 9:04 am
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Welcome back Helga. I know, life can get in the way sometimes, but the good thing about this course is that once you have it, it will always be there for you. I am looking forward to following your progress and supporting you whenever necessary.

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March 5, 2013 - 9:05 am
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I loved the first video. It was very straightforward and I think it was a great introduction. I am a Yoga practitioner so I can completely relate and follow what you’re saying. And I like how Thai massage is like massage on a table minus the negative effects of massage on the therapist. I really can’t wait to learn more as I go through the course.

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March 5, 2013 - 10:40 pm
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I appologize for the typos :) I was using my cell phone.

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March 6, 2013 - 12:27 pm
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No problem, Helga, I fixed them for you. You know, you can just click on the edit button and fix errors and typos after you have done a post. Smile

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I loved the video :) I tryed the Chi machine on my 5 and 7 year old. And tomorrow I will be trying it on a full size person. However I will report that my seven year old described it as “relaxing” and my 5 year old described is as “like a massage for your back too”. Both of which are responses we can expect to hear. 

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Your kids are spot on. They picked out two main features of the Chi Machine. Being kids, they can be forgiven for having missed the fact that the technique moves Chi energy throughout the body. Laugh

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I have watched and practiced the foot massage techniques in the next video. It took a little practice to get the circling movement down while also changing the foot position at the same time. Each described it as very relaxing. As a Yoga practitioner I really enjoy the fluidity in the movement. You and your client are synchronized to provide a very relaxing experience for the client. :)

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Well, this is one of the most difficult techniques to do, and at the same time one of the most fluid ones. If your practice partners feel that it is very relaxing, you must be doing something right.

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March 18, 2013 - 5:31 am
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It’s certainly a techniques that will take time to get used to. I have to consciously think “okay I’m doing a few things at once. I don’t want to do them mechanically, I want to do them together consciously” :)  

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March 18, 2013 - 6:37 am
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I just practiced the foot massage techniques on my son and it was great to see him falling asleep as I did them :)

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If the client or partner is falling asleep, that’s generally a very good sign. I love drifting off into lala land when I get a massage. When the therapist does strange stuff, jerky movements, works too quickly or too mechanically or does not know intuitively how much pressure is right, then I stay awake because I don’t have full confidence in the therapist. These are all reasons why I am always advocating awareness, breathing, focus on the hara, thinking softness and several other methods which are part of what I call the “anatomy of a massage move”. You will hear more and more about this during the course.

Your son is your first success story which is wonderful – congratulations!

If the technique is not 100% right in the beginning, this is only normal, especially since it is so early in the program. The further you progress with the course, the easier it will all become. Smile

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March 27, 2013 - 7:40 am
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I really enjoyed this lecture. It was very easy to follow and reinforced the first few. It’s really helps that you went over the body mechanic and no focusing so much on the techniques at this point. I feel that the additional techniques you showed were great. It really made me think of meridians and TCM :) I am really looking forward to building on to what I’ve learned so far. I love table massage but this is a new prospective that I think as a yoga practitioner is even more fitting for me and my current practice :) thank you for putting these lectures together. These things aren’t really available in my area and not at the level of what your teaching here.

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March 29, 2013 - 9:20 pm
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I am glad I can help.

You are right, Thai Massage is perfect for yoga practitioners, and it makes it easier to understand and implement. Also I find it so convenient that it can be done on fully dressed people unlike Swedish massage. There are quite a few yoga teachers and practitioners among my students who successfully combine Thai Massage with their yoga.

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I really like the portability since it can be done fully clothed just about anywhere :) I also greatly enjoyed the next video on the leg warm ups. I like the techniques and how you lock the feet in place in order to support the leg in that position. I really think it would be very enjoyable to receive a massage utilizing these techniques. I am very excited to practice these techniques and add on with the stretches and other parts of the body. :)

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Yes, it’s amazing what you can do if you know how to use your body correctly. Sometimes it amazes myself, and I have been doing it for 14 years! I still keep discovering more and better ways of doing things. There is no point where you can say “Now I know it all”! It keeps on growing.

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I’m moving along in the course. The hands on portion is going well. I’ve gotten through the warm up and leg stretches/ exercises. My daughter told she had a headache the other day (recently had a little cold but was over it quickly) and asked me to work on her to make it go away. And she was amazed at how working on her feet (the meridians) could effect other parts of her body (I.e. headache going away). My son gets very sleeby which makes him a little frustrated because he wants to constantly be on the go :) I have practiced on full sized adults as well and have had very good feedback. However you will hear reference to my children quite a bit because we are always together and they love to learn about my work and any training that adds to it. 

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Actually I love it when I read about course students practicing on their kids. It’s just a wonderful way of interacting with the kids. I am finding out more and more that there is a high percentage of students of my courses who are:

  • female
  • practice or teach yoga
  • have a massage background
  • have young kids and practice on them

My courses seem to be a great fit for their situation.

I am just curious about one thing. In your profile you list your name as Helga, but in your bio you talk about Vanessa. What’s the Helga-Vanessa connection?

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:) my birth name is Helga and Vanessa is my middle name. When I was 8 years old I started using my middle name because I was teased so much about my unique name. And out just stuck with me through adulthood. I was sensitive about it as a child but as an adult I don’t really mind which name people use. Professionally I am obligated to give my first name for insurance reasons and incase anyone wants to exercise their right to look up my license. Most people told me I don’t look like a Helga which I thought was funny. And Vanessa means butterfly which is fitting to my free spirited nature. I’ve thought of going back to using my first name a few times. I am a Marine Corps combat veteran which means I am used to being called 3 different names ha ha :)

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April 20, 2013 - 2:36 pm
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Thanks for the update on this. I grew up in Germany and there Helga was quite a common name, so it never struck me as unusual.

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