Hello everyone. As I have completed the complete program and passed the exam I thought this would be a great time to do a nice review of the material covered. I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It is an excellent example of how distance education, when done correctly can still be very comprehensive and thorough. That being said, I wanted to note some general feedback. My favorite section or area to learn to work in this program was the foot massage. It has always been emphasized that the feet have connections to many other parts of the body, organs, and energetic lines. The techniques taught in this video were very gentle and soothing. They also covered the foot in a way that covered most of the surface area.
When learning the chi machine I felt it looked very relaxing and soothing. I found that doing it was also relaxing for myself. However, I did not feel my adult participants really felt it was an addition they would request. But on the other hand my participants that were children loved it and described it as being rocked gently while giving yourself a massage. Which I felt was a great observation from a children.
I would say I was the most nervous working with the legs, especially particularly the quadriceps. Aside from the obvious concern with endangerment zones. I was most concerned about trying to get in the right position and find the landmark or depressions as described. I also had to consciously remind myself that when using your body weight correctly vs. Muscle or force, you will not cause your participants pain. I think in the back of my mind I was always reminding myself of that.
I was most comfortable with the back, shoulder, and upper body techniques. As a yogic practitioner I had a little advantage (joking but somewhat serious ). I felt some techniques were very similar to some techniques my teacher taught me. It also reminded me adjustments we make on students during class. As a therapist who does primarily table massage I can say that the most time or focus in my work is the back, hips, shoulder, and neck. In Yoga these are the areas we address most often. Even from an energetic/ chakra relation. It was difficult at first to adjust my positions in some of the techniques. But as with anything new, I was able to get more comfortable.
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Thank you Shama
I greatly enjoyed using the Chi machine with my children. They compared the technique to rocking oneself and found it very relaxing. I did not receive bad feedback from the adults but they could take it or leave it basically. I think it's something I will be utilizing during some of my infant massage classes is like to offer.
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One thing I experienced difficulty with is when doing the leg techniques. When locating the depressions you feel in the quad muscles and remembering not to press and to use your body weight. As a massage therapist I feel like my brain is trained to think of applying varying levels of pressure versus using body weight. Don't get me wrong, I do watch myself to make sure I use my bodyweight and attempt to preserve my joints. But I felt a little bit of a mental block in this section of lectures.
The truth is that when I was doing live training classes, it often proved more difficult to untrain experienced massage therapists from working with muscle power than teaching students who had no massage experience to do it right from the start.
But the fact is that if you learn to do Thai Massage the right way, with body weight and leaning instead of pressing, it will be so much easier on your body, it will feel better for the client, and it will prevent the type of joint injuries and muscle stress that MTs are prone to develop.
You also asked me about ways I am incorporating the Thai Massage techniques I have learned here or how I plan to incorporate them. I use Thai massage at home with my children. They both have ADHD and it helps me prepare them for bed if I do a light, and relaxing thai massage with the chi machine and it's great! I use Thai upper body techniques to help my husband who body builds and is a pitcher on a men's hardball league. He also uses my stretches to help his players. My primary use for Thai massage is as a supplement to my yogic practice. I plan to use these techniques not only on massage clients but mostly for my massage clients. I also feel like Thai massage can also be a less expensive modality for my clients who are struggling to pay for massage therapy services but who also want the therapeutic benefits. I want to transition to promarily yoga and Thai massage therapy for my practice.
It has definitely been my experience that massaging each other strengthens the relationship. Being able to work out each other's aches and pains creates so much gratitude and good will. That's why I created my Massage For Friends And Family course to put this within everyone's reach, even those who don't want to go pro with it.
Hello again I wanted to take a moment to post a little about what I liked about this program, how it worked for me, and my overall feelings about this program.
I recently discovered a new use for the information I learned in this program. I recently found out that I am pregnant with my third little blessing, and have experienced the common discomfort of being very tired. At first I was worried about this limiting my massage practice during my pregnancy but thankfully I think Thai massage will help me to better use my energy during my massages. I was not a therapist when I had my first to children so this will be a new experience for me. It is easy not to practice during my yoga classes if I am very tired but with massage that is not possible. I feel that it will help me to reserve my energy and channel the energy I do have to effectively perform my massage therapy techniques.
I really enjoyed the simplicity of the videos. I feel that Shama did an excellent job of being thorough in the information being taught but also kept simple and did not include too much information. I know in may other programs too much information can be just as harmful if not more harmful. I think it was excellent when he showed the techniques and was always aware of our visibility of the client and himself while doing so. Again I can emphasize that in a lot of training I have felt it was difficult to see some of the techniques. Even in big seminars it can be very challenging as an instructor to make sure what you are doing is visible to all the students. Shama could have his videos on a projector screen while at the end of a large room and everyone could look up and clearly see the body positions and execution of techniques. I think this was my favorite part of this program. He did an excellent job of making sure we could very clearly see all that was going on.
I feel this video will help to prolong my career as a therapist and diversify what I offer to my clients. In our field we have a high burn out rate. If you do not protect your joints and body while performing massage you may be a part of that statistic. It is important to educate and train ourselves in a variety of ways that will help us preserve our bodies so that we may share our gift with the world and for as long as possible. Massage therapy is a physically intensive job. I don't want to admit it but I never knew that I had weak wrists until after about a year to a year and a half after I completed my initial massage training. And I noticed how important proper body ergonomics and positioning was when I noticed at times that my fingers would lock up on my on days when I did a lot of massages, and a few times I even felt like I had over extended/ hyperextended my wrists. Thankfully I was able to reverse these complications and led me to pursuing training programs that would diversify my techniques, protect my joints, and make my clients experiences individualized. I have learned that in order to give the best experience to our clients we must treat each case individually and must dig into our "bag of tricks".
I absolutely would recommend this program to other therapist and to anyone who is interested in sharing such a beneficial system with others. Whether you are a massage therapist, yogi, teacher, or even police officer you WILL benefit from the information shared in this program.
Thank you to everyone who has read my posts over the period of time that I have been posting. I hope that the information I have shared from my experience can be helpful to others. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your journeys into this comprehensive system of healing <3
Quoting you: "I wanted to take a moment to post a little..." - I wonder how it looks like when you post a lot!
Congratulations to the new addition to your family.
I am really glad that you benefited from this course and that you find new uses for the material. It was a long journey and you made it to the finish line!