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December 21, 2022 - 12:30 am
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Hi I am Holly a Registered Massage Therapist I am eager to learn new techniques to expand my practice.

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December 21, 2022 - 12:37 am
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Leg Stretches

I have enjoyed learning the new leg Stretches and have been able to modify most for table work. I unfortunately haven't gotten much practice with the technique using the feet.

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Hi Holly, 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:

Certification Checklist

You might have noticed that I corrected your topic title from 'Complete Thai' to 'Holly Stevens Complete Thai Massage course notes'. Without this, it would be hard to know who is writing and which course you are writing about.

I also noticed that you did not put the module numbers on top of your posts. This means I have no idea which module you are writing about. The course starts out with the Chi Machine and then the foot massage work. You are writing about leg stretches which come several modules later.

May I suggest that you watch - or re-watch - the second video on our Certification Tutorial page. You can find this by clicking on the 'Certification Information' banner in the sidebar of your course portal. This will take you to the tutorial page. Scroll down to the second video. This video shows you step-by-step how to do the forum posting correctly. 

At least I learned that you enjoyed the leg stretches! Smile

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Module 1

Chi machine can be tricky especially depending on the size of the client, I found that the trick of raising the legs is helpful. My question is, is there any reason not to use chi machine at the end of a treatment? I practice Swedish/western style massage and in that case it seems more fluid to use chi machine at the end of treatment 

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No, there isn't any reason for not using the Chi Machine at the end of your session. It's just a matter of personal preference. I like ending my sessions with head and face massage. That's what I do, but you might do it differently. There are no hard and fast rules here.

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Foot massage

As an RMT I have been able to practice these techniques regularly and find modifications for table work easy.

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It seems that you missed something in the certification checklist or you might have forgotten. I had posted the link in my previous post, and here it is again.

Certification Checklist

The module number has to go on top of each post so that it is obvious which module you are writing about, and one sentence is not enough to write about your practice experience with the module content.

You might want to look at any other forum thread to see how it is supposed to look like. You will get there! Smile

I understand that you are already somewhat familiar with the foot techniques, but I just want to make sure that your posts follow our guidelines. Please understand that the forum posts need to demonstrate that you are actually practicing the course material. 

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Module 5/6 leg warm up

 

Sorry my last post was not more detailed. As I practice Massage 5 days a week I get lots of time to practice. Being more aware of my breathing and working with my breath are new concepts and I am finding this very helpful as well as leaning in and not muscling things. 

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Well, this post has better content!  Progress... Smile

However, again referring to the certification checklist, item #5, each module needs to have its own post, i.e. posts cannot be combined (as you just did). Maybe you should print the certification checklist out and have it next to you when you write a post. Laugh

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Module 7 hip assessment

I was already familiar with using foot position to assess hip restrictions. In the video a text box said you would show an alternative to the 90 degree hip foot walking technique but never did. Is there any way to modify this for table massage?

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Module 8 hip pie

As an RMT I have fairly extensive knowledge of anatomy and grasped this concept of thinking conceptually ask myself what do I want to accomplish and how can I do that. But the way you explained the hip pie allows even those with no knowledge of anatomy to be able to think in this way 

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"In the video a text box said you would show an alternative to the 90 degree hip foot walking technique but never did."  -  Yes, I did. It's in the second video in this module in the Thai Massage Essentials section.

"Is there any way to modify this for table massage?"  -  We have students who sit on the table and do this technique with their foot. But I think that this is difficult, especially on a narrow table. However you could modify it by standing on the side of the table, angling your client's leg at 90 degrees, placing the client's foot against your thigh or hip (depending on the height of your table) and then using your hand (instead of your foot) to lean against the client's thigh.

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Module 9 hip pie cont.

They also teach about a 1-10 method in western massage and you generally never want to go above a 7. The power of softness is a concept I do think I struggle with.

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Module 10

About the blood stop technique is it not important to be wary of vascular conditions ie history of clots, stroke, being on blood thinners. Is this technique safe for everyone?

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"About the blood stop technique is it not important to be wary of vascular conditions ie history of clots, stroke, being on blood thinners. Is this technique safe for everyone?"  -  Certainly you should be aware of those conditions. Before you start a session, you should ask your client about any potential issues that could affect the treatment. You will find a blueprint for the pre-session questions in module 35.

It is always best to err on the side of caution. If you don't feel comfortable with this technique on someone, just skip it. And remember that the techniques are options to choose from, NOT mandatory sequences.

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Module 11

I really enjoyed watching the wrap up. During the push pull technique you talked about if you feel resistance change to a rock if the clients leg is bending at the knee during push is this resistance or am I "pushing" too hard?

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Is the knee bending up or down? If it bends down, as in 'hanging through', then the person is hypermobile and this technique is probably not good for them. If the knee is bending up, as in buckling, then you are probably not lifting the foot high enough. The weight of the leg should naturally prevent an up-bending of the knee. It is also possible that you are pushing too hard.

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Module 12

In this module you discussed modifications which I enjoyed as I do alot of table work. I love to do joint mobilization and the elephant walking on the knees is an awesome alternate way to mobilize the s/I joint thanks

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Module 13 

In this module again you where taking mainly about modifications and taking in all factors such as your own size and strength as well as the clients mobility and pain tolerance. You also finished off the hip pie which is a great way to think about the hip and all the ways it can move and how to ensure you hit all of these.

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Hi Holly, I noticed that in your last post you told me what I did in this module. I know what I did there. Laugh

However what I want to know is what you did with the material, i.e your practice experience, client feedback, observations, etc. Your comment could have been derived from just watching the video. Now you probably did practice it, but that does not show in your post.

You might want to re-read item #7 in the certification checklist that I posted in the beginning of this thread.

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