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Ibioju Spa Thai Massage Journey
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Hi, I'm Aima and I own a spa in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. I wanted to add skills and services and also train my staff beyond what they are used to here. This way they benefit and my spa can also offer clients something exclusive.

I have 3 ladies taking the course together: Oge Nwafor, Tumini Haliday, and Nene Iganibo. They all have prior training at Oprah Benson Beauty School in Lagos and are quite proficient with deep tissue massage. Oge has worked for 3 years, Tumini for 2 years, and Nene is a recent graduate with no post-graduation experience.

They have begun the videos and as recommended I made them watch the introduction several times before they could move on. They have started on the Chi Machine video and are focused on that now. They use the gym to practice on themselves while the video is projected to a wall (so they can watch and practice). Their enthusiasm is quite high and they appreciate the chance to learn. They are each keeping a log book and already have several questions and comments. I will transcribe their writing word for word here on the forum and relay your messages back to them. 

We are all looking forward to this journey together.

Yours,

 

Aima Ojehomon

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Ibioju, The Good Body Centre

Health and Beauty Spa

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Welcome to the forum, Aima. Your situation is a new twist among my students, and I am quite excited to see you introduce Thai Massage in your spa. You have a great base to work from since your therapists are enthusiastic and (at least 2 of them) experienced, they can practice with each other, and if they get good at this, you will attract a lot more clientele.

I am looking forward to working with you and helping you get as much out of the course as possible.

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Thanks, Shama.

Here's the first update like I promised. The girls have worked their way through the first four videos and they are very excited about it. They've taken over the gym and spend at least 4 hours every day practicing. When I come in late or the office is not open, they actually call me to ask when they can start practice (the laptop is locked in the office every evening). I love their enthusiasm and I can't wait until they practice on me, which will hopefully be later today.

They are keeping a journal so I'll type their comments below. They also have a lot of questions and are very eager to hear the answers.

Thanks,

Aima O.

 

Tumini Halliday says:

I've learnt that massage is not just about using your muscles and pressure; rather we can use our body weight which makes the massage much easier and exciting. 

This course has also made me to understand the importance of good ergonomics, that is, if I am not comfortable I might end up hurting myself and at the same time making my client uncomfortable. Correct ergonomics helps me the therapist to be relaxed.

I've also learnt that if I am having any tension in my body, it can be transferred to my client.

Difficulties:

- The foot stretching downwards was a little bit painful

- Kneeling position was painful but we'll adapt with time

- Synchronising my breath with my movement

Questions:

1. Can Chi Machine be given to an overweight client?

2. How do we massage clients with pains in their spine?

3. Should a client have a warm bath before having thai massage?

 

Nene Iganibo says:

What I have learnt so far:

- The techniques of compression, stretching, twisting, traction, rocking, etc.

- The tools that are involved: thumbs, fingers, hands, forearms, elbows, knees, feet etc.

- Ergonomics: position of the therapist and the client

The position of the therapist is very important whether sitting on heels, half kneeling, squatting, of even sitting. Good ergonomics, i.e. good position also gives you the correct way to breathe.

- Quality of touch; body weight is important in thai massage not pressure. Pressure causes pains but body weight applied gives good feelings.

Some challenges!!

- Therapeutic position

- Sitting on heels, half kneeling

- Changing of fingers while doing foot massage in cycles.

 

Oge Nwafor says:

What I have learned so far:

- When doing a thai massage we should not use our muscle

- We have to be comfortable and relaxed

- We should use our weight

- Our breathing should be ok because the massage should not affect it

- We should have a right mindset

- We should start a massage in a gentle way

Problems

For me my problem is the kneeling position. It is so painful when I kneel like you do it.

Questions

1. Can the chi machine be done on a very fat person?

2. Must the thai massage be done on the floor?

3. How many hours is a full thai massage?

 

Since they submitted these reports, the ladies came to me with additional questions.

1. What is the correct outfit for the client to wear during a thai massage?

2. Can the foot massage be done on a bed, if the client only wanted that part of the thai massage?

 

Thanks! I hope this makes pleasant reading. From all appearances, you are a wonderful teacher and they are really excited to keep learning.

Yours,

 

Aima O.

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 Tumini Halliday says:

Questions:
1. Can Chi Machine be given to an overweight client?

2. How do we massage clients with pains in their spine?

3. Should a client have a warm bath before having thai massage?

 

Shama's answers:

1. If the client is very heavy, and you are fairly small, it is difficult to do the Chi Machine. Always keep in mind that there are hundreds of techniques in Thai Massage, and they cannot all be done on everyone. The art is to learn which technique works on what kind of client. This is a matter of practice and experience. Don't strain yourself by using a technique on a client who is too big or too heavy for a particular technique. Throughout this course you will learn many different options and alternatives for different kinds of bodies. So you don't have to use every technique in this course on every client.

2. Later on in this training you will learn many techniques for working on the back. So let's talk more about this when you get to this part of the course.

3. It is not necessary for the client to have a warm bath before a Thai Massage. This is never done in Thailand. However if you want to offer this as a special package or a special touch in your spa, there is of course nothing wrong with it.

 

Nene Iganibo says:

Some challenges!!
- Therapeutic position

- Sitting on heels, half kneeling

- Changing of fingers while doing foot massage in cycles.

 

Shama's reply: In the beginning, everything you are learning will always feel the most difficult since it is so new and different. Your body is not used to sitting on heels or half kneeling. This will take a little time to get used to. Once you have been doing it for a while it will all feel quite natural and easy.

 

Oge Nwafor says:

Problems
For me my problem is the kneeling position. It is so painful when I kneel like you do it.

Questions

1. Can the chi machine be done on a very fat person?

2. Must the thai massage be done on the floor?

3. How many hours is a full thai massage?

 

Shama's reply: I would advise that you get used to it gradually. If your body is not used to the kneeling position, don't try to practice it for many hours every day. Give your body some time to adjust. You can also put a soft pillow under your knee to make it easier on you until your body adjusts to the kneeling position. Also you should practice on a massage mat which is not so hard that you easily hurt your knees.

1. Answered above already

2. Thai Massage can be done on a massage table, and many therapists especially in western countries are doing that. However you lose some advantage when you work on a table since you cannot get on top of a client like on the floor. On a table you have to bend over and you lose some of the ergonomical benefits like using your body weight to its best advantage. In short, it is possible to work on a table, but it is better to work on a floor mat. I only recommend working on a table if the therapist for whatever reason just cannot handle moving around on the floor.

3. Personally I have never done Thai Massage sessions less than two hours. It is of course possible to do a one hour session, but every therapist in Thailand will tell you that it is better to have a longer session. This might not always be possible or ideal in a spa environment, I recognize that, but I can only say that a two hour session is ideal.

 

Since they submitted these reports, the ladies came to me with additional questions.

1. What is the correct outfit for the client to wear during a thai massage?

2. Can the foot massage be done on a bed, if the client only wanted that part of the thai massage?

Shama's answer:

1. The best outfit for the client is a comfortable T-shirt and loose cotton pants with no zippers or buttons or pockets. Clients have to be able to move around easily without restricting clothing. It is important that the material is cotton. If they wear slippery material it is much more difficult for the therapist to manipulate the client effectively.

2. Yes, you could do the foot massage on a bed or table. However the foot massage which you are learning in this course is really meant to be an introduction or the initial part of a Thai Massage. If you want to do real stand-alone foot massage sessions, it would be better to study my Thai Foot Massage training course which shows you techniques which are ideally suited for that.

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Thanks! I hope this makes pleasant reading. From all appearances, you are a wonderful teacher and they are really excited to keep learning.

Yours,

Aima O.

 

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