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Inés Echevarria's Thai Foot Massage Course progress notes
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November 1, 2016 - 2:20 pm
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MODULE 1

It makes a great difference to learn this techniques after completing the Thai Healing course as I start this course with a background that helps me to make it even more enjoyable that when I first work with the feet. I can now "forget" the technique and involve myself with breathing, working from the hara, sending healing thoughts to the person who is receiving the touch. In fact I started to feel/imagine how energy was going out from my thumb as a healing ray. 

 

The first time I saw the video, there was so much accuracy, and detailed information that it seemed to me a quite complicated technique, but, on the contrary it is very easy and pleasant. The bouncing-rocking movement in my body became a really hypnotic, relaxing experience. An unexpected pleasure for me that I am not very use to squattingEmbarassed

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Welcome back to another course, Ines! You are right, since you already have a good foundation from the Complete Thai Massage course, it will be much easier to add to your skills. And now you already know where the techniques fit in.

Doesn't it feel great when you can focus on other things besides just the technical aspect?

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Yes, indeed, it is a great reward to all the training done before!!!!

It is unbelievable to see how much pain is kept in this so often forgotten part of our bodies. It is just the beginning and I have just started to think to use the 1 to 10 technique :-)). Feet seem to be hard. They are, they don't complain. People I have practiced on, didn't know they feet were in such bad a condition as for having painful spots. In one of the receivers I have to use a kind of feather touch... poor little things, our feet! Smile

It causes a strange sensation on me to touch the sole of the foot with my arm, how they accomodate one in the other. Maybe it happens because the arm is upper that the hand at it has to deal with the lowest part of a body, and the upper part of my body is getting close to it, both are flat.. but the case is that for everybody this was a very pleasant massage including the firt of the Module 3 !

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I will soon add some more material to the foot massage course with some very interesting material about pain and problems in the feet and how to work with it.

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It has been very useful for me in order to improve my skill so that I am a bit, a bit closer to the easy flow of your hands and body. Knowing that the time space between both hands is shorter as I push my body forward that when I push it backwards, making a short of horse walking rythm. 

I also like it the extra movement of extending it up to the legs making feet part of them. 

One more thing about pain: a women told me: "you are causing pain but keep on because what you are doing to me is relieving me a lot ! " The other side of pain. pain and pleasure at the same time!!!!

Circling, while deepening on the second module, I was thinking about it as an alternative to pressing... and you offer us a lot of ways to use them, up, sides, ankle... Thank you.

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There two kinds of pain: good pain, meaning a releasing pain which decreases in intensity, and bad pain, which does not release anything but feels sharp and damaging. Obviously we never want to cause the second one.

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I feel a bit awkward working with my knees and feet. I have to work to get used to do small movements with them. Sometimes I feel as if I were an elephant. 

As you recommended in the Complete course  when working in the prone position I place the feet inwards, but on the video I can't see clearly if you do the same in all techniques or just for certain ones when we press the feet against the floor. I have realized that it is not easy to work on stiff ankles, not only because I can cause pain or damage to the client but allso because the range of movement is shortened, sometimes to the point of making it difficult to apply the technique.

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I have very much appreciate to see again the graphic of the foot movements. I have paid much more attention to the ergonomics.

If you weren't warning us about the twisting of the knees I would made a great mistake.

What difference brings the speed of the motion ? You suggest rocking when we deal with a blocked foot, but instintly what it comes to me is doing everything very slowly so that I can give a very conscious touch.

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This has been the answer to my concerns about ankles as, for me, they are involved somehow in every technique. Would it be suitable or advisable to start the foot massage with the techniques we have seen here once we have found out that the ankles are stiff bending the feet out ? If the ankles are previously loosened up, the rest of the foot work would have more effective results, I think. I haven`t explore that.

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You can certainly start the foot massage in a different way than how I show it in the videos. Like always, the techniques are options to choose from, not  rigid sequences.

Regarding the speed of the ankle movements - there is nothing wrong with doing it slowly, but the rocking with the faster speed does a better job of loosening up the ankles in my experience. However you can experiment with both speeds.

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MODULE 7 ( I made a mistake, 6 was 5 and 7 was 6 in my last posts)

When do you (like to use) sen lines massage and reflexology ? I would use the firt one inside a massage session working with the legs, knees, thigs, hips.. and reflexology if asked by the client, or if there is any specific ailment? Would it be right?

It has been a bit difficult at the beginning  not to use the fingers and specially the thumb. Inertia.. it is called ! And finding the right angle, too.

I don't know much about energy healing, and probably I am again wrog: I have the idea that the healing energy comes out from the finger tips and the palm and this makes me a bit reluctant to the idea of not using them. But I will try to follow your wise advises, I will sure in the good sake of my hand's safety.

Spots, points, lines are throughly work the way you teach. The mind wants to complicate thingsLaugh

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MODULE 8

 

Learning the great difference that seeming small things do in a massage. This is what makes your teaching unique, priceless. 

Everybody I have been touching their body has ended as relaxed as your partner on the video looks . At the same time they felt their feet "alive".

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I have very much enjoyed practicing this module together with the sole work in module 7. I have used both so that I have a complete work done on the feet. And I have seen that I can use soft work with all parts of my hand to all spots of the feet.Laugh

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That's good news. You are obviously doing a great job if you are getting such results. I am happy to hear that! Smile

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Here I have found the answer to the question about how to use the three styles of working with feet. And it reminded me of something very very important : I HAVE TO CREATE MY OWN STYLE in Thai Massage. I can used any foot tecnique from the big amount of things I have learned from your foot massage course. It is very useful to see how a flow of a session done by an skillfull person as you would looks like in your courses and this time it has been even more. 

I have  never thought foot massage as something to share with family and friends together with a head, neck or arm massage, as it can turn out to be a moment of fun, intimacy, emergency resource.

 

I have also realized that not only every client differs on size but also in how their energy flow is at the moment. The same person can need a different aproach acording to how they come to me, that is, if they are experiencing changing as massage is helping them in their process or if there has been  any special circumstance in their life so that he comes with any pain caused by the stress.... etc...

 

I was surprised for the percusions, I have never heard of them and people love them when receiving them. Regarding to pain, for me, it is difficult for me not to cause pain when touching the person's feet as many times they ignore they have painful spots, and as feet and legs reflect the health of the rest of the body and organs that are not always in balance in our bodies, even a slight touch can bring out an outch.. Fortunately it lasts nothing. 

 

I have found out that as more you touch feet the more you are sensitive to the stiff and potential painful spots on them.

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Yes, you do need to develop your own style. That's what it's all about. There is no limit what can be done. A lot of what I teach is not what I learned in some massage school, but it is the result of my experience over many years. The result has become my very own style which can be quite different from how Thai Massage is taught in most schools.

Even when I get a foot massage, the first 5 minutes can feel quite painful. But after that the pain goes away and the rest feels great. It is quite typical that in the beginning of a foot massage all those sore spots make themselves known! The amazing thing is that with the Thai Massage treatment this pain dissolves very quickly.

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