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Module 1

Let me congratulate myself with the start. Module 1 is now behind ... hope not so much time left before it will be The Last One )))

Actually I do use some Thai Massage techniques in my job; I purchased this Course mainly for placing all bits and pieces in order and get a SYSTEM, not a bunch of movements.

So, after passing Module 1 I have a serious trouble trying to connect my breathing with my movements, as shown in the video. As a matter of fact, my breathing frequency is about 14 inhales per minute. And while doing massage I used to move about two times faster - one move every two seconds (appr. 30 moves per minute). What do I need to perform: slow down, or make a few movements while one inhale/exhale act? Confused

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Hi Iosif, welcome to our community and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Just curious - how and where did you learn such good English? You sound like you had lived in the US.

Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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I already corrected one thing by adding your name to the topic title so that you can be found without doing detective work. Smile

Regarding your question - yes, slowing down would be a great idea. If Thai Massage is done too quickly, it feels like a rush job that the therapist is trying to get through. Also when you slow down, you will be able to feel much better what exactly is happening in the body of your client. It can make the difference between working ON someone and working WITH someone. Smile

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February 17, 2018 - 1:30 pm
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Bingo!
Working WITH the client. Sure.Thank you, Shama.

Very often when I have the very first session in the coming day, I have the feeling of something unusual, something deep and touching between me and my client. Earlier I thought that the reason is my body being fresh after the night rest, but last couple of years I understand that the body is not a key - the soul is. The soul meaning energy substance.  Sometimes the feeling is so overwhelming, that I call the session "soul massage". And - yes, the last two or three years I`m deeply immersed into ... YOGA ))))))))

So. Let me slow down, OK. I'll try.

And as for my English - well .. I used to be a good student ))

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February 17, 2018 - 8:47 pm
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Sounds like between your inner self and my suggestions you are shifting gears in a good way! Smile

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Module 2

The CHI machine is well known among sportsmen and trainers. Chinese call it "The Golden Fish". This movement is the best way to provide relaxation to the lumbar region. I also use it often in my massage sessions as a good finishing element - I have a swing-machine from TAKASIMA company, and I like it )))

But here Shama shows us quite a different way of providing the movement. Well, it looks very easy for the therapist, since you hold  the heels on your thighs, not in the air - and still efficient. Need to try it ASAP ))

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It is indeed a different way from the actual machine. I found out about the Chi Machine from a therapist colleague of mine who has one. I tried it of course and liked it. Then I figured out the manual way of doing it and it is much better. Anyway, it is not really practical to build a machine into a hands-on massage session, so luckily we can do it in another way. Smile

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Module 3

Well, here we are - in the realm of Thai Massage.

As soon as I started to do all these complex moves - I totally lost myself. I know, that is quite normal for the rookie. To make the progress faster, I use my smartphone - I just put it on a solid surface, point at myself - and shoot selfie-video while performing the exercise. Then I watch it .. delete it, shoot another one ... (period)... combining ancient massage with modern equipment provide nice results, making my progress faster (I hope so Laugh)

 

And here I`d like to share a link to a video with brilliant performance of Thai Massage. Maybe it is a bit artistic - but I do love the style ))

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The video is indeed artistic and beautiful to watch. However it is not really Thai Massage. This practitioner extracted all the stretches from Thai Massage and turned it into a close to 100 percent stretch and movement routine. It is something like an applied yoga session.

What is totally missing is the massage element, the compression moves, and the sen line work - the work along the energy pathways which Thai Massage is built on.

Actually he himself doesn't call it 'Thai Massage', but 'Thai Vedic Yoga Bodywork'.

I agree, it looks great, and he is clearly very good at what he is doing. However you had to be very flexible as a practitioner and the client had to be quite flexible as well to do a session like this. For the average Thai Massage practice this style wouldn't be appropriate. It is better suited for the yogi types. Smile 

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Module 4

Well .. you know, Thai Massage can be dangerous Surprised
Yesterday I made a foot massage session for my friend. And I just felt asleep while performing one of these charming slow movements - it was kneading, I think. I felt asleep, and sitting on my knees I slept for a while, but then nearly fall down on my partners` feet Confused

Fortunately enough, she has been sleeping also Laugh

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Haha, client and therapist asleep. I wish I had a video of that one! Laugh

Personally I never fall asleep when doing a session, but I had a whole bunch of therapists fall asleep while working on me. Unfortunately I was not asleep, so I did notice it. Even my wife sometimes falls asleep when working on me. I know it happens, but it is not really a good thing, because if the client is not asleep as well, it feels very strange at the receiving end. Smile

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Module 5

The idea with long warming up suits me. I have many clients with sore muscles after a couple days of skiing non-stop style; sometimes it is impossible to touch their legs - to say nothing about any deep impact. And the technique shown in these module is so soft and gentle, that I can use it any time, with any degree of muscle sensitivity. It really makes a long start, and I can continue with rather strong and deep movements. 

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February 28, 2018 - 3:20 pm
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There is definitely more to Thai Massage than an endless series of stretches! Smile

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Module 6

For me, one of the most mystical things in Thai massage is the different client`s feeling when I press - and when I lean. The pressure on the muscle can be much stronger in case of leaning - but cause no pain at all; if I try to make the same (!) effort with muscle power - I`ll hear immediately from my client that I`m doing wrong thing )))

And the therapist also need to check his body position constantly. If you slide out of proper position, you`ll also cause unpleasant feelings in your client.

So: control and lean, lean and control, ... period )))

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Exactly! I have done this test with many students - the difference between leaning and pressing. NOBODY likes the pressing compared to leaning.

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This body language is a nice tool for a massage therapist. If you know where to look - you can read a person as a book.  At least you can tell nearly everything about his/her postural habits - and that makes your therapy much more effective. All you need is just spend not more then 5 minutes looking - before you start ))) Personally I do it with every client before our first session.

And as concerns stretches - I enjoy the one when you pull the bent knee inward, and then make a circle. Nice for nearly all lumbar pain cases.

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This is a very good habit - to take a few minutes to check out a client's posture before the session. It has given me many clues as to what their problem might be.

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Module 8

Two good advises had I found in this video (not ONLY two, but those I do like most Laugh). First - combination of rocking and stretching. One can have it in two different ways: rock - stretch - rock (period), or just make it simultaneously, in one movement (and repeat it again and again).  And another one - measuring my speed with my own breathing. It is simple .. and user-friendly LaughLaugh

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These are good take-a-ways from this session. Yes, rocking is very versatile and can be used in many situations. It often works better than direct linear stretches. You will hear a lot more about that in this course! Smile

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Module 9

One need to be really careful with this power stretches, especially when you bend a full way to give it a real power. But they do have sense -  you really feel how the muscle relaxes, becomes more soft just under your palms. I try to integrate all these new techniques into my standard routine - making it step by step - but in a nearest future I hope to present to my clients a whole new massage program, dealing with exhausted legs.

And sure I`m eager to see techniques, concerning other body parts )))

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True, you definitely have to be careful with power stretches. Overdoing them can hurt people. That's why in Thai Massage you have to modify your routine depending on what kind of person you are working on. That's the reason why throughout this course I often present several versions of particular stretches.

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