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Ixcatli Ulloa's Complete Thai Massage Course Notes
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Ixcatli Ulloa
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February 14, 2020 - 7:58 am
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I just enrolled into the forum.  I hope I'm doing this right, but I really appreciated the tutorials!!  I can't wait to start learning!!Laugh

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Module 1

 

So already I'm realizing that like other massage modalities, leverage is key.  I really think I'm going to benefit from learning how to breath into a move and using my own energy in massaging someone else.  I really think my touch and rhythm will have benefited greatly by the end of this course.

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February 15, 2020 - 9:32 pm
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Hi Ixcatli, welcome to our community and 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:

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It looks like everything is fine with your forum posts, and you obviously watched the tutorials!

I agree with you - I am pretty sure that by the end of this course you will not only have learned a great modality, Thai Massage, but you will have also learned skills that transfer to other massage styles as well. I am looking forward to assisting you on your path!

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Module 2

 

In this module, I liked the reminders about being close to what you're working on and using body weight for power versus your own muscles.  But what was really interesting was the point about having to be free of tension yourself in order to give a good Thai massage.  I think that is something that can even translate into my Swedish massage.  

As far as practicing the Chi Machine, I was able to try it on my mom.  She had already been complaining for some days about pain in her glutes and shoulder, but when i tried the move on her, she said she could feel it loosening things up.  So that was encouraging.  That point about focusing on moving the hips in order to move the whole body is so key! Thanks for that!

Well, on to module three......

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Being free of tension definitely translates to other massage styles as well. It's just easier in Thai Massage because you can have the perfect body mechanics to go along with it which makes the tension-free work easier to attain.

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Module 3

 

This module was fun!! Who doesn't love a good foot massage?LaughWink  I appreciate the breakdown of each move and how to go about building up to the full move.

So I practiced on my dad, who naturally isn't a big fan of massage nor people touching his feet.  But I got him to participate by saying it wouldn't be intricate work that would tickle his feet, but more so joint work that would ease tension in his legs.  He got on my mat right away!!Laugh

He especially enjoyed the push-pull-rotate technique.  He said I could have kept doing that move.  After the work, he said his feet felt "loosey-goosey" and had more range of motion in his ankles as far as dorsiflexion and plantar flexion go.  He also said he felt his calves loosen up, which was interesting to me because I didn't even touch his calves.  So it's impressive how already, these few moves on the feet alone are affecting other parts of the body!!

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Excellent, you are off to a good start here. I can just imagine what results you will get when you build up your repertoire of techniques and skills! Smile

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Module 4

 

I appreciated the tip on conceptual thinking.  Breaking it down into expert, invert, dorsiflex, plantar flex, etc.. made it really easy to remember the moves so I can focus less on what would come next, and instead focus on how this move is making the client feel.  

I put all the foot steps together and practiced on my mother... she said she liked how the moves opened up the range of motion of the whole foot. 

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You will find more such tips on conceptual thinking in this course to make the learning process easier. Smile

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