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Ixcatli Ulloa's Complete Thai Massage Course Notes
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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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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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Module 5

 

This was a cool lesson!  I appreciated the reminder of making the routine like a dance.  In massage therapy school, our instructor was always reminding us to be mindful of our flow.  I also appreciated the little tips like how to lock down the clients foot with my own, and leaning my knee on the clients calf muscle to stabilize the thigh.  I also see the importance of at times using a pillow (or rolled up towel) under the thigh.  When I worked on the thigh without it, Mom felt it put more of a strain on the tendons that attach to her hip.  But with the pillow underneath, she was able to relax more and we were able to focus on healing.  

Nice lesson!!Smile

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I am glad that you are enjoying the course and the little tips - there is a lot more to come! Often it's the little things that make a big difference.

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Module 6

 

I enjoyed the thigh work with the forearm.  I can see how it would be useful if you are working on a thicker person.  I also appreciated the Sen Line references.  That's something we briefly touched on in massage school and I think it helps my work when I am more aware of where they are.  

When I practiced the moves on Mom and did the calf work, she said she felt a stretch even below her ribcage.  Again I am reminded that a good Thai stroke will affect multiple areas of the body.  Once I was done she said her hips (an area she usually has problems with) felt looser. 

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There will be more references about the sen lines in this course. If you want to delve more into this aspect, we have an entire course about sen line therapy in our library.

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Module 7

 

Loved those tips about reading the body!!  I definitely took note of the way to read the hips through the feet!!  The stretches were nice too... When I practiced them on my Mom, she said it relieved tension in her groin.  She especially likes the thigh cross pull.  She did remind me to watch my hand placement on the ankles when doing the hamstring stretches.  That was a helpful reminder.

 

And I really appreciated the modifications for people who are really tight and who might be bigger than me.  Thanks for that!

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That's something which you will find throughout this course - modifications to adjust techniques for different kinds of clients. Without that you would be stuck with a rigid one-size-fits-all system that only works for certain people. The art is in being able to customize this work so that it works both for you and your clients. Smile

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Module 8

 

The hip pie is a helpful way to remember the stretches in our wheelhouse!  When working on my friend, she said she enjoyed the calf work done... though she didn't have tight calves when I practiced on her, she said she saw how that would help if she did have tight calves.  I personally also enjoyed the reminder on how to breath when stretching someone.  I felt it gave me more control and my friend was able to feel that too!!

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Module 9

 

I loved the stretches!  Some of them I was familiar with, but I loved the modifications for people who aren't as flexible, and those who are.  

I also appreciated the reminder to couple my power with gentleness.  My nickname in school was "Slow down" because as I would think about the techniques I just learned and how to apply them, my classmates would feel my routine as rushed.  When I practiced today on my Mom, she too reminded me to go slower, especially when stretching since muscles need time to go in and out of certain positions.  As what happened with my Swedish routine, I'm sure as I practice these stretches more and more, I'll get a good rhythm that will benefit the overall feeling of my routine and the physical well-being of the client.

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Slow is almost always better than fast in Thai Massage. A fast Thai Massage feels rushed and mechanical. So you learned a valuable lesson there! Smile

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Module 10

 

I am excited to see this all put together!!  The first two stretches of this lesson seem like they are really enjoyable once the person is warmed up and ready to stretch.  When I practiced it on my mother she said she felt the stretch deep in her glutei.  And as an avid runner and someone who sees clients who are in the military, I know that stretch will be much appreciated!!  She reminded me to be mindful of not getting too close to the knee when doing the calf stretch.  

All in all, another great lesson!!Smile

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Module 11

 

I made it to the end of section 1!!!  WHOO-HOO!!!   What a good lesson!  It was fun to put everything I learned together into one routine.  I appreciated the quick reminders of 'sinking in' versus pressing.... when I kept that in mind, my mom said it felt a lot more relaxing.  

All in all, she also said the routine felt very thorough.  I'm excited to continue practicing what I learned as well on building on it.  

Well.... onto Section 2!!Cool

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