April 8, 2018
I feel really excited to be starting this modality! I have luckily got my boyfriend Steven to be my partner, and he will be supporting me through out this process! I'm much more used to working with a table, than the floor, so this is going to take some time to get used to. Im comfortable with the breathing since its the same with massage, however staying aligned with the body is going to be a struggle that i will need to work on, since im used to having to go around a table during my sessions. I really like how the program comes with so many different ways to go over the material since i usually want to write everything down.
April 8, 2018
This video had me thinking about my body mechanics, being a fairly new massage therapist i feel its important to make sure my body isn't slouched over during my session. My partner Steven was very helpful when i was doing the leg stretch that was shown in the video, by expressing when it was too far and not far enough of a stretch. Learning Thai massage i was so worried i wouldn't remember a whole sequence of moves to practice on my clients, but was reassured its just more important to be mindful and its okay to miss a stretch! A lot of breathing is going to be required to learn this haha . Really enjoy i can watch the video, and then replay and practice it with my partner when he gets home! The Chi Machine looks like it feels so good, i can't wait until my partner practices on me to show me how it feels!
Hi Jaimie, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all correctly organized.
There will certainly be some adjustments with Thai Massage. However you will find that in the end it makes your work easier. You will have more power with less effort, and it it will be easier on your body with better body mechanics.
You are lucky to have a partner who will also practice on you so that you can feel the techniques on your own body. That will be very helpful.
There really isn't so much to learn about breathing. It comes down to two things:
- Use your breath for slow, sustained moves which involve leaning into your client
- Breathe out when leaning in, and breathe in when leaning out
That's the entire learning curve - not too bad! You won't be using your breath for all techniques, just for some, and after a while this will feel so natural to you that you won't have to think about it at all.
April 8, 2018
I like the idea of starting at the bottom of the body instead of the head, (with massage therapy I normally always start with the head), so its a nice change! I think the best part of practicing the moves in the video, was getting in the groove of just rocking back and fourth, and just using my body weight. I really like how everything is just flowing, and my partner was super relaxed the whole time. When my partner was practicing on me, I could feel when his hands weren't positioned correctly since I could feel a bit of awkward/tenseness in my ankle, however right when he positioned himself a little differently it felt really smooth and I could easy fall asleep with the whole "1-2-3-2-1". I love any type of foot massage, and it was interesting to practice the pull forward/push back move, its almost as if the most simple moves that are the most relaxing. This week I'm going to be practicing that circle foot movement over and over again, I can't seem to get the flow yet, but my partner is loving me practicing on him haha.
*Thank you for replying Shama, I checked over the check list, does everything look correct??
April 8, 2018
Today I woke up and my feet were hurting, so this video definitely loosened up my ankles while practicing! I liked the 8 subjects of the feet to work, even though I know its not good to remember just a sequence, it was a nice way to look at the foot in different sections as a beginner. When my partner was doing the move were he was rotating my foot, but using the tip of the thumb on the inside of my foot, it felt so relaxing. It amazes me that such little movements could be so relaxing. Its interesting to focus on certain fingers for different amounts of pressure. I'm wondering if I had a pregnant client, these feet movements would be something I would have to avoid? (Not sure how that works, since I know in Massage Therapy the inner ankle on pregnant woman can be a negative thing?). Also I see that in Thai Massage, we start with the feet but I was wondering if you ever use Essential Oils before hand? I was wondering about the transition to make it flow, and while practicing my partner really liked when I picked up his leg, he even asked if I could stretch it a little more so it was a nice little flow during the practice .
Regarding the inner ankle issue, it is not that any kind of touch there will trigger a miscarriage. If this is indeed true (and there is no definitive proof of that), you had to do some some very pointed and intense work on this specific spot. That's something you should definitely avoid doing on pregnant women. But you don't need to be scared of touching the inner ankle with a gentle foot massage.
There is an article about this subject coming up later in the course - it's about Thai Massage contraindications.
Also there is a lot about flow and transitions coming up throughout this course.
Personally I have never used essential oils for doing Thai Massage, but this doesn't mean that it shouldn't be done.
April 8, 2018
My partner and I have been practicing in the mornings instead of night the last 2 times, and I felt it was nice to wake up and get right into a nice flow! The leg works has been helping my partner a lot since he's on his feet all day. I thought it was funny my partner wanted stretching when I was learning Module 4, and this Module 5 was about not stretching yet until they have been warmed up, so it was nice to learn this right after being in that situation with someone. I like the idea of just going with it, and not being so in my head about which moves I'm doing. I'm definitely practicing the breathing in and out when leaning, I learned that in massage therapy school, but honestly forgot all about it. I think the squeezing and rolling feels good everywhere haha. How much time does one usually spend doing a Thai Massage in general as an average massage? I really liked this Module cause I'm getting a lot more comfortable working on a mat!
In general Thai Massage sessions are longer than western massage sessions. It is possible to do a one hour session, but it is much better to do a 1.5 or 2 hour session. I think you will easily see why when you get through the entire course. There is just so much that you can do, and you will have a hard time fitting it into one hour.
April 8, 2018
Oh the front leg work felt too good while practicing this! I always get shin splints from running and the pushing directly down while my foot was turned was a different sensation that I really liked, a lot like deep tissue massage. My partner has a very tight IT band, so working their on him was a bit painful but after the session his legs were feeling so much more relaxed. During this session I was really focusing on just breathing and being in flow with my partner, the push/pulling while rolling with my hands was said to feel so good on my partner, and I would have thought it maybe would have got ...boring? for him ? However, it didn't! Something so simple it surprisingly felt amazing even to receive. Thai massage seems like such a safe place for clients to just relax on a mat. Im still trying to practice sliding in and out from my partner without it being so rough and non/flowing. Other than that I really enjoyed this module!
I have often found that seemingly simple techniques are very well received. You can't really overdo those, unlike stretches, which can easily be overdone.
You seem to have a natural talent for Thai Massage. Breathing and being in flow is normally something that most course students develop only later in the course, so I am glad to hear that you are focusing on it already!
April 8, 2018
I liked that Shama shared some of his favorite stretches! This last week I was practicing on my mat to see if I could help my partners arms get more relaxed with a session ending with stretching every morning. Looking at my partner's body before the sessions starting I could notice some tension in his shoulders, even when he was laying down his shoulders were raised a bit. I feel like he was just used to being tense that he never noticed his own shoulders raised. Doing Thai massage on his arms & some light stretches has helped so much, and it was all because I noticed his body language before hand. Its amazing that even laying down our bodies still have muscles that are tense. When my partner was practicing on me, I really liked the elephant walking - my partner is a little more heavier than me so him gently pushing into my tight legs its exactly what I needed after running a couple miles haha. I used a pillow with my parter since he wasn't as flexible, but it was nice to go with the flow and gently slide in a pillow with out him even knowing. The rocking helped my hips loosin up a bit, never thought about rocking the hips like that but it was really nice when my partner did it to me! The circular motion with the hip is going to need much more practicing for me, it was a bit hard to move my partner but I think practice and getting the flow right will help.
April 8, 2018
Im glad I saw this video, because I was wondering if in Thai Massage its ever just a "focused massage", or its always a full body of massages, but I guess its very customizable just like normal Massage Therapy, and each session can be completely different. I've realized these videos really sink in when i'm reading the actual transcript and looking at the photos a couple times - while listening, before practicing! Im working on always making sure i'm stabilizing whatever limb/area i'm working on, since its all new I sometimes think too much into it, and forget I have my partners leg in the air haha. I have a part - time office job, so the calf work felt really good, my right calf was way more tighter than my left for some reason, but it was interesting to notice that during the practice. The hip stretch only got to the 90 degree angle with my partner since he has knee problems, but it was still nice for him he said. I was able to go through the hip stretches with my partner and it felt really good, I have my partner watching the videos while he practices on me after, it helps to know what the sensation should feel like. I learned the last stretch when I was in Massage School when we did Table Thai, after the movement I went back and did some feet work. This session I just worked on legs/feet with my partner which was a change, I wasn't trying to push everything into the session.
I think that you got something mixed up when you wrote about module 7. You wrote about working on the shoulders, but module 7 is only about leg work. I think what happened is this: You had enrolled in the Complete Thai massage course, and on the same day you also signed up for the free introductory series. The intro series has a video where I show those 'favorite techniques'.
So you ended up on two mailing lists, and you thought that the one video from the free series was part of the Complete Thai Massage course. To avoid such confusion in the future I took you off the free intro mailing list so that you only receive material from the Complete Thai Massage course list.
Your post about module 8 is clearly from the Complete Thai Massage course. You can tell the difference easily. The free series is accessed from our website, and the Complete Thai Massage series is delivered via download links and includes audio and transcript files.
April 8, 2018
^Shama you were correct! I had watched both the videos, & was practicing everything that was coming through the e-mail and got confused when typing! My partner & I have been practicing a lot, its just been a little tough to get online and type up about the Oops! sometimes writing about these videos it can get confusing! Thank you for taking me off of the other video listing!
With this module I practiced with my older sister! She is much more flexible than my partner, and the elephant walking was very relaxing for her! The circular movement was a bit hard to get in motion, but I can definitely tell its helping loosin up the hip joint. I noticed my sisters hips weren't exactly even, her right hip was much tighter than her left, but the rocking motion was helpful. At the end of the massage I went back to the hips and did a light rocking again, and compared them to how they were before the massage & noticed her legs/hips were much more relaxed. When i was lunging in doing the stretch my sisters calf muscle had got a charlie horse cramp and wondered what you do when that happens? The spinal twist was really nice to receive, my back cracked a couple times and was very relaxing how it makes your whole body move. I see that you keep reminding us about the body mechanics, and its nice to keep putting that in my mind and remembering to stay present and mindful even if this is new to me! I use the 1-10 method with deep tissue massage also, but i was curious about what method in thai massage was most common, so its nice to hear that! All in all this was a very nice video and super fun to work with my flexible sister =)
Regarding the charlie horse cramp - I don't remember that I ever had a client to whom this happened, so I can't speak from personal experience, but I suggest that you try to lean in on the muscle with sustained pressure until the cramp subsides. Another thing that might help is to squeeze the calf muscle between your two heels of your palms and wiggle it back and forth.
April 8, 2018
Thanks! I will try that next time if my partner gets any more cramps!
While practicing this time with Steven my partner, I was really focusing on being soft with my touch, trying to just lean in rather than pushing out of my seat onto my partner's legs with own strength. The stretches were a lot of fun to learn, I really liked that it was included if the client is larger than the therapist and how each stretch can be modified. My partner is much taller than me, but he also isn't very flexible so the basic stretches worked out perfectly for him!
It was a bit difficult to focus on the hara but it was really interesting to have that in the back of my mind! I learned about shiatsu in massage school, but just briefly so this definitely made me remember about the energy that lies in the abdomen. The shoulder/knee stretch felt really nice to receive, especially after giving an actual massage earlier in the day haha.
While stretching my partner he reached a 9 on one of the stretches, and i knew it was a bit too far so it was nice that I already had the thought in mind before he said anything. I tried to do the blood stop and my partner was a little hesitant before hand, but after i realized he realized that it was just a tingly feeling that came from it and said it was actually a nice sensation.
The soft touch focus and the 1-10 method definitely help to keep strong moves under control!
The hara focus will take some time to feel natural, and in the long run will become second nature.
Just don't tell anyone that you are doing a 'bloodstop", otherwise they will get scared! The technique is good, and the name is terrible. Better call it a "circulation booster" or a "chi flow enhancer" or something like that.
April 8, 2018
This was probably one of my favorite videos so far! It was really great to see it all together, how much time you spend on each spot. What type of music is normally played during a Thai Massage ? I liked the tip of if you ever feel any resistance, just do the rocking motion, helped my partners hips relax even more when i did that move/stretch. The calf muscle stretch were you kinda pull to the side of them leg, felt so good! My partner really enjoyed that stretch. Is it normal for the other person to use a little pillow? & Does Thai Massage ever touch the scalp? (Maybe you will get to that haha) - Each video my partner and i go through as if it was a reflection of us on the screen cause that really helps me learn better! My partner is noticing the flow to come to me easier, and he's looking a lot more relaxed on the mat than the first video, so i think thats a good thing haha.
Any relaxing music will work. I have used lots of different music from the New Age or Relaxation genre.
If people have good posture they won't need a pillow. But if they have any degree of Kyphosis (rounded upper back, head and neck tilted forward, collapsed shoulders), then they will need a pillow to feel comfortable in the supine position.
Yes, the scalp is touched in Thai Massage by many practitioners. But the head massage is not very developed in Thai Massage, and that's why I created my own and much more effective and sophisticated solution: Heavenly Head Massage