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October 22, 2014 - 7:04 am
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 Just received the course into today and waiting for video tomorrow.  As a personal trainer, yoga instructor and gym owner, i feel this will be the new freash breath of air that i am looking for, very excited..

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Hi James, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course. With your background this should be a perfect fit. I am looking forward to watching your progress over the next few months! Smile

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Modual 1 course intro

 

Love the reference to the transfer of energy and the comfort of the person giving massage..as a Reiki master i can appreciate the message that you must be comfortable in order to transfer the positive energy to the client. Also the use of body weight instead of muscle pressure, much more comforting for the client and the person giving the massage. So far i am very impressed. .

 

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October 24, 2014 - 12:33 am
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I am glad that your first impression is a good one. Smile Now since I know that you also have a Reiki background, you won't be surprised by the energy references in the program.

It seems that you have it all figured out, but just for reference' sake, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification check list here:
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Modual 2 chi machine

 

Looked easy but took me a few tries to get the movement down, wanted to use all arms and not my hips. My question is what is the max time you would use this movement in a session?  Would you just go by the energy you feel from the client? I figured 2 -4 mins??

 

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It's more like around 1-2 minutes. If you do it one minute, you should get the effect already. This one is more about unlearning than about learning. Everyone tries to muscle it, and that's exactly why it wouldn't work. It only works if it feels effortless to you.

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Makes sence,my wife said it felt great but a little wobbly after 3mins...lol  thanks will practice.

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Modual 3 foot massage 1

Hello, tried the different positions and movements,  and by far the push and pull of the foot along with the dorsi flexion are the favorites of my assistant. Do find i am keeping my hands to rigid while pushing the thumbs in the three piint pattern though..consentrating on remembering the moves more then the being in the now..

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Initially it is normal to focus on remembering the moves rather than being in a flow state. However the next module will help you to put it in perspective. You will see! Smile

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Modual 4

 

you are correct slowing down and focusing on my own breathing and intent is much more important then focusing on remembering the sequences of the moments. Also my own body positioning plays a great factor and quality of the massage being given if i'm uncomfortable my client will likely feel that in my energy while i'm trying to give a massage.

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That's why mechanically done Thai Massage (or any massage) never feels very good. The real art of it is what comes after learning the basic techniques. There are many elements which are part of a technique. You will hear a lot more about that throughout the course. Smile

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Modual 5

I liked the fact that you split the legs up into two areas of work, top, bottom. The direct pressure on the muscles feels fantastic and the blocking of the leg for restriction of movement is easily employed. .reall enjoyed the modual.

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Modual 6

I found the use of my leg under the client uncomfortable to me, due to recent knee surgury, i simply used a bolster to support the knee..the elbow work is ex excellent for kneeding the large quadswith little effort..

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It is always a good idea to have extra pillows and bolsters handy, both to support the client and to take care of your own body if required. If you had knee surgery recently, definitely don't stress your knee.

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Modual 7

The attention you reseved for hip alignment was great, very important for myself as a trainer and your explanation was spot on...I don't even know very many RMT's that bother to check this. The use of the feet for the massage feels very comfortable and alows to adjust pressure over a large srea much easier..I must say i am really enjoying the course. ..looking forward to next video..

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November 11, 2014 - 10:05 pm
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Not many RMTs check hip alignment because they don't know how to do it. This is not part of standard massage education.

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Modual 8

i found this chapter very informative. Especially when you touched on the hip pie. As i do with personal training the hip joint moves in more than simply three directions front back side side..the leg must have mobility when stretched into the multitude of angles is essential for the proper alignment and movements at the ball in hip joint. Never thought of using the analogy of hip pie, great way of simplifying it.

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November 16, 2014 - 12:23 am
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I like using simple analogies which in some cases convey a concept better than an entire complicated anatomy session.

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Modual 9

The most important thing i took away from this modual is alighnment of you hips in the direction of your movement along with the support to the leg of the client while pushing through the movement. Also the feedback from the client is very important to insure enjoyment and saftey.

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Modual 10

 

just finished watching video 10 leg stretches for i thought the attention to the cross legged i t band stretch was perfect. By supporting the leg with one hand applying pressure ensures not to over stretch the muscle well at the same time helping to alleviate the tension in the i t band while stretching..Really would like to covwr more of the rocking, will most likely be purchacing the course that covers this..

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