July 1, 2017
Sorry Shama! I have looked at all the Modules at least once (many several times) and have been practicing on my housemates, but do not have experience with forums, so have not been reporting in. I now see how much time has gone by and do not want to loose the opportunity to get feedback and refine the techniques that are less easy for me. I do not have professional experience although one of my housemates who has had several strokes has a massage therapist who comes every week and he allows me to assist him. I really appreciate that. I'm still a bit uncertain as I learn to "feel" energy. I'm learning to to keep my whole body relaxed and am VERY grateful for what you teach about use of multiple body parts other than just thumbs and fingers... and about wrapping my hand all the way around the foot. I have had carpel tunnel from my former work .... so need to be careful. It is great to use the knuckles and I'm able to switch to another technique when I feel stress in the fingers and thumbs. I like using my body weight and enjoy the circular techniques. I have found ways from the modules to massage every part of the foot without stressing out my hands as I sit cross-legged with my legs under the bottom of the recliner that my housemate with the paralysis sits in. I have also done mostly crossed legged massages of my other housemate on the floor. I have never (even in my younger days) done much squatting and so far tended away from that since I have not developed much balance in that position. Nor have I ever done much sitting on my heals. One the other hand, it occurred to me that since I am 70 years old and still am fortunate enough to be able to squat and sit on my heals, maybe I could overcome my resistance and "just do it"...even if for brief periods of time. I see now that I should be commenting module by module...so will start doing that on the next post.
I would like to ask though, from your experience, when I am not working on both feet at once, what are the pros and cons of doing a single technique on one foot and then on the other......or doing a whole series of techniques on one foot and then doing them all on the other foot?
Many thanks for offering this course. I have already learned a lot and feel that massaging the feet is really good for us older folks and may bring many benefits for all parts of the body. I have printed out a foot reflexology chart and look at it occasionally, but since I try to cover every part of the foot and each toe in a session, I many not need to memorize every point. Thanks again!!!
Hi Jane, welcome to our forum community. You only need to post something about every module if you want to receive a certificate from Thai Healing Massage Academy. If you are just posting for feedback and interaction, then you don't need to follow any protocol.
So far I have not seen a certification registration from you, so am I correct in assuming that you are just posting for feedback and interaction?
If my assumption is incorrect and you do want a certificate, then you would need to fill out a certification registration form (the access link is in the certification section of your course manual). Please let me know.
In regards to your question about working the feet - there are some techniques that lend themselves to working on both feet simultaneously, and there are other techniques which only work on one foot at a time. There is no esoteric reason for one or the other. If you can work on both feet at the same time with a particular technique, then this is useful for the purpose of saving time, accomplishing more in less time.
Essentially it doesn't matter if you work on one foot after the other or on both simultaneously. The main thing is to create a sequence which flows easily without jumping around a lot unnecessarily.
July 1, 2017
Thanks, Shama. That is very sweet that you put my situation on Facebook to inspire older students not to think they are "too old".
I don't know whether I need a certificate, but perhaps I will learn more if I go through the course and ask questions module by module... and if I am able to earn a certificate, all the better. I will look through the course manual and see about the certificate registration. Let's see how it goes.
In regard to working on both feet, what I meant is that when I am NOT working on both feet, is it better to do a number of techniques on one foot before moving to the other foot or do you think it is better to do one technique on one foot and then move to the other foot rather than doing several techniques on one foot before moving to the other foot? Perhaps it depends on how much time you spend on one technique. If it is only a couple of minutes, moving from foot to foot too often could be a bit cumbersome. I find that if I spend a lot of time on one foot, I may forget to do all the same techniques by the time I get to the other foot. HAHA So far I haven't established a fixed order. Like you say though , it is good to establish a nice flow. I had a friend who took a 3 day Thai foot massage course and she did everything in a given order ...completing all her work on one foot before moving to the other foot. I find it nice to work on both feet at once whenever practical and possible.
Today a friend helped me figure out how to get your modules onto a KindleFire so that if I want to listen to you and massage at the same time, I don't have to disconnect all my cords and take my whole computer to the place where I'm doing the massage. Progress little by little.
Okay, got it! It is better to do a few techniques first on one foot, and then repeat them on the other foot, as long as this can easily be done. Switching back and forth all the time is cumbersome for you and feels a bit weird for the client. It lacks continuity and flow.
That you might forget what exactly you did on one foot when working on the other is a temporary phenomenon. If you practice it repeatedly, you will soon be able to remember the techniques in your sleep!
And even if you DO forget one technique, it doesn't matter. The client won't even notice. All that does matter is that it feels good to the client and that your flow is not interrupted. Even the fixed order is not important as long as it fits into a nice flow.
To sum it up: don't worry about remembering an exact sequence, or what you do when. The overriding principle is that it feels natural and flowing to the client and feels good. Everything else is secondary.