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Jared Estock
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February 29, 2020 - 5:44 am
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-to perform the massage you need to be hunched over your client for full effect

-you and your client need to be one with each other and relaxed for better outcome/effects

-techniques: compression, stretching, twisting, rocking, percussion, needing, and holding

-massage doesn't work with muscle power but with body weight

-its important to know your anatomy but don't make that the base principle of the session

-primarily based on energy flow

-technique = how youre doing something & tool = what body part youre using

-positions for therapist: japanese style sitting, half kneeling, standing, sitting, squatting (good to practice for improved performance)

-positions for client: supine (lying on back), prone (lying on stomach), side position, sitting (common for client)

-helps you learn how to sense and understand what is going on underneath your hands 

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Module 2 Chi Machine

- patient supine with clinician at the feet of the patient.

- clinician holds heels in cupped hands.

- clinician hands to be rested on the medial aspect of their own thighs with patient's feet NOT touching

- movement is initiated by the clinician moving posterior side to side while focusing on the patient's hip. Once hip moves the clinician will notice the patients head gently moving side to side.

- Clinician must be in the right state of mind and both parties must be completely relaxed.

- After 1-2 minutes gradually slow the movement until you stop and then place the patient's heels on the outside of your thighs on the ground and the clinician slides their hands to the anterior aspect of the patient's ankle. Stay in the moment for a minute. There should be no abrupt stoppages in the movement.

Technique was easy to learn and apply. There is most definitely a great sense of relaxation on both the patient and myself as a clinician.

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Hi Jared, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program and to our community. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

Certification Checklist

Please pay attention to item #1 - Completing your forum profile, and item #7 - Post content.
#1 is missing. Please fill in some bio details in your forum profile so that I know who you are and what your background is.

#7 is the main thing. You did exactly the opposite of what a post is supposed to look like Frown. Instead of writing about your experience with the course material, you just made a list of the content of the modules.

The posts are supposed to be experiential - about your experience when practicing the material - what happened in your practice sessions, what was easy or difficult, how did your practice partner react, how did you apply it, how did you feel about it, any stories about what happened, any questions you may have, etc.

The idea is that you show that you are actually practicing the course material. A listing of content does not show that. It only shows that you watched the video or read the transcript.

I also suggest that you watch (or rewatch) the second video and read the text below it (Step #3: Forum Posting And Navigation) on the page that you get to when you click on the 'Certification Information' tab in the sidebar of your membership portal. This video explains all this in detail.

There was only one single experiential sentence in your two posts - the very last sentence of your second post.
Now if you can make your entire post like that, then you are on to something!

If you want to know how all this is supposed to look like, you can read pretty much any certification thread in this forum. I am looking forward to your new experiential posts. Smile

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Module 3

I will admit after watching the videos I felt as if my practice was broken and choppy. It did not have a good flow. I was trying to remember  all the "moves" and apply them and it did not quite flow as much as I had liked. The feedback from my partner was overall positive. They enjoyed the way the massage felt. I am sure with more practice the flow will improve just as working with manual therapy techniques in Physical Therapy do. 

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It would be quite a miracle if the techniques would all just flow after just starting out with it all. When I started with Thai Massage 21 years ago, I still remember clearly that nothing flowed, LOL. It felt more like a struggle. 

If it were so easy, there would be lots of amazing Thai Massage therapists around after taking a weekend course. But that's not the case.

It will definitely take time to get that feeling of flow. From my observations and reading forum posts for 10 years, it is quite typical that course students feel totally clumsy initially. It is also quite typical that when they get to the final section of the course, that they report that it all falls into place for them and that it feels much more flowing.

The good news is that with practice, Thai Massage can turn into an artistic, beautiful, flowing, dance-like healing art. But don't be hard on yourself if this stage feels kind of far away at this point. I mean, how long did it take you until physical therapy became second nature to you? Smile

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Module 4

Module 4 really helped the flow of massage that I had some difficulty with, as I expressed in my last post. Its funny that I didn't think of grouping opposition motions as I do with joint mobilizations. Putting the massage "moves" into conceptual groups really aided me in my massage. I received a lot of positive feedback and praises from my practice partners. One even commented that the flow was much improved compared with the last practice session. I often find myself closing my eyes during the massage as I do when practicing manual therapy with me patients. It helps me to "feel" the flow and areas of need better. 

One area that I feel I need to work on is transitioning from sitting on my knees to the figure 4 style sitting position.

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Good news! Smile  There are more such conceptual groups in this course, so that will help you. The next one will be the 'hip pie' when you get to the stretches.

I also work with my eyes closed frequently. Like you said, it helps me with feeling and intuiting what is going on in the client's body and what it needs.

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Module 5 

This experience was much more flowing and what I considered to be a natural extension of the previous massage of the feet. The moves were very natural and just "made sense". Working on the thigh I felt like I was completing an Ultrasound or LASER treatment of the thigh. It felt very natural to move in an "S" pattern. Move inferiorly along the Thai energy line move posterior a bit and then proximally. I had no complaints or critical feedback with this module. I am excited to move forward.

Jared Estock PT,DPT,CIDN,ITPT,FMT,MST,NREMT-B

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You are right - the modules create a flow from the feet to the upper body, and turn into a sequence which you can use as it or modify according to how much of it you want to use and how much time you have in a session.

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