November 28, 2012
I really enjoyed the opening video. I also really enjoyed the concept and application of the Chi Machine. Due to time contraints and tight scheduling, I often want to get to the core modalities of the massage to ensure my client is getting the maximum theraputic value for the dollars they're spending. However, I also feel sometimes that I'm letting them down because we didn't get to spend those few extra minutes developing a deeper sense of nurturing touch to help them reach a deeper level of relaxation. I'm looking forward to using this technique over the next few weeks to see what my clients think and how they react by adding it to their sessions.
I quite intentionally did not rush into showing lots of techniques in the beginning of the course. I want my students to become healing artists, creative, intuitive, sensitive therapists - not 'massage mechanics' who just know a bunch of techniques and use them as a 'one size fits all' system. There is a lot more to a Thai Massage move than the technique. You will hear a lot about those principles and concepts during the training.
Ultimately your claim to fame as a Thai Massage therapist will not be in how many techniques you know (although this definitely helps), but in your quality of touch, your ability to feel where the problem is, and your skill of working with each client in a way that is just right for them.
November 28, 2012
And that is what I most strive to be, Shama. An artist. One who's skills sets him at the top of his field. One who is respected by his peers and admired by his clientele. I've heard many times in passing that if the distance between mediocre and good is a mile, then the space that separates good and great is but inches.
I watched the video on foot work today. I love having my feet worked, and really like it when clients give me positive feedback from their sessions. Even though all of my work thus far has been on a table, I still incorporate a lot of stretching along with my sessions. I really liked the the different approaches that you took to working the feet, and especially the body mechanics involved. I look forward to practicing these techniques soon.
You are right, to be excellent you don't have to be twice as good as everyone else, you just need something unique that distinguishes your work. That could be a more intuitive way of working versus a more mechanical approach, an increased sensitivity to read your client's body, or a better way to communicate concepts. Or it could be working on areas that are normally neglected by a large section of the massage establishment, or in ways that are not well known.
Talking about foot massage, I just recently released a very comprehensive foot massage course which became quite popular instantly and I am just working on making it even better with more content. Foot massage is a wonderful skill to have, and not many Thai Massage therapists are proficient in it.
November 28, 2012
I enjoyed the follow up video to working on feet. I'm still getting used to working on a mat. At present, it still feels a bit awkward since I'm use to working with clients on a table. I know that with time and repetition, things will become more comfortable, but I still feel a little clunky when it comes to transitioning from one position to another.
Actually you will be amazed how graceful and artistic it will feel when working on the floor becomes second nature. It can feel like dancing in unison with a partner. I know, it takes some time do develop a feeling for this. Working on the floor allows you much more creativity and flexibility than working on a table. You can use your body weight much more effectively since you can get right on top of people, and your ergonomics can be much better since you don't have to deal with the physical boundaries of a table. Also when working on a floor mat you can use your knees and feet which is not possible on a table.
Although I prefer working on a floor mat, it is definitely possible to do quite an effective Thai Massage session on a table.
November 28, 2012
Shama, hope all is well. It's been a really long time since I've been on the forum or actively practicing my Thai Massage. A very hectic work schedule and a change in occupation has kept me away from many things, including my continuing education. If it's alright with you, I still have all the links you sent me for the classes, so I'd like to review the previous courses again and pick up where I left off. Since it's also passed the 6 month time frame for continuing education certification, I'm happy to pay way ever fee is necessary once I complete my instruction so that I can get ceu credit. Thanks as always - Jason
Hi Jason, you are welcome to get back into the certification process. I understand that life sometimes gets in the way of our plans.
The CE question test expires after 6 months, so you had to sign up for that one again. You might have to use a different email than the first time, since there is a chance that the system will not take what appears to be a duplicate registration.
Also please read my updated certification guidelines. There is a link on this page also for the CE test sign up.