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Jenni O'Brien
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February 9, 2019 - 5:00 am
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Hello Shama & Friends,

I have been taking my time getting familiar with some of the different techniques in the first few modules, and am now focusing on completing the requirements for my certification- as it seemed a bit daunting at first.

I have watched the third module quite a few times, but found that reviewing with the transcripts has really helped me to lock down all the proper physical placements in my mind.

The 8 Ways to Move the Foot made it all so simple to retain. I think I was over-thinking it all. 

Fun Fact: My partner is my husband, who happens to HATE all things massage. He once "shooed" a woman offering a leg massage, while sunbathing on a beach in the Caribbean. (face palm)

I've practiced with him a few times, and the last time he fell I'm calling that one a win. 

Bending the foot in seems to be the most difficult for me, as he did mention this one hurt a few times. Perhaps it was my angle?

Jenni O'Brien
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This module and the new content came much easier to me. Kneading the foot was simple enough and something I was familiar with. I really like the heel massage, both inner and outer. I enjoy doing it for someone else, and I also love having it done. I also really enjoyed the circular massage on the 4 main lines of energy on the top of the foot. Oddly enough, the top of my foot always is in need of extra care.

I'm sure the following modules wont be as much of a review, but in this instance I was very appreciative of that. It helped to see how they all would flow right into the additional techniques. 

I am concerned with not knowing the proper terminology for all the bones and muscles, and am contemplating learning them of my own volition- just so I can feel a bit more confident when speaking to clients. Thoughts?

Also, the Chi Machine really worked on my rigid sweetheart of a partner. He said he could feel a buzzing sensation in his feet and calves. I'm going to make a believer of him yet!! HA,HA

Jenni O'Brien
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I enjoyed learning these massage techniques for the legs. I am however, really struggling with the quad technique. I understand the mechanics of it, but my husband keeps yelping out in pain. I've watched and rewatched, trying to gauge the level of pressure that is being applied with our butterfly hands- and I know you're not pushing down, you're sinking down- but it's not a good feeling on the receiving end from what my husband says. 

The push/pull technique was my favorite! It came to me quite naturally, and my partner said it was quite relaxing. It also seemed to require less force on the thumb individually, which I appreciated.                   

I am coming from a yoga background, and am obviously going to need to strengthen my hands and wrists up a bit. 

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February 9, 2019 - 8:48 pm
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Hi Jenni, welcome to our community and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. There is one thing: I cannot find a certification registration from you. We need that for our records and to know what kind of certificate you want. Can you please send it in. You can find the link to the certification registration in the certification section of your course manual.

Also please take a minute and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

Certification Checklist

You are all set up in the forum. However some things got mixed up a bit, it seems. Your posts start with module 3. I don't see posts for module 1 and 2.

Also, you labeled this forum thread 'Complete Thai Massage Forum Module 3'. 'Module 3' is not the main thread, but just one of the modules. So I will change the title of your thread by eliminating the 'module 3'.

If you watch the video in our certification tutorial, you will be walked through the process step-by-step. It's half-way down on this page:

Certification Tutorial

The main thing is that you NEVER click on 'Add Topic', but only on 'Add Reply'.

Your husband is missing out on one of the great pleasures in life - a good massage. I hope you can convert him over to some degree. Smile

Regarding the painful reaction when you did the butterfly on his quads - some people have super sensitive and tight quads. I suggest you try this technique on someone else and see if you get a different reaction. If not, let me know, and we will try something else.

Regarding learning the anatomy, you really don't have to worry about this so much. Thai Massage is not an anatomy-based system, but it is based on an energy-line approach. There is nothing wrong with learning some anatomy, but you can do a perfectly good Thai Massage without knowing anatomy. Here in Thailand practically no therapist knows anything about anatomy. To find out why, you can read this article:

Do Thai Massage Therapists Need To Know Anatomy?

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