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Jeremy Cowin's Complete Thai Massage Course Notes
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Jeremy
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Module 1

I have signed up for both certifications.  Please advise if I have missed anything in that process.

I have been doing table & floor stretching for a while now, and I still have trouble with prolonged squatting with my toes in extension. I find I have to modify and usually do a side sit or a half kneel to avoid too much time in toe extension.  

I also appreciated the reminder about the breath in this module.  Breath work is so important for the fascia work I do, as its a way of monitoring how my clients are responding - a quickened breath can mean pain, discomfort, hidden emotions, as can holding ones breath.  By following my clients breath I can "sense" what they can and they can actually guide me.  It's also a great way to connect and a way for me to help guide my clients when they can feel my breath with theirs - I can guide them through stretches they may not do themselves and help open up adhesions and tissue restrictions as well as potential locked emotions.  This doesn't happen all the time, but breath work is a powerful way to stay connected, focused, relaxed and communicate intent.

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

Certification Checklist

We received your registration form, thanks. So far the only thing that is missing is that you fill in your bio here in the profile section of the forum to tell us something about you, where you are from, etc.

I am glad to hear that you can relate to the breath work aspect of Thai Massage. I am looking forward to assisting you in your journey through this course and reading about your progress.

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Module 2

I have been practicing the "Chi Machine" on colleagues in my PT clinic as well as at home with my partner.  I have found a couple of things: Each body type may require more or less rocking (by this I mean a larger and or faster weight shift through my hips/oscillations) in order to get the rocking to go all the way up ot he head.  Body size/type makes a difference as to how much "wiggling/oscillations" I need to produce.  It's not really forceful, but working on larger bodies means I need to weight shift bigger to produce the oscillations, than on a smaller framed body.  Also, I find that just a small amount of traction/pull (slight lean back) through the feet helps clients to relax a bit more too and makes the oscillations more comfortable and easier for them and for me too. 🙂

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This goes for many whole-body rocking movements. The natural speed of the rocking is determined by the client's body. Large and heavy bodies will rock slower and small and light bodies will rock faster.

True, a small amount of traction will work, if it's too much traction, it will impede the rocking motion.

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