I really enjoyed the first video just being familiarized with what Thai massage is about, the lingo and movements. I know there is much more to learn and this is only the beginning. I like that your approach is detailed but simplified for all to understand.
I have been practicing the position of therapists and I am comfortable with sitting on my heel, not as uncomfortable as it looks. The balancing while doing a movement in that position will probably be most challenging at first but come in time.
I feel as a therapist I struggle with my ergonomics sometimes. I will catch myself and realize, although those are usually when something might be going on or just happened. You have to be focused and have the energy the right energy. I really enjoyed how you bring to light in every detail before moving forward.
Also breathe is something I am working on as well. I think too much and sometimes I catch myself with that as well. After showing in thai massage you lean in you breathe out and when you lean out you breathe in that might be challenging for me as I am trying to concentrate on whats next but as I learn I the flow it will become like second nature I hope!
I am signing up for the continuing education class does this go in this section?
The Chi Machine Move was amazingly smooth. The client I was practicing with was very relaxed which I feel made it easier. It took me a couple time to not use my arms but flow through my hips as you explained. but it also takes the client being relaxed and comfortable too.
when I first did it I didn’t feel I was doing it as smoothly as as you make it look but with practice I will get it.
I also tried on a second person who was more not the same relaxed state more tense and had to remind them to relax when they finally let go and relaxed this movement really seemed to calm them and leave them in a peaceful state.
Hi Jessica, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage course. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification check list:
There is nothing special you need to do here in the forum about the continuing education part of the certification program. Just keep posting about each module and simultaneously complete the multiple choice questions. Those run on a different track via the examprofessor software which you signed up for already.
It seems like you had a good start already with the first two modules.
I corrected your topic title and display name to include your last name. Since we could have several Jessicas in the forum, we need the last name to match up our records.
I hadn’t thought with starting with the feet first. I always end that way doing Swedish massage. This is a different style and I love it. It also opens you to the idea of starting that way in other modalities depending on the client.
I felt like this is a great way to get someone to relax ask I watched the video for the first time. The more and more I have practiced it the smoother it has gotten. It helped watching the video numerous times and then of course practicing.
When working on my client they fell asleep and woke up soon as I stopped asking if I was done already. All of these techniques together created such a relaxing atmosphere I am looking forward to the next video to add to the sequence!
Wow, that’s great that you put your client to sleep already with your Thai Massage work. Personally I love drifting off when I receive a session.
There are more vigorous techniques coming up in this course, but you can always do a gentle Thai Massage as well.
You are never obligated to follow one particular routine. If you have clients who like a mellow relaxing style, you can do that with Thai Massage. If you have clients who like rather extreme stretch-workout sessions, you can do that as well with Thai Massage, and everything in between!
I really like how we are learning to address all the movements of the foot. Integrating these extra moves creates more opportunity to create a feeling of balance.
Using your whole body versus just a part does help with not putting stress on your body but also creates a better stretch traction and movement when using your whole body. Working on the inside of the foot doing circular movement and sliding up the inside of the foot then outside movements I really liked how detailed addressing all parts of the foot even working on top of the foot makes the work on the foot feel more complete. You don’t realize what an effect your feet have on your body, with these movements you are bringing to light areas that are constantly being put under stress daily. Great session
The combination of movement of your body and hands is still something I have to repeatedly remind myself but I know will eventually come naturally the more I do it.
Sure, it doesn’t feel so natural and fluid in the beginning, but this will definitely come with practice, provided you follow the guidelines outlined in this course, like working with body weight, using your entire body, working with your breath whenever possible and several more principles which will be discussed later on in the course.
It is quite possible to practice Thai Massage and never feel the flow of it. This happens when practitioners use a mechanical approach and only follow sequences without developing sensitivity and creativity. That’s why you will find that I am always stressing the more subtle elements of Thai Massage practice since this is what will make it artistic versus mechanical.
The leg work techniques are very useful especially for someone that has tight muscles. I can see this being very beneficial. It is helpful pinning the leg because it will move if you don’t have it pinned. My client was pretty flexible so their knee fell all the way out. I would like to work on someone that has a tighter leg so I can see the difference of how it feels having to use the pillow and if it will be a little different. Or next time I might just put pillow just to see the difference.
Leaning in instead of using your arms creates a powerful movement because your flowing into the muscles slowly versus forcing your way in I am beginning to realize. it was very helpful being on my toes more so I have more body weight to lean in.
My favorite technique was grabbing the calf and pulling out in the circular movement. It felt like it really warmed up the calf muscle and felt comfortable doing it.
I had a little bit of trouble placing my body properly at first having to find the right angles as you said. The adductors are not something in Swedish you really address so I thought this is awesome. You are getting to muscles that are often looked over in other massages due to the area.
The rocking effect is how I open my massages. I really like the calming feeling it creates. My favorite move was leaning in on the foot and calf at the same time. The elephant walk.
I like not having to use your fingers and still having such an effect. Addressing every part of the leg in detail just as the foot. I know that you say you don’t have to use them all but when you do it seems whole.
Yes, with Thai Massage you can reach pretty much every area in the body, and you can affect more muscles than in Swedish massage since you have all those body manipulations and stretches available. And the icing on the cake is, like you said, you often don’t even need to use your fingers or hands to do this. It is a very therapist-friendly system.
This rocking into the stretch was very beneficial for the client I was practicing on in helped a lot before going into the full stretch. The gastroc compression and when you reach and pull the gastroc really helped loosen the calf muscle I had great results from these moves.
Positioning my body correctly and remembering the position to go to is still something I am working on. I catch myself because I know it doesn’t feel right and have to watch the video again.
The stretch and compressing of the hamstring is a great way to release tension. I also tried with my arm under and definetly gives you more power if needed
The stretches were very useful and helpful to the client I was working with. They had very tight hamstrings and calves so the work I’ve been doing has been helping them. There were some of the stretches I could not do due to not being as flexible. I also found that using my shoulder during certain stretches was beneficial.
I am feeling more comfortable about placing my body and body mechanics. Also feeling more comfortable with moving the client in positions that I was having trouble with prior.
the rotate the leg in a circle while compressing the hamstring I felt comfortable doing and felt was beneficial for the client I was working on. Also when doing the spinal twist clients leg did get a little closer. Starting with the rocking motion worked.
*thought I posted this it did not go through.
This module I really enjoyed learning the different variations of the spinal twist – modified for each client based on comfort. Also the adductor stretch with foot was very useful and I can see the benefit of the stretches I have done on my client. A lot less tense since the first time I worked on them. I’ve done a lot of deep tissue and these techniques you are showing addresses the whole body in such detail.
The blood stop on the femoral artery I was a little hesitant at first. But I remembered to do slowly and softly lean in and felt comfortable. The stretch with the forearm on the bottom of the foot and leaning forward while pressing on the quads was my favorite stretch.
I enjoyed doing a flowing session I repeated the video so I could do both sides for the client. I remembered to be soft and slow with my movements. Also feel like I have my breath in sync with my movements now. It feels like it is beginning to become more natural. I liked seeing how all the movements flow together and create such fluidity.
Working on the whole leg left the client feeling very relaxed. After doing this I feel confident that I am doing better and the concepts better. One move that I am still working onis when you pull the legs towards you and have your foot on the clients hamstring. Sometimes I feel like I am not grasping the foot correctly and it will easily slip.
The rocking motion into a deeper stretch I have had great results with on client who is a lot more tense. They have more flexibility already from these stretches. I am looking forward to learning more.
The hip stretches were very helpful for my client. Specifically the elephant walk on knees helped with some lower back discomfort they had been having. Also the standing sandwich stretch for posterior leg was a light but effective stretch for my client.
The calf stretches I felt most comfortable with clients feet placed on my upper legs and my hands on there knees. I didn’t even attempt the stretch using my stomach due to clients feet being to big but can see it being helpful for someone smaller and more flexible.
My favorite was the stretch at the end then slowly rocking the legs side to sideuntil finally reaching the ground. Very relaxing.
I have always touched in during stretches but with these you do have to be cautious and pay attention to where the client is specifically more flexible or maybe stiff which would then call for you to ease into a stretch and not do the strongest.
I like how you went in detail about how bad pain versus good pain. When it really hurts like a strong sharp pain you need to stop and try another way. If it is a good pain like something is releasing you ease your way into the stretch and never force it. Also getting down to where the pain is really coming from so you know what or have a better idea of what is causing it so you know what to do versus what not to do.
The work you did on the upper quad just to loosen the area was helpful for my client as well. The scooping technique and the circling really does loosen up the area if you do it for a bit. the shaking and wiggling after the first technique helped relax the area more. I think this could be helpful for runners or cyclists.
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