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January 21, 2016 - 4:08 am
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Module 1

IN the introduction module it reminded me even for in massage to remind myself to slow down and think about my quality of touch. Some days are so busy here I just think about how I need to finish one massage and quickly get to the next that I forget to slow down and just massage with a slow soft touch.

I feel my patients probably find it not so relaxing and can tell my energy to be high and intense which some times may result in loosing that client. I am excited that you use a lot of the same concepts in this course as we do in massage like rocking, traction, stretching kneading etc.  

One thing that I have had a hard time adjusting to in this course is the japanese style sitting but it is slowly coming along with the more I practice. I definitely find I need to get a thai massage myself and get back into practicing more stretching in the morning while I try to do the Japanese siting position.

So far with the thai massage course I am very happy to find I get to be more mobile with my whole body rather than standing the whole time as I do to preform Swedish western massage. 

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Hi Jill, it seems like you figured the forum process out. I am still not clear about one thing – are you posting in order to get a certificate or are you just sharing? I have not received a certification registration form from you. In the links which I sent you via email, there was one video which was all about the registration.

Your post looks like you are following the certification process, but without receiving the form, I have no way of knowing what your intentions are. So please let me know! Smile

Regarding the Japanese sitting, there are two things you can do. One is that you just keep doing it, and after a while you get used to it. The second method is that you accelerate this process by doing some exercises to help you along. You can watch this video which walks you through the exercises:

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HI Shama, yes my intentions are to join the international certification program. I will go back this morning and submit my certification and check in later to see if you received it. 

Thanks for the stretching video I will definitely be trying it out. I have another module done so I will submit it in awhile as well. 

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Module 2
 

Hi again, I have been playing with the chi machine and a few other techniques in thai massage as I have received a lot of the videos already and am struggling to remind myself and break the habit of using actual upper body strength rather than just putting my body weight in behind the thai massage. I think it comes naturally from starting this bad habit in massage school, but have to remind myself to keep using body weight instead. Do you have any tips on how to help break this habit. I am trying to change it as well as thinking about my breathing and am struggling a little to combine breathing, body weight and good ergonomics into my thai massage.

 
The chi machine is great I am not the best at the technique yet, but it feels great for my back and great at calming my partner before we start. 
 
On the other hand my partner is really enjoying some of the techniques I have learned already and we both can’t wait to try out some more thai massage. 
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Check out this video. I has one (not so easy) exercise in it which will give you much better body control. It is really meant for knee work, but it is also very useful for learning how to work in a more subtle way.

I know that many massage therapists struggle with this bad habit of muscling people. It is much harder to unlearn than to learn it right in the first place. I don’t know of any easy way to unlearn it, but some of these videos which I am posting here can be helpful to develop a more refined way of moving your body.

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Module 3 

In module 3 I found it was quite a few little things to remember with hand placements and making it flow from one technique to the next. I am working with it, but it does feel good and my partner finds it very calming for a stretch when doing the one that touches on achilles tendon and the shaking the foot at the end. The push pull rotate technique is a little hard to grasp and I don’t really understand what we are touching on, is it opening up the hip joint? 

Oops never mind! I went in and rewatched the push pull rotate technique and seen you said it touches on hip and ankle.

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In the beginning Thai Massage can feel a little overwhelming because there are so many techniques. But that’s also one of the big advantages of Thai Massage – you have so many techniques to choose from that you can easily custom tailor the perfect session for any client, once you have some experience with the system.

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Module 4 

HI again, I did module four awhile ago and really enjoyed the speech at the start comparing learning thai to driving a standard it helped me get past the idea that I’m not so smooth at my techniques quite yet because I’m a just at the start of my training.

I had my partner also try a few of the techniques on myself and loved the foot circles and kneading, I found it very sedative and had a hard time getting up to keep practicing after that haha and jumping back to module one the chi machine was great

some of the movements I found like bending the foot out and in the range of motion for my partner weren’t that big but weren’t uncomfortable at the same time so that was good, I think she could just use that technique a few more times

I definitely can see by the feeling of touch and conceptual learning what ranges of motion need work for my partner and what she could already be taking home to stretch

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Module 5

Hi again,

IM having fun with all the techniques I have already finished module 4 5  6 and 7 whileI was on vacation but had no internet to post my videos while I was  in the valley. SO I have lots to post today!

In module five you say thai can be more like your own art and I understand how that could be with all the techniques we have already learned I can touch on a lot of diferents areas in the lower body and make it my own but also adapt it to my clients need.

My partner had changed while I was gone and it was my fiancé this time who really enjoyed all the new thai techniques and something different then swedish massage.

The rolling and compression/ kneading in module five all came pretty easy as I apply that in my day to day  swedish massage. I find you really have to have a soft touch to feel the muscle respond and it be relaxing for the client. The technique where you roll the calf and inner thigh is one of my favourites because of my day to day activities i really feel a good stretch and compression in my muscles. 

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Module 6

In module six I enjoyed the switch to using forearm to do the compression on the quads and found it  interesting about working with the sen lines. If you have a video link to learning more about sen lines I would be interested in learning more about them. 

As a RMT I find it very important to be able to switch up your day from using just thumbs and hands to fists and forearm to make sure I done hurt myself and have a longer career as a massage therapist. 

I found the elephant walking on calf and foot is a little tricky at first because the palm of my hand was a little to hard in my partners heel of the foot but I am catching on it has to be a real slow and light compression and the curve of my palm has to be in the right part of the curve of the heel.  

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Module 7

IN module 7 you took me back to my schooling for massage! We learned a lot of assessments for the hips and legs and one of them was just looking at the legs as we do in the start of module 7. It makes a lot of sense and reminds me that just looking how the body is holding itself in the supine or standing postion tells you a lot about the muscles and where you may find tightness.

The elephant walking down the inner leg feels great on my partner but they definitely can’t go as far as some people may be able to. They said it was quite tender along the tendon doing compression so I try too just be careful in the #3 compression near the groin.

I’m really enjoying the right angle foot hip walking stretch and am making my fiancé practice that one for leg work on myself. 🙂 as well as a lot of the other techniques because I love to get a lot of these techniques done on myself at the end of a long day of work.

He does as well and we find it a great time to turn off the tv and enjoy each others company to be honest. 

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I have my own take on working with sen lines. You can download an article which explains my approach:

You can read it online by left clicking or right click and save the article here:

Thai Massage Sen Lines

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Module 8

I’m starting to get jealous of my thai partner with all the thai massage she is getting, everything looks like its really relaxing that I just want a full body thai massage now. 

In module 8 I found it more work doing the position to get leverage then to just trying to do it in the normal position with a bigger leg to stretch the hip, but I think Ill just have to keep practicing in case I have a client with bigger legs. 

In module 8 you also touched on muscling again which is a habit I am consciously trying to break and with thai I find it easier not to muscle the person rather than in massage, which is good. It’ll be a great break on my body in a days work to switch from one to the other.

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Module 9

 
Hi again,
With module nine I found I had to adapt it quite a bit my partner changed this time to an older lady and the flexibility wasn’t quite there for the 135 degree hip rocking stretch, but it worked out ok because we already have a lot of other hip and leg stretching techniques so I had just went back and practice some different techniques, as well as the rocking one in Module 9.
 
 I don’t know if Im missing any techniques but the last five minuates of my module 9 video doesn’t work and I have re downloaded it and it didn’t help, but if you could resend module 9 for me that would be super. Thanks!
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Jill, re-sending the module won’t help since the link would be exactly the same. Those links have not changed in 6 years. If a video doesn’t download correctly, it is almost always a problem with the internet connection or your computer. If there would be something wrong with the link, every course student would bring this up.

If a link is broken, it doesn’t work at all. It is technically not possible for a link to be half broken. If it only works partially, then it is an internet issue. If the connection is good, the video should download in about 5 minutes max. Please try it again and let me know how long it took to download. Then let’s take it from there.

I just re-tested the link by downloading the video myself. It plays perfectly all the way through.

If the video downloads completely, it should have 165 megabytes. You can check this by right clicking on the downloaded video file and then clicking on “properties”. If it has less than 165 MBs, it did not download all the way.

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