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Jimmie Bowman
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Module 1

I learned a lot in this module.

Quality is about touch and flow not just techniques.

Client positions are supine (face up), prone (face down), sideline (on side), and sitting.

The anatomy of movement consists of techniques, ergonomics, breath.

In Thai massage you don't use muscles you use body weight.

Breathing is very important, when you lean in you breath out, when you lean out you breath in.

Breath is the entry world to your energy.  Your breath connects you with your energy.

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August 15, 2015 - 2:13 am
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Hi Jimmie, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and our forum. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure we are all on the same wave length:

Certification Check List

(specifically the section about completing your forum profile and section 6 about post content)

I am looking forward to following your progress and assisting you whenever needed.

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Module 2

I learned one technique in this module, the Chi Machine, and it activated and stimulates the chi energy flow, do it for 1 to 2 minutes and when done sit quietly for at least 10 seconds to let client feel the flow.

The first time I practiced the Chi Machine, I found it a little difficult, but after watching the video a couple of more times I seen that I needed to adjust a few things and it got a lot easier, my partner liked it and said he felt the energy.

Shama, thank you for the notes above, I fixed my name. Also I am using this forum post for my personal notes and then at the end I will add my experiences.  If that is not ok let me know, I can open a word doc to save my module notes in and make this a lot smaller.  

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August 16, 2015 - 11:58 am
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Hi Jimmie, yes, please use a word doc for your notes and just post your experiences with the training, the feedback you are getting, how you are using it, any questions you might have...

Think of your posts as a story line, not a content list.

Remember that this forum can be seen by anybody. So if everybody would just post the content of the videos, it would first of all be very boring reading, and second it defeats the purpose of the forum for certification purposes.

The whole idea is that I want to see that the course students are actually working with the material and implementing it. Watching a video and listing its content does not show me any implementation, and therefore does not qualify for certification.

I have to make sure that I maintain the integrity of the certification process so that the certificates are actually meaningful documents and not just a piece of paper. 

So you might want to copy your notes from the above two posts, and then I will edit out some of the content list portion to make sure that this thread looks like it's supposed to. Smile

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The last months have been very busy for me.  I finished my other schooling and then the holidays came.  Now is the new year and time to get this rolling. I did watch many of the videos over the last months, I have been practicing.  Because I am a single father with a child with special needs, I don't get have a lot of people to practice on so I made a dummy to practice on.  It is working well then I have a friend come over once a week to practice on a real human. Smile

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Module 3

This module was action packet, I knew the feet and ankle areas are important in massage, but I had no idea of all these techniques I could do in the foot area.  Way more than a oil western massage, but not quite as intense as reflexology.  I really enjoy doing all these turning and squeezing manipulations.  It did take me a few times to get my positions right, of turning the right way and getting my leg under theirs on both sides, but with a little practice I got it down.   One of my favorites is the push pull of the whole let into the hips.

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I read your profile, and I really like your "mission statement": 
Thai Massage for the body, Holistic counselling for the mind, and Reiki for the spirit.

This really is a good combination!

Here in Thailand foot massage is done either as part of Thai Massage, and that's what you are learning in this course. Or it is also done as an entire separate system which I teach in my Thai Foot Massage training course. In that case it is done with oil, but if it's done as part of Thai Massage, no oil is used.

In either case it is less intense than western foot reflexology and less taxing on the hands and thumbs of the therapist.

I understand your predicament with practice partners, but you will have a hard time learning the material by practicing on a dummy for the simple reason that you won't get any feedback. It would be a worthwhile goal to try to find a live practice partner more often, if at all possible.

I never had a student practice on a dummy, so I am curious to hear how that is working out for you. Smile

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Module 4  

I really love this video because it shows the flow of all the foot movements.  My practice partner really enjoyed having me do all the movements and has said that I have gotten much better of the flow of moving from one position to another.  She really likes the kneading on the bottom of the her feet.

About the dummy, you are very right about having a real person to get feedback and to also feel how a human reacts to my movements.  I made the dummy so threw out the day I can go through the movements so that they become natural to me.  I work from home so when I take a break I can get down and practice the movements. 

I did have an aha moment, this morning in my meditation.  The message I received is that for me giving Thai massage is the physical part of reiki,  when I give a flowing massage I am opening up physical blocks in the body to let energy (reiki) flow though the whole body, It balances and brightens the chi and lets flow....  Thank you.

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You got a good message there. Actually the whole purpose of Thai Massage is to open up energy flow in the 'sen lines' via certain physical manipulations. Different systems use different methods. Thai Massage uses physical pressure, acupuncture uses needles, and Reiki uses a purely energetic approach. The goal is the same in all of them.

The advantage of Thai Massage is that along with opening up the energy flow, there are lots of physical benefits for the body as well.

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Module 5

This module has a lot to learn.  The good and the  bad.  My partner really liked the push pull tec on the thighs, I need to practice using my knee more to hold the leg.  It was  harder stance for me I will have to build up muscles and balance  to keep all my weight on one knee and not so much on the other to hold the leg still. 

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There will be lots more specific training coming up in the course for using the knee and having good balance.

Actually you don't need to build up muscles as much as learning to use your body weight effectively and improve your ergonomics. You should really avoid working with muscle power. Thai Massage doesn't need muscle power as much as balance and weight power.

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Mod 6

Me being a short stocky person have to say that these techniques were the hardest of all them.  It was a little awkward compared to the other things I have learned so far.  I will take some practice for me to conquer these techniques.  My model thought they were interesting but like the stretches from mod 5 better.  But like you said these are made more for people that are very stiff.

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I suggest that you re-watch the video and try again. Most Thai Massage therapists in Thailand are short, so this is not a handicap for Thai Massage work, although it can be a bit more challenging in some situations. I just want to emphasize that Thai Massage can be done by short or tall persons equally well. There is a lot more about this coming up in the course.

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Hi Shama,

I think I might not of been clear on what I wrote in Mod 6, I didn't say I couldn't do them, all I was stating that they are harder for me than the other ones have been and that these ones will take a little more time to get used to.

Thanks

Jimmie

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Got it! Smile

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I AM BACK!

Module 7

I found it very interesting how you can tell things about a body just by how the feet are pointed, I never thought about hips being restricted and open.  My client thought it was neat that I could tell her about her hips just by looking at her feet.

Thanks, Shama, I will never look at someone laying on their back again.... lol   I will always be looking at how their feet are pointing... Laugh

Both of us enjoyed doing the elephant walk and butterfly stretch.

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Isn't it amazing that we can look at something or someone our entire lives - and then we suddenly realize that there are certain aspects which we had never really seen at all! Thai Massage training will hopefully give you some more of those "aha moments"! Smile

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Mod 8

Thank you for explaining about the hip and the pie shape, that made everything snap into place for me.  my client really liked the knee rubs. 

I need practice getting into the hip stretch that you push up while holding foot with one hand and using other to massage.  That was one of the tougher positions for me.  i know there is alternatives depending on how large or small my client is, but i must need some practice.  Also need to build up some of these muscles i haven't use in a while 🙂

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Quite a few course students have mentioned that Thai Massage helps them to stay in shape and remain flexible. Maybe this if for you as well! Smile

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Mod 9

I like how this is all coming together, i am loving Thai Massage because even though we use our whole body to move, it is still a little exercise for me.  I have a desk job and sit a lot, 

we both really enjoyed doing the position where you take the foot over to the outside of other knee and list the back, that is a wonderful stretch

Also, I like at the end where you talk about talking with your client about how stuff feels and the 1-10 pain management scale.  In traditional massage, they don't talk with you unless you strike up conversation

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