November 16, 2017
I wanted to start my first post off by telling you guys a little about myself and how I became interested in Thai Massage.
I am a fairly new Massage Therapist in Washington, I've been practicing for about two years now and have the honor of working in my own studio. Currently I specialize in Ashiatsu Barefoot Bar Massage, although I do enjoy Ashiatsu I have found that there is not enough space on the table to fully move the clients body around and get into stretches using my feet. This is a huge reason why Thia Massage interests me, I look forward to being able to use these modalities on all sizes of clients.
For the first module ( Chi Machine ) I did take note of some very exciting things and a few questions I hope someone could help with.I am practicing the modules on my husband first before I move onto anyone else and I was glad to discover that even with the height difference between my husband and I, he is 6'5'' and I am 4'11'' I was still able to fully move his body with the guidance from the video. It did take some time and practice to get the details down.
Another thing I would like to note is how pleased I am with the course so far,I appreciate the attention to posture, mindset, breathing and attitude you go into. Going forward I may video myself while practicing so I can then go back and see what my body mechanics are doing and correct if needed.
Some questions that came up while watching the module are
How would the Chi Machine move effect a client who is currently in severe hip or low back ( sciatic ) pain ?
What if you feel you have to move your hips too much to get the body to move ? I feel that I am almost over exaggerated in my movements.
I can tell a lot of time and positive energy went into creating this course, I am eager to keep moving forward. Thank you.
Hi Jordan, welcome to our community and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all correctly organized:
I already made an adjustment by changing your forum display name to your full first and last name to make it easier to find you.
I agree with you, doing foot work on a massage table is not at all practical. A floor mat is much better for that. Later on in this course and in the bonus modules there is a lot of training on how to use your feet in Thai Massage. You won't find this early in the course since this is a little more advanced.
It is so much easier to move clients around on the floor, and you can move around them much easier as well without having to break body contact as you have to do on a table when walking around it.
I find it quite impressive that with your size you managed to do the Chi Machine effectively on your much larger husband. That's a good start!
Regarding your questions about the Chi Machine:
If done right, the Chi Machine requires very little effort and very little hip movement. The trick is to find the right speed to make it totally fluid. The bigger your hip movement, the more muscle effort you are using, and that is counterproductive. Play with making the sideways movement smaller and increasing the speed of it.
If people have severe back pain or sciatica pain - that's impossible to answer in such a general way. It depends on what the cause is. Just for example, if the sciatica is caused by a bulging disk, then the Chi Machine might be painful. But if the Sciatica is caused by piriformis shyndrome, then the Chi Machine might help to release the nerve (maybe).
We just had a very interesting discussion about this topic in our facebook group. You might have to join first to see this, but I recommend that you read this thread:
November 16, 2017
Module 3 - Foot massage stage 1
I just completed the third module in the complete Thia massage program, the focus was on massaging the feet. This module was a quick module to watch however it was packed with information, so great ! I watched it several times before I took to the mat to practice.
During my practice I noticed it really did make a huge impact when I moved with my whole body, I am so glad you broke the movements down into sections to practice alone before combining all the movements together, that helped so much.
My practice partner really enjoyed this technique, they have very tight sore ankles and this helped give them a good mobility stretch.
I am trying to think of a good way to practice some of the foot techniques during my regular massage sessions on a table, however I dont want to modify the movements and practice them wrong. Of course I will also be practicing on my partner at home following along with the videos.
I should mention I am also taking the Heavenly Head Massage course at the same time, I've realized that two courses at once is a lot to take in ! So my focus will shift more to the Thai course, will the Heavenly Head Massage course modules stay open ? I've been saving them to my computer as well.
Thank you so much, Have a wonderful day.
Yes, the Heavenly Head Massage course will stay open indefinitely, so no need to pack it all in!
I would encourage you to add some of the foot techniques to your table work as well - why not! Although this will require some modification, this is a healthy habit to develop. Even in regular Thai Massage on the mat you will need to modify techniques to fit various sizes and weights of clients.
I did not see a post about module 2 - did that get lost somewhere?