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Julianne Smith
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I am not completely unaware of the concept of energy lines, but I'm intrigued to learn more and I like the idea that I'm going to be working on opening up energy in the whole body rather than just thinking about the one area I'm touching at the moment. I also like the stress of quality of touch. While I do want to learn more actual techniques I have been aware that my own quality of touch is what is most important, not just learning new massage moves. Luckily I'm in relatively good shape and will be able to get into the body positions that are going to be required. I'm sure it will take some getting used to though. With all the client positions I can see how there can be so many variations of massage moves to be achieved and combined for a lot of client issues. The best part of all of this to me is the use of body weight rather than my own muscles to do the work. This is the problem I have with regular table massage, it's KILLING me with all the muscles I use. In massage school we learned about connecting the breath, but not to the same extent that Thai massage does. This will be good for me to stay connected to the client rather than how I sometimes let my mind wander in a table massage. This is inspiring me to get up and do yoga today, which I haven't done in a couple of weeks. 

One question I do have is what kind of mat to use. I see in the video your mat is covered with a pretty tapestry. What is under it?

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Welcome back, Julianne! Smile

Regarding the mat, there is a video in the course all about mats. It's part of module 3, so you will see it very soon.

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The Chi Machine turned out to be easier than I had expected, at least on my small female client. When I first picked up her legs she told me that her back felt much better the moment I rested her feet on my legs. I guess this is similar to a bolster in table massage just because pressure is taken off the low back. I noticed that I had to hold more tightly than I feel I ought to her feet to keep them from moving around too much and I think they need to be held pretty steady in order for the movement to transmit all the way to her hips.

But what I did NOT expect was the pain in my own ankles from rocking back and forth. I'm not sure if this is something I will just get used to or if I am doing something wrong. I also wonder how this will work on a much larger client and am curious to find someone to practice on. My client didn't notice any special tingling or anything but she did like the rocking and I think it's a good way to settle in to the mat, calm the nerves and prep for more work.

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The pain in your ankles during the Chi Machine is quite normal when you are not used to it. But if you do it for a while, you will get used to it and it will disappear. It also matters that you are on a reasonably soft surface when doing this.

I saw your post below the spam post, asking why this was there. That happens frequently. People do that to get links to their website to improve their google rankings. As soon as I see those kinds of posts, I delete them and ban the person who posted it. But it keeps happening. It's just part of running the forum.

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