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Julie Valkanet Complete Thai Massage course progress notes
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November 9, 2016 - 2:28 am
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I am just beginning to share my progress with this forum. I have been watching and practicing the material and adding the techniques to my client sessions...which they love. this is my first post just to get started.

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Hi Julie, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage certification program. To make sure that it all works smoothly, please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list:

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I am glad to hear that your clients love the Thai Massage techniques! Smile

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November 11, 2016 - 10:20 pm
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Lesson 1 

I wil have to catch up pretty quickly.  I have used the techniques for over three months and just now getting to the forum.  

this first session was  going over what thai massage is and various techniques including compression, stretching, traction, rocking percussion,kneading holding and other basic massage techniques I am already familiar with.  also some of the positions I have to get into are very difficult for me..I am trying to stretch my feet and sit on the mat correctly..

I already use my body weight on clients but on a massage table. not on a mat yet..correct breathing also a challenge.

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This will be a good chance for you to revisit the course material and capture some information which you might have missed earlier. Many of our students are applying the course material to their table work.

So if I understand you correctly, you are also using it on a mat, right? You can definitely do more on the mat with Thai Massage, and it is easier on your body, once you get your feet and ankles and knees used to it. Smile

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November 12, 2016 - 9:27 pm
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LESSON 2

talked about connecting mind body ergonomics. Integrating techniques for a flow. 

Since I have been a massage therapist for over 16 yrs i am familiar with most of this material in lesson 2

Such as Using Body weight, and keeping the spine straight

CHI MACHINE:  I have been using this for years. Just not using this name. 

Sharma, yes, I use table, mat, and floor to practice

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Interesting - I think I have never read a post from someone who was actually using the Chi Machine already.

You must have had good training since so many course students told me that using body weight was something they had never been really aware of. Smile

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LESSON 3. 

This was the first technique I started with my table.clients. I start out with these with client supine. They love it!  I thought I already had a good foot massage flow, but more techniques are always fresh. 

I started practicing on the floor with foot massage. What i learned here is move the foot in all directions up down forward and back, left, right. 

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I have been a bodyworker for 16+ years already. I have taken many CEU courses and integrate what I learn into my regular sessions. I also work closely with the physical therapists in my clinic. That is to say, I am a seasoned massage therapist and some of these thai philosophies, techniques, and self-care lessons I am already familiar with.  

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November 14, 2016 - 8:49 pm
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That's great. It will make it so much easier for you to learn and apply the Thai Massage techniques. You are ahead of the game! Smile Someone in your situation is in an ideal position to get the most out of an online course.

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LESSON 4

This is second time i am watching all modules up to lesson 12. Trying to catch up on the forum postings and Continuing footwork. Working with whole body to get a good "flow"

Remembering the concept of moving the foot in all directions. 

I now realize you can do a much longer massage on just the feet!   

I like doing each toe too. (This was not part of the lesson but my clients love it)

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Talking about longer foot massages - I regularly get one hour foot massage sessions here in Thailand, and sometimes even 1.5 hour sessions. And I love it!

Working on the toes and many other foot techniques are part of my more specialized Thai Foot Massage course which goes beyond the scope of a regular Thai Massage.

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LESSON 5

Leg warm up

Always warm up muscles before stretching!

I Learned some good new warm ups.  I find I remember certain moves I liked and forgot others so this lesson was good to look over twice.  My client really liked butterfly technique on the quads and rolling the adductors. I am now using a fold down mat at my clinic To do thai massage. I can climb on the table or sit on stool. Using pillows and bolsters to support knees. Tried the blocking techniques shown on video. Challenge is getting into position smoothly. 

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Sounds like you have a good setup now. Re-watching videos is always useful. Sometimes I re-watch a video and find something that I had neglected recently, and I created the videos! 🙂

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LESSON 6

LEG WARM UP WITH FOREARMS.

Positions very uncomfortable. I will not use this technique as it felt more invasive especially with male clients.   Added unnecessary tension to my session.

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If you feel that the position is very uncomfortable, then you are not doing it correctly. This should be easy and comfortable, if done right. I have been doing these techniques for almost two decades, and they have never created any tension in my sessions. I also don't understand how working on the thigh muscles would be considered invasive?

I suggest you re-watch the video and give it another chance. Also when you watch the summary video (module 11), it might help you see the flow better and how it integrates with the session.

If you have an issue with sitting between your clien't legs, you could also modify this and sit in a kneeling position (sit on your feet) from the outside. You sit perpendicular to your client and place his/her thigh on top of your thighs. You could do some of the leg warm up techniques in this position, but not all of them.

Anyway, it is always a good idea to try to adjust, modify and be creative to make a technique work for you. The other fact is that Thai Massage is done with more body contact between client and therapist than western table massage. That might require warming up to. Smile

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LESSON 7

Leg stretches

Hip evaluation. Already doing this as an assessment before treatment. 

I like using bolsters to support the legs

I started using the elephant walking on adductors. Great!  

Really love using my feet on the adductors too. Clients love that. Just hard for me to smoothly get into position. 

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LESSON 8

 

Hip pie and alternative stretching 45 degrees in all directions. I have been trying to get different body types to practice on   My husband is very big so using some alt techniques on him. i found the problem area on the inner thigh is helped by using the rolling technique and the rocking technique. Before the stretch.

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LESSON 9

Leg stretches 3

 

Since i am very tall these stretches were easy for me. I practice the"pie" hip stretches on almost every massage. 

"Bouncing" and "rocking" tight areas works great too. Have not tried that before. 

I already use the hamstring stretches on my clients. (Still getting used to working on floor)

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LESSON 10

 

Concepts to remember. 

Correct body posture. Softness of touch. Correct breathing. 

The hara. Energy flows from. Center of energy in the body

Work with entire body. 

Spinal twist for low back. I already use this on my table massage. 

Stretching the adductors. Good stretch as gradual "walking" keeps it within the client comfort level. 

Blood stop on femoral artery.

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LESSON 11

 

Summary session 1

Practiced along with the video for a full session on lower body

Took about 45 minutes to complete both sides. 

I Bought my mat. got a XXL thai massage mat.

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Julie, your post for module 10 is starting to look like a listing of content of the video, or like your memory jogger for the session. I always tell course students that they don't need to tell me what's in the videos, since I know that already - I made them. Laugh

For the certification program I am looking for more experiential posts which show that students are actually working with the material, i.e. how you apply it, what feedback you are getting, any stories about your experience with the material... like that. That also makes it a lot more interesting for me or anyone else to read.

XXL Thai Massage mat sounds great!

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