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Kah Soon Ng
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Module 9

I have learnt some new techniques to work on the toes. I notice that toes can be quite sensitive!

Thai foot massage is not just about massaging the feet and toes, it also covers other parts of the legs, such as the heels, the calves and the knees. It is a very comprehensive and complete foot treatment.

Out those techniques, I find the work in between the toes by stroking back and forth with my index finger interesting. Why the work?

If my memory serves me well, I think I have seen Thai massage therapists doing some simple palm pressure on thighs too?

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In your comments you are mostly just repeating what's in the video. I know that already because I made them, LOL.  Smile

The idea is that you talk about your practice of the material, your experience with it, what feedback you are getting from your practice partners, any stories about how you use it, etc. In other words, the posts are supposed to be experiential, not just a listing of content.

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LOL, my apologies for making you feel that wayEmbarassedBut those comments were pretty much what I experienced while practicing it.

When I use other part of my hands to perform the massage, especially when using my knuckles (as they are not as soft as our thumbs), I have to make sure I use the right pressure. When I used too much pressure with my knuckles, my practice partner felt a little painful or sensitive. So I always pay attention on my practice partner's reaction just to make sure I won't overdo those techniques, which may lead to unpleasant experience.

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With knuckles you have to be a bit careful with the pressure. After a while you will develop more sensitivity with your knuckles. The good thing is that the knuckle work will save your thumbs from burning out which is a danger with western reflexology.

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With knuckles you have to be a bit careful with the pressure. After a while you will develop more sensitivity with your knuckles. The good thing is that the knuckle work will save your thumbs from burning out which is a danger with western reflexology.

  

Absolutely, I couldn't agree with you more on that! Personally, I reckon Thai Massage should be a compulsory course for all therapists as it not only shows us how to make good use of other parts of our body to do massage, but also protects us from getting injured if we constantly using just our thumbs to do massage. Thai Massage makes me wanna do massage MORE!

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Module 10

Those percussion techniques made my practice partner feel so relaxed. It acted like a 'wake-up call' for my practice partner, it was like he can tell the massage session has almost come to an end.

I tried cleaning the massage oil with 1 big towel and 2 small towels. I preferred using 2 small towels as it was easier for me to move the towel around the legs. I felt like being dragged when using 1 big towel to do the same jobLaugh

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I agree, small towels work better. Smile

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Module 11

My practice partner does not have bunyon. But I can imagine feet with bunion problems can be quite sensitive as their feet are not in their natural shapes. I practiced those techniques by increasing the range of movement slowly.

At the end of the session, I also advised my practice partner to wear the right shoes and do the toe-spreading exercise at home as part of the process to improve her bunion condition.

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Even if clients don't have any of the conditions in this section of the course, it is very useful just to have the knowledge of them to understand what healthy feet are supposed to look like.

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Shama Kern said
Even if clients don't have any of the conditions in this section of the course, it is very useful just to have the knowledge of them to understand what healthy feet are supposed to look like.

  

Indeed! Smile

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Module 12

I explained to my practice partner the importance of wearing the right shoes and what we can do to improve the hammertoes issue.

I tried practicing the toe traction techniques without the massage oil first (on purpose), and then with the massage oil. The second one with massage oil certainly worked better than the first one. Even though the movements were just around the toes, the use of massage oil made it easier for me to perform those techniques and it was more comfortable for my practice partner.

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Module 13

After studying this module, I learnt that foot problems are often interrelated (which makes sense) and they are generally or mostly caused by wearing the wrong shoes.

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It is quite bizarre that the shoe industry sells us shoes that destroy the health of our feet. This of course applies mostly to women who have been hyped to wear those high heel shoes. That's why you will find many more women with foot problems than men.

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I am sure many still are not aware that this so called 'fashion' shoes are detrimental to the health of their feet. Thanks to the shoe industry for creating more markets for massage therapists

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Module 14

I paid extra attention on the additional technique. Instead of working on the groove between the first and second metatarsal bones, I worked on the medial side of the groove and on the lateral side of the big toe with my thumb. I found it easier to work on this area with my thumb than with my index finger.

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Module 15

Educating our clients and helping them to understand the causes of pronation is very important. 

'The problems will always come back if you do not know the causes or if you do not make a change', this came to my mind when I explained the causes to my practice partner.

Not sure if this was mentioned in the video, I assume same techniques and self-help exercises can be applied on clients with over supination?

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Module 16

This module is about the structural misalignment of the feet which is often caused by a restriction in the hip. More remedies can be found in the Hip Therapy Course. I am very keen to find out more about this course as I believe more and more people are getting the hip problems, including but not limited to those who have to sit for long periods in the office!

Wow, one more module to go!

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"Thanks to the shoe industry for creating more markets for massage therapists." Good point - you are seeing a positive thing in the fashion shoe disaster! Laugh

"I assume same techniques and self-help exercises can be applied on clients with over supination?" - Yes, these exercises are helpful for both situations, but the pronation is more common than the supination in my experience.

And yes, the hip therapy goes very well together with the foot therapy because a restricted hip joint can and will cause foot issues.

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Module 17

There's no certain sequence/steps for thai foot massage. Always remember to do the massage with flow or fluid motions instead of static movements.

Finally, all done! Do I need to sit for any test in order to receive the certificate?

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Have you ever heard or seen something called arch correction insole? Does this help in correcting foot issues?

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