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Karin Secrest's ~ "Thai Foot Massage"
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March 9, 2022 - 8:35 am
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Thanks for the kudos, Karin. I am so glad that you appreciate the course material and find it useful. Smile

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Module 11 - holistic methods for dealing with a number of common foot problems

The therapeutic part is incredible informative. I loved to be reminded that the foot has 43 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints and ca. 50 tendons, among other useful Information. Every body part has an energetic understanding on so many levels and as we work on the different areas, we can move and manipulate the muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments according to needed changes the foot needs to make in order to regain a healthy solid stance or walk. There is always energy work too as without that a deeper vision we cannot feel what is needed next.

Foot problems like bunions, I dealt with clients earlier in my life, but the client who had bunions got surgery and 2 stainless steel nails were inserted into the toe down to the metatarsal and across the bunion part (which some part of the outside sticking bone was cut off) through the bone. It took so long to heal and the person was using the roller for a long time, as the stainless steel part remained inside the foot for weeks on end. If course, the person was wearing the wrong shoes, as you said, it is so important to change that.

I wish I would have known the treatment which you offered, but of course, I could assist her after the stainless steel was removed, after the inflammation was gone, which was there the entire time. Of course, to reverse the bunion deformation, which took 40 years to develop, it would take a very long time to balance the situation even after a surgery, and the tendency to develop a new bunion may still be there. Hence, exercises and energetic wellness massage changes the cell memory (as you mentioned) and that is a very important way so that the foot does not revert back into old dysfunctional holding patterns. That is why it is easy to appreciate how the energy flow and sense of well-being is a must to change the cell memory. Strangely people who have bunion problems often have bunions at both part of the foot, but not always. I like that you talked about the cell memory, how else does the body change or heal. The body needs to feel good and cared for to function well.

I worked with this techniques on at my own foot by pushing the toe out, down as if going under. The toe exercise was spreading the toes apart, most Westerners have stiff toes as they are in shoes most of their lives perhaps. Making space between the toes is also very healing.

It is my experience that whenever I create space anywhere in the body and prana, vital life force, can flow into that space it creates some healing energy or experience. Re-oxygenated areas of the body feel so good after stretching and the foot os no different.

I must admit that a bunion surgery is a frightening one as the stainless steel parts are inside the foot for weeks on end and inflammation happens constantly unless one takes drugs for that. Removing the stainless steel parts is another surgery which takes time to heal and lots of therapeutic exercises to retrain the foot back into normal walk and gait. I assisted at the time with that. Later the person walked normal but the other foot was never done. The whole experience looked and was traumatising. I really felt for that client.

it will take a long time to rearrange bunions into normal holding patters if they are not operated, but if we can repair teeth through braces, why not the foot, via massage or a newly developed type of foot yoga. There must be another way and there is. Yoga changes people's posture, why would foot yoga not be helpful for bunion holding patterns?

Thanks for this class... I appreciate the knowledge a lot. I am always surprised how much anatomy I tend to forget over time. Luckily it comes back when needed.

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"The client who had bunions got surgery and 2 stainless steel nails were inserted into the toe down to the metatarsal and across the bunion part (which some part of the outside sticking bone was cut off) through the bone."  -  OMG, what a butchery. It would have all been easily preventable if this person would have had a basic understanding of foot health. But of course, this is not taught anywhere, unfortunately.

"It will take a long time to rearrange bunions into normal holding patterns if they are not operated, but if we can repair teeth through braces, why not the foot, via massage or a newly developed type of foot yoga. There must be another way and there is. Yoga changes people's posture, why would foot yoga not be helpful for bunion holding patterns?"  -  Yes, there are ways to heal almost any foot condition. In this case, what braces are for the teeth, toe spreaders are for the feet. I know that for a fact, because I cured my Morton's neuroma with toe spreaders, toe exercises,  massage, and the right shoes.

And that after doctors could not help me and wanted to operate on both my feet. This scared the living daylights out of me and I decided to find my own natural way of healing my feet. I succeeded, and this resulted in the therapy section of this course.

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Your feedback was appreciated. She wanted to do her second foot too, because she had insurance. he 

Anyway, the  toe-spacer, for the foot is very interesting. I will get them to increase my own flexibility. It is good for Hammertoes and for bunions alike.

Module 12 - Hammer Toes:

You explained the anatomy of that condition so well, including the way the shoes and insoles are formed (as in toe spring). Hammertoes are fascinating as often people, who could have otherwise healthy feet, deform them, mostly due to fashion problems.. I looked some of the deformations up on Google just to get more of an idea and sure enough, I have seen such feet in Summertime, swimming pools etc. 

The treatment is basically to change the holding patterns into the opposite of what they have done for so long. Spread the toes apart and shorten the sole of the foot to stretch the top, via inserts.

I liked how you stretched the foot out by putting your fingers on the bottom and the thumbs "counteracted the shortening of the extensors." But of course, these treatments must be done a lot. It is good if one can teach the client to do these moves on their own. One can pull ones own toes. Daily self treatment may be of help as well. Tractioning the toes also can be done as treatment protocol. If course, if the person is older and lost flexibility, then we have to do the work for them. In the case, of my client, who lives with me, home treatment is a real possibility to help him to increase awareness about these issues.

Education - metatarsal pads, toe-spacers - exercises: picking things up, getting motions into the foot is a good way to revitalise the foot.

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"But of course, these treatments must be done a lot."  -  Definitely, and self-help is essential for such conditions to get better. When I had my Morton's Neuroma condition, I did tons of self-massage, toe exercises, toe spreading, etc. Of course the first thing I did is remove the cause by changing my foot wear.

I was lucky enough that I could easily get tons of foot massage in Chiang Mai. Between that and my self-help exercises I can now walk again for hours without any problems, whereas before I could barely walk across the room. This stuff works! 

My nerve condition in my feet was a blessing in disguise because without that I would have never even thought of creating this foot therapy training for specific conditions.

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Good to be here again. I had a medium hard C. "flu" 🙃  and needed some time to recover. I was very tired for a while.

In the meantime, I saw all the therapeutic videos and am impressed how high the quality of your teaching is. I have not really studied foot problems enough and am really happy to get an exposure from you.

I am glad you could help your own foot problem via massages and self-help. It sounds so nice. I really want to get this therapeutic foot massage down soon, as it is very impressive.

Module No. 13 - Morton's Neuroma - (a pinched nerve)

It seems with most foot problems are greatly negatively affected bu the wrong shoes, shoe springs and weight distribution. Feeling like there are "pebbles in the shoes can be even caused by enlarged nerves" as you said, is indeed something we do not wish to live with. They way weight distributes due to pressures coming from many different angles there is just too much to maintain a healthy foot, knee, hip and skeleton.

I am glad you teach the holistic approach: the right shoes, no toe-springs... massages with proper stretches, and doing exercises.

I got myself some silicon toe spreaders too, they feel like bracelets for the foot as they spread out the toes. I could not hold the toe-spreader more than 10 minutes as the stretch is too much. The silicon is very soft. 

The massages you showed, some part of the video showed how you spread the foot apart, there were side-wiggles to create movements and you work all meta-tarsals and in between the toes. I noticed that you often do the opposite move, let's say if the foot (here the nerve) is squeezed,  you created energetically the opposite by spreading the tissue out to the side to create space. I really liked to practice some techniques by putting the fingers between the toes and move the foot up and down right and left I realised that there is some stiffness in me here indeed (I had a broken toe once which grew back stiff. Some of these moves, I felt as rather intense. Not knowing my body in this way that well, I realised that I needed to practice slower motions.

My client is enjoying the foot treatments and massages as well and the oil also helps in the cold season to fight the dryness people can develop on their shinbones. However, he feels too ticklish and does not let me go between the toes. I need to find ways to desensitise this person through more exposure of the same.

The feet of many people are really in a mess from years of neglect and lack of awareness. This class is increasing my awareness a lot, and especially the therapeutic part is very important as the holistic self-help approach helps to bring in balance and creates the conditions in which healing can unfold in its own right.

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I am glad to hear that you appreciate the therapeutic applications in foot massage. This is something that you don't even find in Thailand. It's like a whole new level of foot therapy.

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Module No. 14 - Plantar Fasciitis - (a holistic approach). 

This module was very interesting as it explained how plantar fasciitis could evolve, as it is not necessarily just inflammation but a lack of blood flow, a circulation problem (dead tissue). The dead tissue part, due to lack of circulation makes sense ~ but I did not ever think it through so far as dead tissue could develop, which ultimately could even lead to necrosis, especially in diabetics. 

I loved how the technical anatomical parts was explained, and that we could use heat or the Thai herbal ball as well to increase circulation. I always have these Thai herbal balls in the freezer and that is such a nice way to use it. 

It is also true that all the arthritic issues are so complex, they could have so many causes, even diet, even autoimmune problems but the most important part of the video for me was that we look for the sense of well-being, increase positive energy, create a healing environment. 

In regards to diabetes, which was mentioned in the video, so many people have severe foot problems, one of which could even be the removal of parts of the foot. A nice protocol could be developed for the nerves in the foot. It came to mind that when the nerves are affected, that the Thai  herbal balls would surely be of benefit. I would also use some Ayurvedic oil in addition (I know it has not much to do with massage but I love to combine Ayurvedic treatments with Thai work as an eclectic way to expand the treatment options). Dashamula medicated oil (I can make this myself easily since I learned this earlier in my life extensively) seems to feed the nerves well I am sure that Thai massage has developed some protocol in this regard. I looked up an Ayurvedic site to get a basic idea and wanted to share that with you:  https://www.piousayurveda.com/.....h-oil.html Yes, I am interested to get good with that condition. Yes, I am going to make a calming foot massage oil.

Since this section is treated similar than Bunion and Hammertoe, do extensor stretches, massage between first and second metatarsal and work ad adductor hallucis muscle, moving the toe out.

Thank you for this beauty again. 🏮 

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"It came to mind that when the nerves are affected, that the Thai herbal balls would surely be of benefit. I would also use some Ayurvedic oil in addition."  -  I am a big believer in good oils for all kinds of conditions. I think that the Ayurvedic oils would be an excellent addition to your treatments.

It is such a shame - most foot conditions are so easily preventable. But our 'modern advanced civilized' lifestyle kills our health in so many ways.

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Module No. 15 - Tarsel Tunnel Syndrome - over pronation.

Great to talk about that as I never came across anybody having it knowingly. Numbness and tingling, or pain in the foot in general, I sure came across. I was trained previously foot reflexology and Japanese Anma, so I had plenty of tools to work with and it was helpful. I love the way we use any part of the hand to reestablish balance. People never came with acutely inflamed nerves. By the time they came they were usually already better Acute inflammation is better treated through resting.

Explaining over pronation (ankle moving in) or over supination (ankle moves out, hip tilts) was very helpful as the way the weight distributes on the foot is telling about the condition. It is important to go barefoot sometimes and to strengthening exercises on the foot. Ankle bones are misalignment can cause many problems.

The exercises you explained, rolling feet in and out is a dance like movement and can be done even through music. I felt how it aligned my hip. 

The other exercise, the bend knee (outwards aligned with the foot) looks like a Tai Chi stance with the arch raised (you move up and down many times to create re-alignment of the foot), actually both of these exercises increased my awareness, about the way I stand and how my knee and hip aligned. The Achilles tendon is stretched, a lot of Western people appear to have a shorter Achilles Tended due to foot wear.

This video helped me again to be aware of my own imbalances. I really liked the dance like rolling of the feet to the right and the left, which can be done outside in the fresh grass to get some more grounding and establish connection to the earth factor energetically.

My client friend who was here earlier was bit over pronated and I had a chance to teach the exercises which was appreciated

 

Module No. 16 - Structural Misalignment of the feet, cause by restriction of the feet.

Normal alignment: foot points straight. When one or both foot is pointed outward there is a misalignment. It was great to look into what happens when the feet are misaligned. The weight is distributed unhealthily, as 1. ankle and 2. knee, 3 hip are unbalanced or twisted, hence cartilage is wearing out. All of this can lead to knee replacements. Strangely, there are not enough classes out there to teach alignment to the people. There is possible a lack of awareness in the general population, as many are overweight on top of the misalignment issues.

You went over the knee bending exercises again. I think strength building is important. We went through the misalignment due to high heel shoe wear which affects the entire posture of the body. I really like how much weight is shifted into the front of the foot. I liked that you shared how much percentage of bodyweight is on the heel (50%) and 25 at the other parts of the foot. It is understandable that the weight will cause all kinds of problems. I really never had anybody explain this so well as you did. Achilles tendons and calf muscle gets shortened and as you said the compulsion moved us forward. Fascia on bottom of foot is over-stretched, extensors get shortened and this are causing misalignments. Toe Springs, which you mentioned earlier, are elevated and the toes can not grip the ground. The ball of the foot is overworked as a result. I appreciate the way you expressed that in the video. I often wonder, if people would know that all of these modern habits would cause so much problems in the long run, would they still be drawn to such unhealthy shoes? It is so easy to create changes if the awareness is created, and changes are done in a timely fashion. In fact, it is not so easy to find healthy shoes out there. I can see how important it is to go barefoot and also do strengthening, stretching and re-alignment exercises. 

I had classes in Germany with the Liebscher & Bracht Method. I loved their program about stretching and strengthening and opening the fascia up a lot, later they developed rollers and tools to use. Here is how he treated one condition. I think one does not necessarily need to buy tools, just lifting towels and small objects will go long ways.

It is interesting as I start to think to develop a little class for alignments and pain management, focusing on the feet, using your methods and some of Liebscher & Bracht. It is an interesting venue to explore as it hardly anything offered. Massage, Self-help teaching, and life style changes are needed for this to develop

 

Module No. 17 - How to do the foot massage in a flowing mode

I love this video, and as I followed along, stopping the video to linger, and do my own flow. I love to see you work as you are one with your way. The unusual style, using all parts of the hand, forearm elbow, accommodating stretches, creating space for the vital energies to flow creating a healing environment is fantastic to follow along and I did that a number of times already. My friend returned the favor me and I am addicted. I need to develop my own self-massages based on your teaching to develop this more. Full body Self-massages, of course, are in Ayruveda done every morning, with medicated oils to move dermally into the body, bypassing the liver, to create balance of Vata (a windy metabolism, as we try to counteract the aging process, lubricating the joints causing a sense of rejuvenation). This method can be developed for the feet as well, as the pores of the head and the feet are the largest, medicated oils move into the body on the head and feet very deeply... can be done before bed time.

The foot massage course I will use at home more than many other modalities as there is a real need for this work and fast to set up (and other Thai bodywork actually).

Dear Shama, thank you for your fantastic work. i have more credits to get... but have a year time still. I love to get them from you. I am so happy you offer this work over the internet.

I am happy about the increased awareness about foot conditions and learn for example, about this strange and abnormal "toe-spring" usage (I never knew that toe-springs even existed) to alter the anatomy of the foot and entire skeleton. This increased awareness stays with me as I try to improve myself and create healing conditions and environments around me and wherever I go. There are so many things to focus on that the feet got a bit neglected in life. Having an increased awareness about feet in general and also my own feet... is really of such great benefit.

Thank you so much for everything you give... I am grateful you are so helpful.

🙏🏼  Karin 🏮

I finished the course, the Certificate is very colourful. It arrived much earlier.

I am done with this course now (unfortunately 😃 🙂)

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Before I came down with Morton's neuroma myself, I also had no idea about toe spring, proper weight distribution, and the true effects of standard footwear. Sometimes learning is accelerated many times by not theorizing about something, but by going through such a condition. In my case I was determined to heal myself, and succeeded. Without this I would have never come up with this course, and especially the third section about foot therapy.

The reason why you received your certificate earlier is that the CEUs are based on the first 10 modules only. I had added the therapy modules later.

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