In my first video, it was very helpful for me to hear about the body mechanics. I`m already a Thai massage practitioner but it is a constant reminder for me to lean forward and use my body weight instead of simply pressing with my hands/thumbs. One of the reasons I added Thai massage to regular massage therapy is to save my hands.
thank you for the instructions.
I like the first technique, when we move our body in a circular motion, while using thumb pressure on the 3 lines of the feet. It`s going to take some practice for me to get the right rhythm.
Working on the top of the foot, with the circular thumb motion followed by palm pressure felt very comfortable for me, as well as circulating thumb pressure on inside and outside the foot.
Hi Kasia, welcome to the Thai Foot Massage certification program and our forum. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list here:
The first issue is that I had to change your name in the forum since there is no obvious connection between the name on your certification registration and Kasia which makes it hard to match up our records, or even find you.
I am happy to address you as Kasia in the forum, but the names in the certification records and in the forum have to match, otherwise I have to play detective all the time to find out who is who - not easy in a forum with 10,000 posts.
Also please complete the bio section in your forum profile so that I have an idea who you are, what your background is, and where you are. Let me guess - your first name sounds eastern European or Russian, and your last name sounds German - how am I doing?
I am curious - where do you practice Thai Massage and where did you learn it?
Regarding the knuckle technique, you can see in the video that I brace my working arm against my body, and I use my body weight by leaning forward. Also the client's foot has to be far enough away from your torso so that you have some leverage by leaning forward. If the foot is too close to your body, you will lose that leverage and end up using upper body muscle power which is not the right way of doing it.
If you work on someone with a big and tight foot, then it is easier to use forearm or elbow to get more power.
Good guess about my name :-). I`m Polish, living in Montana, US currently.
I studied Thai massage in Minneapolis, US, I went to Chiang Mai and studied with Pichet, and then did a training in Chicago as well.
Thank you for your suggestions about using the knuckles, I will see if that helps.
My favorite techniques from this module are using the elbow in side lying position and using my feet when the client is face down- I`ve been already practicing hands free massage during my Thai treatments and I like doing it because it gives my hands a break- which is important for me since I`m a full time massage therapist.
I have taken a reflexology course before where I was taught to use my thumb the whole time and I had to stop doing it since it hurt my thumb. I was happy to learn that there is a different way of working on the foot where I can use my knuckles instead.
thank you for the instructions!
It was helpful for me to think about using different fingers/knuckles in order to save my hands, and also supporting my hands with either my knees or other body parts and using the weight of my whole body in order to apply deeper pressure.
I was wondering if I could do the techniques showed here when the client is on massage table face down?
Thank you, Shama, for putting it altogether in the last module, it is very helpful for me to see the whole routine. I like blending the movement/stretching with massage techniques. I think that my clients will enjoy this treatment, so far the people I practiced on were very relaxed and gave me a positive feedback.
What do you recommend as far as length of the treatment? I was thinking about offering 45 min foot massage and reflexology combined.
I appreciate your good teaching skills and quality video. I prefer in person training but this course was valuable to me. Thank you!
Well, here in Thailand most Thai foot reflexology sessions are one hour long although half hour sessions are also offered.
Personally if I would put together the reflexology part and the Thai Massage foot techniques, I could easily work on the feet for 1.5 hours. That's a little long for most western clients, but I think that one hour would be a good choice for the length of a session.