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January 12, 2015 - 8:29 am
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Module1 Intro

I am so happy Shama's teachings are so thorough.The quality of touch is my main objective as well.In this introduction.It all comes with practice i am sure. Learning the techniques the ergonomics and your breath work responding to your clients breathing and following the flow of their responding sighs.I am hoping Shama talks some more about energy sen lines and what it would mean if a client find some spots tender.Looking forward to learning all the different tools we have to work with each client.

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Hi Kathy, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and to our forum. Are you going for certification? If so, did you send in a registration? If you did, I didn't get it or missed it somehow. In either case, could you please fill one out so that I know the specifics? The link is in the course manual. (Unless you are just posting for the fun of it Smile)

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January 13, 2015 - 8:50 pm
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Shama; I am going for certificate. Not sure which one would be best. I am USA citizen.Do most USA students go for the CEU? I have no problem with taking the tests.I am not LMT here as of yet but still I could use the hrs towards that in the future?

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This depends on many things. Massage laws and rules vary from state to state, so there is no generally correct answer for the US. Yes, many US students go for the CEUs, but that's because they are LMTs and they need the CEUs to maintain their licence. 

Since the CE certificate has a date on it, you would need to find out from your state how current a CE certificate needs to be in order to be accepted by them.

You could just go for the International certificate for now. If at a later time you actually need the CEUs, you can just take the CE test questions, and then you could get the CE certificate as well. 

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January 14, 2015 - 2:14 am
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Shama; ah yes now it makes sense, Thank you. going over to register now for the international certificate.

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Module 2

The girl I worked with this morning absolutley loved the session.She has spinal problems and is very stiff in the morning.I worked very slowly with her.Using the chi machine was a lot easier than i thought it would be.The sway worked itself up to her head. She said "oh wow that just released a stiffness I had all morning""I could feel the energy coming up my legs ,through my hips up into my chest and head". I noticed her letting out more breathes after that.My ergonomics must have been right on for this.It was a very nice setting in her sunroom in front of the woodstove. It is 15degrees here in upstateNY.

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You are one of the few people who get the Chi Machine right immediately. Most people don't find this so easy initially. That means you will probably learn the various rocking moves very easily as well since they are based on similar principles. Anyway, sounds like a good start to me! And I imagine you are inspired by the great feedback your got already. Smile

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January 14, 2015 - 7:04 pm
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Shama:

I am loving this course so far. Did you receive my certification registration?My legal name is Mary Kathrine McChesney so that is how I registered for the certification. Since day one I have always been called Kathy and that is what I am comfortable with.So if there is confusion about this .That is why.If you need me to change anything please let me know.

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January 15, 2015 - 1:55 am
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Luckily your last name is quite distinctive, so I will be able to connect the dots despite the different first names.

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Module 3

The starting point with the foot massage had 7 new moves. A lot to remember ,so I use my tablet to watch as I worked with these on my friend.the 1,2,3,2,1 sets up a nice rythym to it all.Right away she said "oh this is going to be good" My feet are so sore from wearing the wrong socks at the gym.Perfect right?She so needed this.the 2nd move I tended to rock back and forth instead of around in acircle,but I will get it.the 3rd move bending the feet inwards she really liked.when do we ever do that with our feet? the 4th move pushing feet down I really needed to pay attention to my ergonomics so her feet were going down without jamming her heels into the mat.so up on my heels abit more.the 5th  move with leg under hers and twist foot in and push,turn foot out as I pull felt good even to me.She felt it in her hips as a release and enjoyed it as well.Th e6th move I need to get use to somewhat.holding heel in right hand and twist with left ok,but seemed awkward when I switched sides.The 7th and last move was a delight and a good ending to this foot massage.I called it the wave and jiggle and we both laughed and enjoyed the learning lesson.I then used the chi machine on her and she said her ears popped and it actually took a littl long to get that to move up to her head,I think because she is a heavier person than the other one i practiced on.All in all I am so enjoying this.I have another friend coming over on Sunday so will practice all over again on her.Every body is different,but they all enjoy being pampered.

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January 18, 2015 - 1:06 am
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Good foot massage is great and people love it. I just came back from my weekly foot massage. That's part of my religious principles - I have to get at least one good foot massage a week. Smile

In the next module you will learn a very useful way to remember all the foot techniques.

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January 20, 2015 - 5:59 am
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Module#4

The girls are loving these foot massages.Going over the transitoning from one move to another was very helpful and I am finding it is more about the intuitive flow of energy that gets me in the right place for each one rather than following your sequence to the t.They don't know any different they are just loving the attention and care. I did find that putting a blanket across their top while i work on their feet is very comforting to at least one of them who got so relaxed they were chilly.The circles under the ankle bone had one taking a deep breath and release. 

I was wondering Shama. how many massages on an average do you do? or what would be good?

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Throughout my entire Thai Massage career I never did less than 2 hour long sessions. I could always do two of those a day. Sometimes I added a third session, and invariably it totally crashed my energy in the evening, and sometimes on the next day too. So I am very aware of my limits, and had to learn the hard way to respect those limits for my own sake.

That's of course a very individual thing. I put a lot of focus, concentration and energy into my sessions. However here in Thailand there are therapists who can do 8 hours a day, but they work mechanically, and there is no heart and soul in it. 

So for me my limit is two long sessions a day. Realistically that was at least 5 hours of work including some extra time which I worked, and chatting with the client to figure out what their issue is all about. 

I make sure to only work in a peak state of performance and I don't allow myself to get tired or worn out. I don't do general sessions anymore, and have not done so in years. I only work on people who have a real problem and need specific therapeutic work done which they cannot find anywhere else. That has always been my specialty.

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January 20, 2015 - 7:37 pm
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I also believe you can not rush healing energy.So These sessions are taking me about 2hrs or more as well.Of course we do chat before and after,but that is all part of connecting with them.So thank you Shama for your insight once again.Today i am traveling to mature lady,s home for her session.I will probably be there 4hrs.She insists on making me lunch afterwards.So sweet and a wonderful host and cook.Very interesting woman.I love hearing her life stories.She is going to love her new foot massage.(wink,wink)

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Doesn't it feel great to make people happy! Especially those sweet people who really reciprocate. That makes it all so worth it!

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Module 5

wow this leg warm up flow has many techniques to choose from which is good because I can use only a few of them and still be effective.

Your tips on stabalizing the leg was good to know, so they are not so floppy.Loved that I felt secure as well while adjusting to this.Again paying attention to my ergonomics is important.They especially enjoyed all the thumb rolling,but I liked that we could switch to heel of palms and then maybe go backto thumb rolls so I wouldn,t tire of it.

Going to watch this video a few more times, well actually i watch them all again and again.lol Am I obsessed? No just love this work I believe.

Oh and luck be mine a girl at the gym I go to gifted to me with a big folding gym mat she had bought for her kids and they were'nt using it. Ha I am soooo blessed.

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If you are "obsessed" about learning it all properly, then your obsession is to be commended! Wink

Congratulations for having a suitable mat find it's way to you. Luck must be favoring the obsessed!Smile

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January 27, 2015 - 5:36 am
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Module#6

I like having so many alternative ways of working this leg warmup.Using my forearm in a rolling relaxed and soft movements whilst remembering where i am moving next had me a little unsure,but as long as I can keep practicing one move get that down then the next one etc.I will pick the ones that flow easy to me and my partner enjoys them.Will be reffering to this video over  a few more times I think. 

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January 27, 2015 - 11:13 am
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That's precisely the correct approach. Just learn what you enjoy most and what comes to you easily. You can always add more techniques later on. There are more techniques in this course than you will ever be able to use in one session, so you don't have to force yourself to perfect every single technique right away.

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Module#7

This hip evaluation is a great tip.Although my partner was a little tricky she has scoliosis and the opposite seemed to be true for her.No matter I just worked on both hips the same.She definatley needed the pillow under her knee though.I did do the rocking first just for good measure.I have done the inner thigh compression with my feet before so that was nice.

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