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Hello again, Shama…

 

Thank you for your help… I went ahead and purchased the Complete Thai Massage course! Just setting up so I’m ready to go. Can’t wait to get started!! Smile

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I think you made the perfect decision! Smile

Now you will learn the entire system. Actually I always use parts of the Heavenly Head Massage at the end of all Thai Massage sessions. So it is an excellent combination that you have both courses.

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Module 1

Great intro! I loved the music analogy that you used. ?

I’ve always shied away from Thai massage since I’m so small… so it makes me happy to think it will be possible using correct body mechanics. This will be so fun and different than what I’m used to! 

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s lesson so I can start practicing! ?

I signed up for the tests in this course… Is there one for this module? I didn’t see one and wasn’t sure if that starts tomorrow since today was just an introduction… or maybe it shows up later? 

Thanks so much!! 

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Pretty much all Thai Massage therapists in Thailand are small and light, and they manage just fine, even with much larger persons, so you will do fine as well. Smile The whole secret it in using your body to its full advantage, and you will learn how to do that.

There are 5 multiple choice test questions for each of the 35 main modules.

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Shama said
Pretty much all Thai Massage therapists in Thailand are small and light, and they manage just fine, even with much larger persons, so you will do fine as well. Smile The whole secret it in using your body to its full advantage, and you will learn how to do that.

There are 5 multiple choice test questions for each of the 35 main modules.  

Hmmmm… I never received the test questions. I did get the receipt, so I know the transaction went through… and I checked my junk mail. Do you have any other ideas? 

Thanks! Smile

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Never mind… I realized I have to log in to see the questions each time. For some reason I thought they’d be sent to me. I’ll get it together and all figured out soon! Smile

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Module 2

Loved the ergonomics demo… That was really helpful. 

The chi machine is amazing! I practiced on my husband and he really liked it. I got movement up into his torso, but not as much as yours… I’ll definitely keep practicing! My husband tried it on me and it was pretty uncomfortable. I have hyper mobile joints and my knees fall back too far. Today we’re going to practice again and include a pillow for a little knee support. I hope that doesn’t interfere too much with the body movement because I can tell this would feel great!! 

And side note… I love the printed notes and pictures that come with this course… I can tell this is going to be especially helpful as we cover more and more information. Good work! 

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I am really glad that you appreciate the printed notes. They took me several months to create – huge amount of work. And most course students never mention them. So I am happy to get this feedback from you. 

Hyper mobility is a contraindication for the Chi Machine. Try how it works with the pillows under the knees and let me know. In general, when the knees are “hanging through”, the Chi Machine doesn’t feel good or can be uncomfortable.

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Module 3

The chi machine worked great with a little support under my knees. I used a yoga bolster and it felt amazing! My husband was great to help so I’d know how it feels. 

Module 3 was a great session on foot massage. I love how I’ve been doing massage for a long time and a lot of this is new for me. I practiced on my husband and am excited to incorporate the chi machine and foot work tomorrow in my private yoga class! I’m sure it will be a big hit! ?

I know I just started, but so far this feels really natural for me. Working on the floor is very grounding for me as well as the client… I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting that, since it seems like that would be obvious,… but it was a nice surprise anyway.  ? Starting the massage with the feet adds to the client’s grounding too…. of course, in addition to the whole body reflexology affect. My husband is loving this and is more than happy to help me learn. ? 

Another great lesson! Thank you!!

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Feeling natural about this work and a supportive husband is a great foundation and a good indicator that this will work out well for you.

I am glad to hear that the Chi Machine with knee support worked well for you. Nobody had ever tried this for hypermobility and told me about it. So now I have a useful case history! Smile

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Module 4

Great review on foot work! I love how you want everything to really sink in. It’s nice that we have time to get a feel of the work so it’s not all just mechanical. I’ve been practicing on different people, including my 12 year old son. (He’s also a huge fan ?) It’s great to feel the difference in size, weight and range of motion on individuals as I work. I’m getting positive feedback so far and look forward to practicing the new moves from the end of this video. 

Thanks Shama!! ?

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A supportive husband and a son who is a huge fan – this sounds like a great family!

I am about as far as you can get from working in a mechanical way. That’s one thing nobody will ever accuse me of. Smile  However I have seen plenty of Thai Massage therapists who do work in a mechanical way. You will see throughout this course that I emphasize an intuitive, creative approach.

And practicing on different sizes and weights of partners is ideal for learning Thai Massage.

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Module 5

Great leg warm ups! I practiced on my son and husband. I’m loving the leverage I get with working on the floor. I’m not quite 100 lbs and can get a good amount of pressure with very little effort. From years of massage my wrists are pretty tired though… so I’ll be happy to learn more where I don’t have to press into them at all.

I also love learning how to use my feet to help support the clients legs. The extra contact and support is very comforting. 

 

Thanks Shama!! ?

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You will learn a lot about using leverage later on in this course by using forearms, elbows, knees and feet. That will give you plenty of power even though you weigh only 100lbs. Smile

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Module 6

I really loved this lesson and it was easier on my wrists. I definitely need to practice getting myself seated “just so”, but it’s coming. For this lesson I’ve only had my husband to practice on, so it will be great when I’m able to recruit some other sized guinea pigs. ? I’m very thankful you give us a few days between lessons so we have time to feel natural with the new steps. 

 

Thanks, Shama! ?

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Good to hear that you appreciate the gradual delivery. Often when people buy the course, they are really anxious to get started and they want it all quickly. But the more you progress, the more you need to practice all the previous material, and the more important those time intervals become.

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Module 7

Hi Shama! I was out of town for awhile and am back to play catch up!

I really liked this module. I’m practicing evaluating the hips. I loved the “foot walking” stretch… I think that was my favorite. My husband loves this as well as the one where his knee is bent and I pull back in circles. His legs are super tight so the rocking technique was also amazing. 

 

Thank you!! ?

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Welcome back! Smile

Whenever someone is super tight, rocking techniques generally work the best – at least initially.

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Module 8

The pie analogy was great and it will help me remember all of the angles when I’m in a session. Leg stretches went well… I had a little trouble keeping his foot from falling when it was in my groin, but I’m sure it will get better with practice. The rocking modifications are awesome! My husband loves those and they do seem easier on both of us. I’m very interested in your Thai rocking massage course after this one. 

I’m not sure if I can ask this since I noticed it in a test question… But I thought the “power stretches” were only for clients who are very flexible. However, in this lesson you also called it a power stretch when you demonstrated what a smaller therapist  could do for a client with long legs… Can you please define “power stretch”? I just want to be clear on if it only applies to all deeper stretching or if it’s also a way to describe better leverage for small therapists… Hope that makes sense. 

 

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To prevent the foot from sliding out of your groin you need to keep pulling the leg towards you with your hand which holds the leg just above the knee.

Power version refers to the strongest variation of a particular stretch. Small therapists might have to use the power version in order to be able to get the desired effect, whereas if for example I would do the power version on the same person, it might be overkill.

So it refers to a deeper stretch, but if a small therapist works on a much larger person, then the power version might be necessary, and it won’t be as deep of a stretch as when a larger therapists does the same stretch. Thai Massage techniques are an interplay between size and weight of therapist and client.

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