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January 13, 2016 - 3:45 am
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I sure hope I'm doing this correctly; Its my first post since my introduction. I'll get better once I get used to posting in the forums!

I have watched the first module, the introduction. Having about zero experience in Thai Massage, I had not evenyet given much thought to the floor versus the table. That should indicate my inexperience!

I am also very eager to start practicing on folks! I need to start getting aquainted with making that energy connection. Im probably leaving out some things I wanted to mention but like I said, my posts will improve.

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Hi Kimberly, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and our forum. You are pretty close to doing the forum posting correctly - all that's missing is that you post the module number on top of each post. Please take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with our certification check list. This will give you a quick overview of the correct process:

Certification Check List (look at step 4)

By the way, there is another course student with no prior massage experience who just enrolled in the certification program. His name is Matt Driskill, and he wants to mainly work on his wife who has health issues - seems not too different from home health care, your job. You can check his thread or even communicate with him if you like. That might be helpful or good for inspiration. ūüôā

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Module 2

In the Module 2 that I watched today, we learned that, well for one that Thai Traditinal Massage is the same as Thai Yoga Massage. I actually didn't realize that. I assumed there was another, more modern version maybe that made one a "yoga" massage!

We went over some examples of good and bad ergonomics as a foundation for establishing a good connection and flow with the client.

And interestingly, I learned about the "Chi machine" in which you can rock the client from their heels to give them a feeling of warm energy and a sort of self-back-massage that's an invigorating experience!

Thanks!

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I moved your second post to your original thread - just make sure to hit "Add Reply" for your next post, and NOT "Add Topic".

Regarding Thai Yoga, there actually are some western practitioners who have mixed Thai Massage so much with yoga, that it is not really a massage anymore at all, but more of an exercise session. But mostly it is western yoga teachers and practitioners who like to call it Thai Yoga Massage because it connects it to what they are doing already. 

You might want to read this article which explains it all a bit more:

Why are there so many names for Thai Massage?

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Module 3

In this lesson, we started out by recognizing the beneficial affects that foot massage/the feet have on the rest of the body. Having read a bit into reflexology, myself, I was or am a little familiar with the concept and very interested.

This third module goes over a few circular foot techniques, and I am really impressed by how detailed the demonstrations are! I am not left wondering, "Wait...how did he do that?". I can clearly see every hand position and not only am I understanding the "hows" but the "whys". I am very pleased!

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Thank you Kimberly - I am happy to hear that! Smile

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Module 4

In this fourth lesson, we discussed conceptual learning versus mechanical. Conceptual learning being that we figure out the why's or logic behind the work rather than just the hand positions and memorized movements.

Instead of being mechanics-focused, we need to learn to intuitively read the client or recipient and use our ENTIRE body to do the work. It makes the massage easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

In this video, of course, I paid a lot more attention to your body movements in your demonstrations and I see exactly what you mean. I am going to give my daughter a massage this week using what you've shown us so far so I can get out of theory and into practice:)

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Sounds like a good plan! Smile It doesn't matter how often you watch the videos, without actually applying it on a live body, you won't learn it. And as far as the certification goes, you need to show that you are actually practicing the material, not just watch the videos and write about them. Otherwise you will be a theoretical Thai Massage therapist! Laugh

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Module 5

In the leg warm up session, we see some different positions for stabilizing the legs so they don't wobble on us, for example, when using the butterfly technique on the top of the thigh

You explained that we don't have to use all techniques every time we do a massage. Even just one foot technique could suffice.

That being said, I decided to use my 11 year old daughter to practice this week and I learned a valuable lesson about when/why one would choose to leave out particular techniques in favor of others:

Her feet were so ticklish that I couldn't do any foot work! We just cracked up laughing every time I attempted to ?

So what I did do was a little leg warming up by turning each one out, knees bent, and doing the pulling motion in the three positions, as best I could recall from the video. I'm going to have the video set up with me next time so I can watch, pause, etc while I'm practicing.I gave up on that for a couple of reasons, I didn't quite feel I was doing it right and she was just a little too giggly even with the leg work. I tried the Chi Machine move from an earlier module and it went great! I got all of her at least subtly rocking around. I'm quite a bit larger than her, she's very petite, it will likely take me a bit more effort to get it started on a person bigger than me, but I made the connection with how to move my own body to get the other person's hips to rock back and forth.

I'll be having my mom help me practice asap. 

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That tends to happen with some kids - they have a ticklish  reaction. I have seen that before. And then they perpetuate it in their mind as well. They kind of get off on it. This makes for good family fun but for a difficult massage practice session. Smile

It's still a good lesson for being aware that not every technique works on everyone. That's actually a super important concept.

The other thing is that size and weight differences can make techniques feel totally different. That's another thing which is really important to learn how to cope with that. You will hear a lot more about this in this course.

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February 9, 2016 - 3:32 am
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I just wanted to let you know that I'll be back on tomorrow with my next module. I got behind last week. I'm still here! Haha

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February 9, 2016 - 10:25 pm
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Good - I am glad you didn't get lost! Laugh

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Module 5

 

Regrettably, I haven't yet had another opportunity since my last post to work on anyone, but I do have a volunteer. We just haven't been able to coordinate it.

Module 5 brings up some points that I felt were pertinent at this point in my practicing. (Of course, you're the professional, so you know when to insert what, lol) I'm sure glad you mentioned that it might be best to avoid most stretches with a brand new client, because I was a little apprehensive at the thought of being expected to do so by anyone. It did seem dangerous. Knowing that it's perfectly acceptable to do a lot of muscle work in lieu of attempting to stretch much makes me feel more at ease and that I was thinking in the right direction, even.

So, basically, we're easing into the session with each client and deciding how to progress intuitively. You wouldn't take an inflexible person right into a deep stretch, and you wouldn't know they were inflexible unless you gently worked with them slowly. Motion pressure may be better suited for some than linear pressure.

I definitely don't want to perpetuate the belief that Thai Massage is painful. I think s long as I pay attention to subtle cues from the client, move slowly, and only use techniques that seem appropriate, I'll be fine Smile

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"So, basically, we're easing into the session with each client and deciding how to progress intuitively. You wouldn't take an inflexible person right into a deep stretch, and you wouldn't know they were inflexible unless you gently worked with them slowly. Motion pressure may be better suited for some than linear pressure."

Exactly, I couldn't have said it better myself! Smile 

The last thing you would ever want to do it attack every client with strong stretches without discrimination. Of course stretches are a wonderful part of Thai Massage, but it would be completely inaccurate to view Thai Massage as just a series of stretches.

You will see throughout the course that there are often gentle rocking alternatives to the potentially strong linear stretches, and those rocking moves are often the best way to go, especially for older, quite stiff and new apprehensive clients. You will be way ahead of therapists who do one-size-fits-all Thai Massage sessions and those who do strong stretching without enough sensitivity.

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Okay, yes, let's delete these last ones, and I'll start again from there.

I'm not even understanding, myself, how I'm repeatedly doing the wrong module!

I'm going to get on my PC today and organize them in a folder to find where I went wrong and get back on track.

Thank You!

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Okay, I deleted all the messy stuff and now you can start fresh with module 6. Smile

Looking forward to hearing about your actual practice experience with the modules. 

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