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Kristina's Complete Thai Massage Course Notes
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I just finished watching my first video and I am very excited to learn more. The first video has set up a good foundation to start on. One of the main things Shama points out is the awkwardness of first learning to work on the ground. I actually experienced this for the first time yesterday. I am travelling and I didn't have a table with me but a family friend needed some help. I felt like I was able to use the rest of my body easily but it was hard work! During the massage I had to catch my breath a few times. With practice it will become easier I'm sure but it will definitely be an adjustment. 

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August 26, 2014 - 3:10 pm
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Hi Kristina, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist here:
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Thai Massage should never be hard work. The secret is to work with excellent ergonomics, use only body weight instead of muscle power and knowing which techniques to use on what client. Not all techniques will work well on every kind of body. That's something which you will hear a lot more about throughout this course.

In the beginning switching to floor work naturally feels strange. However you will soon find that once you get used to it, it is actually much easier than working on a table since you can use your body in a much more effective way. Smile

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Chi Machine

After watching the video twice I practiced this technique with my partner. Once I got the rhythm going I could see their whole body moving. I am not sure if I am doing it right because after about a minute I started to feel tired. I think with more practice it will become easier. I regularly asked my partner what they were experiencing so that I could use their feedback. She stated that it felt great on her back and glutes. After stopping the technique I had her rest for 10 seconds and asked her what she was feeling. She said it was definitely different but it felt like a tingling energy going up from her toes to her neck. This seems like an excellent way to start a massage for both the client and the practitioner. 

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You are getting the right result, so you must be doing it almost correctly. Smile If you feel tired when doing it, you must be using too much effort. Just imagine your hips are filled with water and your are moving sideways so that the water is sloshing around and hitting the sides of your hips from the inside.

Also please include the module numbers at the top of your posts as per step three of the Certification Checklist which I posted previously. Smile

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Module #3 Foot Massage

After watching the video twice and taking notes I practiced with my partner. To start the massage I started with Chi Machine for more practice. From there I tried to follow my notes from the foot massage video. This video was much harder for me for some reason. I was able to find a good smooth rhythm but I had some other hardships. The first one was that my partner had a back spasm in the middle of doing the chi machine and we are both unsure why it happened. And them my partner has chronic ankle problems so getting her to relax took extra effort and she has very limited range of motion because of her problems. She said she might not be the best practice partner just for the foot region. I will be practicing again on someone without chronic ankle and foot injuries to make sure I know my material well before branching out to others with those ailments. Other than partner problems the other problem I had was for hand placement on the lateral foot. It felt almost awkward. Even after trying it twice on both feet it still felt odd. 

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Clearly it is difficult to practice foot massage techniques on someone who has serious issues there. Definitely better to switch partners for the learning process. However once you are more experienced and have a good feeling for the techniques, you could probably help her release some of the trauma. But it's a little early in the game for that.

Which technique are you referring to when you say you had problems with the lateral hand placement?

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Module 4 Foot Techniques 2

I had to take a break from my Thai Massage education but I have reviewed all videos and I am excited to continue this journey. This second foot technique module had some great review of the previous module. While practicing before I strictly followed my notes to learn all of the techniques. I had my partner lay down on my may and I decided to let my hands tell me where to go and what to do as my brain had the information. My mom, who volunteered, enjoyed this massage. By knowing all the ways the ankle moves, it helped me remember all the techniques in this video. My mom liked the combination of the dorsiflexion and plantar flexion moves as going back and both between the two stretches greatly relaxed her lower legs. I focused on my body weight in this move and it seems that it has paid off. 

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Glad to have you back here in the forum, Kristina! Smile

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Module 5 Leg Warm Up

I started with a foot warm up for this practice session. When I went to stabilize the foot and sit over my partners shin, I had to try a few positions as I couldn't remember exactly what was done in the video. I figured it out and used the butterfly technique on the quadriceps. This was easy as I had done this before in my massage practice. I noticed I automatically paired my movement with the breath which I think has been positively impacted from my yoga teacher training. I chose to roll with my whole hand instead of including my thumbs as I have noticed they are weak after years of massage. Moving the leg into this position was easy as well as working the calf I had this done in a few of the Thai massages I had received in the past. 

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It's always a good idea to replace thumbs with another body part, if possible.

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