March 14, 2019
This video is an overview of the techniques and some of the theory behind Thai Massage. As a yoga teacher, I found it especially interesting the way the breath is used. I am glad that you explained how important it is for the therapist to be at ease, so the client is at ease, because they will pick up on that energy. That seems obvious once it is explained, but it is something I wouldn't necessarily have noticed/put into words without being told. I am excited to practice linking the breath with the techniques. It is the same concept as 'linking breath with movement' which I guide in yoga classes regularly. I am already day dreaming of the kind of mat I will get for practice and for clients. This is a great over view, I can't wait to learn more, and to practice.
Hi Lacie, and welcome to our community and the Complete Thai Massage certification program. At least that's what I assume you are going for. I cannot find a certification registration from you. If you want a certificate, please send the registration in. You can find the link to this form in the certification section of your course manual.
Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:
Regarding the use of breath in Thai Massage - the truth is that this is something which I have added into my style of Thai Massage because of my own yoga background. Breath is never taught in traditional Thai Massage training, except by those of us who have a yoga background and see the obvious advantage of combining breath with movement.
So this will be a good fit for you. We have lots of yoga teachers in our community, so you are in good company!
March 14, 2019
March 14, 2019
Complete Thai Massage: Module 2
I really enjoyed module 2, it was a good amount of information to take in. I liked the reminder to be patient, that everything takes time to learn. It is easy to forget when watching someone with experience that we don't start out that way. I practiced the Chi Machine on my boyfriend. He is skinny and flexible, so an easy person to practice on. I thought it would be hard to get his hips, then his whole body wobbling back and forth, but it was easier than expected! He enjoyed it. He then did the movement on me so I could experience how it feels. I felt energy in my whole body after, a sort of moving-buzzing. I am excited to practice this more on people with different bodies. I think it is important for me to practice stopping the movement slowly, to not be forgetful and simply stop altogether at once. I also liked how we were given permission, in a way, to add in our own style to Thai massage. That is something that happens in teaching yoga; there is tradition, which is important, but adding in personality is what makes the practice come alive. It will be fun to explore the balance of tradition and modification.
You can download the course manual from the first post of the course: Thai Massage Course Introduction. There is a download link right under the introduction video. The sceenshot below shows you where it is (Click on the link):
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