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Lacie's Thai Massage Yogini Journey
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March 23, 2015 - 9:22 am
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I am so excited to start this journey. I am doing teacher training for hot yoga (non-bikram style) and I was inspired today to learn Thai massage and incorporate it in my yoga journey. I love the format of the coursework and can’t wait to get started. Thank you for offering such a user friendly certification. 

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Hi Lacie, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and to our forum! Yoga and Thai Massage are a great combination. There are lots of course students in this forum who are also teaching yoga.

I am looking forward to reading about your progress and assisting you wherever necessary!

Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all organized correctly:

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Module 1 

I love how this module explains the way that Thai massage works using energies in our bodies, and does not have an emphasis on knowing everything single muscle etc. I do know a lot about the body anatomically because of my job so I am looking forward to learning about the body’s energies and how it flows and how we can be a positive influence on others when we are using Thai massage. I am totally comfortable with the therapist positions that we will be in, thanks to yoga I am pretty flexible and limber! Looking forward to the next module and learning more. 

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This is often a surprise to western massage therapists – ‘what, it’s not important to know exactly which muscle you are working on?’. There is nothing wrong with knowing the name and the location of the muscle, however this does not replace the feeling and the connection and quality of touch which make the massage feel great and effective.

The focus on anatomy in yoga is a western invention, just like in Thai Massage. Both systems were not based on anatomy and physiology in their respective countries of origin. But both are gradually morphing in a western direction, and westerners have a more analytical and scientific orientation than Asians who think more in terms of moving energy.

What I am trying to do in this course is make sure that this Asian energy focus does not succumb to the western way of thinking. In other words I want to preserve the essence of Thai Massage.

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Module 2 

Being reminded of correct ergonomics and taking care of myself and my body before working on someone else is so important to me. I have had neck and back issues in the past and gaining the strength in my muscles to help my posture and ergonomics is something I will never take for granted. 

 

Chi machine – my husband is my partner that I will be practicing on and he’s quite a bit bigger than me. It really made me focus to get the chi machine going but once I was able to get his hips moving it felt like I was barely exerting any effort. I could feel the energy in between us and it was really cool! 

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You obviously did it the right way. It should not feel like an effort. Smile

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Module 3 

 

I need to practice practice practice!! I did well following along the video and practicing but I am having trouble remembering the sequence. I am going to go at it again today with a fresh mind. My husband said that the pressure of my body and my hand pressure on his feet is pretty spot on though so that’s a good start. I am taking notes to help remember and I usually catch on to sequencing pretty quick so a little more practice and I should be a Thai foot massage pro! 

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Well, the next module will give you the secret sauce for remembering the sequence easily! Smile

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Module 4

so thankful for this one!! I’ve been trying to practice the foot massage following the notes I had taken in the previous module, as well as re-watching. I’m glad to have module 4 reiterate and bring the foot massage portion together. It is a big help seeing the sequence and watching with a different perspective. Looking forward to watching module 5. :-)  

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I thought you would appreciate this module. There is something similar coming up with hip work which will really help you to remember the sequences. I call it “conceptual learning” versus just memorizing sequences.

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Module 5

 

I LOVE the butterfly method. This really caught my eye, and I am thinking of all the different ways to incorporate this into my yoga teaching!  My husband is who I am practicing on and he cycles a lot so he has appreciated me working on his sore legs. I like how this video teaches the foundation of getting started on the legs. 

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Module 6 

 

Ahh! I need to re-watch this one a couple of times. I am seeing the similarities with this and the foot massage, and I can start to see now how you can create your own flow and choose which moves to massage on people and that you don’t have to do all of them. This video had a lot more to look at with my body placement and hand placement on the legs. I need to practice practice practice.

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Module 7

 

I love this one!!! Learning about how the feet can tell you what’s going on with the hips – amazing. I liked learning about the different hip stretching and how it connected back to the previous warm up video. I’m looking forward to practicing this – although I wish someone was practicing on me. The second to last stretch really caught my eye – the kicking the foot out on the thigh.

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You really caught on to the essentials with your comment on module 6. The last thing you would want to do is to use a cookie cutter one-size-fits-all sequence on each and every client in perpetuity. It’s all about creativity and matching the right techniques to the right client.

Of course you need to learn the techniques and the sequences first before you can apply them in bits and pieces, so to say. But the important principle is that the techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences.

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Module 8

 

The hip pie is amazing! It makes it much easier to remember the different directions to stretch the hip. My right leg is my dominant leg (and dominant side of my body) and my right hip is so tight! I think it’s my psoas muscle whereas my left hip is weaker but so much more flexible. It really makes me think about the different people I could do Thai massage on and how they could be completely tight on one side and loose on the other and how you can evaluate their body and do techniques accordingly. Each client is different and will stretch differently. I am glad that you mentioned the leg stretches are the most difficult to learn because I am still having to practice a lot while following along to the video. The hip stretches though I think may resonate easier since I can relate so much!! 

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Often it is very useful to compare how both sides of the body react. Many times it will be quite different and will give you an indication how to structure your session and find out where the issues are.

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Module 9

This module was really exciting to watch because all those hip stretches looked amazing and I am having trouble with flexibility and tightness in my right hip. Well when I practiced on my husband it was a different story. His hips and hamstrings are very tight and inflexible and he is a bicyclist so they are pretty muscular and large. I had a challenge but I realized that you included modifications for going softer. That helped so much because it was difficult to even position his legs and hips. The elephant walking was a good one that he enjoyed but I think I need to work on implementing both soft and powerful techniques and getting the right recipe. The hip pie stretching is difficult with him too so I had to be very conservative. The light supine twist went well and i can really see how important it is to warm everything up before doing the techniques. 

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And I think now you can see clearly why you need a variety of techniques or modifications for various people and scenarios. One-size-fits-all Thai Massage is a very ineffective way of doing it. Creativity and adaptation is the name of the game.

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Module 10

 

I am really interested in the adductor stretching and the blood stop technique. That was really cool and reminded of the tourniquet effect of a seated yoga pose (fixed firm).  Looking forward to seeing you do your sequence in the next module. 

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Module 11

 

I found the summary session really helpful. Seeing the transition flow so smoothly is definitely inspiring and something to practice. I also liked seeing the different modifications incorporated. It will take some time for me to find fluidity from move to move and where/how my body is supposed to be in comparison to my clients. I will be referencing this video a lot during my practicing. 

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