Thai Healing Massage Academy | Thai Massage Online Courses

Learn Thai Massage

ONLINE

Convenient - Effective

Professional Training since 2001

Avatar

Please consider registering
Guest

Search

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
Lauren Mahaney's Complete Thai Massage Course Notes
Avatar
LaurenMahaney
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
September 6, 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
1
September 6, 2015 - 1:55 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 1

I knew going into this course it would be different from the massage I was used to and this video clearly outlined the immediate differences and gave some preparation. As far as following your breath with your movement, this was familiar for me with my yoga experience and I honestly enjoyed this empbasis in Thai Massage because it does really connect you to your actions. The poses of the therapist are not something I do regularly so I looked for ways to introduce them into my daily life outside of my practice time. I  am currently using them to help my son learn to walk. It is much better for my back, but I can definitely feel it in my feet and outer legs. I will keep trying to find ways to use them in my daily life to adjust. 

 

Looking forward to this course!

Avatar
Shama
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 6605
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
2
September 7, 2015 - 2:08 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Hi Lauren, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and our forum. I read your bio – there are lots of yoga teachers and practitioners among our course students. They always have an edge right from the beginning. It’s just a great combination – yoga and Thai yoga massage.

I will soon make another video about how to prepare for the Thai Massage poses. 

It looks like you have it all figured out, but just for formality’s sake please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list:

Certification Check List

Avatar
LaurenMahaney
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
September 6, 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3
September 9, 2015 - 2:20 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 2

*Thank you for responding to my first post! I re-read it again just to make sure I was following the rules.*

The Thai Chi Machine looked very intimidating just by watching it and my practice partner is much taller than I am, so I had a feeling I would struggle with it, at least at first. Therefore I actually tried the Thai Chi Machine on my daughter first and it was amazing watching the slightest movement from me move her entire body! Later when I actually had an opportunity to practice with my practice partner I did struggle my first try, but remembering to focus on the hips and slight more movement on my part allowed the Thai Chi Machine to work despite the size difference. It was so incredible! Once I was able to get my partners body moving, I continued for a decent amount of time and then slowly came to a stop. I asked if they felt anything from the move and they responded immediately, “I feel a tingly sensation coursing through my body.” They also told me the tingling sensation continued for a while and helped them feel relaxed for the evening.

Avatar
Shama
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 6605
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4
September 9, 2015 - 8:31 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Fantastic! You obviously took to that technique right away – and for many course students that’s not an easy one initially. Great course of action. You figured out that it works on your daughter and then got it to work on a much larger person. The feedback from your partner is exactly what’s supposed to happen! Smile Congratulations to a good start!

Avatar
LaurenMahaney
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
September 6, 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
5
September 14, 2015 - 12:20 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 3

This one I didn’t grasp right away so I took a few extra practice times to watch the module. I struggled with the making the transition so my partners knee was on the bottom half of my leg smoothly and I wasn’t getting the movement down between traction and contraction so there was very little happening for my partner. By the third practice and fourth time watching the module, I was finally able to have an impact. I’m still struggling with not moving my wrist when I’m twisting the foot out, but I know it needs work and will continue to incorporate this move into my practice sessions.

Avatar
Shama
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 6605
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
6
September 14, 2015 - 1:51 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Well, if it would be super easy, everybody and their uncle would be doing it! Smile

This will happen a few more times during the course. Some techniques will be easy, and others will take more time to feel comfortable with. However the more you progress with the course, the easier it will become. Once you have the basic ways of working down, you can apply them to other areas of the body as well. 

Something to look forward to: Towards the later part of the training many course students report that they start to experience a feeling of ‘flow’, where the techniques feel natural and spontaneous. That’s when Thai Massage becomes a real pleasure to practice. 

Avatar
LaurenMahaney
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
September 6, 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
7
September 17, 2015 - 2:14 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 4

I am so glad to see the previous methods we had learned in other modules revisited! This really helps it establishing the work 😀 I love the 8 ways we can work with the feet too! I know my favorite is “Bend Up.” It isn’t so much the technique as much as how it feels as therapist. I feel humbled and instantly connected to the work and the person as well as feeling a sense of honor between our spirits. I don’t think I can ever leave that one out! I love starting with the feet in general 😀

Avatar
Shama
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 6605
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
8
September 17, 2015 - 4:13 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

You know, the entire Thai Foot Massage system is really incredible. In the Complete Thai Massage course I show plenty enough to get a Thai Massage session started. However you can use Thai Foot Massage as a whole separate and complete modality. That’s why I have an entire Thai Foot Massage course which takes it even much further.

Personally I get at least one foot massage – one hour long – every week. And sometimes even a two hour foot massage. Then I feel like I am walking on clouds. Smile 

Avatar
LaurenMahaney
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
September 6, 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
9
September 19, 2015 - 11:23 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 5

With this one I found I felt awkward while working on the calf muscles, except when I was using my whole hand to pull gently on the muscle body. Should I move my positioning around a bit or should I move my clients leg a little bit to try to find a more comfortable positioning? I’m really loving the legs so far though! My practice partner and my kids are really enjoying it! I’m definitely not having trouble finding people to practice with 😀

Avatar
LaurenMahaney
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
September 6, 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
10
September 25, 2015 - 5:19 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 6

This one I had a fellow massage therapist help me out during my practice to make sure I was getting down the positions and movements. Very helpful! Getting my own leg positions correct made a difference because originally I was struggling using my body weight for the legs, especially when working on the IT band and using my whole body motion. I really do love the emphasis on using body weight and a straight back, I really do feel like I’m not just helping the person I’m working on feel better, I feel better as a therapist having some of that focus on my own body.

Is there a forum or link of some sort that includes the sen lines? I know they are important to thai and they are the lines we are working on so I wanted to see where they are and wanted to know if you had a recommendation for a chart we could use for that purpose.

Thank you!

Avatar
Shama
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 6605
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
11
September 25, 2015 - 11:29 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Please read this article which will answer your question about the sen lines:

Thai Massage And Traditional Sen Lines

I don’t know if you joined our new facebook group, but there is a thread in there started by Debra Chicken which talks about that. Here is the link to the facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThaiHealingMassageAcademy

Once you are in the group, here is the direct link to Debra’s post:

Debra Chicken’s facebook post about sen lines

Avatar
LaurenMahaney
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
September 6, 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
12
October 1, 2015 - 2:25 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 7

I loved the stretches, they are really effective! My partner was very very tight and even after the warm ups, struggled with the stretches. Even if I worked them very lightly, they really felt it in their adductor group. I’m looking forward to seeing more options in future modules to help them open up and maybe we can try these stretches again later! Either way, when we wrapped up the practice session, they still noticed a difference! I noticed one too! Their feet moved a little bit indictating they did start to open up in their hip. Very awesome!

Avatar
Shama
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 6605
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
13
October 1, 2015 - 11:03 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

There will be many more options coming up! Smile

Avatar
LaurenMahaney
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
September 6, 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
14
October 3, 2015 - 7:01 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 8

The hip pie is genius! I’ll never forget to do a variety of hip stretches with the hip pie 😀 I also really have to say throwing in the stretch specific for smaller therapists with taller clients is awesome! I’m 5’3″ with a practice partner at 6 foot so that really helped! I love the knee work and the rocking into the stretches the most, especially because knee work isn’t done very often and the rocking seems very soothing. Loved this module!

Avatar
Shama
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 6605
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
15
October 3, 2015 - 9:31 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Finally someone calls me a genius. I had been waiting for that one! Laugh

Avatar
LaurenMahaney
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
September 6, 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
16
October 11, 2015 - 11:22 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 9

I love the concept of “power and softness” and the scale. I have used scales in my massages so far and it is much better to ask them if they are a 7-8 over asking them if the massages feels “bad” or “good” which is too black and white. The spinal twist is amazing! It is up there with the Chi Machine and Hip Pie 😀 Still loving all the variations and options for power versions and options for short therapists and tall clients. I stuck to the more basic variations for my partner, but I love having the option of a power version for one I have a client who could use it 😀

Avatar
Shama
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 6605
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
17
October 11, 2015 - 9:33 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Asking if the massage is “good” or “bad” is not very useful. However I often ask if a particular technique or move feels “good”, “bad” or “neutral”. This can often be a good indicator as to the condition of this part of the body. If I know the move is supposed to feel good, and the client says it feels bad, then I know something is really stuck there in a major way.

And if the client says that it feels neutral, then I know that there is a blockage which prevents the free flow of energy. However this type of question is not meant to determine the pain scale. For that I use the one-to-ten scale questioning method.

Avatar
LaurenMahaney
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
September 6, 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
18
October 13, 2015 - 3:02 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Ahhh I see! I was taught asking if something feels good or bad plants the thought that it may not feel good and scales were always better. However, I see how using it for flow of energy is ideal. Thank you!

Avatar
LaurenMahaney
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
September 6, 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
19
October 13, 2015 - 3:11 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 10

For this module most of the stretches were too intense for my partner, at least right now, with the exception of the spinal twist. And I got to practice the short therapist to tall client version of the spinal twist! Still loving those extra helpful tips. As for the other stretches, I did do a brief practice with my children though and as always they loved it! The stretches are easier to do with them since they are still pretty flexible and they love the stretching part of thai massage since I can make it seem more interactive for them.

I am also very excited to see all that we have learned so far in a session in the next module!

Avatar
Shama
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 6605
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
20
October 13, 2015 - 3:45 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

If you regularly do Thai Massage on your kids, you can probably slow down or prevent the gradual stiffening process which is so endemic in modern culture with all our sitting habits. So that’s a worthwhile goal! 🙂

Forum Timezone: Asia/Bangkok

Most Users Ever Online: 81

Currently Online:
12 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

mwisdom: 186

DKThai: 174

Cindy Gogan: 86

Kathy McChesney: 84

Karin Secrest: 84

jurasan: 82

Newest Members:

Jeffrey L Evans

Duncan Andrew

James Walter

Ambrosia Noir

darlene stark

Ivanna Khorramshahgol

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 7

Topics: 1058

Posts: 15877

 

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 5

Members: 762

Moderators: 0

Admins: 1

Administrators: Shama