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Leslie Neuses’s Complete Thai Massage Course Notes
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December 28, 2023 - 11:01 pm
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Module 1 : 

So glad to be here and so happy for this format for learning! I appreciate being able to go at my own pace and time, but really appreciate the accountability of having to think, interact, and assimilate information into a post here. I really appreciate that each module has multiple parts to really enhance the experience beyond watching a video and practicing the move, particularly excited for the Thailand experience! The most transformative massage I’ve received was a thai massage, after watching module one I had more clarity about why that was. There was no force, no effort, it was a harmonious experience where our energies matched and the therapist understood what my body needed. How exciting to know that I’ll be learning to do the same thing! Opening energy lines, working with breath, “feeling” what a client needs, and bringing peaceful energy to my clients. What joy! Also very excited for the movement benefits I’ll receive using the different stances. I started practicing kneeling and half kneeling today! 

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Hi Leslie, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our Certification Checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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Also I did not see a certification registration from you yet. We need that for our records. You can find this form by clicking on the 'Certification Information' banner in the sidebar of your membership portal. That takes you to our Certification Tutorial page. If you scroll down, you will find the 'Certification Registration' section. There is a link to the registration form on there.

I read your bio: "Mostly a combo of Swedish, myofascial, reiki, and a good dose of intuition." That intuition will serve you very well in Thai Massage.

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Thanks for sending in the certification registration form. Smile

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Module 2:

I've been remiss in completing my forum posts here! I'll start catching up! The emphasis on right posture, right move, right mood... such an excellent way to start these modules and each session. "Does it feel right" has become a mantra in my mind while working  with practice partners. A great reminder for my ergonomics, my energetic state, and the flow of my work. I know it makes the experience better across the board! 

Chi Machine!! WHAT A DELIGHT!! As soon as I watched this video (2 months ago- yikes!) I started practicing the chi machine with my thai practice partners and my intuitive bodywork clients. The feedback has been wonderful - every thing from feeling like I'm shaking out the cobwebs, to feeling a rush of energy through their body, to feeling like I'm opening pathways up and down their body. I  was doing focused work on a client today and skipped the chi machine and she actually stopped me and said "hey, aren't you going to do that shaking thing?" The truly remarkable thing is the grounding I experience when performing the chi machine. When I'm standing with my intuitive bodywork clients its like rods of energy straight down my legs and into the earth. And when kneeling with my thai practice partnerts, a great connection between my root chakra and the earth. Such a wonderful way to begin or end a session! Thanks for sharing!

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Wow, what a great feedback on the Chi Machine! Smile

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Module 3- 

Who doesn't love a good foot massage?! Most of my current clients really appreciate foot work, but I find that I get very tired arms and hands. After watching your videos it was like a lightbulb went off! Of course my arms and hands are tired. I  haven't been using my whole body! I love the emphasis this program has on correct alignment and using the power of the WHOLE body to create movement in the client's body. I especially appreciate you calling attention to how your whole body is rocking and moving with each technique. 

I'm noticing that I still struggle with knowing exactly where to kneel for optimal contact with the client's feet and that I have to do a little shuffling and repositioning at times, which feels clunky. Sometimes I feel like I'm leaning more than I anticipated to make contact. I suspect as my confidence with kneeling, positioning myself, and with using my body so wholly continues to grow this will be less of a moment of focus. I also suspect as my knees grow more limber this will be less of a finding. 

Feed back so far on Thai foot massage- my practice partner that rarely allows foot work as it's too ticklish reported that this is the first foot massage he's received that he could actually relax and enjoy. Other practice partners report their feet feeling more energized, more "open" after massage. My 7 year old son decided after it was his turn to be the practice partner that he will grown up to provide Thai massage too, so that we can work together-a high honor as just last week he was going to grow up to be a Ninja Spy.Wink 

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"I'm noticing that I still struggle with knowing exactly where to kneel for optimal contact with the client's feet and that I have to do a little shuffling and repositioning at times, which feels clunky."  -  Of course it feels clunky in the beginning - that's normal. But this is exactly the way to learn it by shuffling and repositioning yourself.

Your son is stepping up in the world. I think nowadays Thai Massage therapists are far more useful than Ninja spys. Laugh

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Module 4-

I loved the reminder here to not over complicate things, to not memorize a sequence but instead to "feel your way through". I appreciated the reminder that there are simply put 8 ways to work with the foot instead of emphasizing specific "moves". That simple reminder has helped me stay present in my practice sessions rather than wondering "what comes next?". I also appreciated the way that module 4 reviewed briefly and then built on module 3. It made for much less overwhelm. I especially appreciated the slow and methodical demonstration of moving from one let to the other. I'm still feeling a little clunky during practice, but it's getting better and better! Practice clients and I both identified that it would be helpful to have a pillow or bolster to support the knee when you bend the knee to roll out the bottom of the foot, so that will be something I make sure to have on hand in the future!

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A variety of pillows come in very handy for all kinds of techniques in the course, as you will see.

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