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Leslie Weissglass Thai Foot Massage Progress Report
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Hi!  I am Leslie Weissglass.  I am very interested in Thai Yoga Massage, specifically on the massage table because I have a torn meniscus that I am healing without surgery.  I will be working through the course with my husband who had surgery years ago on his Achilles tendon.  He did not do the work to recover properly so I will try now to help him using this course as a guild line.  I will be working with him on the table so my questions may also relate to how to do specific techniques on the table.  He seems to need pillows under his knees because he has a bad back.  He has had surgery to remove pieces of his disc about 10 years ago.  I found it very interesting to learn about the energy lines.  I used my intuition more because I wasn’t so focused on each reflexology point.  I got out of my head and focused on energy lines on top and bottom of the foot.  I found it very interesting that there are only three lines that we will be working with on the bottom and top of the feet.  One to the big toe, one to the middle toe and one to the little toe.  Is there more information about the energy of each line?  I like the idea that there are many ways to work the lines.  I am trying not to use my thumbs too much so this will be a fun challenge for me.  When I use my thumbs i will try not to have straight pressure.  I really like the idea of using proper body mechanics from the get go.  I like the idea of wrapping your whole hand around the foot.  I am glad to have support for my thumbs. 

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Welcome to the Thai Foot Massage certification program and to our forum, Leslie. It seems like you managed to figure out where and how to post! Smile

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

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I already fixed something for you by adding your last name to your forum display name. What’s missing is that you write something in the bio section of your forum profile.

The first section of this course is demonstrated on a floor mat. The second section is done with the client sitting in a chair and you sitting on a stool as well. So that will be much easier for you. 

Regarding pillow support for your husband – it is always advisable to have pillows handy for those who are in need of extra support.

Regarding the energy lines on the foot, for the purpose of this course we use them primarily as a map to the foot to know what we are working on. There is more specific information on the energy lines available, however when you are done with the entire course, you will understand more how this all works and what the purpose of it all is.

The energy lines are not some magical, spiritual thing, but a way to stimulate energy flow in the feet. Just like reflexology points, they do stimulate certain functions in the body, but this effect is so subtle that for all practical purposes you will not notice such specific effects or changes.

I designed this course to be as therapist friendly as possible. So you will be able to work on the feet without hurting your thumbs, for sure! Smile

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Module 2

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I found that using the pillow for support was very helpful for my husband because his muscles are tight due to a long ago injury.  I had to use a larger pillow than the one you used in the video.  I was wondering why in the first technique in module one you went only in one direction but in techniques in module 2 you are massaging up and down the sen lines of the foot.  I practiced both the knuckles techniques and found them both easy and fun to do.  I like that it helps to save my thumbs, which have been acting up due to lots of massages in massage class.  It was great to not have to rely on my thumbs.  I am working on using my body mechanics and body weight in a better way.  I have been trying to focus on bending my elbows to apply pressure.  My client enjoyed the work on the broad surface of the foot using the forearms.  I still need to practice this as it is not coming as naturally as some of the other techniques.  I thought it was great for bending and twisting the foot out.  Since I have difficulty kneeling due to my injury, the cross legged position worked well for me.  Will I be able to get a copy of the foot massage manual when it becomes available?

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Yes, when I release the new version of the course, you can get access to the text material.

Regarding the direction of working on the sen lines, there are no hard and fast rules here. It does not affect the results of your work if you go into one direction or the other. It is more a matter of making it work well within a particular technique or generating a good feeling for the client.

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Hi I posted module 3 and I don’t seem to see the thread here.  Did I put it in the wrong place?

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Module 4

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I enjoyed learning how to use my forearms to work on the soles of the feet with the client in the side position as well as in the prone position.  The ankle stretches were very relaxing for my client and were easy for me to do.  Working on the soles of the feet with the client in the prone position using my knees, feet and fists where interesting.  I found using the knees awkward but am looking forward to practicing it.

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Module 5

Leslie Weissglass Thai Foot massage notes and thoughts

My client found the foot manipulation and stretches in the supine position very centering.  It helped them to relax the muscles and sink deeper into the massage.  I didn’t realize how many different ways the foot and ankle work.  It makes me more aware of my work on clients.  Now it is more logical and organized for me to understand and enjoy thinking about the foot in a different way.

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Module 3

Leslie Weissglass Thai foot massage notes and thoughts

I found the techniques in this module very interesting  It took me a little while to get the hang of the rhythm  It was helpful to slow down a bit.  I enjoyed focusing on the outer edge of my hand.  This was new for me.   My client relaxed as I worked up the lower leg.  I found this very comprehensive.  I especially enjoyed using the body to practice the flow.  I feel that the more I practice the better the flow and rhythm will be.  I used variable pressure in the hollow depressions which was very helpful.

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Regarding module 3 – what I suggest is to always copy your post into memory before submitting it. Then, if something goes wrong, you just re-paste it. You can highlight your post by hitting the Control and A key at the same time, and then copy it by hitting Control and the C key. Then, if you need to re-paste it, hit the Control and the V key. (If you are on a Mac, you would use the Command key instead of the Control key)

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Leslie Weissglass Thai Foot Massage Module 6

This module was very helpful for adding new techniques for a client with ankle problems.  I found the techniques for working on the toes very effective.  My client enjoyed the techniques to relax the ankles and feet  I found this especially effective after a good stretching workout.  I also enjoyed seeing how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together into a beautiful flow.

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Leslie Weissglass Thai Foot Massage Module 7

I am very interested in learning Thai foot massage as a completely separate modality.  I can see how by studying the material in this section i could build an entire practice or new income stream.  My client enjoyed sitting in the recliner as well as the massage table.  I  also enjoyed using the oil on the feet using the knuckles, which took pressure off of my thumbs.  My client thought the cross fiber technique on the top of the foot was very relaxing.  I wonder why you don’t think the wood tools are relaxing.  I have a stick and find it helpful to use in specific situations.  What are your thoughts?

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If a wooden tool is applied in a sensitive way, I have no problem with it. However I have received plenty of foot massage sessions where the therapist used a wooden stick and it felt pokey, painful and insensitive. This is easy to do since you just don’t have the feeling in a wooden stick which you have in your fingers.

If you are really good with using a wooden tool, then it is fine. However especially for new practitioners it is not a good idea to use wooden tools, at least until they have developed good sensitivity in their hands. That’s why I discourage their use. I don’t want therapist going around poking people and in this way neither developing the required sensitivity nor getting the feedback that comes from giving a wonderful foot massage.

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Leslie Weissglass Thai Foot Massage Module 8

I enjoyed going deeper into the Thai Reflexology System.  It was interesting to see how to apply reflexology on the floor mat  I think this will be very helpful if I want to blend some Thai reflexology with a Thai Massage session.  For me personally I find it easier on my body to use a recliner or massage table to do some of this work.  I like using jojoba oil because if seems to glide well but not leave the client greasy.  Can you recommend some essential oils that would work well with Thai massage.   I am also interested in hot herb compresses.  Working with right intensity for my client is very important to me and I found the power techniques very helpful on the soles of the feet. 

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Leslie Weissglass Foot Massage Module 9

I enjoyed learning the vast range of techniques for working on the toes and the top of the feet.  I think It can be helpful to know how I can extend foot massage into the lower legs.  I can see how it works so well with Thai reflexology.  There seems to be some over lap between the two.  I really appreciate the idea that Thai reflexology is a blend of different systems and you can use your intuition to make it enjoyable and unique for each client.

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Leslie Weissglass Foot Massage Module 10

The percussion techniques were great but a bit tricky.  I’m sure with practice I will feel more comfortable with them.  It is very important to know how to properly use the towel to clean the oil off of the feet while you are doing foot work.  I enjoyed watching the entire foot sequence and look forward to using it as part of my work with clients.  I feel like I have a good sense of how to perform a Thai reflexology session and look forward to practicing and becoming more confident and graceful.

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Regarding the essential oils – this is a matter of personal preference. I use Jasmin oil – however I think it is important to not use something which has a strong smell, or not use a lot of the essential oil, because some clients don’t like certain strong smells. Best to keep it a bit subtle.

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