I have been receiving my videos for a little while now but I have finally been able to settle in and get into a routine to view them on a regular basis now. I had trouble with getting logged into the forum yesterday so I will be posting Module 1 and 2 today.
I really like, Shama, how you are fist laying a foundation for what Thai Massage can be, the use of energy and how things should flow, like a dance. In the west we have plenty of techniques and no real conversation about the energy between the client and therapist. Thank you for starting out and talking about our foundation for work first and putting an emphasis on these things.
I keep looking for a therapist in my area that takes their time and really listens to the body and muscles as they are worked on and I have yet to find someone who is truly tuned in. Usually it is like you say, use of technique 1, 2, 3 in sequence and move on, no real connection. I look forward to following through with the next videos.
Hi Linda, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and our forum. It looks like you got it all figured out, but just to make sure we are on the same wave length, please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list:
It sounds like the first module hit the mark with you. Since this is the theme of the course, I think you will enjoy the rest of the program! I am looking forward to following your progress!
I guess I forgot to hit "submit reply" when I wrote my Module 2 this morning so I will try to write it again.
Again, I appreciate the emphasis on the foundation of being relaxed, having the right mind set and using our bodies ergonomincally. One of the areas that was not covered when I went to massage school 14 years ago was body mechanics.
I am looking forward to learning both full-body sequence and singular area therapeutic techniques. I like having variety in my work. I enjoy helping relieve my client's discomforts with therapeutic massage but sometimes I need a break from working my brain and I enjoy the flow and rythym of doing a relaxation massage.
I tried your "chi machine" technique on my husband (my mother actually owns one of those machines). My husband has restless leg syndrome and suffers from insomnia, sometimes going 3-4 days without sleep. I tried the "chi machine" with him and he enjoyed it very much. Since I can't go for a long period of time I modified the technique by having him lay on the bed and I get on top of him on my hands and knees with his hips between my knees and my hands just above his shoulders. I can move his hips between my knees and this also has his whole body moving. This is very relaxing to him and the first time I did it I was successful at getting him to sleep. I would not do it this way with a regular client but since he is my husband I feel okay about using this modified position.
That's a creative modification! Actually one of the advantages of Thai Massage is that you can often do the same thing in a variety of ways. You will find this often throughout this course. Also the Chi Machine could be modified in several ways. One is by doing hip rocking from the side. I am jumping the gun a bit here. You will learn more about rocking moves later in the course.