I found Module 1 very interesting. I used to get very tired from giving western style massages on a table. I found my muscles were drained and my back could ache quite a lot, so the section on ergonomics made a lot of sense to me. I have practised the various sitting/kneeling positions and find them reasonably comfortable. I teach Yoga so that should help, however I will be sure to practise some of the kneeling positions for longer periods of time during my daily meditation to ensure that my knees are comfortable for longer periods of time. I also look forward to learning how to use all the different body parts as tools, instead of just the hands.
Hi Lisa, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and our forum!
In your bio you listed the two perfect reasons for yoga teachers to learn Thai Massage: Enhance your practice and offer it as an extra service. There are many yoga teachers here in the forum who learned Thai Massage for the same reasons through this course.
Yoga experience will give you an edge with Thai Massage, and you won't have any problems working on a floor mat. But for real Thai Massage sessions use something more comfortable than a yoga mat!
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I am looking forward to helping you succeed with this course!
Whilst practising the Chi Machine with my partner I tried a few slight variations in position of knee width for my position and found that the wider they were the more my partners hips moved. And also found that with elbows tucked closer to my body the movement was easier. I also tried lifting his legs (he doesn't weigh too much!) And this made the movement really quite big. He really enjoyed that. I easily managed 2 mins of the chi machine without fatigue which reassures that my position must have been about right. My partner said he felt a real energy change in his head and neck.
Looking forward to module 3!
I had to watch this a few times and make notes as there was lots of detail to take in around my own position as well the positioning of my partner.
It did indeed take quite a lot of flicking back through my notes to start off with, but once I'd found the right position for me, and paid enough attention to aligning my body and again the ergonomics of the movement, that is when my partner said it felt best and when we both felt more connected.
Ok, I am much happier now having gone through module 4! Breaking it down into the different foot directions and being reassured that the order is not too important makes it much more manageable. The new content of module 4, I am happy with as that is similar to what I have learnt in the past with normal massage. I have practised a little with my partner now, but I plan to recap the first 5 modules ( module 5 is sat waiting for me) over this weekend trying to link it all together into a nice flow. So I hope by the end of the weekend I can start from Chi Machine and work right the way through the feet without having to check my notes!! I will let you know how that goes!!
So I spent some time with my partner over the weekend going over the first 4 modules and this one for warming up the legs.
I'm much happier if I just think about the various directions the feet can be moved in and then making sure my body position is in a way where I am 'over' the point of pressure.
The leg warm up...This felt good and quite natural to perform again as it's not too dissimilar from what I have done in western massage, but felt nice to perform it on the floor again so that it's my body weight rather than arm muscles that make the moves and pressure. I find the breathing comes very naturally, which I am sure is because of my yoga experience. Am enjoying it.
I really liked this module. I liked the rocking action of my body to apply the pressure to the leg in the various positions. It felt very natural and my partner said it felt good. I still need to keep practising getting into position smoothly, as you suggest the best position, that will take time and lots of reviewing the videos again. If I'm not sure I just get into a position that feels comfortable and then check the instruction again afterwards.
Anecdotally, I found myself chopping vegetables this evening rocking my body weight forward and back to press the knife down!?
Very interesting what is say about the foot direction being an indication of what is happening in the hips. I have been aware of my right foot pointing out more than my left for a while now, since I fell off my bicycle and banged my hip! It has been getting better as I have been doing hip opening yoga postures...
I found some of these techniques a little awkward to start with, lots of little adjustments to get my body in a good position and with the 90degree hip foot push stretch, to get the right distance back, and a good grip. Once I had settled into position though, it felt good. My partner said the stretches felt deep? the videos are really very good! A tonne of information and very clear instruction.???
Really enjoyed this module. I had never thought about the 'hip pie' concept even though I could totally relate to it from stretches that I perform on myself and in teaching Yoga & Pilates... It is something I am going to use in class for my students to get the idea of changing the angles through the hip.
Using it in the Thai massage feels really good. My partner said the stretching felt very deep and he likes the rocking opening the hip joints. He also said the circular motion around each side of the knee felt really good and created lots of warmth in the joint. My partner is a similar size to me, but I have a volunteer who is about 6ft 4in...when he comes back from holiday I will try out a few of the legs stretches on him...see how I need to modify things! ??
6ft 4in will certainly be more challenging, but with proper ergonomics it can be done. I try throughout this course to offer alternatives and modifications for accommodating different body types and sizes.
Here in Thailand there are thousands of small and light female Thai Massage therapists who all work effectively on much larger western clients. You will be able to do the same.
You alway's seem to mind read in your videos! Whenever I think 'I wonder how that will work with someone heavy, or someone stiff..' you always start your teaching with how to deal with those people!?
I felt quite comfortable with the remaining leg work in module 9. I also used the 'hip pie' idea at the end of my Pilates class yesterday as a visualization for stretching out the hips. It went really well, the idea of stretching the leg with the hip at all the different angles. And after doing it myself, my hips feel great today! So an added bonus of learning Thai massage is the ability to apply it within these sessions too. Awesome!
We have a variety of ways how course students apply the material. Some are massage therapists who want to add Thai Massage to their repertoire, some are Thai Massage therapists who want to take their skills to a higher level, some are yoga teachers who want to integrate Thai Massage into their yoga classes, some are Pilates instructors, some are physical therapists, and some learn it to help a family member with health problems. I probably forgot some - but the fact is that Thai Massage blends very well with many different modalities and purposes. So you get to use it for both yoga and Pilates - great!
Great to try out some of the varations on the hip pie again to make the deeper stretches for more flexible people. I tried some on my partner who also practices Yoga. He found the intermediate position (I think you called it the 270° hip pie, but cant rememebr now) the nicest, offering a deep stretch but the next stage up was still a little too much.
The straight leg stretch, leg out to the side, was really good to practice and again I will use this in Yoga to deepen people's hastapadangustasana experience.
I am looking forward to the next module because I think you said it will have a kind of recap, where you show us how you put the leg stretches together in a sequence.