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Module 1:

 

Watching module 1 was very informative. I have a very basic knowledge of Thai yoga massage but even just in module 1 I learned a great deal more! I had no idea there were so many different techniques that can be used for massage. Also, I knew of a few touch tools but this module showed me quite a few more. I have used simple Thai massage in my restorative yoga classes and my students love it. I feel that these new techniques and tools (like rocking and using my knees/feet) will benefit my students even more!

As a yoga teacher I think the therapist positions and the breathing techniques will come naturally for me. However, learning and remembering to use my body weight and not my muscles will be more challenging, I’m sure. I often use my hands to gently add pressure and massage in my restorative classes, but this video explained why sometimes my wrists hurt – from using more muscular force and not my body weight. 

I have enlisted my husband and my children to practice on and they are very willing participants!

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Hi Lisa, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course! 

Your yoga background will be very helpful. Regarding working with only body weight and not muscle power – this is something which many massage therapists struggle with. Muscling people is actually a bad habit, but a very common one unfortunately. After you go through this course, you won’t have this habit and your wrists won’t hurt either!

That’s great that your family is willingly enlisted, so you already have a few different body types to work on. That’s much better than only practicing on one person all the time.

As standard procedure, to make sure that we are on the same wave length, I always post a link to our certification tutorial at the beginning of new threads. It looks like you got it all figured out, but take a few moments and have a look at it:

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December 17, 2015 - 9:42 pm
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Module 2

 

I love the concept that the moves (or poses) are just a small portion of a great massage! I know this to be true with yoga too. You can have the most well put together sequence but if you don’t add any personality or love the class will fall short. I’m happy to know that massage is the same way, and it makes sense. The energy we have going into an activity is what the other person will feel.

I enjoyed learning our first technique too! The chi machine was interesting. I tried it on both of my daughters, my younger one was able to relax and enjoy it (and i was able to easily get her whole body moving) but my older daughter wasn’t able to relax as well so I couldn’t effectively get her body moving as shown in the video. We will keep trying! She needs to learn to relax a bit 🙂 and I like the practice.

Yesterday I spent time in each of the therapist positions to get my body used to them. My feet definitely need the practice, but it wasn’t as hard as I expected.

I am excited for the next module to come! 

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You might want to watch this video which shows how to get used to the Thai Massage positions:

Getting Used to Thai Massage Positions

That will be a useful challenge for you – getting your older daughter to relax more! 🙂

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i have watched video 3 three times now. It is full of information! I had no idea there could be so many ways to massage someone’s feet.

I have practiced on both of my kids and my husband and the one technique that is definitely the most challenging for me is the second one – the circular movements of my body aren’t quite natural yet, but the hands movements are getting more natural. I just need more practice!

I have noticed already that I am able to sit in the therapist positions longer without discomfort and that my wrists aren’t sore! I am using my whole body more now.

i added the chi machine and the foot techniques together for my husband and he really liked it! I can’t wait to add more on!

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I can predict that there will be quite a few more sections of the course where you will be amazed how many ways there are to work with a particular area, like shoulders, or hands, or the back. Thai Massage is highly versatile.

I am glad to hear that your body is adjusting to the therapist positions.

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Module 4

 

I am really loving the way you have laid out the videos! I can see why there are so many – there are so many techniques to learn! 

I liked the review of the movements of the feet, I found that very helpful.

I also like the focus on how things feel as opposed to memorizing a bunch of moves, I think that is how to really become good at anything that has to do with the body – feeling and tuning in.

My family loved the foot work from this module especially the work on the inner and outer edges of the feet! 

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Module 5 is my favourite so far! All of the movements are so beneficial for my family (everyone loves to run around and play sports but doesn’t stretch!)

The therapist positions have become second nature and are very comfortable.

I feel like the thigh warm up with both hands (butterfly hands) was when I really felt myself able to rock and lean in. It seemed quite natural and made sense in my body!

I definitely need to practice the thigh push/pull move more, I wasn’t quite getting it yet.

It already feels like my body is able to tell when to back off and when to keep going or lean in more! 

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It sounds like you have a natural knack for doing Thai Massage the right way. It will get a little more challenging from here on with all the leg stretches, but I suspect you will take that in a stride! Smile

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i really enjoyed learning all the different leg warm ups in this video. I practiced them a lot on my husband and my running partner and they both liked them a lot! My running partner especially loved the IT band/outer thigh move. She noticed a decrease in her knee stiffness the day after our run!

I have also found that I am able to move around much easier now, and after practicing over the holidays a lot, I don’t need my notes as much. It seems more intuitive!

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That’s exactly what it’s supposed to become – more intuitive. While this may not happen so much in the beginning, the goal is to be a creative, intuitive, tuned in healing artist.

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I loved learning more about how to determine if people have imbalances in the hips! As a yoga teacher, I have been able to learn how to read people’s bodies, so this lesson made so much sense to me!

my husband loves the elephant walking technique on his legs. He said it really helped loosen his inner thigh.

I think learning the rhythm of the 90 degree thigh stretch (where the therapists foot/feet are on the bottom of the clients thigh and the hands pull the legs back) will take some time to get right. I could do it but it seemed choppy. I need More practice on that technique for sure! 

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Just imagine how much better it will all become in a few months when you complete the entire course! The body reading is a very useful skill, and you have a jump start on this with your yoga experience.

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Module 8

 

Using the hip pie idea was so helpful! It was so much easier to remember the different ways the leg could be stretched when I remembered the pie! 

All of the calf stretches were fantastic! My husband and running partner loved them, and they weren’t too difficult to learn or execute.

Thank you for giving so many variations for the bent knee hip opener stretch! My husband has tight hips and I was able to start at ‘easiest’ stretch and move my way up to the more intense stretch, and he really noticed a difference. 

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You will find that I show variations and modifications for most stretches in this course. Without that you would just have a mechanical, inflexible sequence, and that’s not what we want!

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Module 9

 

this module has some of my favourite leg stretches!! I was able to easily learn the different movements for the leg in this one and my husband really liked them! 

I am happy to have learned the variation for taller clients/shorter therapists as my husband is a foot taller than me and most of my friends are also quite a bit taller. Extending the leg to lean in on my shoulder allowed me to still give a great stretch but it was much easier on me!

I am really enjoying this course so far. I have learned so much, and been able to implement some techniques into my yoga teaching, which is amazing!! 

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Module 10

 

This video continued from that wonderful spinal rocking twist! Both my husband and my running partner loved that move a lot! 

I also liked the refresher on the anatomy of a Thai yoga massage move. It all seemed to make much more sense now after learning and practicing a variety of movements and techniques. 

The leg stretches in this video were very intense for my husband so I had to stay at the gentlest version of them and only move a little bit. My running partner is more flexible and I was able to try the more intense versions of these movements. 

The calf stretch in this video was fantastic for my running partner! I am so excited to start putting these movements together into a more cohesive sequence! 

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This sounds all very encouraging. You are clearly doing a good job learning the techniques. I know many course students incorporate some Thai Massage moves into their yoga classes. I would be very curious to know what techniques these are and how you incorporate them.

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I have added in some of the leg warms ups into my restorative yoga classes. I love using the elephant walking when my students are lying in savasana or reclining butterfly pose. 

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I found this video extremely helpful! Being able to see the flow of movements/techniques really helped me understand the whole concept even more.  I now see it as a flow rather than a bunch of individual movements. I also remembered some techniques that I had forgotten! Thank you! I would love to see more sequencing videos too! 🙂

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