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Lisl Thomsen
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April 28, 2022 - 2:39 am
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Module 1

This first day of the course has me excited. I was pleasantly surprised to have the jumble of concepts that bump around in my head during sessions on clients (namely how their feet are or are not aligned) simplified and laid out for me. Thank you! 

I'll be working on my husband through this whole course, and he's an excellent one for it.

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Hi Lisl, welcome to the Thai Massage Hip Therapy certification program. If you need a refresher on how the forum posting works, you can find it here:

Certification Checklist

I am glad to hear that the first module simplified the jumble of concepts for you. Now on to the implementation where you will also find useful and simple, yet very effective concepts. Smile

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Module 2 

 As I've been practicing Thai massage for over 10 years, Module 2 offers nice review for the basics of working with the hip. I appreciate that you specify that rocking is not traditionally part of Thai massage, but that it's your addition to the therapy. I agree that rocking is relaxing and helpful in this application of hip relaxation.

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Shama, Thank you for the certification checklist. I reviewed it and I think I'm doing things correctly, however...my mind really struggles with forums and their structure, so I am challenged and may not be incorporating the information correctly. I thank you in advance for any corrections you provide.

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 Module 3 

Module 3 is also great review for me, with a couple new versions of moves I already use in the IT area. I have to say, it is so good to get to watch someone else practicing thai massage. I am in a Thai massage desert, compared to Thailand, where you can go out and recieve any day from so many different practitioners, and while receiving be able to watch the other practitioners in the room practicing. So different from here in the U.S. where we do our massages individually and behind closed doors.

My husbands hips are going to benefit so much from this course, he is a large body with tight hips. This work is so good for him!

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I have to say, it is so good to get to watch someone else practicing thai massage. I am in a Thai massage desert, compared to Thailand, where you can go out and recieve any day from so many different practitioners, and while receiving be able to watch the other practitioners in the room practicing. So different from here in the U.S. where we do our massages individually and behind closed doors.

This is so true, and it is why I like Thai Massage in Thailand better than anywhere else. The western concept of always hiding massage behind privacy concerns never appealed to me. Privacy is not something that people care much about in Thailand. Smile

In fact, Thais appear to be nosy to western minds with constant questions like "Where you come from?", "How old are you?", "Do you have a Thai girlfriend?", etc. Laugh

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Module 4

Thanks for the hip pie visual, I haven't heard that before, but it's a nice one.

This was a lot of review for me with a few new moves. I'm glad you take the time you do to carefully describe the different considerations for different flexibilities. I guess that some people are learning this for the first time and it's so important that they understand the different bodies and meeting the different bodies where they're at rather than forcing them through a sequence.

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Lisl Thomsen said
Shama, Thank you for the certification checklist. I reviewed it and I think I'm doing things correctly, however...my mind really struggles with forums and their structure, so I am challenged and may not be incorporating the information correctly. I thank you in advance for any corrections you provide.  

You are doing fine with the forum. I made a few small corrections, but it is all coming along just fine. Smile

As you said, I am not a fan of pushing sequences. I prefer creativity, appropriate modifications, and listening to the client's body. Sequences are great for learning Thai Massage initially, but for real therapy work they are not the best way to go about it.

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Module 5

A lot of review with some new moves and new perspective.

I love the knee on adductor move! I don't think I've used that one before. So great, again, to have the pie image for the different angles, such a good way to break it down and keep some structure of appropriate angles in mind, to refer to for the different needs of different bodies.

It makes me want to recieve a Thai massage 🙁

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"It makes me want to receive a Thai Massage." - Maybe someday you can train someone.

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Module 6

Thank you for the options for leveraging bigger legs in this module. The standing alternatives are definitely my speed..the shoulder/chest is a harder one for me. I've definitely done my version of standing modifications for this one when needed, but these are helpful.

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Module 7

Pie slice 7 is a great move but I rarely get clients flexible enough to do this move, so I like the rocking version. The crossed legged/more powerful stretch is a new one to me. Slice 8 is new for me completely, yippee! I don't think I've done the double forearms in that stretch. Definitely practice on the circling/rocking! Very fun to have these new challenges.

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"Pie slice 7 is a great move but I rarely get clients flexible enough to do this move, so I like the rocking version."  -  That's what mostly happened to me too with my clients. We need both versions to accommodate everyone. 

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Module 8

 This was completely review for me. I definitely tend to use my elbows on hips (specifically hips needing work) over any other part of my body, my elbows and forearms are my go to.

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Module 9

 More review, except the prone hip work...I do this, but I do the work with client's leg over my thigh and I tend to keep my other leg behind me...kid of hard to explain. Anyway...I don't think I've tried it how you present it here, with the clients leg wrapped over your one thigh and then snugly under your other thigh/tucked in your crotch....I think here in America that one wouldn't be prudent on just any client, particularly a male 🙂 that's America for ya!

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Module 10

Wow!!! Those are some powerful stretches! I'm going to have to get someone to do these to me just so I can understand better all the different places of leverage. It seems like some of these might agitate quirky knees....but maybe those clients aren't going to be getting these stretches anyway.

It's funny that you mention people concerned about sitting on clients butt, after my comment in the last module. I think the but sitting is quite minor.

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I think for someone with your background it is to be expected that this is not all new material for you. But if you got a few nuggets and a few improvements out of this course, it will be worth it for your practice. Smile

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Module 11

I love using feet for hip work, so I was happy to see it included. 

Mostly this course was review for me but there were definitely some new concepts and some new moves. And review is ALWAYS good and helpful in massage, so I appreciate the opportunity for it.

I look forward to trying some of the more intensive moves on a flexible client, as my husbands body will not take them. My husbands body does give me practice with maneuvering the larger, heavier limbs.

Thank you for this course!

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I am glad you got something out of it. Your certificates are on the way. Check your inbox.

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