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LucretiaVinsonLMT
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November 13, 2015 - 7:39 am
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Module 1

So far this module has proved to be a true experience.  As a Western style massage therapist it takes some getting used to really focusing on the quality of touch and working with my body weight instead of an isolated body part that I put pressure on with one or two hands.  At this time its tough to get used to the floor mat.  While practicing on my partner he noticed that the touch is different when the therapist focuses on breathing and is comfortable with there body (particularly when in a squat or kneeling). I practiced using my forearms and did a little rocking with my partner but for some reason it did not feel comfortable.  I assume that a flow will come as I practice more and more.  I noticed that I may need to take a yoga class or do some stretching myself in order to feel comfortable in the positions of the therapist.

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November 13, 2015 - 8:50 pm
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Hi Lucretia, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and our forum. It looks like you have it all figured out, but as a matter of standard procedure, I always post a link to our certification check list for your reference:

Certification Check List

Next – about your getting used to Thai Massage positions. Don’t expect too much of yourself during the first module. Sure, there is a period of adjustment, and many students have experienced that. However this course takes several months to complete, and you will definitely get used to it long before the end of the course, more likely in the first few weeks.

For your inspiration, here are a few short videos which you might find useful:

Exercising for Thai Massage therapists

Toe, Knee And Ankle Exercises For Thai Massage Therapists

Developing Balance For Knee Work

You don’t have to get all this right immediately. These are just some helpful ways to get your body more in sync with Thai Massage.

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November 17, 2015 - 10:23 pm
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Shama,

I am having trouble opening the links you gave as suggestions and this is the error message I received after clicking on all the links.

“The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.    The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.  Please contact the website owners to inform them of this problem.”

I look forward to hearing from you.

Lucretia Vinson LMT

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November 17, 2015 - 10:44 pm
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I clicked on all the links and it worked perfectly. I imagine there must have been a temporary issue with either internet connection or something with the server of my site. Please try it again since it is working fine for me.

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Module 2

This module while practicing has proven to me  that ergonomics must be adhered to although some positions for the Practitioner are still a bit difficult for me.  After practicing on my partner several times and doing stretches prior to performing the “Chi Machine” I realized the more relaxed I was the more my mind and body focused on the task at hand.  My partner mentioned that when I was relaxed he felt like I knew what I was doing when I wasn’t relaxed he questioned what was about to happen next.  I have incorporated a lot of stretching and I am working to feel good in my own skin (hence looking into taking Bikram Yoga).  I have such a flow with table massage and I really want that flow with Thai massage.  I watched this video several times and worked on my presence going into the “Chi Machine”, since it is the first time touching the client prior to the session starting, so that it was smooth and uninterrupted by my feeling uncomfortable sitting on my ankles.  It took me several times to really feel comfortable with the movement of my hips and seeing my partners hips and whole body moving. I noticed that with my partner it was better for me to hold his feet in my hands versus laying them on my thighs.  I assume this will be different depending on the size of the client.

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You had a good realization about working in a relaxed way. The correct ergonomics is an entire art by itself. This takes some time to develop. Thai Massage is so movement intensive that there are so many different ways how to position your body correctly. This is something you will have to work up to, so don’t feel bad if it doesn’t feel quite right in the beginning unless you were a master Thai Massage practitioner in your previous life. Laugh

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