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Marie Wintzer
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November 12, 2022 - 3:49 pm
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Module 1 -

I was really excited to start this course, and I can already tell that it will bring me a lot. 

First of all I wanted to thank you for the precious advice about how to avoid thumb injury. It is the first time I am learning actual solutions to this very common problem for massage therapists, and I really appreciate that. I will make good use of this advice! 

The technique you are teaching looks so natural and beautiful when you are doing it on the video, but it is indeed a little bit tricky at first. I am currently practicing on rolled up towels Laugh while waiting to be able to practice more seriously on my husband (we live in different cities).

Being on my toes feels alright, but somehow the rocking forward movement creates some strain on my wrists (almost hurting). Instead of my body weight being translated into thumb pressure it is all going into the wrists instead! So strange... I must be doing something wrong. Do you have any idea what it could be?

Do you think it would be possible to use this kind of thumb pressure while simply kneeling down with knees open (similar to your position in module 2) ?

Thank you so much for your feedback! 

Cheers!

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November 14, 2022 - 4:51 am
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Hi Marie, welcome to the Thai Foot Massage certification program. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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Regarding your wrists hurting - the most likely explanation is the wrist angle. If this is a little bit off, you will feel it. The wrists could be too much bent, or too much bent sideways. You can adjust that by playing with the angle of your arms until the strain disappears. The idea is to keep the hands and forearms as much as possible in a straight alignment without too much bending. More bending equals more strain.

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November 14, 2022 - 2:48 pm
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Thank you Shama, I will play around it a little bit and see if it gets better.

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Try opening your legs out wider. That should straighten out the wrist angle more.

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November 15, 2022 - 2:55 pm
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Thank you Shama, I shall try this too. 

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November 24, 2022 - 4:18 am
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Ok, I finally got to practice on a real person Laugh

Wrists and thumbs feel alright now. I tried to open the knees a little more as you suggested. The distance from the client's feet also makes a big difference, as you mention in the video. My elbows still want to be outside of my knees for some reason. 
Feedback form this technique was that it felt good, but pressure could be stronger. My husband likes strong thumb pressure in general, so I don't know if this would apply to everyone. I guess I could lean in more efficiently for people who like strong pressure.

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Module 2 -

Thumb kneading the 3 lines of the soles - this was more difficult than I had anticipated. When I practiced on a stuffed glove it felt very easy and I was looking forward to trying it out. On a real person, the leg kept slipping out of the half lotus position and had to be readjusted several times. The movement itself also felt messy when I did it on a real foot. I lost coordination very quickly. I will continue practicing this as I really want to use this one, I know that it should feel amazing.

Knuckle pressure on the 3 lines of the soles - this one was very well received. It felt easy and comfortable for me as well. The version where the top of the foot is supported works better than the supported ankle version for me and my model.

Forearm pressure on the sole - it was quite difficult to find the proper position for this technique. Although I feel comfortable sitting cross legged in general, it didn't work at all in that position. Kneeling was a bit better, but the problem was that the sole of the client's foot was perpendicular to the floor no matter what I tried, so I couldn't really lean in with my forearm. Feedback was that it didn't do much. I could tell! 

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"Feedback from this technique was that it felt good, but pressure could be stronger."  -  The closer to the feet you are, the less body weight you have for leaning in. If you move back more, you can apply a lot more weight when leaning into the feet. So for your husband move back a little, but this is definitely not a recipe for every client.

"Forearm pressure on the sole - it was quite difficult to find the proper position for this technique."  -  I suggest that you re-watch the video and take another look at how I position myself exactly. It is just a matter of finding the right angle and position. After a while it will fall into place and then it will be quite easy. Keep experimenting with your position and the angles until you find the position where it 'clicks'. 

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OK, thank you! Yes, that makes sense. I will try again. I have watched the video several times and still find things that I've missed! Smile

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