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Modular 1

 

I’m excited to begin the journey to learning Thai Massage. I am a mother of five and licenced massage therapist. My husband will be my partner on this journey. The first video was a nice introduction I am already practicing some of the ergonomic tips that we’re presented.

 

Modular 2

 

Chi Machine, while I never heard of this particular technique I do find it relaxing. When performing it on my partner he did experience the tingling. I found at first I could not get the entire body to wiggle, but after trying it a few times and focusing on the hips I found the right position. Also I myself found the rocking relaxing. I’m excited to continue learning. 

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Hi Marilyn,

Welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage course.

Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list:
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Five kids – you are one busy mom! This course should work well for you since you can work it into your daily life right from home. Many of our students even practice on their kids, and they all seem to like it.

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Module 3

Had a bit of a hiccup getting this module not sure why but all is worked out now. I have always had a difficult time spending longer periods of time on the feet I didn’t understand how I could do much with this small area. After this video I realize I was very wrong there is so much involved with feet and so much you can do. My partner really enjoyed the foot work and I was surprised how flexible his feet actually were.

 

Module 4

 

With more foot work, I don’t understand how I thought the small area needed the least amount of time in my massages. I’m getting more comfortable moving with my moves as I work with the feet. My partner is enjoying all the practice as I learn by repeating the moves :)  I am enjoying this journey and look forward to the modules. I also think they are spaced out perfectly. Thank you until next time. 

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I have heard that from other students as well that they had never paid much attention to the feet, and this course changed their perception. Here in Thailand foot massage is super popular and very common. I regularly get a one hour foot massage here and I love it.

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Module 5 Leg Warm up

 

My partner enjoyed the leg warm up. I am learning how to move my body with the movements and so far am feeling good about it.

 

Module 6 Leg Warm up with forearms

 

I found this module most difficult with the moving around the body definitely going to have to practice that more. Also my partner is 6’2” and only 120 lb and not flexible so many of the forearm techniques and leg movements he did not enjoy. Could this be I am doing them wrong or that no matter where I work I got bone? I hope with more practice it will feel better. 

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It doesn’t matter how big or small or heavy or light someone is. The forearm leaning techniques can be done in a way that they feel pleasant. Try doing them very gently and focus on a feeling of softness. Make sure not to press with muscle power, and use your natural body weight.

Now, that being said, if someone is very skinny and bony, this might not be the ideal technique. In that case it would be better to switch to using hands, or maybe doing rocking techniques instead. That’s part of the art to learn how to pick the right techniques for a particular person. Not all techniques will work on everyone.

Granted, this advice cannot easily be implemented in the early stages of learning Thai Massage when your main focus is to learn all of the techniques. Once you get to the final stages of this training, you will have so many techniques available, and you will feel so much more flowing and natural, that you will be able to be much more discerning as to which techniques to use on someone.

Try to take this situation as a challenge and try to use the techniques on your partner in a way that feels better for him. This will help you fine tune them. Sure, the forearm technique is easier to do on someone who is well muscled, but if you work really gently and slowly, you should be able to make it feel reasonably good even on your present partner.

Another suggestion is to mainly use the rocking part of the sequence and try to make that feel good to your partner.

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Modular 7 Leg Stretches part 1

 

I am getting jealous of my partner. No, but really, the leg stretches look and feel so relaxing. My husband is not flexible so I have to incorporate some rocking but he enjoys them anyway. While doing the butterfly stretch I could not get the foot above mid calf and even then the knee needed two pillows under it. He said it felt fine but it looked odd to me. Is that ok or should I have had the foot at an even lower position on the leg? 

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You can position the foot lower, but it sounds to me like he would benefit more from some motion techniques to loosen things up around the hip. Some of those are coming up in the next couple of modules.

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Modular 8 Leg Stretches part 2

With all the snow we have been getting here I have been practicing but have not had time to do my write ups online so I will be catching up. The kids have already missed 10 days over the last month due to weather. But they enjoy watching me practice. I like the visualization of hip pie in this video. My husband really enjoyed the calf work. I am becoming more aware on using my body instead of muscle to do the work. 

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Modular 9 Leg stretching 3

 

I massage a client who just will not relax I have told them relax a million times but she just can’t seem to do it. I used the bouncing on her and found her relaxing more then usual. By doing the bouncing and gentle spinal twist I’m hoping as she gets more comfortable with it she will finally relax.

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The more you will learn about rocking techniques, the more you will find that it is almost impossible not to relax when this is done to you as a client. There is some good material coming up in module 14 about that.

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Modular 10 Leg Stretches 4

 

I realize I need to work a bit more on my breathing with the work. I feel my body is moving well and my technique is improving but my breath is not constant with my movements. Living all the leg stretches but wondering do you talk with the client throughout first session  to learn there comfortable stretch area or end zone of the stretches? 

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Actually there is an entire module about client communication coming up at the end of this course. And throughout this course you will hear more about that including a very specific method to gauge how far you can go with the stretches. It’s called the one-to-ten method.

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Module 11- summery session 1

I enjoyed this lesson. Putting everything we learned so far together. The movements are coming along but I still find myself getting confused on how to move gently around my client as I switch positions. With more practice I know this will improve. 

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Module 12- Hip Stretches

I like how different versions of stretches are shown for the same muscle group. I see how this would be beneficial when working on different types of clients. I also like and use the idea of after you stretch a muscle group use rocking to relax it. Singing however I have not done before so that will be interesting to see how clients feel about it. 

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“Singing” – are you talking about singing a song to your clients, or do you mean sinking into a muscle? Laugh

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Above auto correct singing was suppose to be swinging.

Module 13- completion of hip pie

Scooping was a new concept I have never considered, however, after much practice I found clients enjoy this technique. I do not find asking about pain on a scale works for me. I feel people try to be tough and body language is showing a different story. So I find asking would you like to go deeper into this stretch or back off a little. I get a better response for me.

 

Module 14- Hip Rocking

Such a wonderful lesson. So many people work back pain really enjoy hip rocking. The release of all the tension is amazing. 

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Whatever questioning works for you is fine. There are no hard and fast rules how to go about that. Smile

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Module 15 Abdomen and Chest

I find clients are nervous about abdominal work. But once I have done it, they really enjoy it. I do have a question, on a larger client when doing the rolling the thumbs under the rib technique, if they are to large to have a footing on either side of them without feeling like your sitting on there lap can you do this from the side? 

Module 16 Shoulders

My husband said he particularly liked the techniques learned in this lesson. The shoulder work felt really good and the foot shoulder row was particularly enjoyable. 

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You could theoretically do it from the side, however you really have to twist your body in order to do it. In other words, it is bad ergonomics. In such a situation it is better to just skip this technique rather than twisting yourself in an uncomfortable way.

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