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Marina Pakhomin - Complete Thai Massage Course Progress Notes
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Even though, I have an experience in Thai Massage, in this video I noted some new tips that definitely will improve my practice. Squatting is the therapist position that we've never discussed in the school I was attending and I find it can be very helpful. I knew that ergonomics and breathing are very important in Thai Massage and I was always trying my best to remember and implement those techniques, but without understanding what im doing. We were just told that we have to practice this way. Now, with explanation why we need that I have better understanding and its much easier to follow these rules without really controlling it. It feels like swimming in the flow.Smile

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Hi Marina, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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I already changed your display name to your full name so that you can be found easily.

Also please fill in your bio section in the forum profile, so that I know where you are from and what your healing arts background is.

I am looking forward to reading about your "swimming" with Thai Massage! Smile

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It is interesting how intuitively I was doing on my clients something like Chi Machine. I just thought that it would be nice to shake a bit legs after some good leg stretches, but I was doing in a wrong way. The technique you showed is much easier and my "victims" 🙂 said it feels more comfortable and relaxing. It feels good on me too - less muscle work. 

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Sometimes less is more, like in the case of the Chi Machine. It takes very little effort, and has a big effect.

By the way, please don't forget to fill in your bio in your forum profile.

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Every single move you introduced in this module was new for me. Took me some time to synchronize the second move (with circular body motion:) as you said. The push-pull-rotate also didnt work for me at first. But with practice, I feel, I become better. Smile

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I found it's easier to follow conceptual way of remembering moves. It really helped in my subsequent practice. Now I'm practicing all moves you showed, but it might be a problem to chose only few if I would have to -they all feel so good! 🙂

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Better too many techniques than not enough! Laugh

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In the routine I've learned before we didn't do warm up (just few rounds of very slow sen lines work). I found it is very important to do this first. My friends say that it feels much more relaxing and beneficial to get massage when I do warm up first rather to go straight to the stretch. I noticed that the stretches I did after warm up were a bit deeper and felt more comfortable on my friends. Now I do not hurry on warm up and give it a good time. 

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My teachers of Thai Massage were great and I've got good knowledge from them and some valuable techniques, but you give so much deeper understanding and share with us your precious experience! I can't stop thanking the God I've found your school. 

Thank you, Shama! 

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Thanks Marina, I appreciate the kudos!

Definitely it is not a good idea to go straight into heavy duty stretches. You could easily hurt someone with this approach. Warm-up is necessary before stretches, and in many cases it can be the preferred way of working on someone who cannot handle the stretches for whatever reason.

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This warm up is great. It really prepares muscles for the good stretch. Could be used as only technique for people with some issues. I was always refusing to give massage to a friend with congenital hip joint abnormality. I did it on her very gently with lots of props and she was very happy to finally get Thai Massage. 🙂  Locking a leg is very useful and necessary as well.

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It is totally possible to give a full Thai Massage without any stretches, just using warm-up, compression, and rocking moves. This can be ideal for clients with certain problems, sensitivities or very low pain tolerance. One example would be the very elderly.

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I find working with my forearm is very useful whenever my fingers get a bit tired, as well as my position (when I slide under clients tight) is kind of resting for me. The sen lines work, as my clients say, feels very nice on them, but personally for me I still cant feel anything while it's performed on me (while I was taking classes in Montreal we did massage on each other). I just know its benefits and try to be aware of them. But still the sen lines is a bit ambivalent technique for me. Maybe I should take thai massage from professional to feel how exactly it have to be felt.  

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You know, the sen lines are often overrated in terms of what you can feel. I don't feel anything specific either if someone, even a good therapist, works on my sen lines. There is not some fireworks going off or your third eye opens or something like that. Laugh

They are more like a map of the body which the therapist uses to work on you. Western therapists use anatomy as a map of the body, and eastern therapists use sen lines as a map of the body. And yes, they are associated with certain effects, but in general you won't feel that while receiving the massage.

It's the same in reflexology. Just because the therapist works on a point which is related to the heart, let's say, you won't feel anything in your heart during the session. There might be subtle effects and shifts after a good session, but don't expect too much when it comes to feeling something right then and there.

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Very useful information about how from foot angle to see the hip alignment. Would be great to have more clues like that! 🙂 It gives more professional approach to massage. The stretches with butterfly hands and walking on hamstring I learnt before, but differently. Im very happy to add to my routine another way of doing it. The old way and the new way both feel great on my clients, but I come up with the idea that I can use one way or another depends on the flow. Different ways of doing same stretches also give more professional look. The last stretch is totally new for me and I loved it! Took me a bit long to do it with confidence, but it worth it. It looks so simple, but feels so good. I have a friend who now asks me for that move. 

Even though I was familiar with some moves, your tips about do's and dont's are very good and help me to be aware of what I'm doing more. 

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Again I'm referring to my previous experience in thai massage. We learnt also some (not big) variety of moves from which we could choose what we need, but anyway lots of people were out of my league (I'm small) and I didn't want to work with males - they big and heavy. The moves I could do were not even enough for 1 hrs massage. I'm happy you give us the different ways to do moves depending on body structure of therapist/client. I started to think how I can do the move I would like to do with the most comfortable way for me and a client. Now I see it is possible. My vision becomes wider and it is really fun to follow my intuition rather than following same routine. Now I'm still trying to follow some general sequence, but I don't get stuck with moves. I change them depends on how I feel. At least I do it with legs Laugh.

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I am glad to hear that this course helps you to open up more options and possibilities for your Thai Massage work! 🙂

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Time to time I get clients who have trouble to relax and shaking is very helpful for this problem. Very nice moves for hips. I did them all on my yogi friend before her practice and she said it's very helpful for hip opening asanas. 

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Module 10

The stretches from this module are familiar to me but after your instructions, I have a deeper understanding how to do it properly, how to improve myself. I notice I become more aware of what happens to my client's body.

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Good - you are developing more sensitivity. That will keep on increasing with practice, and it is what distinguishes mechanical Thai Massage from the fluid, intuitive healing art.

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