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August 8, 2013 - 4:51 am
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Well I have officially begun the new Thai back massage program. After reading and watching all of the material in the intro video and module 1 and 2, I eagerly await the arrival of the next videos. The quality is excellent Shama and I like the syllabus and a bit more technical orientation. This is going to be a very good therapeutic training. Thanks

 

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I started including more technical, theoretical and anatomical information in my recent courses, like in the latest edition of the Knee Therapy course, the Thai Back Massage course, and the soon to be released Thai Massage For Sciatica course. Over time I am planning to upgrade some other courses along the same lines as well. It's a lot more work, so it is quite time consuming. The Thai Back Massage course took me 3 months to complete.

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August 14, 2013 - 9:07 pm
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I am officially rolling through the course now and thrilled with the new material. I am glad to see you addressing postural issues and alignment and also covering lordosis, kyphosis and scioliosis. You see all types of backs and many extremes in each category. I have quite a few folks that have scoliosis and it makes sense. When the back is off it throws everything else off, the hips, knees etc. As a trainer I am glad you are addressing those issues that Thai will not help and need to be addressed by strengthening specific areas to balance the joints and correct weak areas. Beginning Module 4. 

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I am glad to see that so far everyone appreciates the theoretical modules that I included in this course. I will keep working on those for other courses as well. From now on you will be in familiar territory with the practical section.

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August 16, 2013 - 10:44 pm
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Completed module 4 and 5. I have seen many of these techniques and use some of them but a nice refresher course. I still always learn something new or find something I didn't catch earlier. Rolling on.

 

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You will be rolling into exciting territory soon! Laugh

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August 26, 2013 - 11:11 pm
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Completed 6, 7 and 8, 9 and 10. As always I pick up things and am refreshed in all I watch.  

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Completed module 11, 12 and 13. I love the knee technique near the end of module 13. I have several larger clients I am excited about trying this on.

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Large clients is what I work on most of the time. I often do sessions which are 70 percent hands free. I have learned my lesson that I have to take care of my hands when doing intense therapy work. Recently I have been doing lots of knee work on hip, shoulders, back, and arms. They come in really handy for large and muscled clients.

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Completed module 14 and 15. I enjoy the many back stretches. I am beginning to create a few variations of my own also.

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Module 16 and 17. I love all of Thai massage and find a usage for most aspects of it. I am, however, a yogi, so some of the assisted stretches are what drew me to Thai in the first place as well as partner yoga. I do not use the exotic back stretches on heavy stiff people. It can hurt them but also can get myself injured. For those with the flexibility though, the deeper back stretches and assisted stretches are heaven. We use them in partner yoga and I am able to use these on my drill team ladies and yoga and pilates teachers. It makes for great pictures and promotion but isn't realistic for most of my clients. My experience has been that those who can't or are afraid of these moves, tend to not try Thai if I can't explain it to them. They see a poster and say "I can't do that or I don't have that kind of flexibility." I have to insure that people understand that Thai is adaptable for everyone. We need pictures that convey Thai massage is very different but not so different that it seems out of reach for the average person. That being said, many of these stretches rock and are just plain fun with the right group!!!!!  

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This is what I really love about Thai Massage. There is such an incredible variety of things you can do with it. However it does take quite some knowledge and discretion to learn what you can use on whom, because you clearly cannot take all Thai Massage techniques and just use them on everyone. That's why good Thai Massage has quite a learning curve.

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The spinal twists are just awesome. There are several that I had not seen or at least the variations you showed. I have several of the yogi types that require more and found everything I wished for in several of your variations of prone and supine spinal twists. I haven't been using any rocking techniques in these twists either,  so I like that concept to relax those who are having trouble letting go. The back traction technique where the client places their hands behind your back is great also when the arm length and size is good. The back series is really a great contribution.

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I figured you would appreciate the stretching part of the course. I pretty much pulled out all the stops on that one. Not everyone will be able to do all those stretches, but that's where your yoga background comes in real handy.

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Yes, I am at work still so looking foward to going home and trying a few special ones on the yogi wife! She has such a rough life with me doing all this Thai massage practice. LOL Ill be glad when she can reciprocate......

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It's great to have a yogi wife who is interested in getting into the massage end of things as well. Especially when it becomes reciprocal.

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I have now completed the course modules through 21 and I am watching the two bonus modules. I also finished the online quiz. I can't say however that I have mastered all of the material in this course. I plan to re-watch much of the new material and practice it until it does feel natural and I have incorporated it into my tool box. For me, the back course is by far the best course you have created and a challenging one. It is rich with explanations, variations and options and caused me to think a bit more creatively and analytically.  The back course has challenged me to not only learn some new tools, it has changed my philosophy and thinking. The questions of treatment approach come to mind. What do I wish to accomplish? Who is my client and what is their need? What are their limitations and strengths? What are my realistic expectations? Biomechanically I want my session to be safe for me. What has now been impressed open me is the importance of the art and spirit of the Thai Therapist. What is my intent?

        If the many tools and approachs are truely assimilated then the skilled therapist will intuitively know what stretches or presses to use and what not to use. The fluidity and gentleness of the session will make what we do appear simple and easy yet will profoundly effect the clients pain, stiffness, joint aches and even mental stress that may exist. The true art of Thai is in doing what is needed. This allows the client to release the unwanted and to fully enjoy and benefit in fullest way what Thai bodywork has to offer. I can't say enough about this course> Awesome! 

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September 13, 2013 - 2:02 am
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Thanks for the kudos Mark. I also feel that this is the best course I have produced so far. Overall my standard for creating courses has been going up big time. I keep learning myself, not just about massage but also about the technical side of video production. 

I keep improving all my courses. Many of them have been going through several revisions and updates already. Right now I am working on a huge hip therapy course which will also be really awesome. It will be twice the size of my existing hip therapy course.

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Looking forward to it.

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