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mwisdom
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December 27, 2012 - 4:19 am
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I have completed the first Thai foot massage module and must say it is a bit different than I was initially taught. Kimberly Hardick taught us 5 lines on the bottom of the foot but to do that was tiresome and seemed to waste time. Suryi switched me to the 3 lines that you use but with a different technique. The body rocking and pressing on the feet was done from kneeling and not so much concerned with the energy lines. Energy points were addressed with the thumbs in another manner. This seems much simpler though. I like the arms using the legs for pressure rather than shoulders from knee rocking, taking advantage of the leverage. It also makes sense to keep the legs in line with the hands and shoulders to keep the force as linear as possible. I had also not thought about keeping a micro bend in the elbow or even a larger bend. Saving my thumbs is also a plus. Not sure how well I will balance on my toes but the technique seems more relaxed once I can do it with little effort. 

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Love the knuckle and forearm options in module two. Also so nice to not feel I have to be techincal and hit every point in each line as some teach. The real world application of flow and presense are a much more efficient use of the giver’s energy and a much greater benefit to the receiver.

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As you know, I am not a big fan of following a tradition for the sake of following it. For me the most important thing is that it works well, has a good flow, and does not stress your body more than absolutely necessary. You will see throughout this course that I reduce thumb work as much as possible, especially in the reflexology section of this course.

Just today I received an email from a therapist who caused damage to her hands and wrists and asked me if I can help with alternative ways of doing massage. I am always amazed at how much hand and thumb work is taught not just in Thai Massage, but in massage in general, especially since there are so many alternative ways of doing it.

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I have now completed module 3 and 4 and back on track for the new year. I used to not think much about feet but find I am enjoying working on them and have found a different appreciation for them.  

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My appreciation for foot work comes from getting it regularly here in Thailand. It is one of my favorite treats – I love it! You can get clients hooked on it easily once you get good at it. Wait til you go through the Thai Reflexology modules. Those are my favorites since this is what I am getting here at least once a week.

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Half way there with completing module 5. Some of these I had seen but there were, as always, a few new points I learned. Sometimes explaining from a different perspective can turn a new light on for me!

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Very soon it will be all new material. Can’t wait to hear how you will take to that!

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I have now completed 6, 7 and 8 and yes the reflexology is different with the oil and positioning. I have not gotten into any of the chart stuff yet where you learn the areas for kidneys, lungs etc. i am interested in learning and knowing more about it but will probably do more of the compound work in regular thia that tends to cover many areas and uses none or little oil. 

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Lesson 9 and 10 are now complete. I just need to practice and get the techniques logged into the brain for future retrieval. I have enjoyed the course and would highly recommend it. It is a very practical and useable approach to foot massage. Thai full body sessions will be my primary use of these techniques but it is nice to know I can do an hour foot massge if it is requested or needed. Thank you again for easy to follow videos and great explanations. You really are a gifted teacher. Looking forward to my next course.

Mark 

 

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Yes, the reflexology part is a different wave length compared to regular Thai Massage. If you practice it for a while and get good feedback, you might just develop an affinity for it. That’s what happened to me. If you are good at it, clients really love it.

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