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Mark's Ultimate Shoulder Massage progress and notes.
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November 2, 2012 - 4:09 am
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This is Mark's site for his next journey into thai shoulder therapy. Looking forward to learning more Shama!

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November 2, 2012 - 3:34 pm
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Wonderful! Going deeper and further now. By the way, did you read the section in the email that says that since you already own the Complete Thai Massage course, you are entitled to pick one of my courses which is valued under $30.- for free along with the Ultimate Shoulder course?

By the way I just emailed you your Thai Massage CE certificate.

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November 2, 2012 - 11:54 pm
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Thanks Shama on the certificate. I am looking forward to learning more about the shoulder massage. As to the video course, I guess I would take the arm and hand therapy as my free one since the upper body is my weak area.

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November 3, 2012 - 1:30 am
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I just enrolled you into the Arm and Hands course. Just look for the confirmation email, click the confirmation link, and you will get it. I just noticed that you still did not confirm the Shoulder Massage course. Did you see the confirmation email?

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November 4, 2012 - 5:35 am
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Shama,

I just downloaded the arm and hand and also did get and confirm the shoulder course. The shoulder course had the manual which I now have. Ready to keep learning. Should I also log comments on hand and arm? I see that all the courses become a reference library to go to when in need of a refresher or new ideas. Namaste'

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November 4, 2012 - 10:33 am
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I tried to make this process easier by upgrading all the course manuals of my major courses. Now they all have an Index of the course contents so that you can find easier what you are looking for.

While you are under no obligation to post on the Arm and Hands course, it would be great if you feel like doing it anyway. I think everyone who reads this would benefit from some comments. After all, just as the courses are a reference library for you, so is the entire forum a reference library for people who want to see what the courses are all about.

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November 8, 2012 - 9:50 pm
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I completed the first module in the shoulder series and will be incorporating into my tool catalog. Tradional thai courses have not taught us much upper body so anxious to bring these and arm and hand techniques into my sessions. I have also downloaded the CEU quiz and begun it. Used a few of the shoulder circling techniques on a client last night and they really liked it.  

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November 8, 2012 - 11:46 pm
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Completed Shoulder module 2 and CEU quiz.

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November 9, 2012 - 12:35 am
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Traditional Thai Massage is notorious for being weak on upper body work. And I am talking about detailed, specific, therapeutic work, like being able to work on the shoulders for half an hour or even one hour. If you go to your average Thai Massage shop here in Thailand and ask for  really good shoulder work - forget it! You can get great leg work, no problem. That's why I created this course. It really is a missing element in Thai Massage, and a very needed one.

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November 9, 2012 - 1:22 am
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So glad you did. Module 3 arrived today so will keep moving with it. Thanks

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November 10, 2012 - 12:38 am
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Completed module 3 today along with CEU quiz. I like the rocking and swinging moves to help someone relax. I definitely see clients that want to help me and have trouble letting go or relaxing so will let you know how it goes on my next really tight person. 

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November 10, 2012 - 1:01 am
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I am curious how this works for you. I have used this very successfully to retrain a client's ability to relax their muscles.

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November 12, 2012 - 3:39 am
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Today during a Sunday rain storm, I completed Shoulder Therapy Module 4 and the CEU quiz. I like the additional shoulder techniques but realize it will take a bit to incorporate them into my tool bag. I will now feel confident that I can do a full body routine and focus on most issues I might be confronted with. Also beginning the arm and hands today which will make it feel more complete. I am sure the heavenly head massage will also be a great addition at a later date.   

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November 12, 2012 - 3:26 pm
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Module 5 and 6 of the shoulder course won't be new for you since they are also part of the Complete Thai Massage course. That's why I give a free course to those who own the Thai Massage course, the Arm and Hands massage course in your case. Just trying to keep everyone happy Smile.

The Heavenly Head Massage course is something very different. Amongst other things, it will turn you into a neck massage pro which is a very useful skill to have.

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November 13, 2012 - 4:13 am
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I am looking forward to the heavenly head massage course also. I completed module 5 of the shoulder course today and while most are ones I have had before, I always learn something new and I forget quickly. The shoulder movements require a bit more practice and experience to feel fluid with them. .....

This perhaps should be posted in another area but Souri (another instructor from Thailand I work with in Houston) and Kimberly do several different types of Blocks. For many these are known as wind gates or blood stopping. Do you teach any of those? Feel they are helpful? I use the femoral artery at times and the abdominal or aortic. Just wondered your thoughts here.

Also, Souri (Sisavath) is coming to Chaingmai November 14 - December 4.  I told her to look you up. She is Thai and a registered approved instructor from Houston, Texas. She will be with Pichest Bounthumme if I spelled that correctly. She is a neat lady so hope you meet her.

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I only use and teach the femoral artery block. This gives clients a pleasant feeling of warmth and tingling throughout their legs. Honestly I cannot say how much this does besides a nice feeling. This is one which cannot be as easily explained as a stretch where you know exactly what it is doing. But my feeling is that any move that feels good, even if there is no scientific physiological or anatomical rational behind it, is a good thing. Look at head massage for example. There are lots of feel-good moves and they can put you into a trance.

I am not a fan of the abdominal block - just my preference. Then there is the block right below the shoulder which is much more difficult to locate than the femoral area.

My concept is that the femoral block increases circulation and Qi flow. Personally I really like receiving it. The only thing is you have to hold it long enough in exactly the right spot to get the effect - at least 30 seconds. For me it feels quite disappointing to receive a femoral block which is not applied in the right spot and not long enough, and ends up being a dud - nothing happens at all. I had that happen too many times, so I know many therapists don't do it correctly.

I am looking forward to connecting with Souri if she contacts me.

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November 15, 2012 - 2:13 am
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Completed the shoulder course and CEU quiz. It will obviously take some practice to be comfortable with all of these but all in all it is a very good course. It gives me the tools to offer more options than just the basic thai session. I need to get better at taking tests though. I made 90 on the quiz. Two of my questions I just answered too quickly. My answer was correct but so were the others so all of the above was the correct answer. Need to read a few times more before answering. LOL. The first question however was the type of joint. I answered rotator which was incorrect so had to go back and read on that one. I will continue to revue and keep the videos as a reference resource. I would reccomend this course to anyone reading this that plans on doing a wide variety of clients. There is a lot of new stuff in here. I will keep working on the arms and hands now.

Thanks Shama.   

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November 15, 2012 - 2:06 pm
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Is is a great feeling to be able to go deeper and deal with issues that cannot be addressed with typical traditional Thai Massage work, especially upper body work. I do so much therapeutic upper body work that I just naturally felt inspired to go deeper and develop more effective treatment systems. Shoulders and neck are such important areas, and so many people have trouble there. I really love being able to help them in an effective way, and now you can do the same Smile.

Congratulations for completing another course. You are on a roll!

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March 5, 2013 - 3:06 am
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Shama,

I completed the additional shoulder modules and have finished the CEU test and sent it. I love the new material. Many of these are techniques I will put in use immediately. It is so nice to have options when someone comes in with a specific problem.

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March 6, 2013 - 12:23 pm
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I am glad you like the additional modules. My courses grow along with me. I can gauge my own progress by observing the growth of my courses.

Your certificate will be on its way soon.

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