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Michele4466
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July 16, 2014 - 7:37 am
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Module 1

Was very pleased with the first video.  The instructions were very detailed and the tips were well explained.  I practiced the first basic moves on my daughter until I felt comfortable with using my body weight to create movement and “pressure”.  I can tell this will require a bit more practice on my part. I noticed that, although my hands are on the small side, her feet are very narrow and I had no problem closing the “gap” between my thumb and forefinger.  In fact, since her feet are so narrow I had to adjust quite a bit in order to work the three energy lines. Also, will be sure to keep my nails short!Laugh

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Hi Michele, welcome to the Thai Foot Massage course and to our forum! 

I am glad that you had a good first impression. You’ll see that it will only get better from here! Smile

It looks like you got it all figured out, however just as a reference here is a check list for the certification program:
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Module 2

I practiced module 2 on a different person, a male adult.  I found it to be much easier as I had a larger surface to work with.  It took some time to be able to avoid using thumb pressure and to incorporate body weight and movement with all of the 3 techniques shown in this module.  I can see that is where I will need the most practice.  I did find that it was much easier for me to use only one hand for the first rolling technique.  For some reason, I could not easily coordinate both hands fluidly.  Also, with the third technique, the forearm, I need to be mindful of rolling beyond the soft part of the foot.  I accidentally rolled over the client’s bone on the medial part of the foot and that was not a pleasant experience! Again, the tips provided in the videos are very helpful and the summary at the end is much appreciated.Smile

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Module 3

I had a willing set of feet at my disposal so I practiced Module 2 and 3 in the same day.  I’m finding it a bit difficult to coordinate my “rolling”.  Of course I realize that this will improve with practice.  I’m still struggling with not using thumb pressure but rather body weight.  I had no problems working the top of the foot or the tendon. The circling technique came easy and the concept of “cleaning the bones” as I’ve heard it coined before was also easy to perform.  I can imagine that the tendon work would be very relaxing, and locating the grooves around the ankles  was easy.  I would have enjoyed a “wrap up” of the module as was in the second….I’m grateful for all of the detailed tips.  I worked on the floor for module 3 as opposed to a bed in module 2 and was much happier and comfortable.  I’m noticing that as a therapist I may need extra padding and pillow for my comfort as well.

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Sounds like you are doing just fine for being in the beginning stage of the course. It will all take some time to sink in. Especially if you watch the videos again at a later time, you will probably pick up all kinds of things which you had missed the first time around. That’s what a lot of my students tell me.

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Will be away for a few days so my module practice and notes will continue next week!

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Module 4

Loving the elbow technique!  I’m still struggling a bit with the forearm.  I thought it would be simpler to perform but it’s not as easy as Sharma makes it look!  I found that I was not always using the “flat” part of my forearm, and when I rolled over the inner foot with the sharp edge of my bone, it was uncomfortable – even painful, for my subject.  The elbow however resonates with me.  The bent leg elbow technique was by far my favorite, since I was able to easily perform it with great results.  I also was able to use both feet when using my feet and heels for the bottom of the foot.  My second subject is recovering from an ankle injury so I needed to take special care not to use too much force. The tendon stretch I think will be helpful for her in the long run.

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Anything looks easy when it is second nature for you. Forearms are very useful in Thai Massage. I am sure with practice you will be able to use them in a sensitive way. Smile

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