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For a long time now, I have always wanted to do this — Thai complete massage course. I’m happy that I finally pursued this course. I find Thai massage very fascinating and while an online class is new to me – your videos are very thorough, informative and a great way to learn.

Module 1

The concept of Thai massage done on the floor mat is pretty interesting. Comparing this skill to massage tables, massaging on the floor seems more comfortable and manageable. It is also teaches us how to use our body weight instead of using our muscle power. Also, it is essential to keep body mechanics properly, for it makes it more comfortable for the client.

Based off your video, I have been doing yoga breathing with my partner. I find that applying correct breathing to my massage leads to good healing for the client. As per your instructions, I practiced two times on my partner. Honestly, I feel a little bit anxious but I think the more I practice, the more confident I will become.

At first, I massaged using my muscle power and then later approached it the correct way by using my body weight. The response I received was enlightening; my partner said that she felt at more ease with my body weight approach rather than muscle power.

Thank you so much for explaining every skill in so much detail.

Looking forward to Module 2!

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Hi Meera, I am glad you like my teaching style. Thai Massage is indeed another world, and a fascinating one! In the beginning it might all be somewhat challenging, but after a couple of months it will all come together and feel totally natural. Good Thai Massage is a very valuable skill to possess.

Here is a question. Your post looks like you are getting started with the certification program. However I did not see a certification registration from you. Did you forget that or did I miss it somehow? So if you want to go through the certification process, could you please fill out the registration form via the link in your course manual so that we get our records straight (even if you did it already and it somehow vanished in cyber space) Smile

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Hi Shama, thank you so much for your detailed reply. As you mentioned, I went ahead and filled out the registration form. Along with that, I purchased the exam section for the CE certification. Hopefully, everything is in order now. 

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It looks like we got everything organized now. Smile Just for your reference, please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list here:

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Module 2

I find this module very interesting as I understand that a good mind set and right ergonomic can achieve a lot. Unfortunately, many individuals quit their job due to injuries caused by the job.  In order to have a healthy profession, I think it is crucial to have appropriate body alignment and posture. If the therapist continues to be upright and relaxed throughout treatment, the patient will also receive adequate treatment.

Also, I previously learnt lymphatic manual drainage therapy and Swedish in Australia but seeing it done on the floor is entirely different. In U.S we are familiar with the chi machine which is now available at amazon .com and even seen on TV shows as to how it should be used for lymphatic drainage. I do agree with you Shama there is a huge difference between the work of an expert therapist and the work of a machine. As machine does not have healing power or great energy coming through as does a therapist. An expert therapist brings a good mind set and combines the chi machine techniques to the client.

I used to apply this rocking technique on the table and remember it wasn’t so stable due to all the movement, overall the floor makes the skill much more strategic and convenient. I am very excited to use this Chi machine any place for my client that helps them relax and heal properly. Thank you so much for showing us such an elaborate application of this technique. I believe a person of any age can find some benefit from this treatment.

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You will hear a lot throughout this course about mind set, ergonomics, using your energy, and making sure that you don’t sustain injuries. Without these you just have a mechanical system of techniques, but not a healing art.

I am glad that you like the Chi Machine technique. This is actually not part of traditional Thai Massage. I added it to my system because it just fits into it so well. You will find that I have incorporated quite a few enhancements into my style of Thai Massage, especially the many rocking techniques which I use. The Chi Machine is the first one of those.

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Module 3

These videos are amazing and filled in depth description that is much appreciated.

I prefer this foot sequence over the one taught to me at massage school in my reflexology class.

 My clients think your foot sequence and round movement of your body flow really works well.

Squeezing helps to promote more fluid.                      

I find that I need more practice on my flexibility for doing moves that require sitting.

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Module 4

I am really impressed with the 8 ways of movements. It feels good to work on the floor mat, as long as I keep my chin up and shoulders relaxed.  Also, I am getting much more comfortable in sitting on heels positions. I was feeling knee pain from sitting on heels but I think they will improve as I will do more stretches for plantar flexion.

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Module 5

The push – pull thigh technique is my favorite. This technique compliments the butterfly technique very well. I did learn this technique for legs o table but was not as effective and comfortable for me as well as for my clients. I am really enjoying being intuitive and listening to what is my client’s body require.

My kids and husband is enjoying these practice techniques. I have being making the steady progress in it.

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Module 6

Using the forearm for the leg warm up went pretty well, but my pressure really differ for the thigh area.

The adductors are pretty tender as you mentioned in the video just focused on not rushing and slowly sinking in.  The hamstrings can really take a lot with the forearm- I felt like my body was getting in the way of using firm enough pressure. I did the forearm warm up with the rocking moves, then also palmed and thumbed the area. Overall, practice went great, and I had plenty of time to go through first contact to beginning leg stretches.  IT band area I also found use of forearm is really helpful on side line position of the patient.

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Module 7

This is a super helpful tool and yet so simple.  Practicing the hip walking stretch on a larger client made me feel a bit uncoordinated but after practicing and more practice it’s slowly getting better.  I really enjoyed the portion that covered the hip evaluation via the feet.  I have sports runners as my clients that will help them to get smother muscles who have super tight hips and calf muscles and the gentle rocking movement and the circular hip lift cross pull stretch will seems to help them a lot.

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Module 8

LOVE the hip pie concept!  Makes it very easy to remember and then easy to make sure I address all hip positions.

I’ve also noticed that I am taking some of the Thai concepts to my table massage work.  I am working smarter, not harder.  I’m using my body weight in a more efficient manner.

The breathing is so easy to forget!  I will have to put notes on the wall to keep my chin up and breathe in to the stretches!

It is clear my body mechanics need some work. I have practice partners for next week, so looking forward to adapting the stretches. 

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Module 9

It was great to be more intuitive on what the client needed instead of going through the sequence given to me at massage school.  Now I love having so many additional tools.

Of course many clients that come to me college students who sits whole day use computer all the times are so tight and can’t handle many of the stretches. In the past few lessons you have given some great alternatives that I use a lot especially for the adductors.  Bouncing, rotating, and rocking are all well received techniques. I really appreciate that you include alternate techniques for short therapist. 

I like the reminders of the anatomy of Thai massage move. Before my practice sessions I like to review. The spinal twist has been a big hit with my clients and I simply love how simple the technique is.

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Module 10

Great techniques! I realized that if the client breathes deeply during stretches, it relaxes the abdomen, the lower back and diaphragm, this helps to reduce tension in the body.

I found the thigh adductor tendon press on the femoral artery relaxing and increase the chi flow. Thank you so much for guiding us to a great path.

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Module 11

Great overview of utilizing the leg techniques learned in the previous modules.

My daughter complained of soreness in quads, hamstrings, and TFL. After coming home and I worked on her hips and sen lines for almost an hour and she reported the next day on her run that it was much better and she was able to run at a faster pace. I was thrilled that I could help her.

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Module 12

I watched your video on “HIP STRETCHES” for 2-3 times to get my knowledge in to it. From this video I learn different techniques stretching the calf muscle but also learn that there are different ways to the same stretch. And the knees-to-chest stretch will be a great warm up for some of my more flexible.

I totally agree with you that people come in different sizes and you might have change technique to fit your size or your client size. I needed more stretching techniques to help with their hip problem pain. I thank you again, Shama and I totally understands everything don’t apply to all they differ by age and their own requirements.

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Module 13

I do some of the same techniques to my clients. I always ask the client if this is too much pressure because I can soften the technique or work on the area were the pain issue is by using a scooping, finger circling, and fingertip wiggling. We do a lot of same type’s techniques to see if it is a good pain or bad pain. I always listen to my client to get them involved in the massage. I like the saying Love word used instead saying discomfort as pain.

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Module 14

Hip rocking has been a huge hit with the clients at the clinic.  Also, thanks for covering  how to transition from one side to the other of the client. I still need a bit of practice on moving over the client in one graceful move. As you say practice makes perfect. J I can see now how it will reinforce the trust between client and practitioner… I am going to have to practice that ‘cross the body’ move though fun.

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Module 15

Working the abdominal area has been a lot of fun. I am from Indian culture we do massage on abdominal area a lot. We use these kinds of strokes to release gas in baby tummies and same as elderly which helps digestion and relaxation with gas. But here it can be contraindications and also very personal. I am glad now learning and with certification I can be fully sure about how I am helping my clients. After delivering baby abdominal massage is very beneficial.

So far the reactions from the clients have either been ticklish or really guarded. Using light pressure and moving slowly helps but it takes a while to feel the area loosen up. In massage class it was mentioned that it was probably not a good idea to work this area in the initial session but ok if client is a repeat customer. I have been asking first time clients if it’s ok to work the area first then go from there.

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Module 16 

The lift lean technique is a nice relaxing move especially when you move your hand closer into the neck – the clients love this move. I and my client’s second favorite technique from this module is the one-side, one hand shoulder lift.  Both of these techniques have been well received from just about every client that has come to the clinic.   I am also very much fond of the shoulder rowboat. Look forward to using it after practicing enough.

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