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Meghan Marchese’s Complete Thai Massage Notes
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Meghan Marchese
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February 17, 2022 - 7:50 pm
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Module 1

     After completing module 1 I practiced getting into the different therapist positions to get comfortable with them.  From there I had a volunteer “practice client”  get on the mat and proceeded to put her in different positions such as supine, prone, side lying, and sitting.  She stated she felt much more comfortable and supported when in the side lying position with a small pillow under her head and top knee.  I explored synchronizing my breath with some of the techniques such as compression.  I felt when my body was in line with the clients, it took little effort to preform the technique. The client stated she felt comfortable and relaxed.

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February 18, 2022 - 6:48 am
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Hi Meghan, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

Certification Checklist

I already changed your forum display name from MeghanM to your full name so that we can easily match up the certification registrations with the forum posts without having to play detective to figure out who is who. Laugh

It seems that you got a good start. I am looking forward to following your progress and answering any questions you might have. Smile

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Module 2 The Chi Machine

When practicing the Chi machine technique it took a few attempts to get the clients legs supported properly on my thighs and to get the rhythm.  Once we both were in the proper position the rhythm of the movement came easily and the clients whole body was involved with little energy from me.  The client expressed a feeling of deep relaxation and a "zoned out" feeling.  After completing the technique the client expressed feeling much more relaxed and open to receiving the rest of the massage.  As the therapist, I also felt much more connected energetically to the client.  I felt more in tune with the needs of the client and what I needed to focus on during the session.

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February 19, 2022 - 7:57 am
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That's an excellent result, especially since this is one of the more difficult techniques initially. It requires finesse and sensitivity to get it to work, and apparently, that's what you have! Smile

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Module 3

I've been practicing foot massage 1 for several days now.  I have also started to work on the feet first, which is a change from my normal session.  The foot massage seems to flow nicely, and the rocking and circular motions used during while preforming the techniques feel very fluent.  The clients all reported feeling more mobility in their ankles, and full body relaxation after the foot massage.  I noticed that many of my clients were holding a lot of tension and stiffness in their feet and ankles, resulting in a lot of popping and cracking even with gentle rhythmic pressure and traction.  

I am continuing to practice my technique and to make my transitions more fluent.

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Great! As your clients reported, foot massage has a positive effect on the whole body. I cannot count the number of times I have fallen asleep while receiving a foot massage, and afterwards I felt like I was walking on clouds. Smile

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Module 4

My clients are loving this continuation of the footwork, I feel that this footwork could be a session by itself!  I've been working on transitioning from one side to the other and it has been going much more smoothly.   The clients have been experiencing deep relaxation, pain reduction and increased mobility in the foot and ankle.  So far the kneading technique and the twisting traction/contraction technique are the favorite.  I'm focusing now on making sure that I'm working the clients feet in the full range of motion and on all sides.

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As a matter of fact, foot massage can very well be a session by itself. In Thailand, every single massage shop offers foot massage/reflexology as a stand-alone session.

Of course it helps to have more techniques for doing a one-hour foot massage session, and that's why we have an entire course that is only about foot massage, foot reflexology, and foot therapy (in case you ever want to specialize in it).

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Module 5

Taking the time to warm up the leg prior to other techniques is essential.  I've been preforming the warm up techniques for several mins per leg before I proceed to the other techniques.  Depending on the goals for the session, I have at times just done the warmup techniques and then moved on to focus on other problematic areas that the client wanted to address.  The clients have reported feeling decreased muscular tension in the quads and hip flexors with a few mins of warmup alone.

As with the other Thai massage techniques, I have found that my body position is so important.  When I'm in the correct alignment the technique takes very little muscle power.  As I continue practicing, the flow of the treatment is becoming more naturally.

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March 17, 2022 - 9:16 am
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"When I'm in the correct alignment the technique takes very little muscle power."  -  That's the secret right there! Smile

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Module 6

Getting in position to work on the legs with the forearms has been a bit challenging and I'm still working on transitioning smoothly from one technique to another.  Once in position, I have found that I am very comfortable and use very little muscle power to perform the techniques.  My clients have reported feeling comfortable and that their leg felt very supported while being worked on.  Using the forearms has saved my thumbs from being over-strained, & it has been a very effective technique for getting significant pressure for my athlete clients who have very tense muscular legs

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Using thumbs on athlete clients is somewhere between not so effective and dangerous for your own health. It is so much easier and more effective to use other body parts. Luckily that can be easily done in Thai Massage.

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Module 7 Hip Evaluation

Evaluating the hips has been an extremely helpful in guiding me where and how to work during the session.  It's amazing how much the angle of the feet can tell about tension and weaknesses in the hips.  I've noticed with quite a few clients that one hip will have tension with internal rotation, while the other side will have tension with external rotation.  Although so far tension with the external rotators has been most prevalent.  Knowing this information has made the work that I'm doing in the sessions much more effective.  I'm not just doing techniques for the sake of doing them, I'm working with purpose.

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"I'm not just doing techniques for the sake of doing them, I'm working with purpose."  -  Great observation! Smile  You will find more of that throughout this course.

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