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Beginning my certification for the Thai Rocking Massage 12 continuing education hours course.  I am on Module 4 and have applied what I’ve been learning on 3 clients so far.  The first Thai Rocking Massage I gave was on a fellow massage therapist I know.  My lower back felt strained and I had trouble feeling relaxed and comfortable.  Shama gave me very helpful feedback and useful tips to solving this issue.  The next two times I have applied what I have learned thus far about Thai Rocking Massage my body felt less strained.  While intellectually I know to use the weight of my body and allow energy to be exchanged and use in the massage given.  

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Hi Melissa, welcome to our forum and the Thai Rocking Massage course. I am glad to hear that my feedback (in the facebook group) helped you.

You wrote above that you are beginning the certification program. In order to do that please read the certification section in your course manual, fill out the certification registration form, and then watch the certification tutorial video. You will see that automatically once you submit the registration form.

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Hi Shama, I registered and watched the certification tutorial video.  When I got to registering or paying the $10 fee for taking the exam it asked for my email address and password.  I entered my email address and password and it said my password was incorrect.  I tried retrieving my password by entering my email address (meliss3@hotmail.com) and it said “this email is not on file with us”.  Please advise on how I should proceed.

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On the CE test registration page you will find this highlighted text:
“PLEASE NOTE: Your user name and password for the CE test has nothing to do with your user name and password for the forum. They are two unrelated registrations.”

What you did is click on the “Existing Students Login” link. However you need to scroll all the way down and click the “New Student Register” link.

As mentioned above, the CE test has nothing to do with your forum registration. This test is run by a third party company, Exam Professor,  which you can access through our site, but it is something totally different from your forum registration. That’s why you got the message that your email is not on file. For Exam Professor you are a new student, not an existing user.

Also I changed the topic title of your thread (since the software will not let you do this) from “First time on the forum” to “Melissa Minnix Thai Rocking Massage course notes”, otherwise you are impossible to find. Smile

And, while we are on the ‘house cleaning’ set-up stuff, please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure we have all the I’s dotted and T’s crossed:

Certification Check List

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Shama,

I’m unsure if I’m posting correctly.  I tried posting my comments for my first module.

Would you please advise and let me know if you can find it, if I’m doing it correctly, or not?

Thank you,

Melissa Minnix

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Module 1

While watching the Thai Rocking Massage course first module, my 9 year old daughter volunteered to be my guinea pig.  This enabled me to have hands on a client as I learn.  As I practiced the 5 different types of rocking techniques on her she seemed to absolutely love the benefits Shama discusses in this module of the rocking motions.  Working on such a young client in this first introduction as I learn the basics was helpful.  She embraced the massage and I found it easy to exchange energy with my daughter.  I think this will help as I gain confidence and knowledge and take this to my next client, or guinea pig.  It was a wonderful experience for both her and I to listen, as well as practice, following Shama’s techniques and his knowlege of Thai Rocking massage.

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It looks like you had a couple of false starts where you clicked on “Add Topic” instead of “Add Reply”. But it seems that you figured out that you should only click on “Add Reply” to get the posts to show up in this thread.

I found the two disjointed posts floating around in forum never-never land and deleted them. Smile So now everything is fine.

I am glad to hear that your daughter likes the massage and that you have an easy guinea pig.

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Module 2

I’m loving using my daughter to work on while watching your modules.  While learning about chi rocking technique and tractioning I practiced on my daughter.  Her feedback is helpful as I learn and become more knowledgeable in the Thai Rocking techniques.  Of course tractioning on a 58 pound person, as opposed to a heavier set person, is easier physically.  I am still figuring out how to relax when working with these techniques on a client, using my body weight instead of muscle strength, to execute Thai Rocking massage successfully, both for client and myself.

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That’s the secret – working only with body weight and getting into this flow state where it all feels connected and effortless. On a really light person you can get away with using muscle power (still a bad idea), but on a much heavier person this simply won’t work.

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Module 3 

I am loving the Thai Rocking for the legs.  Not only does this technique open the hips but it works the muscles while following the sen lines.  I especially feel I will be able to incorporate the targeted work for opening the hip joint, with clients who have tight hips, on my massage table.  I will not be able to put as much body weight into the hip joint as I follow the 45 degree angle of the hip on a table, but I think this will prove effective and give the client relief.  

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Module 4

I’m so glad Shama gives the squeezing, lifting and rocking technique as it can really help for clients with knee issues.  It feels very good for the client to have knees and elbow joint muscle attachments massaged.  Shama describes an excellent technique to loosen and work out these joint muscle attachments with the squeezing, lifting and rocking technique.  I realized during this module, while working on my daughter, (my guinea pig client), that I need to purchase a floor mat…*any information about the best brand or recommendation on floor mats would be helpful).  Shama’s description of how to aid and handle tight hips while the leg is bent is noteworthy.  I will definitely help client’s “reestablish what their body is doing from this firing of muscles their body is doing without even knowing it” by telling client’s to relax their leg to the outside.  If their leg stays straight up and down then I will apply pressure to their adductor muscle.  I found this to be a great therapeutic technique to show an effective way to work with the client to help them understand their bodies and to learn to relax and let go. 

Of course my client, my daughter, had no trouble whatsoever letting her leg fall to the side when asked to let go of her hip.  The other person I tried it on kept it upright, allowing me to facilitate Shama’s technique in communicating with her to let her hip go as much as possible.  When she was not able to completely let her leg fall to the side I practiced applying pressure to her adductor muscle on the inside of her leg and she eventually let her leg fall to the side.  

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November 14, 2016 - 5:45 pm
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Here is a video which should help you with choosing the right mat:

What Is The Best Mat For Thai Massage?

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Module 5

Thank you, Shama, for sharing the link with me on choosing a floor mat.  

With the deeper hip rocking stretches, if someone has very tight hips and the back of their extended leg is not staying on the mat, is this an indication they are not flexible enough for the stretch?  I was wondering if we, the therapists, stop the rocking technique on the opposite hip from the extended leg or if we use our hand closest to the extended leg to try to keep the opposing hip to the mat?  You answered me, as I continued to watch, by saying to watch the body give us clues as to what areas are tight and show us where we need to go next.  In this particular case, it would be necessary to work the area where the thigh meets the body in a rotating rocking technique with our finger tips.

I appreciate your emphasis on communicating with the client.  Massage of any kind should never hurt to the point someone begins to tighten up and resist.  It’s so important as therapists we keep a good line of communication with our clients.  Some people believe that if a massage is not painful they are not getting their money’s worth.  However, this is simply not true.  I am beginning to understand how enjoyable Thai Rocking massage can be to not only give a client but to receive as well.

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“Some people believe that if a massage is not painful they are not getting their money’s worth.  However, this is simply not true.”  –  This is exactly my way of thinking. And this was my original inspiration for creating the Thai Rocking Massage course to provide tools to get good results without causing unnessecary pain.

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I’m so grateful for you and your insight!  Thank you for sharing the knowledge you’ve found through your experience as a therapist.  I’m feeling so much more comfortable, as I continue to work on my young daughter, (it’s become our right before bedtime ritual), as well as other clients.  I’m feeling the benefits myself now, as well as my client’s… i’m grateful they put their faith and trust in me to practice as I grow. I’m feeling more confident the more knowledge I obtain through your Thai Rocking course!

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Thank you! That was one of those “made my day” posts. I really love helping therapists learn Thai Massage and it’s great to get feedback that it is working, and working well. Smile

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Module 6

As I began mimicking your hip rocking technique on my friend while watching module 6 I noticed how easy and natural it felt for me giving the massage.  My body felt relaxed, my legs and back felt good, it even felt good on my upper back and shoulders gently applying pressure to their hips while rocking them side to side.  As in table massage, when I conscientiously relax my neck and face muscles while giving a massage, I’m much more comfortable and relaxed and I do not feel strain in my neck.  

My friend said the rocking felt so good as I moved up and down her body.  I had her demonstrate on me the technique.  It felt wonderful!  I’m excited to try this technique especially on friends and family because of the therapeutic benefits.  The lower back stretches were a big hit!  My friend said it was the deepest lower back stretch they had felt in a long time.

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Wow, that’s great feedback – clearly you must be doing something right. I am so glad to hear that you are making such good progress with this material!

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Module 7

I loved practicing the belly rocking technique along with the hip rocking technique.  It flowed and connected together so beautifully as I practiced on my daughters.  I am mindful when working on my 9 year old to use my body weight, even though it’s tempting to use only the muscles of my arms due to her light weight.  With my oldest 18 year old, of course, it was easy to efffectively use the weight of my own body when applying the techniques because, without doing so on a client more evenly matched with my body weight, I find my the muscles of my back strained.

Both of my daughters enjoyed the rocking motion and the belly rocking was very relaxing.  My oldest commented that it was unusually comforting.  She has rarely had me, or any other therapist, work with her belly and muscles of the abdomen, before and she found it calming as well as centering.  She said the massage she felt on her back simultaneously was wonderful.

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It’s quite amazing what can be done with good abdominal massage and what results can be achieved with it. What’s even more amazing is that hardly any therapist ever works on the abdomen!

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