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I am Michael salcido, labeled above. I have not even watched module 1 yet I’m just here to introduce my self before I begin my progress tomorrow morning. Excitement is overwhelming which is cool because lately I’ve been noticing the world works mysteriously and that often brings me to ponder what matter even is, what does matter, what can I do to feel that it does matter. Because even though my job experience brings people joy even just for a moment i sometimes lack purpose. That may be a deeply internal thing or maybe it’s natural and something we all do but I believe that with Thai massage, yoga and other practices, I might find that these will help augment my purpose by supplying my healing Arsenal. Healing is what I’m born to do, a shaman from these lands told me I’m on the right path to write tasks in this Thai class, so I type fast to create the rite mass to introduce the light mast and travel the stars with my lads. And that’s where it takes me to. A place a little further from earth where a big plan is unfolding I just gotta find my place in it. I know cause the universe brought me to something I enjoy and am proving to be decent at, but with practice, perseverance and determination, will be great. Ok I will see y’all tomorrow! Sleep well or in some cases have a good day. 

 

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Hi Michael, welcome to our community and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a minute and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all organized correctly:

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I agree with you, we need something that inspires us, that keeps us on purpose, and we need to feel that what we do actually matters. Massage therapy just to make money can easily get boring. For me both yoga and Thai Massage have been doing that because both are more than just some physical techniques. They have another element, that of conscious connection, of refined perception, of higher awareness.

Since you are obviously seeking this, you are in the right place with this course! Smile

Did you join our facebook group already? I thought I saw that you requested access, but when I checked, it had disappeared.

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I have looked into the certification requirements and structuring I believe I understands them well enough. Yes, I just completed some work today at my side job which is elements studio a large company in America. The problem is we have no real time to establish a good foundation for massage therapy in these fast paced extremely capitol based studios. For the time being I must deal with it, but I hope to soon recalibrate myself to a slower more connected version of myself, and my career. 

When you say the phrases refined perception and higher awareness what do you mean. Because from my understanding and what often makes me stand out to my colleagues is my ability to connect with the body on a deeper level. That is what I would think of that perception is the refined ability to innately feel what is necessary for the individual. Higher awareness as in feeling it deeper as well, as in energetically or physically?

i just sent a request to the face book page. Thanks for your help with everything Shama. 

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Module #1

 

To begin I’d like to say the decorations in your room are lovely, I like the mat and plants. It really seems to provide a lovely environment for proper healing. Thank you for explaining the ergonomics so specifically I know it’ll take some time but my ankles really don’t like kneeling but I’ll get it down. I’m excited to not use my arms and elbows as much it will relieve so much stress from western massage, man it can be rough some days, and like you said when the therapist is uncomfortable so is the client. It happens I have experienced the disconnect through pain and just being plain old over worked. However I have also experienced the depth of breath and the connection it brings when both the client and I submit to the eb and flow. Energy is weird to me, it’s kind of like a fallacy, but it permeates like ethereal reality. It is interconnective but it remains hard for me to tap into the understanding of my effect on others. Also chi and prana, are these like the energy flow of the nervous systems electrical currents or is it something else? 

I am a very much so an anatomically efficient whiz kid but it’ll be nice to take a break from the repetition of western massage. I like the idea of this new approach and where it might take not only my perception of the world and karma/ the intermingling of all these hominids , but of course where it will take my clients. I approach massage therapy with an education when it comes to anatomy by explanation and why this is effective, but Thai massage will be different than that. I’m interested in how this will pan out with how I educate my clients. 

 

Thanks shama, it’ll be fun watching this growth happen.

 

Mikey Boldly exiting, until next thai(m)

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“When you say the phrases ‘refined perception’ and ‘higher awareness’, what do you mean? Because from my understanding and what often makes me stand out to my colleagues is my ability to connect with the body on a deeper level. That is what I would think of that perception is the refined ability to innately feel what is necessary for the individual. Higher awareness as in feeling it deeper as well, as in energetically or physically?”

You answered your own question, and you answered it correctly! No need for me to further elaborate. You got it! Smile

The knee strain is fairly typical in the beginning, but it will subside soon. There is a supplemental video coming up in the course where I show you how to deal with this.

Energy – prana – chi – this is all pretty much the same concept in a different language. If you don’t like these words, you can replace them with increased sensitivity, a better ability to connect with clients intuitively, or the ability to listen with your hands. It’s all in the same ballpark, and there is no need to get too esoteric with it all. Smile

Anatomical knowledge is a useful skill to have, but in itself it is only a clinical element and totally lacks empathy, intuition, perception, and all those ‘energy’- related concepts which are what makes the therapist a healing artist versus a ‘massage mechanic’. But there is nothing wrong with possessing both of those skills, the clinical and the intuitive. 

However of the two of them, the ‘energy’ skills are more important for good Thai Massage therapy. Here in Thailand most therapists don’t use anatomy, but they use the energy lines as a map to the body. This is clearly a very different approach, but it has generated many excellent therapists. You will hear a lot more about this throughout this course.

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Module 2

oh shama, I do like the idea of chi, prana and energy. It is just so ethereal, and with it mysterious and hard to understand, but I guess within itself is not to be understood intirely for it is different for each individual. Sometimes it is just hard to relate my thoughts in a comprehensive manner about the esoteric mysteries that pervade this beautiful realm. I do find myself to be more specifically drawn to the quantum theories that describe energy in a scientific way, of course they have still yet to be entirely proven, but I see them as a bridge that allows me to better understand the faith that follows something you cannot see, however we do feel. But alas, as I completed the last module I found that the movement was settling for the beautiful l’olive. She found that the chi felt great tingling to her bones and almost felt a sense of levitation which is great. In my own experience of chi through the use of acupuncture I too recognize the synchronicity in that feeling of levitation.

Next, I’d like to mention the body mechanics. It is great knowing my shoulder will be given a rest. However I have a herniated disk that is healing, it pushes on the sciatic nerve from S1. During normal massage I notice that the pain is increased because of the table but due to the mechanics of Thai massage I am not relieved of the pain but it is not enhanced either. That in itself is relieving I suppose. Kneeling on one leg is by far the best for me. Which is the next point, ‘working in a relaxed way’, I can attest to this on many fronts with my bout in the sciatic nerve. It is hard to be connected when you are uncomfortable. I’ve had to cancel appointments for this reason, it is getting way better though lately so I am thrilled to put more of my essence into this art. A lot of the time it seems that the uncomfortable feelings are created by muscle use is overlooked in schools like deep tissue massage. It is so mechanical as you say … sadly that is all I do everyday I work at elements. Honestly it is frustrating and I feel almost abused by the corporate powers I work for making it sometimes even hard to connect with my work. It is a vicious spiral I can’t wait to escape. 

The mindset, I get it, I know that this will be a more snug fit for my career with the way you teach Thai massage. But sometimes do you ever feel your mindset crumble? Or are there days when you don’t enjoy your work? If not how do you maintain that composure. I maintain it by mantras in Tibetan Buddhism aum mani padme hum. Are there more practices I can do to maintain a healthy relationship with my mind and maintain that joy.

today I posted a Facebook post saying “Humourous healing, When approaching the massage table or mat it’s important to always keep a light heart filled with joy and humor.” I read that practitioners of Lomi lomi back in the day would say something similar. Do you agree? 

Thanks shama, 

Mic signing out, sleep well y’all ….

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Of course there are days when I don’t feel as good as on others – we are all human. However, in my case I have learned to tune out or override any down-feeling while giving a session. So this has never impacted my work itself. But it CAN mean that AFTER the session, or in the evening, I totally crash. I know my limits. For example, I could always do two Thai Massage sessions a day, each between 2 and 2.5 hours long. Sometimes I booked three of such sessions in one day, and my energy invariably collapsed at the end of the day. So I have learned to acknowledge and respect my limits.

I put a lot of energy into my sessions, and I give it my all. But once I use up more energy than I have available, then it is like living on borrowed time. It is like using energy that I don’t have, and I know I will have to pay it back later. We have to learn to manage our energy reservoir.  That’s of course easier to do if you work for yourself. In a corporate environment, this can’t be done as easily.

I also have some ‘tricks’ for maintaining my energy levels, and you will hear more about that later in the course, and especially in the Magic Touch Secrets bonus course.

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Module #3

 

i have completely watched the video 3 times. I am really enjoying the rocking motion, it is calming for me also. My partner, the lovely Olivia, is enjoying the massages since it is so easy to give them anywhere. The coordination was easy to grasp and I’m excited to learn more. I don’t have any questions today it seems pretty straight forward. It’s also easy to apply my own twist to the structure. Creativity is essential for my learning.

 

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You watched the video three times – you are really serious and dedicated about this! Excellent!

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Module 4

 

i know right. I get obsessive over the things I learn , Thai massage is very special though I have many plans for the community to get involved, so it is taking me over quite a bit. I spend every day trying to constantly learn it is my most  valuable asset, knowledge. Today I went to a seminar covering the importance of learning knew hobbies and talents, it is crucial to our menthal health. I love your videos by the way, you have a special calmness about you. I appreciate that.

 

Thank you for the extra foot techniques and providing them without the mechanical rigidness. It is easy to get stuck in routines and difficult to break those habits so by teaching by the concept is great. I have only watched it once due to my busy schedule but I have practiced a little bit and will be watching module 4again. But I have been practicing on family and friends every chance I get, having people on the floor laying down a yoga mat and just going for it in the break room at work and at home. It is fun! 

 

I recently watched some some YouTube videos that were tagged as dynamic Thai massage or dancing Thai massage. In particular a lad by the name of Sebastian Bruno has some interesting techniques that involve some pretty interesting bends and rolls… if you have seen dancing or dynamic Thai massage what are your thoughts? Do you do dynamic Thai? I already understand it takes time to get to a point that advanced but that is a big milestone for me because it looks so beautiful and the flow is amazing. Ok well that is all I have for today. 

 

Until next time shama kern!

Upon the horizon his exit blazed….

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What I teach is an improved version of traditional Thai Massage as it is practiced in Thailand with additional elements which you don’t find in Thailand, like the rocking moves which you will find throughout this course. At the same time I have tried to keep it practical so that any therapist can successfully use it. 

In the western world some therapists have modified Thai Massage to such a degree that an actual therapist in Thailand would not even recognize it as Thai Massage anymore. And some have turned it into a system of mainly assisted yoga, while others have turned it into a westernized system which throws out the Asian energy concept and used the clinical and anatomical approach of western massage.

So there are many styles that have evolved in the western world which use the “Thai Massage’ name. What you get from me is the actual Thai Massage from Thailand with quite a few improvements. By the time you finish this course, you will have an amazing repertoire of beautifully flowing and artistic moves. Kiss

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Module 5

 

The warming up of the legs is very important before stretches. Olivia loves feeling how the Thai massage is progressing. I have thrown in a move using my legs to do compressions of the muscles as well in a superior movement like undulations you use. I have a background in yoga and breakdancing so the movements are coming to me easily while following my breath. In bboy you have to maintain proper breathing while doing some very complicated moves. I’m glad I have that back ground for Thai massage, it already has me thinking up new concepts but I’m trying to not get ahead of myself. It’s nice to know you aim for aesthetics and results. I think they are equally important in the states for consumers to be drawn to a therapist. 

 

Mellow mic ,” peace out….”

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Yes, this background of yours will be very helpful for learning Thai Massage. You must be the first and only breakdancer in our community! Smile

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Module 6

 

Bboy is fought takes a lot of practice, I am not good by any means a beginner for sure.

 

the new techniques are very helpful to fill in some time. Olivia doesn’t require to much pressure but I have a feel for the weight and soft touch. The little movements for more smooth transitions take time but like all th8ngs practice makes perfect and practice is fun to watch extend into growth. I’m excited to see what some of these stretches are. The slow pace of this class really lets everything sink in. Great idea. 

 

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I have never seen anyone who managed to learn Thai Massage correctly by rushing it. Laugh

What to do with any extra time? Practice and repeat more!

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Module 7

 

 definitely , all things take time and practice to mastery i totally agree. Module 7 was great moving into more effective techniques when it comes to stretches. The hip pull over the shoulder relieved a lot of pressure from olives back. The elephant walking techniques I can imagine feel great since I have terrible hams. My favorite stretch was the walk and pull technique where I’m kind of stepping into the leg. Also, thank you for the recap on twisted hips and how to calculate what the best procedure might be for twisted or tight hips. A very helpful class today. Thanks shama.

 

DROPPING THE MIC, gently.

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Now you are in a new section – the stretching. That will take a while to learn correctly, but here is where Thai Massage reveals its unique character, since there is no other massage style which has as many body manipulations!

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You are right, with so many manipulative stretches it opens up some possibilities which in my normal practice aren’t as available. I already have some clients in mind that could benefit from the opening of the hamstring by that primary stretch. I ran through bothe module 7 and 8 on Olivia and she reported a very nice stretch and feeling of looseness around the hip. Often she complains of feeling tight although she is quite flexible… more flexible than me, I’ll have to do some of those stretches you sent me. The concept of the 8 piece hip was helpful, I started to think of all joints a little differently so I think that may have unlocked some doors to next level therapies. I just need to understand better body mechanics before I get a head of my self and these techniques. 

 

See ya, mic

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It does help to visualize joint mobility in a conceptual way, rather than in a strictly mechanical, anatomical way. After all, the body is not just a machine, but a holistic mechanism where every part is in some way connected to the whole. Just remain aware of always having the best body mechanics, work with least effort, use your body weight, and make sure you are comfortable in all moves.

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So true, I explain that frequently to my clients. Of course I give them the whole run down of how fascia works and why and how this part of the body is indirectly effecting the other. It is a fascinating career and hobby. I have been having a little trouble with body mechanics but it’s getting better. Some of the stretches I am forgetting how to do and have to go back over. I’ve been working on my 72 years of age father and he says he’s been feeling quite the difference. He needs massage therapy, I was able to realign his hips using these stretches , really incredible how effortless working on the more difficult to reach areas are compared to normal Swedish or deep tissue. Also, the fact that I don’t have to get everything ready, and find space for a bulky massage table. In turns the healing session from an event to a casual healing session which is so awesome. I knew this was the way to go. I’m only on module 8 and I feel like I’ve learned a lot considering how long it takes to complete all of the techniques. I know I don’t have to do them all, but I do in order to perfect them. Eventually I’ll approach the massage in an intuitive and modular way. 

I do however need to work on my flexibility of course I’m still dealing with the remnants of that s1 herniated disc, but it’s getting better in fact ever since I started doing Thai massage it has gotten substantially better. I believe being on my knees and toes has helped the healing process by means of proper spinal alignment. In addition I have flat feet but I notice that I have arches coming in also because of the special body mechanics of Thai massage. I really love it can’t wait to share it with more of my family, friends, and my clients. 

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