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May 24, 2015 - 12:04 am
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Here I go.  I can do reflexology but with carpal tunnel syndrome it is to hard on my hands, so I have decided to try Thai Foot massage.  I just received my coarse intro.  Looking forward to beginning the videos.

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May 24, 2015 - 1:26 am
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That’s a big advantage with Thai Massage. You can work without putting much stress on your hands and wrists. Several students of the Thai Foot Massage course have commented that they were relieved to be able to work in this “therapist friendly” style.

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Module 1

I received my first video.  It was impressively simple and detailed.  Loved it.  A lot of emphases on body mechanics which is very important.  The information about the saving your thumb is so very needed.  I have arthritis and have been using my thumb to the point of sever pain.  Now I see why! Never again! You would have thought I would have received more in nursing school years ago but we didn’t go into it much, just enough to remind us not to hurt our backs lifting or moving patience.

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Overusing thumbs is a fairly common issue in western reflexology. It is also an issue in traditional Thai Massage with all the sen line thumbing. I have aimed to provide solutions for eliminating this issue in all my courses.

By the way, Mona, are you posting just to interact or are you posting to get a certificate? The reason I am asking is that I have not received a certification registration from you, so I just want to double check that we are on the same wave length.

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I am posting for a certificate.  I filled it out this morning after reading your email. Thank you.  Also, I find I just can’t do the first move shown in the video while on my toes!  I was able to modify it by sitting in a chair.  I understand you will show other ways to accomplish the same effect in future videos.  Because of my back injury and arthritis I have to be seated to work on someone.  My husband is going to be my partner but he has a frozen ankle and can’t tolerate much pressure, looks like I am going to have to recruit a friend or two.

Question, In the instructions I just noticed that we should use our full names.  I only have my first name listed in the forum. Is there a way to correct it?

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I fixed the topic title and added your last name.

There are loads of techniques in this course. You are not supposed to do them all, and definitely not string all of them together in a sequence. They are options to choose from. Which techniques you choose depends on the type of session you do, on what the client can handle or needs, and what you are able to do.

By the way, the second part of the course, the Thai Reflexology, is all done with you sitting on a stool or chair. So that might work best for you. It will take you a few days to get to those modules.

You might try if sitting on a floor mat works well for you for the techniques in the first half of the course. In the end you will have to extract all those techniques from the course which work well for you and turn those into a session – so you will make it your own.

And yes, I saw your certification registration – all four of them! Laugh

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Received video 2 today.  After watching it I am very happy to hear that you stress choosing which technique works for us to get the same area on the foot covered.  The knuckle technique looks like it will work best for me, but I plan on trying each this afternoon when I can get some volunteer feet.  

ps. Sorry about the 4 registrations for a certificate. Don’t know what I am doing yet!

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Well, better four than none! Wink You are doing great!

I can assure you that you will find plenty of techniques which will work for you. And there might be some that won’t. Just like you with your 4 registrations to make sure I see it (sorry, couldn’t help myselfLaugh), I make sure to include so many techniques that everyone can find something that works for them.

There have been plenty of students of my various courses with all kinds of physical predicaments and challenges, and we have always made it work one way or the other. Thai Massage is great for that since you can use so many body parts which makes it much more flexible and versatile than many other styles.

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While practicing this morning on my husbands frozen ankle foot, I found that I can still do a few good techniques that were taught in the first two videos with his foot laying upwards rather than sideways. I was able to adjust my position so that my thumbs did not have “the gap”.  So happy to learn this!. And the knuckles work wonderfully! So much easier!

Shama, Totally love your humor!!Laugh It is necessary in today’s world!  Maybe more so in Missouri.Smile

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May 27, 2015 - 10:38 pm
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That’s one disease I definitely don’t want to catch – being overly serious about everything. Smile

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Module 3

After watching video 3 I must admit I am going to have to watch this one over and over again.  With my trusty pillow (substitute for feet) I tried to follow along with each movement.  So fun, but it will be different on a real person.  The rocking in a circle is a bit clumsy but I plan on working on it until it becomes easier.  My dog will not hold still and her feet are just not the same as a human so my poor husband will have to submit to my practicing. LOL 

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Maybe in the end your husband will become a big fan of the Thai Foot Massage process. Smile

The technique you are referring to is probably the most involved one in the entire course, so don’t feel bad if it takes you a while to get this one right.

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June 1, 2015 - 5:20 am
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Ok, so the stomach bug has arrived in our house.  I have been icky for a few days now which makes me one video behind.  I am going to have to  work harder the next few days to catch up.  

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June 2, 2015 - 2:32 am
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Don’t  stress over it. The videos won’t go anywhere and neither will I. Few course students manage to keep up with the course delivery. That’s no problem. Smile

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I love the rolling fore arm motion on the feet. It is comfortable even on someone who had painful feet. Also the range of motion on the feet, wonderful and very helpful to loosen up those stiff feet on an older person.  I find both of those very easy to do. I also find the care taken for the knee positions very important and worth reviewing several times.  I can’t do much of what was taught but so much is adaptable to my restrictions making the moves available for me to use.

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That’s a good point. Foot massage is such a wonderful way to help older people feel better. They might be reluctant to get a Thai Massage but pretty much anyone can handle and appreciate a good foot massage, no matter how young or old they are.

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Module 6

Is anyone else having a hard time remembering all the moves on the videos?  I am finding it helpful to go back and review all of them to keep them in mind but still forget some. I just finished with video #6. I found the moves in this one particularly helful for those with inflexible or tight ankles. My husband has a frozen ankle, over time I think I can now get a little movement back in it.

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WOW!Smile I just watched foot massage video #7, I see now that I have been stressing my fingers, thumbs and wrists way to much.  I am so very excited to use these new ways to do my reflexology with out all the pain!  I am over joyed to find out how to do these techniques!  I am of the same school of thought about foot reflexology that hurts for days after having it done!!!  There just is no need for that much pain, the point is to relax and allow your body to heal itself  using these muscle, nerve, and lymph system stimulating techniques.  HAPPY DANCE HAPPY DANCE.  What a gem of an instructor you are.  Thank you so much.SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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June 6, 2015 - 8:48 pm
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Well, what can I say Mona – you just made my day – thank you!! Smile

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OK, sorry about the question I sent to help.  The problem was that I was not logged in to the forum and couldn’t post to my page.  It took a while to figure it out.

I had a chance to practice on a friend of mine. She said she enjoyed the moved where you push down on both feet, back, and side to side.  I can really see this helping to loosen the ankle joint.  I am very excited to use it on older clients to help with their balance.  Many times when an older person feels wobbley on their feet, an there is no medical reason for it, their balance is the problem. Stiff ankle joints will cause that. Years back some of us took two years of Thai Chi for Arthritis classes, we all found a great improvement in our balance due to the way we were taught to move our feet, ankles and hips.

I sure hope everyone else is finding this course as valuable as I am.SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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