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Monica Bernadini's Complete Thai Massage course
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module 1

Already a different set up..i normally startmy massages face down…cause i leave my client breath face up at the end!i like the leaning foward position cause you use the whole body mechanic…and the confy position that Shama do..looks really confortable…except for squatting…that one take some efford…but there is how i get my personal stretch while i m stretching and massaging somebody else! As well as breathing…gonna start to use the stretching and breath combination…new for me.

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A lot of nerves and veins pass from the bottom of our feet.

blood flow from bottom and come back to the hearth…never thought to start my massages from the feet…but now…when clients complain about their lower back i start with rocking motion on their feet.

still hard shake the foot using the whole body cause i tend to focus only on my arms instead the whole body motion…keep trying

i agree with a gentle touch starting…and i agree as well that the feet is a nice place to start with…

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Welcome to the forum Monica. I read your profile – when I was in my second year of massage therapy, my wrist and thumb joints were hurting as well. Luckily in Thai Massage you can use so many different body parts so that you don’t have to rely on your hands exclusively. I got very good at using other body parts besides my hands. I am pretty sure that Thai Massage is the best choice for preserving one’s health as a therapist, if it’s done right. 

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i m getting an ipnotic feeling when i start a massage on a client from the ankles and i start to do rotations. Now..i don t have a floor set up..but i m using my table massage..and for some stokes it s better cause it does not hurt my knees …but it s not ok for all the thai movements…so what i m doing is picking the moves that i m confy doing with the hight of the table and i don t hurt my back, i have neck issues…and i noticed that if i use my body weight my head falls down instead looking foward…and then i have neck pain…so i m gonna be aware of that..

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True, not all Thai Massage moves work on a massage table. However you can, like you said, just use the ones that do work, and that leaves you with plenty of techniques to choose from. Just make sure you take care of your body and only do what works easily for you.

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My goal is really get to the point to have a body mechanic that ROCK!

this video keeps remind me a lot of things to remember when you are massaging to protect myself.

my tendency is work hard and fast also on a foot , that i can get very tired…and i m giving away too much energy flow..or like the video said the energy flow stuck is some part of the body..and maybe that s why i get very tired easly…and the days that i have more energy i tend to work even harder cause i feel good!!,

interesting the 8 ways a foot can move…never think about that!but knowing that will be easy also work on trigger points moving the foot like is more logical to be.

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Your goal about body mechanics is a great idea! This will help you a lot and prevent getting tired so easily. 

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Ok, by now i got the warm up before stretching…i always focus on the problem first, so get rid of the issue first…but i never thought that i need to warm it up first…i was starting with my stretching poses …and now i bet i understand why my client sometimes get really sore!…i mean…i m not  a killer on stretching…but i was thinking at the problem first and not a nice introduction…just becose i wanted to show them how able i am to get to the point…cause most of my client don t like a massage that is too much “spa” relaxation..but they want to see a result right away…and the rolling and pull out it s really nice to apply to still people i might do too fast. But i like to have a constant nice ritmic motiion.))

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i have to say something…since i started massage i was so afraid to burn out my hands that i immediatly started to massage with my forearm…also to get more pressure…cause the most american people are overweight..and i m only 120 pound…

well i have tendinitis on my shoulder now..so i started to use my finger more..and again…forearm still hurt also using my body mechanic.

the other wrong thing…i work fast and i agree now with the video that client can feel rush and i m trying to slow my paste .

again…i m triying these technics on the table..and what i do i have a very hight table and have a bolster under knees and then without it…and work the 5 lines as well.

the tibia stretch is very  very very helpful..i m using it all the time…love this stroke…expecially for runners

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leg stretches yay!!’

i love the assestment and allinement of the foot position!

i wish there was more of this “reading the body” and understand  more…now when i see people i only observe how they walk and sit…thise stretching again are very good for athlets.

again i m applying the techniques on the table and i block the foot of my client sitting with my butt on their foot…so i can do a lot on the table!

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Did you ever try to work on a floor mat? Because then you could use your knees and feet, and that would make sure that you don’t burn out your hands or arms.

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i m learning like is called my tool boxe…the more i have the better…and yes ..one size does not fit all…so you take out the right tool with the right person..

yes i ve been tryong the mat floor..it s better, but it s hard tell people to try thai massage like that.. So all this leg stretching with the pulls..i m trying to do it on the table…my upper traps sometimes don t work proper..and i mean..i feel that i m. Ot use the whole body weight…

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still doing a variation of the variation of the thai stretching on the legs..hard to do the stretching with the client foot in my in er thight…so i m using my hands…i know…it s not the same..and i m assuming a squat position with my legs that it s a little hard….some people tell me that they do this stretching all the time at the wnd of their sport activities..so i figured that some people don t want this kind of..massage..

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Monica, of course it is true that not everybody will like Thai Massage. However in my experience most people do, once they experience it from someone who is good at it. Since you are still in the very early phase of the training, you have not been exposed to the whole range of possibilities yet. 

For example it is possible to do a wonderful Thai Massage with hardly any stretching which works great for those people who are not into stretching. Then there are countless rocking applications which most people really like. You will learn more about all these things in the next few months.

One suggestion is that you focus on the quality of your touch primarily. Try to make it feel gentle, work slowly, and try to really feel what’s going on in the client’s body. That will go a long way towards learning it properly and turning into an expert down the road. 

Give it time. Ideally you would not make it part of actual paid sessions until you have gone through more of the training and feel more confident with it. That goes especially for all those leg stretches. I don’t recommend practicing the new material on paying clients until you are quite good at it. Then you will have the confidence and the conviction to get people to try it, on a floor mat or on a table.

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i definally see that some techniques are good for some people and others techinque like rocking for who is stiffee…the sofness concept..is really important..i definally see that for put pressure with my elbow in somebody back i use localized pressure and not the whole body…and i had several people told me if i was doing reiky, energy work, cause they can feel the power…so i really don t know how good i m working…i feel me drained…and i can feel hot in my neck and head…why there?softness of touch…but how is focusing on hara?i have all these positive attitude and energy but not sure focusing right..

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nice summary..i definally have a different routine but i agree with staring with the feet and going up to the hips..and try to assest the hip bones in place…and i like the shins stretching…and based on that i focus on body posture as well

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when i start with the hip stretching i try to abduct the leg and adduct the leg as well cause you can make work also it band and inner muscles…these stretching are definally good also for massage therapist..and yes..woman massagin a man does not work so well…no matter how open mind you are..anyway…i do these stretching to my hubby…

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i m bad with anatomical names and somethimes i m guessing witch muscle i m working..i m massaging only for two years…so…i already forgot everything from school!!

i always communicate with my clients while i m doing the stretching and i ask them to tell me stop when it s a good stretch and i rock when they feel too much stretch…and slowly they can feel better..i also swing up and down pushing left and right with my arms…like push and pull…but definally is more effective than swedish massage!

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You should not feel drained when you are working. Actually the opposite is supposed to happen. You should fee energized and empowered. That only happens when you are truly working with your whole body and only use body weight. When you focus on your hara, you tap into your own energy reservoir.

I wonder why you think that the stretches in module 12 cannot be done by women on men? Here in Thailand this doesn’t seem to be a problem for the thousands of female therapist.

I wouldn’t worry about remembering anatomical names. Here in Thailand practically none of the therapists with few exceptions know anatomy, and they can still do a great massage.

Thai Massage is not based on the western concept of anatomy and physiology, but on the concept of  moving energy through energy channels.

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yes, you right..i think i just don t feel me confortable doing some strokes from the videos just thinking a woman massaging a man.

i do keep full contact with my client…cause they know where you are all the time.

my legs are not strong enought…that why i keep say that i don t have a strong body mechanics…so these king of stretching are a little hard to do it…i mean…they are hard cause i feel my muscles korking…but i actually started to understand how the energy works…cause at the end of these session i feel me stretched too..and more energenic after…!!!cool!!!

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