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April 10, 2012 - 11:44 pm
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I created this topic to post my personal reports and questions on practicing lessons from the video course.

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April 11, 2012 - 12:01 am
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Hi Yuri,

welcome to the Thai Massage course and welcome to the forum. I am looking forward to your posts and hope you will gets lots of value out of this training.

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April 13, 2012 - 8:39 pm
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Module 1.

I was very pleased to see you talking about principles first and not being too attached to the sequence.

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April 13, 2012 - 11:18 pm
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Sequences are good for learning massage, but intuition and creativity are what healing art is all about. Technique is only the first step of massage. There are many levels following that, and they will all be covered in this course.

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Module 2. Chi Machine

Tried several times and it actually felt very natural. I also appreciated how much I relax myself while doing it. This is very good thing in the beginning to switch totally to massage.

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April 23, 2012 - 11:32 pm
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I am glad that this technique worked out well for you. For many students this is actually not so easy to learn. I love it as a great way to ease into the massage session.

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Module 2. Foot Massage 1

Tried all moves and felt them pretty easy and relaxing. 

The only thing I changed was twisting the foot. I did it more by leaning my body back, not just moving the elbow. Then my hand followed naturally and twisted the foot and also stretching a little the leg. Don't know if it's right, but felt good.

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If it feels right to you and it feels good to your client, then it is right. Many times there is more than one way of doing something. I have modified many moves so that they felt better to me. That's how we develop our own style. I offer one way that works for me, but I would never say that my way is the only correct way. Massage is not a dogmatic science, but a fluid, creative and intuitive way to work with someone's body and energy field.

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April 27, 2012 - 11:16 pm
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Module 4. Foot Massage 2

Did all the movements starting from Chi machine several times. And it was actually already pretty good massage session by itself.

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April 28, 2012 - 12:31 am
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Can you imagine how much you will know when you go through all 35 modules! I am glad that you are off to a good start:)

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April 30, 2012 - 4:57 pm
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I have a problem viewing Module 5 - leg warm up video.

After 15:33 the sound disappears. If before it disappears I wind to some later moment, then it plays  OK. I tried it on different computers and with different players. I also tried to download it again with the same result. 

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Thanks for letting me know about that. I re-rendered and re-uploaded the video, and I tested it. It should work fine now. Just download it again, it will be the new version. And please let me know if it works okay at your end.

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Module 5. Leg warm up.

Thank you. Now it plays correctly. I was able to practice it. I needed to go very light on the outside of the thigh, cause it really was painful even with light pressure.

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Not sure which technique you are are referring to. The only move on this video where I show working on the outside of the thigh is where I roll up with the thumbs on the IT bands. Is that what you mean? The IT bands area is often quite sensitive, so you just work with little pressure.

Thai Massage techniques can be very strong if not done correctly. It takes much more than just knowing the technique. It takes feeling, sensitivity, intuition, an energetic connection with your client, working with your breath, using your body weight correctly and more.

You will see that all of these are covered in great detail throughout this course so that in the end you will be a healing artist, not just a massage technician who only knows the basic techniques. It will be a healing journey!

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May 1, 2012 - 9:59 pm
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Yes. This was the technique I talked about. And yes, I ended using very light pressure OR alternatively I used a stronger pressure, but I sank very slowly and roll up just a bit.

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May 1, 2012 - 10:23 pm
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Great, you figured it out then!

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May 8, 2012 - 8:33 pm
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Module 6. Leg warm up with forearm

I enjoyed this part although I'm usually bigger then my clients. I still feel it's a good change/rest.

The push-pull is sometimes hard to keep going for the first time.

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May 8, 2012 - 9:34 pm
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With the push-pull you have to develop a light feeling in your hands. Move out of a loose wrist and imagine that your hands are dancing. If they are in any way stiff or heavy, it won't feel right.

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June 11, 2012 - 8:45 pm
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Module 7. Leg Stretches 1

This part went smoothly. Liked very much this rocking stretch.

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Module 8. Leg stretches 2.

This part also was quite easy. Techniques are similar to what I studied before on massage courses. However, I liked very much how you hold the knee when stretching towards the shoulder. Before I saw only putting hand on the top of a knee. But holding it from the inside felt so much better, and this firm hold gave also sequre feeling to the recipient, which allowed him to relax better. It's amazing how such a small thing can make a huge difference.

Also, like rocking stretch, I've got a very positive feedback on this one.

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