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My progress report (Thai Foot Massage course)
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Hi (Shama) everyone, this is intended to be my progress report thread for the course. For me it's the obvious choice after the completion of the main thai massage course. I'm aware of what can do a good massage session on the feet. People love it :-) . I couldn't miss the chance to learn from Shama again on this subject. So, here we go :)

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Welcome back Alessandro! You are totally correct, most people love a good foot massage. It is a very useful skill to have.

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Module #1:
It's an interesting first module. The work on the energy lines on the feet has a certain degree of challenge at first, but once you figure it out after some experimentations, it gets easy. The tip on the thumbs is a good one. One thing different I've noticed in this kind of foot work is the way the energy lines are worked. In this case, when we arrive at the last points on the foot, we don't retrace the lines back as we usually do. Is there a particular reason behind that?

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November 6, 2012 - 10:29 pm
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There is no real scientific reason behind it. It is more of a matter of personal preference. If you want to retrace the lines in the other direction, I am sure nothing drastic will happen Smile. To me it feels better the way I do it, and that's why I teach it that way.

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November 6, 2012 - 11:21 pm
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Ah, ok then. I've put too much thought into itLaugh.

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Module #2:
Two new techniques for me here. The really new one uses the knuckles. I've never tried to work the feet this way and I think that the middle finger variation is the one that deserves more attention; the feet can have indeed some sensible spots. My preference goes to its supportive variation since the hand support can be more pleasant to the person's foot. The second one is an adaptation of the forearm work in prone position for the supine one. It's just a matter of different positioning. That's especially true for the cross-legged variation. Our thigh is like a pillow for the person's foot and that's one of the reasons why I like it.

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November 10, 2012 - 12:58 am
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You will be amazed how much you can do with the knuckles once you get to the second part of this course!

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Module #3:
The first technique is a familiar one with the exception of its variation; we extend it to the lower legs keeping the same pace. I just have to raise myself up on the knees and carry on. It can be considered the second part of the technique. The rest of the foot work is not much different from what I've already learned, but offers some nice variations as the ones that involve the feet tendons.

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Module #4:
The first new technique in this module uses the elbows and it's not as brutal as it can appear at first glance. We just have to be gentle and aware of the person feedback. Its "on the air" variations are some easy to do stretches. The "stand up" techniques don't require much effort neither and the "rolling fist" technique feels nice. The knees work on the feet is my favorite part of this module. However, I can't handle sitting completely on my heels, moreover, in this way, I end up being too high on my knees to work properly on the feet. It becomes kind of a power moveLaugh. Bottom line, I have to work with the feet lowered down.

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Just do what works for you. Nothing is written in stone. If you are not comfortable, you cannot do a good session. If an adaptation makes the technique work better for you, then it is right. You can try putting a small pillow or bolster under your ankles, that might help. Also when you are sitting Japanese style, if you feel pressure on your knees, try stuffing a pillow between your upper and lower legs. That will take pressure off the knees.

If you end up too high when you are on your knees, you can lower yourself by supporting yourself on your hands. Then you can control the weight of your knees on the feet better, and it is not a power move anymore.

And if all else fails, just don't use a particular technique if it does not work well for your body. There are plenty of similar techniques in those videos. You don't have to do every single one of them. Just use the ones you like and that work best for you.

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Module #5:
This module starts with some useful informations about the foot manipulations and the attention we have to put into them to prevent discomfort in the person. Two new variations for me here. The first one is the inward feet bending. I problaby prefer it to the original one. It seems less stressful. The second one is a nice loosening up technique that can help preparing the foot to sideways twists.

Module #6:
The highlight of this module is the therapy work on the ankles. These techniques are great for the articulation and the good grip we have on the foot assures a very effective and focused work. Definitely some techniques to include in my repertoire.

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November 18, 2012 - 1:27 am
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I am glad you are finding value in this course. The next module will be all completely new material.

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Module #7:
It's definitely a new way to work on the feet. The first think that I've noticed is the extensive use of knuckles as tools to work on the different areas of the foot. One thing that I appreciate of this system is that we can switch knuckles to preserve the articulations. On the contrary, in traditional reflexology, there is an extensive use of our thumbs and they represent our primary tool of work. So, being able to switch knuckles can be such a relief :) . All the ergonomic solutions help too; the index-thumb interlacing technique is a great alternative. Where we have to pay much more attention it's on the bony parts and the sole of the foot. A question for you to finish. What do you think about using talc as alternative to oil?

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I have never used talc, so I cannot say anything about that. It really does not matter so much what you use as long as it does not get absorbed too quickly and it makes it easy to slide over the skin.

The knuckles are so much easier to work with than thumbs. That has always been my issue with reflexology, the heavy thumb use - not so good for the therapist! Either you have to reduce your intensity when you work or you run the risk of injuring your thumbs. The knuckles let you work full power if necessary without endangering your thumb joint.

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Module #8:
It's a very informative module, but there are also some new foot techniques. This time we have to raise the foot on a pillow to be able to do them on the floor. They are easy to perform and are great to receive, too. If we use the right amount of pressure in the indicated areas there can be a lot of benefit for the receiver. There are also useful informations about the use of the oils. The cream-oil mix is something I'm going to tray soon ;-)

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Someone had asked me about the oil when I released the first version of the course, I don't remember if it was you or someone else. So when I upgraded the course I put this information in. I keep upgrading and improving my courses. In a few days you will see - there is another major update for one of my courses in the works. All students get updates for free.

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Shama said

Someone had asked me about the oil when I released the first version of the course, I don't remember if it was you or someone else.

 

It wasn't me Wink

 

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So when I upgraded the course I put this information in. I keep upgrading and improving my courses. In a few days you will see - there is another major update for one of my courses in the works. All students get updates for free.

 

Nice to hear that! Smile

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Module #9:
There are a good number of techniques in this module. Many of them are very energetic and in these cases we can easily use too much pressure on the foot; some techniques can be painful if applied on some spots or supposedly pain-free areas. So, in this sense, I appreciate the tips. The part that I most enjoyed was the ankle and the lower leg work. I focused primary on some of the techniques, the ones I most liked, and the result I got was great. Now, if had included every single one of them...Smile

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That's great that you like the ankle and calf work. It does make the massage more comprehensive and is a natural extension of the foot work. If you want to use every single technique in this course during one session, you will be quite busy and it will be a long session. Smile

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Module #10:
This module starts with some percussion techniques for the final part of the session, but the most interesting bits come later. The use of the towel is an original and very nice idea of wiping off the oil. Also, the idea to extend this system to include hands, arms, shoulders and neck as well into the session, it's a brilliant one in its simplicity. The last part of the module, as usual, is a summary of the different techniques we saw during this course. It shows us the flow of a typical session and its invigorating nature.

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