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Module 2: 

I just finished watching the second video on the Complete Course Videos.  So far, so good!  I was very pleased to hear that you are not required to have an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology.  I agree that you should go off of your instincts and not so much on what muscle is this, or where does this attach, etc.  It has taken me a long time to get out of the headspace of having to know all of my anatomy and just “go with the flow.”  My clients seem to respond much better when I do go with the flow.  :). 

I am excited to try these new techniques on my clients.  I will however, be starting off by practicing on my husband and daughter.  No complaints there!  I like the Chi Machine as I am convinced that everyone’s “tightness” comes directly related to their hips.  

I’m hoping that I am posting correctly.  Can someone guide me in the right direction if I’m doing it wrong please? Thank you!  

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Module 1: 

I completed the video last week.  I had taken a Thai course a few years ago, and this was pretty much a refresher video for me.  I don’t do much Thai massage at this point, but I’ve always been interested in doing it more.  I do massage for a hobby in the evenings and weekends as I have a full time job.  I am looking forward to learning all that I can about Thai massage and giving my clients an even better massage.  Thank you for giving me this opportunity to learn!  

Please let me know if I’m doing this correctly.  🙂 

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Hi Nancy, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage course. I sent you an email regarding your questions if you are doing this correctly – not quite! Laugh I assume you are posting in order to get a certificate, so based on this assumption I made some corrections.

I combined your two posts under the same topic. In the process your second post showed up first, but that’s no big deal. I also changed your display name to your actual name.

Just make sure that from now on you only hit the “Add Reply” button, and not the “Add Topic” button.

Also please take a moment to read this quick certification check list summary by clicking on the link below:

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As far as the content of your actual posts is concerned – that looks just fine! Smile I am looking forward to following your progress, and of course I will answer any questions you may have.

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December 31, 2015 - 6:52 am
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Thank you!  It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a class.  I’m a little rusty.  🙂

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Module 3: Foot massage

I just completed the third video/lesson.  I viewed the video several times and have practiced on my partner.  The feedback that I got was that it was very relaxing.  He also told me to be careful when I am turning the foot out as I could hurt someone that has a knee injury.  I took that into consideration the next go through and he said it felt much better.  I think I just need to slow down sometimes and be more mindful of the clients body and what it is telling me.  I think I get in a rush sometimes and just need to stay in the moment and slow down. 

I really like how you are very descriptive in your videos.  When I practice, I have the video playing and am following along.  I like that I can practice without actually keeping my eyes glued to the screen.  You make it easy to follow along.  I am looking forward to many more hours of practice.  

Thank you!! 

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You got the hang of the forum – great! Smile

Yes, bending the feet out can stress the knees if there is tightness in the hips. In such a case you either do this technique very gently or you skip it altogether.

You had some good realizations. Working slowly and mindfully is much better than working quickly. Rushing through a Thai Massage session actually feels pretty mechanical and just plain bad. You will learn later in the course how to use your breath to time your movements and slow them down as well.

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Module 4: Foot massage cont.
I loved the 8 different ways to move the foot. I am certainly a technical person, and this was a breath of fresh air to see this on the screen. This is definitely something that I can relate to as I’m working. I can think about the ways that the foot can move and then do the movements. I also like the way that you bring up how you don’t have to remember all of the movements. Just like a table massage, you just go with the flow and what feels good at that moment. The client does not know what the movements are; just that the movements feel good. 🙂
I love this style of learning. It is a perfect way for me to learn. I can learn at my own pace; go back and review; and practice as many times as needed. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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You just made my day, Nancy! Thank YOU! Smile It’s great to hear that my training material fits you perfectly.

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Module 5: Leg warmup

Just viewed the video and took the test questions.  I like your idea of viewing the video, practicing and then taking the quiz questions while it is fresh in your mind.  

I like that you stress to warm up the leg before stretching.  I do a lot of working out and I know how important it is to do a warmup.  Now that I’m getting older, it’s taking me a lot longer to warm up.  I can see how Thai massage can be helpful with warming people up before a workout perhaps.  I know that too deep of compressions can be harmful before a workout, but it doesn’t seem like these compressions are that deep.  

I’m also wondering if you are going to do a video at the very end that puts the whole treatment together from start to finish? 

Thanks again!  Loving it!!  🙂

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Not only at the very end – there are several “summary” videos throughout the course where you see the whole flow. Smile

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Module 6: Leg cont. 

Starting to get the hang of viewing the video several times, practicing, posting and answering exam questions.  Whew!  I’ve always liked working on the legs as I believe they are the powerhouse for the rest of our body.  I think the legs get neglected a lot of time.  It’s easy to go fast when giving a massage and much harder to slow down.  At least it is for me.  I have to catch myself and remind myself to slow down.  My husband will give me feedback much quicker than a client.  I think it’s important to remember to slow down especially when using your forearms on the legs.  My husbands calves tend to be more sensitive, so I had to remember this when using compressions on his calves, as well as slow down.  

Again, I Love this format.  If I may ask, how many modules are there in this course? 

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Yes, slowing down is very important. If you work too quickly it can feel rushed and mechanical.

How many modules are there in this course? There are 35 main course modules (these are the ones which count for certification), 16 major bonus modules, and dozens of support and cultural modules consisting of video and pdf text content.

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Module 7: Hip stretching

I had taken a Thai massage course in the past and was shown to observe the hips by looking at the feet.  It was never explained however, how to look at the hips.  What was I looking for? I like the way you explain the tightness in the hips and what to look for.  I made the assumptions when looking at the hips, but never really knew exactly what I was looking for, until now.  🙂

I have a hard time with lifting my partners legs when they are heavier.  I know it’s something that I just need to work on.  It’s not that I’m not strong enough, it’s more of a leverage thing and I just need to work on my body mechanics when lifting the leg.  It just seems awkward the first few times.  Any suggestions for a smaller Therapist working on a bigger client? 

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I think you answered your own question – it’s a leverage thing. Smile There are tens of thousands of petite female Thai Massage therapists here in Thailand who are perfectly capable of working on much larger men, often foreigners.

And, throughout this course you will find LOTS of suggestions and modifications to compensate for size and weight differences. There are entire modules just dedicated to this issue.

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Module 8: Leg stretches 

Love, love, love the hip pie way of remembering the 8 ways to stretch the hip.  These little word associations help me to remember these more easily.  It certainly comes in handy when I am working on a client and I am trying to remember what techniques to use.  Thank you.  I’m sure it may seem very simple to some or very elementary, but it does come in handy when trying to remember certain stretches.  

I also like how you talked about a smaller therapist working on a larger client.  It will be helpful when this happens.  I am always looking for various ways to do this.  Now I know!  Thank you.  🙂

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I think most course students like the hip pie concept. It’s just a better way to remember all those moves, just like the “8 ways to work on the foot” from an earlier module.

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Module 9: 

Again, love all of the stretches.  The elephant walking works great.  I am already adding some of these movements into my massages on the table.  

The rocking and the circular action for the hip is a great way to loosen up the leg and hip area.  These are great modifications for these techniques.  The technique for someone who is taller than me is great.  It was kind of hard to imagine at first, but once I did it, I realized that I am already doing this in my treatments.  Leverage is a great tool.  🙂

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Module 10: Leg stretching cont. 

Hara: Energy reservoir located behind the naval.  You stated to focus on this during the session.  I’m assuming that I focus on my energy and how I can translate my positive energy to my clients.  Is that correct? I try and focus positive energy every time I give a treatment.  I try and think about how I want to give this client the best possible treatment I can and to help heal them.  

Blood stop: Quick question.  I had a blood clot in my leg several years ago.  What would the contraindications be for someone doing this technique? I know for me, deep, slow compressions actually feel amazing! Perhaps I missed it in some of the earlier videos.  I’m sure that’s the case. 

This was probably my favorite video so far.  I am enjoying the stretches on the legs so much.  I can’t wait to put it all together!  Thanks again!  

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Blood clots and strong varicose veins would be a cause for concern with this technique. It all depends on the individual situation. For example you could reduce the time you hold the “blood stop” to much shorter periods or modify it into a deep compression technique without holding it at all. It’s generally not a black or white situation since you can always modify techniques.

The hara is just one way of focusing energy which happens to work well for me. But I am well aware that there are all kinds of energy focusing techniques that work well too. Personally I use the hara technique and other visualization techniques as well to help focus my energy and transfer it to the client.

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Module 11: Review

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.  So true.  I try and do this every time I meet with a new client.  Well, every client.  Even repeat clients need to know they are being taken care of just as much as when they first started.  

It’s so great to get a review of all of the modules up to this point.  Repetition is the key to learning all of these moves.  I like how you stress that you don’t have to use all of the movements.  It’s best not to be scripted, especially in massage.  

I am starting to use the rocking technique more and more in my treatments.  Really seems to loosen the person up better. I’ve also started to slow down more and sink into the muscle.  This really works especially if they are sensitive to deep work or sore.  

I like that you state “If you’re not comfortable, than they are not going to be comfortable.”  It’s all about being confident with yourself and letting go.  Having the confidence that you are helping this person to relax and your intentions are good.  Go with the flow.  🙂

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