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Natalia McAffee
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May 22, 2021 - 4:01 am
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Module 1

I love how you introduce Thai Massage. I was able to get into Thai massage while I attended Massage therapy school, and the little bit that they taught made me fall in love with this modality. The part that I love the most is utilizing my body weight instead of my muscles to preform the service. I currently work at a spa and I have incorporated a few Thai Techniques and I have found that I really love preforming it more on the floor than on a table. I also agree with you that when starting out the different positions can be uncomfortable (the squatting position is the hardest one for me) , so I decided to start a yoga routine with my husband that way my body gets a bit more accustomed to the different positions. I am very excited to be able to participate in this course and look forward to many more fun educational sessions.

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Welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program, Natalia. That's an excellent idea to start a yoga routine and will help you a lot with doing Thai Massage on the floor.

We have not received a certification registration form from you which we need to process the certification. You can find this form on the Certification Tutorial page which you access by clicking on the Certification Information banner in the sidebar of your membership portal. Just scroll down a bit and you will find the link.

Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our Certification Checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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I am looking forward to assisting you whenever necessary while you work with the course materials. Smile

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October 6, 2021 - 7:58 am
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Module 2

I agree that Thai Massage is artistically Beautiful, when it is performed correctly it feels like the energy in your body flows through you like a tranquil stream of water. I liked that you brought up the points of Right mindset, ergonomics, and Breathing. As my own assignment to myself I wrote down as to why they are essential

Right Mindset:
A practitioner needs to be relaxed and calm. If a practitioner is ridged in body or mind then the client will feel it and the fluidity of the massage will be lost.

Body Posture:
Proper ergonomics is essential for practitioner and client, with out proper posture it can hurt the therapist and can possibly make the session uncomfortable for the client. First you could possibly hurt the client by trying to put unnecessary pressure on the client, and second the service will lose fluidity as well because if your posture is not correct it will make it harder to go from one position to the next.

Breathing:
This helps set the pace of you massage which in turn helps keep the tranquil fluidity of the massage. It also helps encourage the client to take regular breaths ( if the client has proper oxygen saturation in their muscles, then the muscles will respond better the stretching and compressions) which will help enhance the experience.  

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You certainly picked out some of the essential ingredients of Thai Massage. Did you actually get to practice this module (you did not mention anything about this module in your post)?

And, as I had mentioned in my previous post, we still need your certification registration form in order to process your certificate. Smile

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Module: 2 & 3

I have been working on both module 2 & 3 this last week. As a massage therapist they always state how important ergonomics are, but as I have observed with many therapists this concept over time becomes less used. The moves Chi Machine and the others in module 3 were pretty easy for me to implement, however I found myself falling back into bad habits of bad posture very easily (this will probably be harder for me to do correctly thank the technique).

I had very good feedback from my clients, at first they were very nervous trying Thai message. One of my clients stated that the moment I started with chi machine she felt like all her stress just melted away.

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Some people apparently think that Thai Massage means that you get turned into a pretzel since such extreme moves are often used to display or advertise Thai Massage. It's the same with yoga where often moves are shown that 99 percent of practitioners cannot do and will probably never do. Thai Massage can be quite gentle or quite strong, depending on what's right for the receiver.

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Module: 3 & 4

I have really enjoyed practicing on my friends and family. Each person has told me which move was their favorite and even though each one loves a different move they enjoy the entire foot experience. At first I practiced with the video's exclusively just so that I made sure that I was doing the technique properly as well as the ergonomics, but now I have stepped away from the video's and I have been practicing my own flow with the foot techniques. I am super excited to start adding the legs into the mix.

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Hi Natalia, please do me the favor and only post for one specific module at a time. It is a little confusing right now. You have one post for module 2, then one post for module 2 & 3, and then one post for module 3 & 4. So I never quite know which module exactly you are posting about.

Here is how it's supposed to look like (Section 4 - numbering your posts):

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Aside from that, your posts sound great and I am happy to read that you are enjoying your practice. Smile

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