Today is the beginning of my Thai Massage journey. I watched my first video today. It was easy to follow and flowed well. A few years ago I received a private Thai Massage training so I could preform it on my loved ones. It was a short lesson but it's traveled with me through the years. I'm excited about this new experience and looking forward to future videos.
Hi Natalie, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and our forum! I am looking forward to following your progress with the course.
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The Chi Machine felt very easy for me. Not so much for my partner. I watched the video at work during my free time and when I got home I practiced. I fell easily into position and placement felt very comfortable for me. I held my partner's heels in the cup of my hand and without much work, I was able to get the Chi Machine started. We heard cracking and clicking in his left ankle. He felt uncomfortable and it was a little painful. He injured it many years ago. I adjusted my hands and held firmly onto his ankles and it felt much better for him.
I didn't do it for too long because he wasn't feeling well and I felt comfortable with my technique. I'm not sure if him being a little sick caused his stomach to feel uneasy. On my part, I think I did well. I will wait to practice on him until he is feeling 100% again and I'll practice on other members of my family.
He did notice my hands got really hot, which they do when I practice energy work. One thing I love about Thai Massage is the mutual healing. I felt energized when I concluded our 1 min Chi Machine session.
That's interesting that the Chi Machine was easy for you. Most course students have a bit of a challenge with this technique initially. In your case it seems to fit you like hand in glove.
I have had a number of clients who have this cracking and clicking issue in their ankles. With them there are some techniques that you might have to skip, like ankle rotations and traction/compression moves (coming up later in the course). You seem to have found a way to do the Chi Machine in spite of the ankle issue.
Also there is a small minority of people who get nauseated with rocking techniques which move the whole body. Just something to be aware of.
Practicing on several people is highly useful. Many times a technique will feel quite different if you do it on someone else. That's especially the case in Thai Massage since there are so many stretches. That's why Thai Massage has to be very case specific, not a one-size-fits-all sequence. What works great for one client might not work for another one depending on their flexibility or lack thereof.
Your hot hands are probably an indication that you have energy flowing through them. Thai Massage uses aspects of energy work as you will find out throughout the course, and especially in the "Magic Touch Secrets" bonus course which you will get after you complete the main modules. So this is something which will be very easy for you to relate to.
This module was a little more challenging. I watched the video twice and plan on watching it a few more times. The moves themselves didn't take too many attempts to understand. Closing my eyes made things easier for me. I don't want to forget any techniques. I tried running through it on my own and felt like I couldn't remember it all. My goal is to start each module off from the beginning so I remember and practice everything as I move through the course. I know with time this will be a piece of cake and it'll come natural. I worked on 3 people ages 4 (soon to be 5!), 29, and 66. They all seemed to enjoy it. My partner is good about telling me what feels good and relaxing.
I ordered a book on Thai massage but was wondering if you recommend any. I understand chakras, I'm familiar with meridians, but know nothing about lom (wind) or sen. I never heard of those energy channels and would love to understand them very well as I will be working so closely with them.
At the end of the day, I am hitting all the energy paths and focal points during my massages. "Energy flows where attention goes" or something like that.
Thanks for your feedback!
Regarding remembering the foot massage sequence, you will find the solution for this in the next module.
The sen lines are a tricky subject since not everyone agrees on the theory behind it. I have my own take on it and you can read it here:
I agree with your last statement: "At the end of the day, I am hitting all the energy paths and focal points during my massages. "Energy flows where attention goes" or something like that."
Thank you for the information. I received my book and I'm really enjoying it. The day after I worked on module 3, my hands were incredibly sore. So sore that I had to take a break from my regular massage clients for a day. I'm pretty sure I used more than enough force when doing the twisting technique and pulled a muscle in both hands by my thumbs.
After watching module 4 I feel so much more comfortable! I just practiced the routine on my sister and she loved it. It was easy to go through the steps knowing "bend out, bend it..."
Yes, module 4 gives you the way to put it all together. You should never feel pain in your body when you are working. This indicates that you are using too much muscle effort or are not working with your entire body.
In the beginning of Thai Massage work your hands might not be used to it and they can get a little sore for a while, but strong pain is a no-no. This is as message by your body that you are going too far, or are using too much muscle power, or are using techniques which you cannot handle, are using incorrect ergonomics, are not working from your hara, are not using your breath or are putting your attention only on your hands.
That was was a mouthful, I know. One or several of these situations apply to you. Luckily you will learn about all of them throughout the course and very soon you will understand what I mean with every single one of them. Anyway, module 4 seems to have resolved some of your issues.
This was a nice change. I love receiving acupressure and thumb work but sometimes giving it takes a toll on me especially during very concentrated work like foot reflexology. I have yet to work on my partner with this technique but I did work on my daughter who just turned 5 so her frame is tiny and it doesn't give me a real feel for how it will be with my normal adult clients. She did enjoy it, though! I look forward to trying this forearm technique out later on.
One thing I've noticed as I move along, sometimes I feel too small. My position doesn't quite match yours all the time because of the difference in height. Sometimes positions feel a little awkward and I just have to wiggle around until it feels right.
That's exactly what you need to do - adjust the positions so that they feel natural for you. Here in Thailand almost all Thai Massage practitioners are women who are all quite small and light. Their big expertise is to use their body in a way so that they can work on all those big westerners without stressing themselves.
You will see that throughout the course I try to offer suggestions for making adjustments for different sizes and weights both of practitioners and clients.