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Nathalie Fuz's complete thai massage notes
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February 4, 2022 - 12:52 pm
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Module- course introduction:

i really appreciate the way this course is designed, particularly the pace at which the modules are released and the in depth approach of Thai massage with some info on basic anatomy but not too much emphasis on mechanical but rather energy flow.

Also this is really generous that all of the course will be available to us for life for review at any point in time!

Finally it is great to receive a certification but you have to show your progress in order to obtain it.

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Module 1-course overview:

-what i love most about Thai massage is the fact that it is performed on the floor on floor mats and with props such as pillows.

-The use of all body parts rather than just hands is really important for the longevity of healing work; however some of the ergonomics necessary for good and effective Thai massage sometime require balance and mobility and can be challenging at times in feet and knee area but just need to be practiced!

-i love the emphasis on feeling , energy flow, connection rather than just clinical and mechanical approach. Also the creativity possible while giving a Thai massage as far as which techniques and in which order massage can be performed and i like Shama’s emphasis on that and encouragement to not be caught up in techniques and order of delivery.

-this course really goes in depth as far as techniques, tools, positions and ways to use all of them to give an effective and pleasant massage.

-use of props and positions depending on client position on the mat

-emphasis on good ergonomics and breathing to achieve comfort for the client and the therapist

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Module 2-Chi machine:

-this is the beauty of Thai massage and its variety and holistic essence which allows the therapist to be creative and mindful while delivering their massage.

-the importance of ergonomics to have a nice flow and confidence in the massage given to the client 

-the use of body weight and good breathing patterns rather than direct pressure and tension allows for good body movement of the therapists and in turn a nice relaxing experience for the client.

-i really like the inclusion of other techniques from other healing arts such as the Chi machine move which is a great start to a massage ( i do it after opening my massage with feet warming)

 

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Module 3-Foot massage 1

-Starting the massage with the feet is a really great pleasant opening ( i have received many Thai massages in Thailand and love the cleaning of the feet then feet warming techniques)

-i like Shama’s emphasis in always be connected with the client even thru transitions.

-i particularly love the elephant walk and the explanation of points 1, 2, 3, 2, 1

-i appreciate the meticulous explanations of hand and fingers placement thru different techniques/transitions and the use of body weight.

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Module 4-Foot massage 2

-i really like Shama’s gentle approach stirring away from perfectionism but rather encouraging practice and humility.

-the do’s and don’t’s are really important and the emphasis on looking to see with our mind’s eyes and feeling our full body energy is clearly number one for Shama’s approach and the way this course is designed.

-concept of 8 things you can do with the foot is helpful and the way they can fit in the foot massage.

-again the emphasis of correct position of therapist and use of body weight in all the moves that are demonstrated and the note that moves should be performed on both sides even though sometime and because of camera work it might not be obvious but Sharma make it clear.

-smooth transitions are difficult at first but the advice and suggestions that Shama gives throughout and at the end of module are really reassuring.

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Hi Natalie, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. As you see, now all your posts are combined into one thread. Smile As long as you click on 'Add Reply', all your posts will remain within this thread.

It seems that you did not send in a certification registration form. We need this for our records in order to issue you a certificate. You can find this form by clicking on the 'Certification Information' banner in the sidebar of your membership portal. This will take you to our 'Certification Tutorial' page. If you scroll down, you will find the 'certification registration' section with a link to the registration form.
Please fill it in and submit it.

Also I suggest that you (re)watch the second video in the Tutorial to better understand how the certification process is supposed to work.

For example, I noticed that your posts mostly talk about what you like about a module, or what's in a particular module. In other words, you mostly list the content of the modules. 

But the idea is that you write about your actual practice experience with the training material - how the practice went, what feedback you got from your practice partner, etc. We issue certificates if we can see here in the forum that someone is actually practicing the material, and not just watching the videos.

So your posts are supposed to be experiential, not a description of the content of the videos.

Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized (this is like a condensed version of the larger certification tutorial):

Certification Checklist

After all this 'housekeeping' stuff, I am looking forward to reading about your actual experience of practicing the course material. If you ever have any questions, I am always available to answer them in here. Smile

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