Module 1 :
The energy lines are very simple. I didn't knew that until now - I thought every time this is a very hard and complicated asian stuff to be learned by someone like me. I did the massage on my own feet and then on a model and this first move on the energy lines is so comfortable and the feeling is wonderful.
A big lesson about how to keep the thumbs safe and how to position the hand on the foot when massaging.
I"m so glad I take this course and I'm not afraid anymore by the <<sen line>> course. I think the sen course will be the next one.
This is more relaxant that whatever I did for now. Like a reflexologyst I tried in my first years to find a method to make a little massage program of the feet before the reflexology session. And I thought, after I found and developed some moves, I had everything to relax the feet of my clients before I do the reflexology, but it means - with all my efforts and experience - I didn't something so relaxing like those thai moves. I'm very impressed about the effects.
THe real stuff is that the moves don't need much effort from the masseur. I love this.
In the second technique I used the middle finger knuckels and it was worked so great - less effort for me and so soft technique for my partner.
I'm so glad I already take the Knee course because some techniques - like the one with the forearm - though are not identical, but I'm so familiar with them.
Thank you, Shama for the resume in the end of the module - it is very practical because I can see the transition moves.
The <<favourite technique>> is a little hard to master it. But it is normal because I just start to learn it. I love it because I can go up to the lower leg and massage there.
The second technique is very interesting- I have a pacient who accused pain in that zone and I do alot of massage with him there. I must call him to try some Thai foot massage. As I said - I'm very happy because I learned already some part in Thai massage so I don;t have any problems in understanding how to move with all my body and how to use the flow of the moves.
Very nice sensation on the sides of the ankles - when pulling up the thumbs.
Module 4 :
I like the way you said - all those moves can be used separately in other type of massage. I'm doing this already and it is very confortable. Some of my clients already knows that - when I work with the quadriceps for example - all of them want the <<thai moves >> 🙂
I don;t understand in the 03:10 when you said something about the third part of the course because I think they are only 2 parts. Maybe I don't understand very good what you mean there.
The stretching move in the air is something I feel necessarly for the tendon.
It is amazing because the technique with the knee massage on the feet I know already from Amatsu Tatara course- a japanese massage old style. But in that course they don;t explain us very well how to keep our balance. Now I just masterised the techn ique - I practiced it alot but with some lack of balance. The moves when we pressing with our ankles on the feet of the clients someone explain me on a Chair massage course. I didn't know until now this is a thai massage move. Wonderful variation!
My ba duan jin sifu name that kind of fist <<tai chi fist>> - it allow the massage to be very gentle.
Regarding the part 3 statement - I think I must have misspoken and meant to say part 2. However soon there will be a part 3 since I am planning to add a special therapy section to this course.
Regarding the balance for the knee work - this is also not taught so well in most Thai Massage schools. I have made it an important part of all my training to teach good ergonomics and good balance.
Module 5 :
It is a good thing because you show us the technique adapted for the clients with knee's problems because almost all my clients have the problems with their knees and hips.
The technique with the crossing legs is wonderful. I saw that one leg is always more stiff than the other ( the left leg in what I saw until now ) .
The inspir and expir - the breath is essential for energy work.
The <<sandwich>> technique in the final was most apreciated by the both of my clients.
Module 6 :
This is a complete stretching moves module for the foot. Of course I doing stretch when I massage the foot but never think the stretches can be so complex and to cover so much in the clients need. The moves after the stretching session are great and adress it to the nervous system to restore the functionality in the entire leg.
I did all the moves in 1-6 modules to a client and she confirm to me that kind of massage is more deep and relaxant than my old foot massage - who relax her in a great mode until yesterday :))
Module 7 :
I understand now why you told me to be patient to observe the course ( our discussion about the charts.. ). all the moves are made to fit in any kind of reflexology charts.
I use merrygold melkfet ( cream ) or arnika melkfet in my reflexology sessions. The oil it's too thin for my moves on the feet....
Because I use already my thumbs in a very eficient mode and have no problem with that ( 6 years of reflexology and trigger points techniques where I use my thumbs too ) I'm glad and happy to learn something else - how to use other parts of my hands and body to press and massage the points. I was afraid a little you will recommend that asian sticks for reflexology ( in Romania we have a little percent of clients who prefer the stiks or other reflexology instruments just because they learned in the communist era that if is painful is good for health... in the past decades in our country we have western reflexology but eastern instruments for reflexology because we has a very special relationship with China and Russia ) ... so the older clients will prefer sometimes an instrument- a stick or something... but is a very little percent . I used then this :
I love all the tehcniques you presented for the front of the feet. In medical reflexology are not so much moves to do there so I learned alot because we have there alot of points so we must to work alot of that side of the foot and it is boring for the client to feel the same technique for much time.
I thought you might get an "aha moment" when you got to the reflexology section.
Personally I don't like how the sticks feel and I don't include their use in the course although they are often used in Thailand. The shops where I get my foot massage don't use them.
You are right, the good thing about the Thai reflexology system is that it is not all thumb work, and that there is a variety of techniques.
Great discussion about materials! Thin oils, creams, lotions - as I said - me too, when I must to work 1 hour on feet, I used a melkfet - something like coconut oil consistence but it is made from plants ( arnika or marygold ) mixed with beewax. Right now I'm waiting for an arab shop to receive what they name : solid perfume... I'll told you how is that for reflexology 😀
The move on the ankle appear to be very simple but instead it is very interesting : that's because after the ankle is warmed we go up between the maleolas and achile's tendon in zone where I really don't did massage until now. What wonderful feeling when I used my fist to massage the feet in that powerful technique! I ask my partner to massage me with that because it feel so wonderful! Even she is not so big or don't have a great force she can do it effortless.
My favourite - working with the toes. Just because I don't seen until now in other courses or to the other specialists something really interesting to apply on toes. Shama : this is the real gem of the course ! I just love it because complete all my foot massage and made it amazing! I'm very happy do discover this module.
What a difference when I used the horse galloping technique! just so relaxing - my model want to do this without stop :))
I western reflexology when we work with a man ankle and there it is very hard or impossible to work because the skin it to hard, we skip from there to the sides of the ankle. Normally the center of the ankle is the point for the genital reflexes so we have the sides of the anke with the same points. In practice we use the center of the ankle almost for women when this is possible.
Module 10 :
I love the tapotament techniques. My partner love it too! so relaxing!
Wow - I'm master in my country in the feet massage with the towel ( I invented myself because I don't see anyone until now when I saw you teach it 😛 ) and many clients of mine know already that I don't just clean them with the towel but they know this is a special part of the massage.
Today I have a client with feet massage so I'll talk with him to do Thai feet massage. I know he will enjoy that.
This was an extraordinary course for me and I feel how rich I am in knowledge of my profession after I gradued it!
Thank you again, Shama !