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December 27, 2015 - 10:03 am
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Module 1

This video was a great way to start the course!  Having an overview of everything gives me a better understanding of whats to come.  I do not have experience as a massage therapist so this was helpful.  It was very helpful to see correct body posture and the different techniques and tools.  I also loved how Shama talked about using your breath and it’s more about energy flow than mechanics!  Also to connect better with the client, through the breath and keep both of you comfortable!

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Welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course, Nichole! I am happy to have another Austinite in the program (there have been several). 

It sounds like the first module hit the mark with you. I thought it would after reading about your background. Sometimes experienced massage therapists have to unlearn certain habits in order to practice Thai Massage correctly. You won’t have that issue to contend with. I am sure that the core principles of Thai Massage will resonate with you.

Also please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our certification check list just to make sure we are on the same wave length:

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December 28, 2015 - 4:05 am
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I am really liking how you explain in detail how and what you are doing, then demonstrating it!  This seems like a fantastic way to start a session, get your Chi flowing!!!  My husband is my partner (he happily volunteered!)  I told him what it was called and that I needed him to completely relaxed.  It was a lot easier than I anticipated, I started slow then picked up the pace, I did the Chi Machine for about1 1/2 minutes.  After resting for 15 seconds I asked him what he felt, if anything, he said he felt warm and his body was tingling.  His next statement was “Can you do that again!” Laugh

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Wow, that’s impressive! Many students have a hard time initially with the Chi Machine because it is not just a simple technique, but you need to have feeling and body awareness to make it work. Apparently you have that. Isn’t this a great feeling, to get such feedback from your practice partner right in the beginning already!Smile

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I watched the foot massage video 3 times before I tried it!  There is a lot to remember in this sequence!  I will definitely be watching it a few more times and come back to it later on!  I did realize that my hands and forearms get sore!  I will have to practice more to condition my body (and up my yoga practice)

I started with the Chi Machine and moved into the foot massage, I’m pretty sure I did some out of order and I had to slow down so I could remember the next move!  My husband said that he did not know how sore his feet were and that I loosened them up.  His right foot kept popping.  He also said that different parts of his body would tingle when I pressed different areas on his feet.  He also said his head would tingle.  I think he started to fall asleep!

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Your issue with remembering all those moves will be gracefully resolved in the next module. 

It is true that in the beginning of any massage training you will need to build up a little strength in your hands. That will come automatically just by doing it. However just make sure that you don’t focus on ‘muscling’ it but instead try to use body weight and whole body movements as much as possible. That’s the main secret in eliminating hand or arm strain. You will hear me talk a lot about that throughout this course.

The tingling effect in different areas of the body when pressing points on the feet is exactly what’s supposed to be happening. The principle of reflexology is that points on the feet are correlated with various areas or organs of the body. Not everybody will feel such tingling, though, but the effect is still there.

Putting someone to sleep or into a sleepy state with your massage is always a good sign! Smile

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This video helped tremendously!  I love the way you explained the flow and not having to go step by step.  The conceptual learning is much easier for me.  Technical ways usually don’t stick with me!  🙂

So in my practice after watching this module it went much smoother, it flowed easily and I did not have to stop and think about what my next move was.  It was a natural flow. 

I get a positive feed back from my husband!  Every night he asks me if I want to practice! 

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That’s great! I am happy to hear that! Smile

You must be doing a good job with this kind of feedback.

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It’s good to be back!  I had a Thai massage a couple of weeks ago on a massage table.  I can really appreciate your comments about doing the Thai massages on the mat or the table now!  For me it was uncomfortable and a little tense.  There was a couple of times I thought I was going to fall off the table!  Or I was squished when she was over me.  So thank you for talking about that! 

I really liked when you demonstrated how to lock the leg in place!  I could tell a big difference when I locked my husbands leg into place, and so could he.  It was a deeper and better pressure.  I’m still catching myself (sometimes) not using my whole body, but I’m recognizing it!  His calf muscle was really tight so I had to ease up on the pressure, but as I went on it loosened right up and felt much better.  He said he didn’t even realize his muscle was sore!  The same happened on his IT band!

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Personally I think that doing Thai Massage on a regular massage table is not a good idea. Here in Thailand a few shops use massage tables, but they are much wider than western tables. They  are fixed solid platforms and the therapist can easily get on them. But even then, I don’t see the point of it. You always have better mobility and ergonomics on a floor mat.

I know that western therapists are often very attached to using massage tables and they are convinced that a massage is not a massage unless it is done on a table. They also think that they won’t be able to convince their clients to lie down on a floor mat.

I have done countless Thai Massage sessions in the western world and nobody ever had an issue with lying on a floor mat. So this was never an issue for me. So my recommendation is to practice Thai Massage on a floor mat if at all possible.

It’s a different story if therapists only use parts of Thai Massage to blend it with another modality like Swedish. Then of course table work makes sense. But a pure Thai Massage session is definitely better done on a floor mat unless the therapist is physically not able to move around on the floor.

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Module 6

Again, you explain everything so clearly!  Using my forearms is much easier to lean my body into.  The only struggle I had was getting under my husbands leg, upper thigh, and being able to lean into it.  It felt like I was not tall enough to get a good lean.  But beside that he really enjoyed it.  I always find the sore spots!  And work them out!  🙂   I did experiment with “the lean” and “the muscle”.  He could tell a difference and much preferred the lean!

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There is just no contest between leaning and muscling. The leaning always wins hands down! Smile

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That was very interesting information about looking at the feet to tell what is going on with the hips!  I have been looking at everyone now!  LOL, to see what I can find out and guess what is going on!  It’s great to be getting into the stretching now, I know that this will take it all up another level. My husband really liked the stretching, he did not realize his hips were tight and sore!  I noticed there was a difference in how his feet lay before and after the warm up and stretching!  He felt much better after I worked on him!

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I think it’s great that you are adding a hands-on modality to your energy healing and intuitive skills. There are many aspects of Thai Massage coming up in this course which will really resonate with your skills. Especially the Magic Touch Secrets Bonus course will be a treat for you! Smile

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Module 8

I had a little trouble finding the right position for my hands when pressing on my husbands hamstring while kneeling.  But once I figured it out it went great!  I also tried the alternate position for wrapping his leg around mine and grabbing his heal, it was much easier and he said he liked that position a lot because it also stretched out his foot which felt great!  I think my foot is to small to not use my hands, I could not get enough of his leg under my foot unless I had his heal.  Once I got the positioning down it all went smoothly and he said his whole body get tingly, I always end with the Chi Machine (he loves that)  He said through out the massage his body tingles but when I do the Chi Machine the tingle stays for a bit.

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Good, you are figuring out the adaptations. It all feels a little different depending on whom you work on. Try to practice on other people as well. If you only practice on one person, it’s a little bit like learning Thai Massage with tunnel vision. Smile 

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March 23, 2016 - 8:43 am
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Watching you demonstrate the hand placements the second time was much easier, everything ‘clicked’  I practice on two of my boys also, they are always asking me to massage them now!  Even when we are out and about!  LOL  I am really enjoying this practice I would like to learn more about the energy lines.  I believe they are different than the meridians? 

During this session I played around with the muscling and leaning again, he could tell right off when I was leaning it felt much better and more relaxed! 

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Yes, the Thai Sen lines are not identical to the Meridians although the concept is similar. You will hear more about the energy lines throughout the course and I am also planning to produce a special video about this topic as part of my ongoing improvement and upgrading of this course.

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March 25, 2016 - 8:53 pm
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Module 10 

Putting the warm ups and the stretches together has been very rewarding, I love to hear that I am helping my husband become more limber and relaxed, and my kids love the touch!  When I did the blood flow stop on my husband he said that he could feel the pulsing but the rush took several seconds to happen then he became all tingly and he also noticed that my hands got hot.  I contributed that to my Reiki, my hands can become extreme temperatures when I practice that modality.  I do believe this will become a great combination!

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No doubt that this will be an excellent combination!

It does sound like you are making your family happy with your skills – great!! Smile

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