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Nicole Robertson's Complete Thai Massage Progress Notes
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Nicole Robertson
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Module 1

I liked learning about the energy flow when it came to comparing Thai massage and western massage. I have noticed a different when going to Thai massage places and getting a sports massage. Sport massage is a bit more painful and mostly focuses on the anatomy, and Thai definitely has that flow aspect and is more soothing. I am wondering if there were any tips on how to keep the face facing down during the prone position when massaging on the floor? I am someone that usually gets a neck cramp if I turn my head to one side too long. I also think it is more comfortable having your neck in line with your spine when getting a massage. 

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Hi Nicole, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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You are jumping the gun a little here. Laugh Yes, there is a very good way of making someone comfortable in the face-down position in Thai Massage. There is an entire video about how to do that when you get to the prone position in the course. Definitely it is not comfortable for most people to turn their head sideways for an extended period of time, and they won't have to!

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The Chi machine looks incredible to do and feel. I definitely want to perfect this so I can use it on my clients and see how they feel from it before doing gym work. Any tips on how to perform this on a massage table as well? Obviously, it is better to do it on the ground based on your ergonomics, but it would be nice to know just in case the ground isn't an option. 

Definitely will practice those exercises. I can easily sit on my heals, but my toes are not very flexible, so I will have to work on that everyday. 

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The Chi Machine can be done on a table. However you have to do it with muscle effort by lifting the legs and swinging them sideways. On the floor you can use your hip motion to get the swinging effect, and you don't need any effort since the heels are resting on your thighs. So the table will work - it's just not as effortless.

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Thanks for the info! glad it is still possible. I tried the chi machine for the first time on one of my teammates and she enjoyed it!

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The video has so much useful information and I will definitely need to look at it a few more times. I plan on trying this tonight on my girlfriend. She is very flexible in her ankles, so I am wondering if there is something extra I can do to be able to make her feel more of the stretch? Also wanted to know if some of these movements are "too much" for people who have hurt their ankle in the past? I know some who have sprained their ankles and are very stiff and sensitive when it comes to certain movements.

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I like the idea of conceptual thinking and not just memorizing things. That has helped a lot when watching the last part of your video. I plan on rewatching module 3 again to better understand the movements and routine of the massage techniques. Should the massage go in the same order as what you do in the videos, or does it not matter? Curious to know if certain movements help more than others when loosening up and massaging the ankles/feet.

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Some people are so flexible that certain stretches don't do much for them. However we have to keep in mind that the goal of Thai Massage is not just to stretch people, but to balance energy flow, make people feel better, and provide a blissful experience for them. It's the overall result of a session that counts, not how much we can stretch someone. If you realize that someone totally doesn't need a particular stretch, just skip it and do something else.

And yes, some techniques can easily hurt someone with previous injuries or severe stiffness. The art of it is to evaluate what works for a particular client and do just that. Don't think that you have to do all techniques on everyone. The techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences. All this will become much clearer later in this course.

The order in which I show the movements is a good guideline, but there is nothing wrong with changing it either. None of this is written in stone. In the end it comes down to becoming more creative and intuitive and sensing what works best for you, your client, and a particular situation. That takes quite a bit of practice and experience to get to that point, but this is the goal to look forward to. Smile

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