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Pamela Koenig
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May 22, 2017 - 10:54 pm
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Module 1

I enjoyed how the introduction to Thai Massage was presented.  It covered general applications, tools, therapist positions, and client positions.  The importance of body mechanics was stressed – which is very important for both giver and receiver.  I resonated with how working on the floor is allows for easier use of hara.  There are times that I do work on a table.  I keep my table at the lowest setting so that I can climb on the table easily.  When I am working on the table I need to make sure that I am soooooo conscious of where I am in space.  I may be performing a twisted stretch on a client and leaning into their body – but I must be aware that I don’t lean too far because of the possibility of going off the table head first.  If I do have a client that is able to twist deeply – the next session is on the floor:)  I enjoy floor work.  It is very freeing.

 

I am not sure if the Chi Machine is part of Module 1???  But it is a really fun technique.  I practiced it on my hubby and at first he thought is was odd but then he liked it – especially if I lifted his legs and really created strong motion.

 

I have a question as far as body mechanics.  I noticed that you were demonstrating the one stretch (client’s foot in the crease of your hip) with your knee placed close to her thigh/leg instead of further back.  Does client size have anything to do with where you place your knee in relation to the client?  I am 5’4″ and if I am working with someone taller than me then their legs are longer than mine – if I bring my knee up close to their body then I have already initiated a stretch before I even begin to give a stretch??

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Pamela Koenig
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Module 2

Figured out that the Chi Machine is part of Module 2…sorry for putting it with Module 1

 

Chi Machine –  It is a really fun technique.  I practiced it on my hubby and at first he thought is was odd but then he liked it – especially if I lifted his legs and really created strong motion.  

I find it very interesting how the different forms of oriental bodywork are related to each other.  Thai bodywork has roots to Yoga.  Shiatsu – which is “Japanese” has roots to Chinese theories.  And elements of Chinese bodywork and philosophy does interlace with yogic thoughts.  It is like one big circle of information and ideas that have different names and approaches but are the essentially the same.

 

I have a question as far as body mechanics.  I noticed that you were demonstrating the one stretch (client’s foot in the crease of your hip) with your knee placed close to her thigh/leg instead of further back.  Does client size have anything to do with where you place your knee in relation to the client?  I am 5’4″ and if I am working with someone taller than me then their legs are longer than mine – if I bring my knee up close to their body then I have already initiated a stretch before I even begin to give a stretch??

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Hi Pamela, welcome to our forum community and to the Complete Thai Massage course.

It looks like you have it all figured out, but I always post a link to our certification check list in the beginning of all threads to make sure that we are on the same wave length:

Certification Check List

Yes, when you work on the floor you don’t have to worry about falling off the table head first! Smile

Regarding your question – in the first module I just quickly show some techniques, but I don’t get into the details. Later this will all be explained in much more detail. However here is the story: In Thai Massage there is always an interplay between therapist and client that involves size and weight. This determines how a particular technique is executed.

There are many modifications to most techniques which take these differences into account, and they will be demonstrated throughout this course in great detail. Thai Massage is definitely not a “one size fits all” sequence, but a creative, intuitive and flexible system.

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