After watching the first 2 modules in the Complete Thai course, I feel confident that I will be able to succeed in this online/video format. I was a bit nervous at first but since I have a background in massage and yoga, I thought that I would be able to "catch on" to the body mechanics, etc. I love how Sharma set up the intention of the whole course and based it on breathing and being present. I practiced the Chi machine on my partner (who is totally opposite of me) and he loved how it made him feel. A great beginning!! Can't wait to start Module 3
I have no doubt that you can succeed with this course since you already have the perfect prerequisites. I am not just saying this to encourage you, but I am basing it on the feedback of lots of other course students with similar backgrounds as yours.
If someone has zero background in massage or yoga, it would be much more challenging to follow this course unless they have a natural talent for this work (I have had some of those students as well). However the vast majority of my students have a massage and/or yoga background which makes this course so much easier to understand since you are already familiar with many basic concepts.
It's a good sign that the Chi Machine worked out well for you already (and this is one of the more difficult techniques).
My first exposure to online healing arts training was when I initially learned Chi Gong from an online course. It worked out really well for me since I could just naturally relate to it. And now I can back up my experience with hundreds of student testimonials who have learned a lot from this course. I am sure you can do the same!
Module's 3 & 4
I love working the feet! Unfortunately, they are not my partner's favorite part and actually does not let me massage his feet at all! However, I convinced him to let me practice the Thai foot techniques and he said it actually felt good!!
I do need to work on the transitions to make them smoother but right now just focusing on learning the proper body mechanics and making sure my body feels right doing the techniques.
Feet are often connected to all kinds of psychological issues. For example here in Thailand it is extremely inappropriate or even offensive to point your feet at anyone. However at the same time, foot massage is flourishing all over the country, and the client's feet are always pointing right at the therapist. So there is a rule which can be totally broken, but only in a specific context.
I also know therapists who don't like working on feet for similar reasons, but once both therapist and client get over their various hangups, at the end of the day foot massage feels totally wonderful and everybody enjoys it. Besides that it is highly beneficial and therapeutic. Maybe you will make a convert out of your partner after all!
You're absolutely correct, Shama! Hangups I had about feet was the most difficult part for me to get over in massage school and now it's my absolute favorite part to work on
The leg warmups in Modules 5 and 6 were a lot more technical than I would have though but I liked how the sequence flowed from the top of the leg to the bottom and then concluded with a little more warmup on the feet. My partner is not a very big person and I'm small myself so I'm wondering how it work with a larger client. I'm sure that you'll address this more in the coming modules but that has always been my biggest concern learning this technique. I'm not quite sure how I will adjust some of these techniques to work on a larger client.
There are so many techniques and ways of doing things in this course that you will never use them all in one session. The more you learn, the more you will see that you need to choose your techniques according to the condition, size and weight of the client. The second thing is that you will get better at using various body parts which give you more leverage, and the third thing is that you will get better at using your body weight more effectively which translates into more power with less effort.
Most Thai Massage therapists here in Thailand are petite women who often weigh around 95-110 pounds or around 50 kg or so. They are easily able to work very effectively on all those much larger Westerners who are all over Thailand by the tens of thousands.
During the course you will learn a lot more about this. You will be surprised how effective you can be. Of course there will be cases when you just have to cut out some techniques if the client is very large and heavy. And that's perfectly okay too.
That's comforting to hear! After watching the leg stretch modules 7 and 8, I can see how it will be important to pick and choose the techniques that will not only be most beneficial to the client but also will be easiest for me to perform. I always had the idea that Thai massage followed a "prescribed" sequence of techniques but not I can see that it can be truly therapeutic since it can be modified and adjusted to suit the client's needs, body type and condition. Looking forward to the next module
Unfortunately Thai Massage is generally taught in a one-size-fits-all style, cookie cutter version. But there is so much more potential in it that many therapists aren't even aware of. How otherwise could I have come up with 17 different courses, all covering different aspects and elements of Thai Massage! By the end of this course you will have a totally new perspective for this modality, guaranteed!
Also since you said that now foot massage is your favorite, you might want to check out an amazing course which would enable you to do really wonderful foot massage. This goes even much further than what you learn about foot massage in the Complete Thai Massage course, and in addition to the Thai foot massage it teaches Thai Reflexology which is a stand-alone modality and my favorite treatment here in Thailand.
I will definitely check out that course. I'm always looking for new foot massage techniques
Wow...it's unbelievable how in depth the leg stretch modules are. There are so many to choose from! I found that the hamstring stretches were the most the enjoyable to my client. I think that so many of us have very tight hamstrings and to be able to relax while the therapist does the stretch helps to encourage the hamstrings to loosen more easily. Most of us use force when stretching ourselves which is counterproductive. I am very relieved to hear that the leg stretches are the most difficult because I'm feeling a little overwhelmed right now...lol.
Looking forward to seeing all of them put together in a sequence
When you get through with the leg stretches, you are over the big hump! It is quite natural to feel a little overwhelmed when you do all those stretches the first time. However I can assure you that after a while it will feel like second nature. Then it's like riding a bicycle - one you know it, you don't forget it anymore.
There is a summary module where you see it all in flow like in a real massage session. That will help to put it into perspective.
Loved the information in the Hip modules! Very informative on how to create a therapeutic session rather than a "mechanic" massage session. A therapeutic seesion is so much more organic and beneficial to the client. While I enjoy practicing on my partner, I'm really looking forward to working on a variety of clients in order to become more sensitive to many different bodies and needs. I'm moving into a new home in a couple of weeks. Once I'm settled in, I can't wait to start lining up my friends to practice on
The rocking is the 'secret sauce', really. Mark Wisdom just completed the Thai Rocking Massage course and he posted a great review about it. You can check it out here.
Really enjoyed the abdomen/chest and shoulder modules. I found a lot of the movements I can incorporate into my regular table massage which will help me practice . Especially the shoulder moves as shoulder and neck tension is what most clients complain about. I do appreciate your reminders that the most important aspect of Thai massage is feeling the softness in your hands and working from your hara. Very good reminders while I'm trying to learn the technique!
True, you can incorporate many techniques into table massage, even if it is another style. I know that many of my students are doing that. Nothing wrong with creating a blended style.
It is a definite advantage to graduallly build up to a unique and separate Thai Massage style of your own since this will set you apart from many other therapists and will attract clients who are looking for something different, or who know the potential of good Thai Massage.
But then again - who knows - I am sure it is possible to develop a unique and successful blended style on the table. I have no attachment to how my students are using this material as long as it helps them in some way, whatever that may be.
You might want to take a look at the Ultimate Shoulder Massage course at some point. This will turn you into a shoulder massage rock star!
The hand techniques were very thorough. I often fall back on the same couple of hand massage techniques but now have a few more to add to my repertoire! The transition you showed in Module 18 worked better for me that the first one you showed. Probably because I am short I had a difficult time getting over the client's legs. But going around the head and adding in the shoulder stretches were a smoother transition for me to perform
The review in Module 19 was very nice. I love how it flows (or how easy you make it smooth and flowing!). I would not have thought of using the elbows for the soles of the feet but my partner loved how it felt. When having a client turn over to the prone position, do you have a preferred way to instruct them? I'm just thinking after the client is completely relaxed after working supine that I wouldn't want the client to move abruptly to turn over. Is there a "relaxed" way of telling the client how to turn over?
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