Just finished module 1 and I am a massage therapist, reiki master teacher and ashiatsu therapist. I spend most of my time walking around or on top of my massage table. I am looking forward to working on the floor with a mat. The fact that I can incorporate energy work and breathing into Thai massage is very exciting. Sitting on my heels, full kneeling and half kneeling feels good and very natural to me but I know I will have to practice it to be able to do the positions for long periods of time. I will have to work on my balance as well but I think that will come with time. I am hoping being able to use my whole body vs mostly arms, hands and strength will lengthen the years I can practice. I'm looking forward to learning Thai massage and adding it to my practice.
Hi Patricia, welcome to our forum community and the Complete Thai Massage certification program. You are an excellent fit with your background. I won't have to convince you about the energetic elements of Thai Massage!
Regarding getting used to positions and having good balance, there are several supplementary videos that will help you with this. And yes, Thai Massage does extend your lifetime as a therapist since you don't wear out your hands because of being able to work with many different body parts.
Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all correctly organized:
I am looking forward to observing your progress and assisting you whenever necessary.
Just finished Module 2 and I really like how you spend time showing good body ergonomics. You can really tell the difference if your using your body wrong. The chi machine seems like a really great opener to sessions. My partner described a warming feeling towards the end of the chi machine. Is it something you could use in the middle or end as well? Is it something you can use to tell if the have a blockage of chi in their body?
Yes to both. I really like to use it an an opening move, but there is nothing wrong with using it in the middle or at the end. Personally I prefer to use elements of my Heavenly Head Massage for the end of my sessions, however there are no hard and fast rules here.
I can generally tell if there is major Chi blockage by how I get the body to move. Sometimes the body will move and the head refuses to budge. That shows blockage in the neck/head area, for example. You can't be really precise in this way, but you can get a general idea, and then you find out more precisely where the blockages are when you work the different areas of the body.
I will have to get the Heavenly Head Massage next. That sounds great! Another tool in my tool box. I'm excited that I will more about energy and blockages, I cant wait to learn more.
I really like the foot massage. It felt effortless to me. Which is nice for a change. I even felt my forearms get a nice stretch as well. My partner has flat feet and could really feel it and liked the leg stretching. I had a little trouble with my leg positioning when I was stretching out my my partners legs. The foot twist reminds me of reflexology that I offer. I feel energized and good after each practice with my partner. Also watching the videos and reading the transcripts has really helped to let it sink in.
I really love how you teach! Using your body correctly is important for the therapist and makes the touch feel that much better for the one receiving the massage. In western massage the do not teach body mechanics well. So far learning how I'm positioned has been the most challenging. But I know with more practice I will do better. I also really like how you touch on the foot as a whole not just the bottom. The twisting and rotating are my clients favorite part. Now I want to find a Thai massage practitioner and receive one.
I really love the warm up for the leg. I struggle a bit with using my foot to hold my clients foot. The butterfly move is my favorite move for the warm up. It really gives my forearms a good stretch. My client felt a warming sensation on his left leg after the butterfly. Must have had some blocked energy. The rolling on the inside of the upper leg was pretty tender for my client. Does that mean he needs a little more warm up? How much time do you generally use to warm up and work on the legs?
This depends on the client's needs. If someone has a lot of tightness in the legs and you find plenty of sore or painful spots, then more warming techniques are appropriate. If the leg is in good shape and doesn't seem to have any problems, then you don't need to spend so much time on warming techniques.
The other issue is what you want to focus on in a particular session. If someone comes to you and complains about shoulder problems, then you should spend a major part of the session on the shoulders. This means you might only work very little on the legs. So there are no hard and fast rules here.
In Thailand the legs are the major focus of all sessions. Therapists spend easily two thirds of a session on the legs. I don't do that. I feel that it neglects the upper body and that there needs to be a good balance between legs and upper body. I even do only upper body sessions sometimes if that's where all the problems are.
Some therapists insist that you should always work on the entire body, but I don't agree with this. It is just not possible to squeeze a full body session including extensive therapy work on a particular area into a single session unless you can do 2 or 3 hour sessions.
Initially when you learn Thai Massage you should work on learning a full body routine. Later, when you get really good at it, then you can creatively structure your sessions to fit the client's needs.