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August 22, 2018 - 7:36 am
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Just getting started and getting everything set up to move forward. I am looking forward to getting everything I can out of this course. ….

Thank You Shama Smile

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August 22, 2018 - 1:18 pm
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Hi Paul, welcome to the Thai Foot 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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I am looking forward to reading about your progress and assisting you whenever necessary! Smile

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Module 1

    I liked the first video and your style of teaching.

    I was a little worried that the woman I was going to work on may be to ticklish in her feet for me to try the energy lines with her. Holding the foot the way you demonstrated worked really well. I placed my thumbs on the energy points and she was fine. It took me a couple times to remember to start at the heals and work my way out towards the toes. My natural flow as a massage therapist is to work back the opposite way, but I eventually got it. Also, I really liked the squatting posture that you demonstrated as well. It seemed almost effortless for me rocking forward in that fashion.

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I am glad to hear that you had no trouble with the squatting-on-the-toes position. Some people have trouble with that because their toes are not used to this. You are right, if done correctly, this doesn’t take any effort. You will see many more of such minimum-effort techniques in this course.

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Module 2

    Squatting on my toes worked good for the first technique, but I was unable to sit on my heels or sit on the floor in the positions you demonstrated. I have degenerative disc disease in my lower lumbar, so I adapted your techniques to the table. This worked out much better for me. I use my knuckles and forearms a lot in my practice so these techniques flowed really well for me. Putting the 4 techniques together, it seemed to flow along effortlessly. Cool

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We all have to live with our limitations and figure out how to get around them. I know quite a few course students who use those techniques on a table. This is largely possible although it does require some creative adaptations, and there might be a couple of techniques that you can’t do on a table. However this is not a problem. There are plenty enough techniques to choose from. You don’t have to do them all on every client anyway.

If the table version works better for you – by all means do it that way! Smile

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Module 3

    The techniques in this module were fun to do. My practice partner said it all felt amazing. Modifying the techniques to work on a table was pretty easy too. I put one knee up on the table with the other firmly planted on the floor. I was still able to do the rocking and circular motions as well as pinning her feet up against each side of my knee and leg.

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Good to hear that you can easily modify the techniques for the table. And your practice partner’s feedback indicates that you must be doing it right! Smile

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Module 4

    The practice work for Module 4 went really well. I did the fist and elbow work on the table and my client loved it. I do a lot of work with my fists now, so it had a natural flow for me. I was told the rolling of the fist felt especially nice. I did my knee work on the table as well. It took a little bit for me to be able to regulate the pressure I was using. I of course was doing one foot at a time.

    Great techniques, …. Love doing them

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September 5, 2018 - 8:16 am
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I guess you must have the table pretty low to be able to use your knee on it?

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Yes, …. I set it down 3 peg holes lower than my usual height and it worked out great. I am 5’11” …. and I used a height for someone about 5’2″

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      As always, great techniques that my client/practice body truly enjoyed.

      My client is very flexible, so the bending down of the feet both inwards and outwards was no problem. She really liked the foot over foot stretch. I liked the feel of all of them as I was doing them. They were very easily adapted to the table and worked out great.

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Module 6

I really liked doing the ankle and toe work. My client said it was very relaxing and that she could feel pressure releasing from her ankle joint. It took me awhile to get the circling and rocking motions correct while at the end of a table, but I eventually got into a rhythm with it. She had no  issues with her ankles but I practiced all of the techniques as if she did. The client really enjoyed the lifting and shaking of the feet and legs. They are kind of fun techniques to do.

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Module 7

The knuckle strokes show strokes to the sole of the foot in this video are techniques I have already been using. I generally do use the index and middle finger knuckles whenever I massage the bottom of the foot. I like circling, going sideways across the foot. You showed me a lot of new ways to use the same basic things I was already doing. My client really enjoyed the circling motions on the side of the heel.  

Top of the foot, …. The client liked the cross fiber technique and the heel of the hand. The client reported really enjoyed the work in the soft spot on the joint, on the front of the ankle. … I also like the movements and techniques you showed at the end. Preserving my fingers is very important to me. 

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Preserving our fingers needs to be very important to all of us who want to last in this profession. I had to learn this the hard way early in my career…
I am always amazed that there are quite a few therapists who are not able to do that, mainly because they don’t know the right techniques and options. That’s what I am trying to address in my courses.

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Module 8

   My client really enjoyed all the work around the ankle with the heel of my hand. She said it felt “Soothing” She was a fan of the knuckles on the bottom of the foot, but not so much around the ankles. I do enjoy working with my knuckles a lot.

    I generally use Coconut oil for pretty much everything, but have found a few specialty massage concoctions that I like. Thank you for the information about the creams.

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Module 9

    The practice client that I have been using does have tender toes. She loves having them massaged but I did have to use very light pressure. I used my fingertips instead of the knuckles on the underpart of the toes, it seemed to work a little better for her. The tops of the feet worked very nicely. The techniques and grips that you demonstrated were very relaxing for the client. She especially like the circling of the depression at the ankle joint and the lower portion of the leg. She really enjoyed working on the side of the calf and gastroks …. I like your “horse trot” move.

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Module 10

   I did the pulling of the toes very very gently, as my client does have very sensitive toes.

Thank You for putting it all together again at the end. I watched it and did it a few times, working on my flow while using a table instead of the floor or a chair. Not quite as fluid as yours, but I will get there.

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It all sounds like you are doing well with the material. 

You can definitely do this on a table. However here in Thailand it is always done sitting down since it is so easy to set up that way. Many times the massage chairs are set up on a sidewalk or in other public places where massage tables would look rather out of place. Smile

Also often there is a social aspect to foot massage where people are chatting with each other and watching the world go by, but that’s generally not happening in the western world.

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Module 11

   The practice client that I’ve been using does have toes that have been pushed inward do to shoes. It is only slight but noticeable. I did explain to her how they got that way and the damage that shoes can do over time, but she didn’t seem too concerned. She enjoyed the massaging in between the bones and the stretching out of the toes and big toe. The pulling and stretching of the big toe worked very well. She said she could feel a little release while do this and bending the toe.

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