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December 25, 2014 - 6:43 am
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Hello Shama, I'm Paula Herrera. I'm new at Thai Massage and i'm very excited with this new experience. I've worked with body techniques which are Pilates and Yamuna Body Rolling, and i love to see how this techniques work into people's body turning them more aligned, freer and softer.

For me is very important to learn this new technique to have another way of bringing freedom and happiness to my clients.

I watched first and second module and it was very important to know the way i have to work, how i have to protect my body and the importance of feeling great to project this energy to them.

I have practiced all day the Chi machine with three different persons and  all of them felt great after i made it. I have a question, the youngest and more light person is the more stuck in his upper body and it was difficult to move his upper spine and the head. Finally it did. What i noticed is that the ones that had their body freer, they moved more. Is it normal that this happens? 

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

Yes, it is normal that some people are more locked up than others and consequently don't move as freely when you do the Chi Machine. On some people you cannot get the head to move which is a sign of a tight or locked up neck. However these kinds of people are the ones who need it the most.

The Chi Machine is not useful for working on specific locked up areas. It is a general relaxation move. So when you notice that someone's head doesn't move, for example, indicating a problem with the neck, then you don't do more and longer Chi Machine. You just observe it and then later you work directly on the neck. The same would apply to back or hip restrictions which you might notice when doing Chi Machine.

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I've been practicing the Chi machine and the foot exercises. It has been difficult the rocking excersice, because i can't make all at the same time... if i move in circle i end up making pressure in both feet at the same time and i am afraid to make to much pressure when squeezing the feet... it has been hardConfused. Until now everyone has enjoyed all of the exercises, no one has complained... Do you have any additional tip or advice?

I want to ask you how much time do you spend in the feet in each excersice? is there some amount of repetitions recommended or just as you see your clients needs?

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This technique where you move in a circle is one of the more difficult ones. It takes some time to learn. Don't get too hung up on it. You can always leave it for later and come back to it when you feel like it.

There really is no set amount of repetitions. However when you get to module 11 you will see me do an entire lower body session. That will give you an idea how it looks like. 

In general it depends on how much time you have. If I do a two hour session (I never do less than two hour Thai Massage sessions), I might spend about 5-10 minutes on the feet. 10 minutes would be if the client mentions that it feels really good or that they really need it. Otherwise it is more in the 5 minute range. 

But then again, I have sometimes turned a session into a therapeutic session with heavy emphasis on feet and ankles if the client has real problems there. In such cases I ask the client if they want me to spend more time on their feet. If they agree, I might work 15-20 minutes on their feet and ankles.

For such cases you would need more foot training, such as what I teach in my Thai Foot Massage course. That's meant for specific foot massage sessions, or for extended foot therapy during a Thai Massage session.

Bottom line is, there are no fixed rules. It depends on the client and on the session.

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It was great all the advices in module 4. Very logical the way you work the feet. Now i'm not forgetting in which order they go, again thank you. 

I loved the last techniques you showed in this video, i really loved them, and my assistants too, they get so relaxed they almost fall asleep.

I'm very happy practicing it, and i feel every time i do it more fluidly.Cool

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January 5, 2015 - 1:55 am
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I am happy to hear that you loved the techniques - sounds like you are a natural for Thai Massage!

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Hello Shama, sorry i was absent a pair of weeks but i wasn't able to connect to internet as much as i liked. I've been practicing first videos of legs and the ones of feet. The last ones 9, 10 and 11 i have not been able to see them until today that again im connected.

I wanted to ask you some questions. The first one is that I've seen that men ( at least in my culture) don't like to be touched in the adductors with the massage of thumbs and fingers, they prefer when i make them that part with the back of my forearm. Is that normal?

the other question that someone made me yesterday is that if i couldn't make massage more stronger. Im really strong and maybe i feel that i can harm my patients. how do you know how much force in your body can you make? and in your hands? is there any signal or tip you can teach me?

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I have never experienced this about men not liking to be touched with the thumbs on the adductors. However I think that it is easy to use forearms on the adductors, so you might as well. When you refer to 'your culture', which culture is that?

Regarding your second question, the best method to find out how deep you can go is the one-to-ten questioning method. I talk about this on several videos in the Complete Thai Massage course. It just consists of asking the client how the intensity is on a scale from one to ten. The feedback gives you a good indication how strong or light you are working.

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January 22, 2015 - 7:16 am
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my 'culture' is latinamerican colombian culture.

thanks for the 1to ten method

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January 27, 2015 - 6:30 am
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I've been working last days in the legs. It has been hard to remember everything but the hip pie is a very good and logical theory . Thank you for that one. 

People like very much this massage.

Yesterday i made a massage inan 80 year old woman who was with lots of pain in her right leg. She has a deep scoliosis and she walks a lot impacting that side too much. She was very bad indeed and i started making the chi machine then foot and then leg massage, very slowly, connecting with her, and in a very comfortable mat, with a very relaxing music. At first she was complaining and very frightened, but then she started to enter in a trance and this was very grateful for me. When i finished the lower part of the body i asked her how she felt and she was very happy. She felt her legs longer and freer, and she was able to move in a better way.

When i finished the session she started walking more fluidly. Today she phoned telling me that she was very happy cause she slept like a baby, not feeling the discomfort she experimented before.

Thank you Shama. Cool 

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January 27, 2015 - 6:34 am
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By the way the 1 to ten method is very effective to know what intensity to work with each patient... thanks again...

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Thanks so much for sharing that. You definitely made my day with this story!

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