December 22, 2017
I am very excited about this course. I am a little nervous about the timing though. I didn’t realize until after I bought the course that everything has to be done within a year to get certified. We will see how that goes. Other than that, I believe the videos are going to be a great way for me to learn. I have taken a course to get certified in Ashiatsu Massage. It was 3 days long and I took this even before graduating with my state liscense. At the end of the course I bought their video. I found myself referring to the video all the time! I would have forgotten so much if I did not have this reference. So I look forward to having your videos and referring back to them the way my brain likes to learn!
I understand how Thai massage can be hard for a lot of people to do if they are not use to being on hands and knees! My challenge is being on bent toes! I have a bunion and some arthritis which together is ouch! I do practice stretching them everyday, so we will see how it goes.
I was wondering about taking my massage table all the way down to the floor. I have done this with Ashiatsu a few times when the clients are big on the table, leaving my little room. I just undo a few cables and take it all the way down the floor.
December 22, 2017
The Chi Machine in Module 2 I am a bit familiar with. I did a 6 day silent retreat that had the actual machine! I would do it first thing in the morning. I understand the need to take time after completing this move. It has such a nice after affect.
I practiced this move on my son. He is not that big, so it seemed extremely easy. I do love having a starting point for the massage and this seems like a great way to wake up as well as loosen up the entire body of the client. I will try on my bf once he gets home. It will be interesting feeling the difference.
What is taught in the video about not using muscle power is also interesting. When we do yoga, a lot of the poses are about stacking your joints, not so much muscling through. With being aware of ergonomics, my 49 year young body might be able to last a little longer! Thank you!
December 22, 2017
I practiced the foot massage techniques on my 2 sons this morning when they woke up. They seemed to enjoy them. I definitely have to refer back to the videos quite often. I believe taking pictures of the video as simple reminders of what to do next and the positioning, will help me. I also believe having a notebook will help a lot to give an outline of what is gone over in the video. Always so much to do! I will try these techniques on them tonight after our hike and before bed. Maybe I can teach them so that I can receive also?? Always thinking how good it would feel! Future girlfriends would probably be very happy that we took the time! Aloha!
Hi Paula, welcome to our community and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. It looks like on your second attempt you got it right.
Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all correctly organized:
Taking your massage table down to the floor is not very useful for Thai Massage. The advantage of Thai Massage floor work is that you have a flat, level surface which makes it easy to move the client around and also to easily move around the client yourself. If you want to use a massage table, then you might as well leave it up.
You could do some Thai Massage work on the floor, and some on the table. This gives you an exposure to both, and you can see how it goes. Some of us have limitations, as you described, and we have to learn to work around them.
There are a number of videos in this course that might help you with your flexibility and floor work. Try it, give it some time and see how it works for you. Then decide how much you want or can do on the floor and how much on a table. There are no hard and fast rules here. We have had many course students who have adapted the material in the Complete Thai Massage course to suit their style of working, and you can do the same.
Don't worry too much about the one year time frame. This is not about enforcing rules. I just need to see that someone is actually working with the course material in order to receive a certificate. It's not that if it takes you 13 months, I will refuse to issue you a certificate if I can see via your forum posts that you have actually practiced the material.
Regarding your 49 year old body lasting a bit longer with good ergonomics - you are spot on. Thai Massage is very therapist friendly, if done correctly, and can definitely prolong your career and prevent the type of injuries which massage therapists are prone to.
Teaching someone the techniques so that you can experience them is a great way to go. Plus you yourself always learn a lot from teaching others.
December 22, 2017
So my partner came home last night after a long day, he was pretty wiped out. He laid down, I positioned myself and started pressing into his feet at points 1,2, and 3. He calmed down pretty quickly. I went through all the moves remembering them from which way the foot bends. So the order was probably not the same, but looking back the only one I forgot was the one with the thumbs going down the arch. I had to look back on the seated position where I lift the leg up and put my leg underneath. Other than that, it seemed to flow pretty well. And I added a little Chi Machine also which he really liked. So far so good! I do believe I'm going to download the transcripts also because they are easier to reference than the videos. It's just super cool to have all these different forms of materials for learning at my fingertips. Thank you