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Petra's Thai Foot Massage journey
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Petra
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May 18, 2014 - 5:52 am
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Hello everybody, and my best wishes for Shama!

Glad to be here and looking forward to the first lessons.

See you!

Petra

 

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May 18, 2014 - 7:47 pm
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Hi Petra and welcome! I am looking forward to watching your progress with this course. Thai Foot Massage is something which I personally enjoy a lot and receive regularly.

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Dear Shama,

due to a demanding project work at the office I can only start practicing the wonderful course material as from now on – although I already received the 9th video module.

I hope it is still possible for me to go for the certificate – simply havent had enough time to consistently follow the course for some weeks!

I am looking forward to this long Pentecost weekend coming, have already “booked” my friend as a massage partner. She is eager to see, what I can do good for her :)

Will report my progress module-wise then.

 

See you soon,

rainy greetings from Brussels!

Petra

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June 4, 2014 - 10:42 pm
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No problem Petra, there is plenty of time for you to catch up on the certification process.

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Module 1

Have been practicing the techniques shown in video 1 this weekend – and realized what I especially need to focus on is to keep control over my own body posture!

My hand work is fine, not pressing only with an unsupported thumb but rather with a whole hand wrapped around the foot…this comes natural to me.

But to keep back straight and work firmly with body weight instead of using armpower…this is something I need to remind me of.

Sitting on my heels is a bit difficult for me over a longer period of time – I have a meniscus damage on one knee and rather try to keep this leg set up as much as I can. Which is fine, it may not look that elegant but still professional… ;)

Many thanks for your good advise to the body posture – this will help me to perform a longer massage sequence without getting tired or tense. My “client” btw enjoyed these first touches a lot. Closing her eyes, almost falling asleep.

I consider to do one of the next sessions in front of a mirror…so I could secretly control my position every now and then…

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Sitting on the heels is almost always a challenge for those who are not used to it. However so far everyone seems to have adjusted to it with time and practice, even students who had issues and previous injuries. Even if you would have a big problem with sitting on the floor, the second part of the course will be much easier for you since you can sit on a stool the entire time.

And yes, body posture is a big issue – without good ergonomics the risk of getting problems in your hands and arms is significantly higher. Good body posture can preserve our hands and our health.

The mirror might be a good trick to observe your posture! Smile Another trick is to shoot a video of yourself doing massage and then see how your positioning looks like.

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Module 2

Thank you for encouraging me, Shama…I am sure I will learn to sit stable on my heels soon, it is also a question of the muscle tension in the center of our body, I guess.

Worked through module 2 today and especially enjoyed the tree position of my “client” – I have good control over the foot like this and can work on developping my own rythm…

Working with my knuckles was new to me – pleasant experience for the receiver as it seems!

Looking forward already to the next module,
see you soon!

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I use knuckles in several ways in Thai Massage. It gives me good leverage and doesn’t stress fingers and thumbs. That has always been my issue with reflexology how it is often practiced. It relies too much on thumb work, and that can be dangerous for the therapist. That’s why I like alternative ways of working.

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