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Module1

Hi, this is day 1 and went through the module 1, introduction. I understand the different approach regarding anatomy and line of energy. Being a Reiki master and Yoga teacher I am very much aware of the energy lines and totally understand the different approach. Having practiced a little of Thai Yoga massage on my Acroyoga training I am familiar with working on the floor and different way of squatting,sitting and apply pressure using the body (I use that a lot in yoga too). Looking forward to the next video. 

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Welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course. You have the perfect background to go through this course with ease!

Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all well organized and easy to follow:

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I already make one adustment: I changed your display name to your real name. If I ever need to find you in this huge forum, I will never remember that you go by Raffy. So I don't want to have to play detective here! Laugh

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Module 2

Lesson 2, the chi machine. It is very interesting how rocking legs only does not produce the same ripple effect to the rest of the body.  Getting the right feeling, focusing on the hips to move the whole body is very different. I really enjoyed practicing this and how the rocking on both myself and the person receiving it feels relaxing.

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Sorry, I noticed that the link to the certification check list in my previous post was not a live link - I just fixed that. So now you can actually open it! Smile

I really like rocking movements as you will find out throughout this course. They have many advantages over direct, linear pressure techniques. 

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Thanks Shama, I have now read the check list and realised I should have put the module number on top of the post. Do I have to rewrite the posts with the Module n. on top or I just start from module 3 to write as per check list? Thanks.

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I fixed it for you. The forum software won't let you edit posts that have follow up posts, but I can do it as the admin. So now you are all set and can just keep on putting the module number on top to make it all easy and clear. 🙂

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Module 3

I had to practice quite few times the rocking and movement of the hands on the feet. While practicing on my son, he felt pain on his knee, (he had a mild injury at school, he is 14yo). When this happens what is best to do. Continue gently, moving on or stop? Thanks. 

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Module 4

I am getting better with the hand positioning. It's easier to remember the movement of the foot, bending in, out, up, down, twists and working on top and bottom of the feet. Working on the bottom of the foot is like kneading pizza drought, very calming. The points used are similar on reflexology, slightly different technique but very similar. 

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Here is the rule about pain: If someone reports pain, ask if it is a releasing pain, something which gets less, or if it is a sharp pain which remains the same or even increases. If the case of the latter, immediately stop this particular technique or reduce the intensity to such a degree that there is no more pain.

If the pain feels releasing to the client, then there is no problem. Still, you should use the one-to-ten method to gauge the intensity of the pain and work accordingly. The one-to-ten method is covered in this course - not sure which module.

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Module 5

I have found the pressing on the thigh muscle during the butterfly move to be delicate, working on very tight muscles it can feel quite painful and I was surprised at how little pressure and small movement I had to do compared to what was demonstrated on the video. As you said really tune in and follow the feeling, not just the technique really works. The breathing and movement of my body seems to come quite natural.

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Module 6

I find this technique easier, using the arm instead of the hand it's less tiring. I need more practice to remember my body position and transactions. The use of the sen lines on inside of the leg and outside of the leg makes sense and easier to remember placement of arm.

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Any direct, linear pressure can easily cause pain if either the area is very sensitive, or if you use muscle pressure  instead of body weight.

If the area is very sensitive to pressure, then the remedy is to use rocking techniques instead, as you will learn later on in the course.

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Module 7

Interesting the difference between Elephant walking for warming up and then the butterfly to stretch only on upper leg. Loosing up the joints with the rocking movement works really well on tight hips. The right angle foot hip stretch I found to be too deep for the person I was practicing on. Very nicely received the circular hip lift cross pull stretch.

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Try the foot walking stretch and reduce the thigh-to-body angle of your partner, i.e. make it less than 90 degrees, and see if that will work for your partner. If it doesn't just skip this stretch on this particular person.

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Module 8

Considering the hip like a 8 slices cake is a very useful concept to understand leg movements in connection to the hip joints without going deeply into anatomy, as you say just common sense. I can see many similarities with Yoga, like not to force one technique if it doesn't suit, the hip stretch is very similar to the wind releasing pose in yoga, and the knee circles, working with the breath. The rocking movement while getting into the hip stretch is a new concept to me and I find it very nice to use.

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Module 9

I couldn't practice the very deep stretches of the hip as the person was too inflexible. However when I adjust in yoga poses to bring leg behind head I use very similar technique,  this module refine my skills when adjusting happy baby pose and kurmasana pose. Lovely movement for the spinal twist, very useful and looks so much like the yoga adjustment for the same position of floor spinal twist. Also very useful using the 1-10 for the intensity of the stretch.

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Module 10

the concept of Hara, is the same as the chakra system in Yoga and also of the energy in Reiki. I am average tall so the spinal twist technique comes easy, however I did practice the alternative technique by stretching with the knee, which feel easy and practical too. The 270 degree stretching, by my knowledge should be very good for sciatica prevention, am I right? Also should I be careful that the knee doesn't lock when doing the deeper version? The person I was practicing on, immediately locked it and I supported the back of the knee to return to the position shown on this module. This happened also on the adductor stretch and the calf stretch at the end of this module, does it matter or locked knee should be avoided? Nice to feel the blood stop technique and to stop when pulse get stronger. What are the benefit of the blood stop apart from fresh blood rushing into the area?

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Regarding the 270 degree stretch for sciatica prevention - there are two main ways how sciatica happens. One is that the sciatic nerve is compressed where it leaves the spinal column due to some kind of degenerative issue.

The second way is that the sciatic nerve is compressed by the piriformis muscle which is called "piriformis syndrome". In the second case the 270 degree stretch would be helpful, whereas for the first scenario it would not be.

Regarding the blood stop - the whole concept of Thai Massage is to release blockages by freeing up energy flow through the sen lines. The fresh blood rushing through this area would be the western, anatomically focused way to look at it. The eastern way of looking at it is that you improve or increase the energy flow of the sen energy. The western approach is more of a localized benefit whereas the eastern approach is more holistic in the sense that sen energy effects the whole body, not just a particular spot. Both ways of looking at it are valid.

Regarding knee locking - the principle is that the techniques should flow easily without creating strain in the client's body. If they lead to anything that feels like resistance, then either the technique should be done more gently, or replaced with rocking moves, or eliminated if the client is not ready for it. The techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences.

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Thank you Shama for your reply, very useful information and explanation. 

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Module 11

with the previous modules I tried to like the techniques, my husband was very patient waiting for me to try each technique but it felt a bit disjointed. I didn't know module 11 was just that. It was easier this time working along the video. I forgot some movements but the video brought them back to my memory. 

With my husband I had to adjust to many rocking movements on hips and knee, like shown on the video. I have been practicing moving my body with the transition that I find a bit confusing at times, however is getting better. 

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