I have been practicing some reflexology on friends and family and I did suffer from my thumbs. I like your technique of wrapping the hand around the foot for support of the thumb. Can you suggest a variation for those people with ankle restrictions presenting a more vertical foot instead of outward like in the video. My husband can't roll out the foot and it didn't feel easy to apply the correct pressure without putting stress to the ankle and knees (and hips).
Yes, the solution is simple. You just work only on one foot at a time, and bend his knee while supporting it with a pillow. That should put the leg in an angled position, and that will put the foot in the right position. This technique is demonstrated in one of the videos.
There are several more techniques in the course which you can use instead. If someone can't handle a certain technique, just skip it and use another one. We can't try to drive a square peg into a round hole, as the saying goes. Not every technique will work on every client.
Thai Foot massage Module 2.
I have done some foot massage during my Thai massage training, however, there we massaged the 3 lines differently. I like the rolling massage. the use of the knuckles instead of the thumb and the elbow. I have found this alternative technique much better, giving a rest to my thumbs.
Thai Foot massage Module 3
I practice the first technique with both knees bent and a pillow under each knee to help with the tight hips. The variable pressure with the thumb while making circles makes sense. I practiced this message on my son that often get pain for tense Achilles tendon, it was tender but afterwards, it felt better.
Thai Foot massage Module 4.
I have practiced the technique on the foot during my Thai massage full body. In particular, I like the Achilles tendon stretching, which is much easier than the one I normally use with the client facing up. Also the knee against the sole of the foot.