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July 16, 2019 - 1:15 am
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Module 12 - Hip stretches 

I really like all the stretches in this module and I was able to practice mostly all the hip stretches with a different partner. Yes, I can see clearly how the hips benefit from the leg stretches and vice versa.The strongest version would be quite difficult to work on oversized client. But you showed different techniques to work same stretches. 

My partner really enjoyed when I did my practice on her. She has some stiffness in her tendon from running and felt relief after the calf stretch which I did very slowly. The elephant walk on her knees was quite easy to work on and pushing both hips together towards each shoulder was enjoyable.

The last part where you demonstrated the powerful hamstrings hip and back stretch was slightly uncomfortable for me to practice this time or may be I need to build up some more confidence to progress.

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July 19, 2019 - 5:24 pm
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No doubt the confidence will come with more practice, but you seem to be getting good results and feedback. So you are clearly on the right track.

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July 23, 2019 - 1:28 am
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Thank you very much Shama for the positive feedback.

Module 13 - Completion of ‘Hip Pie’

My partner really likes the last move of the hip pie. I was not very confident since you emphasized on being careful as it is a strong stretch. The positioning was very comfortable. The elephant walk technique and the leaning technique with the hands on each side and both sides of the hip and the knee, helped both the therapist and the client to feel relaxed. The positioning of both my partner and myself was a bit tricky. I was careful while blocking her foot with my knee and make sure her knee was rested not directly on her other knee to avoid any discomfort.

In the beginning, you spoke about possible  pain and discomfort that clients might experienced. That has really cleared some doubt for me while practicing Thai massage. Very often, clients with stiff body or overweight complain about discomfort at the hip joints while doing hip stretches and I was thinking that I was maybe doing something wrong. I always try to move carefully on this area and I always use the rocking style as a warm up and ask if the client Is fine with the massage.

Good pain and bad pain make me feel unsure. Bad pain always happens when a client has an existing problem in their lower back and groin area. It would give a fright or make things uneasy if you are not aware of any existing problem. I found it very important to do a pre-assessment.

Measuring pain in scale 1 to 10 is definitely a good practice and it works well when the client communicates with the therapist and a therapist must also be a good reader. For instance there is nothing more satisfying for a therapist if he is able to work on a pain area with an 8 on the pain scale and brought it down to a 0.

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Exactly!! Even if you can bring it down to a 2 or 3, that's a good result. In most cases clients have never been able to achieve this in any other way. Yes, it is so important that the therapist is sensitive, knows how to read the body and the client's reactions, and knows how to communicate well. There is an entire module about this at the end of this course.

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Thanks again Shama for the comments.

Module 14 - Hip Rocking

The rocking technique on the hip was quite easy to start with. I always keep body contact while switching position as you have demonstrated very clearly. You made the move around the client look easy but it will definitely take a while before I get to do it the same way.

You explained a different way to do hip rocking move for male clients so as to avoid any discomfort. It is very important to keep this in mind to make the client feel safe and secure.

I like the last stretch of the lower back where you sat down and you crossed over your right leg over the left of the client and using your left hand to pull her lower back and your right hand to push down the client’s knee. I was able to do the same.

The whole module was very interesting and I enjoyed learning and practicing the techniques. My partner really enjoyed all the stretches of the hip and lower back.

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July 25, 2019 - 12:50 am
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If both you and your partner enjoyed the learning process, then you must be doing it right. Thai Massage should not feel like hard work, but like an artistic and creative dance with a client

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Thanks Shama for the comments. It will definitely take me a while before I can make it artistic. At present, I do feel very tired after my practice, because maybe I am concentrating too much to make it perfect. I know that things take time to get better and patience is key but it’s hard to cope with this fact.

Module 15 - Abdomen and Chest

I always like to include a tummy massage whenever I get a whole body massage. I really love getting tummy massage and now am practicing how to give it myself. I was asking my colleagues at work what they think about getting a tummy massage and they were quite negative about it.

The abdomen is an important part of the body. It stores energy and it is the place where energy lines start. I read somewhere that the abdomen is like a second brain in our body in that as the latter it controls our feelings and emotions, etc.Before birth, we are fed in womb through the umbilical cord to the hara and it shows clearly that life starts there. I would really like to learn more about abdomen massage. You have demonstrated all the moves and techniques in a very clear way. My partner being woman, I couldn’t practice the part on the sternum this time.  

I started my practice by resting my hand gently on my partner hara, felt the breath calming down before moving to the rotation technique with double palm. The wave movement was quite easy to work on different directions of the abdomen and it made my partner feel completely relaxed. I could sense her letting go of the tension in different parts of her body.

I worked on both sides of the ribs cages by using the elephant walk technique and continued with the same technique on the right and left shoulder which worked exactly like you demonstrated on the video.

I know how good it feel to get an upper front body massage and enjoyed using and putting the techniques learnt in practice. 

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You are quite right about the abdomen. I love getting a good abdominal massage as well. If done right, it feels great. If done wrong, it can feel terrible. I know that many therapists are quite apprehensive about abdominal massage, and I bet that most or all of them have never received a really good abdominal massage - otherwise they would not be negative about it.

Actually we have a specialized course only about abdominal massage which goes even deeper than the material in the Complete Thai Massage course. So if you ever want to go deeper, that might be a good option, and it's only a $37 course.

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Thanks Shama. I guessed it’s right to say that many people have not received an abdomen massage or the therapist did not offer one. I remember once a therapist asked me if I am constipated when I asked her for a tummy massage. I felt so embarrassed.

Module 16 - Shoulder

I practiced the shoulder move very gently on my partner and she really loves all of it. I worked every technique with my entire body while watching my breath. I found the positioning on the side slightly uncomfortable due to my own body stiffness . I am practicing a few yoga stretching exercises hoping to improve my positioning. Lastly while working on the shoulder, I find that keeping closer to the neck made the massage more comfortable for both my partner and myself.

Overall it was a nice experience for both of us as I was able to follow the techniques taught in the video and my partner also enjoyed them.

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Hi Shama, just back from holidays last week and I am hoping to carry on with the course more diligently. I have also  got the chance to demonstrate and practise some of the Thai massage techniques I have learnt throughout with my friends and family.

Module 17 - Arms and Hand

This is such a beautiful technique that you showed in this module. I really like the way you demonstrated the working on the arms and hands. I find working on someone palm quite similar to working on someone’s tummy though.

I was able to do the same as shown in the video and my partner like the hands’ squeeze and the arms’ slight pull. I also did the elephant walk in circular motion along the arm. The use of the oil on the palm is also a nice tip and make the technique easier to apply.

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I am glad you like the hand work. Done right, this can feel really wonderful. I have always observed that work on the extremities of the body - feet, hands, and head - all tend to feel exquisitely good.

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Module 18  - Transition / Spinal Twist

From this module, I learned and practiced the transition moves from one side to the other side while making sure to keep the flow and that the client did not notice that I moved  As you mentioned, it should feel a part of the flow and should be done with full confidence. The transition looks so easy on the video, but was not easy to put into practice in the same way, due to some stiffness in my leg muscle. But I am sure things will definitely improve with more practice. 

I really like the upper spinal twist practice. Both the rotation moves and the linear stretch were quite easy to work on and I did use my entire body for the practice. I kept my knee up close to my partner’s shoulder as you demonstrated before starting version 1 and version 2 moves. 

The most interesting part was the triangle spinal twist with alternate hands pull. I also practice the last technique where you demonstrated the circular moves of the shoulder with right and left hand, again using my entire body. 

I agree that it is necessary for me to feel relaxed if I want my client to feel same.

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I have heard that many times that it looks so easy in the video. But the truth is that after a while it actually does feel that easy - just not in the very beginning. Smile

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Module 19 - Summary 2

Hi Shama, thank you very much for making a video with all the techniques put together in one flow. It’s really helpful for learners like me to have a recap and also it helps to put up a complete massage session.

I have watched the videos several times: (summary 2) for 5 times, then twice for summary 1, before starting my practice on my partner. My practice session went a bit longer because I was trying to copy the steps from the summaries. This time I was able to move from one side to the other more gracefully though I was experiencing some issues with my calf muscle.

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September 1, 2019 - 9:52 pm
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Wow, you watched it 5 times - that's called serious practice! Glad to hear that.

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Thanks Shama for the comments. I would like to be a therapist who does his job with love and dedication.

Module 20 - Prone Legs 1

I really like all the techniques you demonstrated. They are easy to learn and put into practice without any issues. I tried working on the sole with the elbow and I think you showed a very comfortable position for practice and I also like the other ways you teach to stretch the calf muscles when lying face down. Personally I love getting massage in the sole of my feet and calf stretches.

Thank you very much for pointing out the difficulties which might arise while lying face down on a floor mat and how to do things the right way. I found as you said, that placing a big pillow under the client’s chest and one small pillow under his forehead would make him more comfortable.

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Module 21 - Prone Legs 2

It was easy to practice the techniques from this module on my partner. The leg positioning was slightly tricky to get right away. I did keep my arm close to my body when working with my forearms on the three lines of the hamstring. I noticed that I am working with my entire body in a more natural way compared to all my previous practice. My partner really enjoyed the squeezing and rolling of the calf muscle.

I felt a bit uncomfortable working with my knee on the lower leg this time or may be I got a little tired. I need more practice for sure.

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Knee work doesn't feel natural in the beginning, if you are not used to it - that's quite normal. But after a while you will develop more feeling in your knees and it will start to feel much easier.

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Thank you very much Shama for feedback on working with the knees more comfortably.

Module 22 - Prone Legs 3

I am getting on much better and find it much easier with the Thai massage practice compared to the previous modules. 

In this module, I have practiced all the stretches confidently on my partner apart from the last one where you demonstrated the techniques with the knee pressure on the soft part of the glutes before pulling the hip on the other side to give a strong stretch. It looks smooth and easy on your video, but I find it tricky. I did find the right spot on the glutes to place my knee but I got some difficulty to maintain my body balance and to apply the correct pressure. I will definitely practice more to make it better.

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