Thai Healing Massage Academy | Thai Massage Online Courses

Learn Thai Massage

ONLINE

Convenient - Effective

Professional Training since 2001

Thai Healing Massage Academy logo
Avatar
Please consider registering
Guest
Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
Raj Cuppoor’s Complete Thai Massage Course notes
Avatar
Raj C
Ireland
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
May 21, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
41
September 8, 2019 - 7:27 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 23 - SACRUM AND GLUTES

I also found that a lot of massage therapists avoid and neglect working on the sacrum and glutes. Honestly I would not be happy to receive a full body massage if my glutes and sacrum are neglected.

I like all the techniques from this module and it was not difficult to practice. I got the feel of the sacrum and worked on the correct spot as you demonstrated on the video. I also felt much comfortable and worked with confidence with my knees on my partner’s glutes. The positioning was good for me and it helped to do a good job.

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7296
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
42
September 8, 2019 - 10:34 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Great! Yes, I would also feel strange if the therapist would neglect the sacrum and the glutes. Many therapists also totally neglect the abdomen and the chest. All these areas are covered in this course.

Avatar
Raj C
Ireland
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
May 21, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
43
September 11, 2019 - 12:46 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory

Module 24 - PRONE BACK 1

Now I Can understand why so many massage therapists complain about their thumbs and wrists. It is obvious that by using thumbs and wrists too much, it will definitely cause injuries. I like the new techniques which are in favor of our health and well being.

I like using the continuous type of circular moves along the back on a constant rhythm. I also gave a lot of attention while working on the erector spinae muscle which runs vertically on both sides of the spine with controlled pressure from my body weight. In general it was quite easy to apply and practice all the techniques from this module.

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7296
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
44
September 11, 2019 - 12:10 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

I am glad to hear that you can see and appreciate the benefit of working in this way to preserve the health of your hands. This is extremely important, especially when working on large backs.

Avatar
Raj C
Ireland
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
May 21, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
45
September 12, 2019 - 2:01 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Thank you for your feedback. I will make better use of the elbows and knees when I have a partner with a large back.

Module - 25 Prone back 2

I have practiced all the techniques from this module. I find them very interesting in particular the positioning to maintain the body balance while working on the back.

It was nice and easy to practice with my forearms on my partner’s back but the use of the elbows and knees was a bit more challenging but I am working on it.

I personally like the rocking techniques on the trapezium. It worked well for both my partner and myself.

Avatar
Raj C
Ireland
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
May 21, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
46
September 13, 2019 - 12:01 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

MODULE 26 - PRONE BACK 3

You have demonstrated many different techniques to give back massage and we can choose and pick the one which suit the client's needs while it also depends on the size of the clients.

I understood clearly the importance of placing a pillow under the client’s chest and another small one under her head to give massage to the neck and shoulder. I practiced the elephant walk technique along with the new galloping rhythm on my partner’s back. It worked well and my partner found it enjoyable and very relaxing. I really like the technique where you slide your thigh under the client’s shoulder to work with forearms on the near side of the spine. 

Very interesting module and it works well for me and my partner.

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7296
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
47
September 13, 2019 - 12:42 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Good to hear that. As you can see, Thai Massage is not just about doing tons of stretches, but about working with least effort in a smart way that is good for your client and good for your own body as well.

Avatar
Raj C
Ireland
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
May 21, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
48
September 17, 2019 - 12:37 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 27- PRONE UPPER BACK

I practiced all the techniques to work the upper back and was able to do so with confidence after a few repetition. 

The techniques looks easy on your video but it took me a little practice to get the tempo and the understanding to do the circular work on the trapezius with the inward and upwards move. The kneading technique was much easier between the shoulder blade and the spine. It really made the receiver feel good.

1. I like the technique where you lift the client’s shoulder upwards and slide it between your both knees, to work on    the shoulder blade.

 2. I have never seen the technique which involves the pulling of the scapula before and I really enjoyed practicing it.

3. I practiced the shoulder and upper back stretches with the backwards rotation. It was slightly difficult to maintain my body balance to keep the client’s hand on my leg, but I will keep working on that.

4. I did the upper body twist with the circular motion. It was ok.

5. The cobra technique 1 was a bit challenging compared to cobra technique 3 which I like the most. Now I know different techniques to work on a flexible body and different techniques to work on less flexible body.

I will keep practicing to make it better and better because there no alternative.

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7296
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
49
September 17, 2019 - 1:06 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Great detailed post! You have such a good positive attitude towards this that I have no doubt that you will become very good at this! Smile

Avatar
Raj C
Ireland
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
May 21, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
50
September 18, 2019 - 1:20 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Thank you for the positive feedback. I am keen on learning as I really want to become very good before starting my own practice.

Module 28 - PRONE SUMMARY 

I was quite excited  to see this module, because it makes me feel like a qualified Thai massage therapist working on a client. It was great to see and experience the techniques in a flow. I followed the steps you showed quite well and was able to manage working on both sides.

This video really helps like a refresher course and enjoyed working out the techniques on the prone position in a flow. I will definitely practice more by adding different techniques from the previous modules.

Avatar
Raj C
Ireland
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
May 21, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
51
September 20, 2019 - 12:25 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

‘Module 29 - SIDE POSITION 1

The side position is really very comfortable for people with flexibility difficulty like for instance pregnant women or even big clients. We are very lucky to get the chance to learn different techniques and different lying positions in Thai Massage to suit all categories and sizes of people. You pointed it very right about the difficulties which can arise while working for a long time on a client in the face down position (prone) and also it’s not easy for everyone to lie with the face down.

I practiced all the techniques on the video fairly. The hip and the inner thighs stretches were very interesting and easy to practice. Both my partner and myself like it and it is quite a powerful stretch which I did very gently in a slow motion mode. I also practiced the techniques, while sitting on the side of the client’s thigh very slowly and softly with the outside of my bottom to stop the blood flow and then release after a while to feel the warn sensation. I managed to do well only after my fifth trial. It’s very tricky to use this technique if one does not feel confident.

I like the way you supported the thigh to work on the upper hip. It looks very comfortable and my partner felt very relaxed.

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7296
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
52
September 22, 2019 - 10:42 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

You are right - it's all about being able to adapt and modify the techniques. The worst thing is to have one sequence and do the exact same thing on everyone. I am sure you have heard me say that in the course - that's what I refer to as 'massage mechanics'. But we want to be healing artists who are sensitive, intuitive, perceptive, and creative. It sounds like you are on the way to become just that!

Avatar
Raj C
Ireland
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
May 21, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
53
September 27, 2019 - 12:38 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 30 - SIDE POSITION 2

I like the way you started with the elephant walk technique on the back. It looks very relaxing and has been popular in the Thai Massage lesson since the very beginning.

1. I practiced likewise by using both the heal of the palm and the thumb technique. It worked very well for me and I could notice my body weight and my breathing adjusting automatically with the flow. It gave me lots more confidence to carry on.

2. The technique, using the knee support to lean and work on the erector muscle with the heal of the palm, was amazing because I don’t have to use my force as all the effort came from the body weight.

3. I practiced the spinal twist a few times before getting it right and it made my partner feel the spinal stretch. I placed my hand very softly on the top front part of my partner’s shoulder as it is quite a sensitive area(above the chest) and leaned by using my body weight. I leaned with both hands at the same time with equal pressure until she felt the stretch. I made sure she was comfortable with the pressure.

4. I found that the spinal twist technique in the rocking motion gave a sense of immediate relaxation and not too difficult to practice. It is enjoyable for both the giver and the receiver.

5. The most beautiful part, I learn from this module is the last part where you demonstrated the hip flexor, quadriceps and lower back stretch. It went very well for me and I wish my partner could practice the same on me.

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7296
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
54
September 27, 2019 - 1:53 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

It sounds like now, towards the last part of the course, it starts to flow more for you and it is also becoming more fun to do. Smile

Avatar
Raj C
Ireland
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
May 21, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
55
September 27, 2019 - 11:00 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

It is indeed getting better. Thank you very much Shama.

Module 31 - SIDE POSITION 3

This module is packed with different techniques and ways  to work on the shoulder. I never thought that there could be so many ways to do shoulder stretches.

My partner had a stiff shoulder and she was delighted when I did my practice on her. I think the side position also plays an important role for working with the shoulder stretches. It is a very comfortable position for both the giver and the receiver as you highlighted.

I like the technique where you rotate the shoulder back while leaning on the trapezius with the heel of the palm and circling with stretches. It was quite tricky, but the clear demonstration and explanation were helpful. I will keep practicing these techniques to get better because nowadays many young adults are having shoulder problems.

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7296
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
56
September 29, 2019 - 2:33 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

It is indeed amazing how many ways there are to work on the shoulders. I didn't count it for the Complete Thai Massage course, but in our Thai Massage Shoulder Therapy course there are over 80 shoulder techniques!

Avatar
Raj C
Ireland
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
May 21, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
57
October 2, 2019 - 1:19 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory

Module 32 - SIDE POSITION 4

Indeed I am amazed at so many shoulder techniques. I am trying my best efforts to practice all these techniques on my partner because the shoulder consists of many connections of bones and muscles packed very closely and I am trying to do the job without disturbing other parts of the body. I always asked for feedback and watched the body language of the receiver while doing the practice to make sure that the pressure is comfortable enough.

I practiced the techniques- the shoulder and arm traction stretches and I found it interesting as well as very useful. In fact all the techniques were amazing but I really like the way you ended the session with a cooling technique and relaxed the shoulder with slow circular movement. 

I would be interested in the Shoulder Therapy Course as I progress through the course.

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7296
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
58
October 2, 2019 - 11:30 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

If you want to specialize in shoulder work, then the Shoulder Therapy course will add many skills and techniques to your repertoire. But even the Complete Thai Massage course has a lot more shoulder work than your typical Thai Massage training. Smile

Avatar
Raj C
Ireland
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
May 21, 2019
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
59
October 3, 2019 - 12:06 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory

Hi Shama, I am sorry but I forgot to write 32 on the last module. 

Module 33 - SITTING POSITION 1

I like the sitting position because it’s very practical and much easier to get model for practice. I was able to practice the techniques on several persons at my workplace comfortably.

I did place a pillow to protect the back of my partner against my sharp knee while doing my practice and I always keep body contact. The kneading technique on the trapezium was quite enjoyable for my partner. 

The back twist and the back bend ,shoulder stretch with the foot was really exciting for me to practice. 

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7296
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
60
October 4, 2019 - 1:13 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

I fixed the module number for you! Smile

Forum Timezone: Asia/Tbilisi
Most Users Ever Online: 86
Currently Online:
14
Guest(s)
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Top Posters:
mwisdom: 186
DKThai: 174
Karin Secrest: 125
Cindy Gogan: 86
Kathy McChesney: 84
jurasan: 82
Newest Members:
Darcy Horn
Ilka Mueller-Patham
David
Kp
cash slave
Lucas
Forum Stats:
Groups: 1
Forums: 7
Topics: 1160
Posts: 17623

 

Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 5
Members: 856
Moderators: 0
Admins: 1
Administrators: Shama Kern