May 21, 2019
Thank you very much to Shama for offering Thai Massage Course online. I like the way I can learn the techniques anytime and anywhere.
I have learned a lot mainly about the advantages and disadvantages of practicing Thai massage on both table and floor mat.
Working on floor provides plenty of space to apply proper techniques, ergonomics and breathing.
But working on a table is good for both therapist and clients: Due to budget, the therapist may not have enough space for using both table and floor and most therapists like in Ireland don’t limit their services to just traditional Thai massage, but they also offer for example, Lomi Lomi, Swedish Massage and Thai hot oil massage. In such case, a table would definitely be more practical.
There are also clients who can’t get up easily from the floor due to stiffness, heavy weight or some other difficulties which might make them feel embarrassed.
I have also learned a lot about the right positioning of the therapist while performing a massage and I hope to improve my hand techniques as I progress. Squatting and half kneeling might take some more time though.
Hi Raj, welcome to our forum community. It seems that you are posting to get a certificate, but I have not seen a certification registration form from you. If you are posting for certification, could you please send this form in. We need it for our records. You can find it in the certification section of your course manual.
Working on the floor or on the table, as you pointed out, depends on your circumstances. We have students in both camps - some love the mat work, and some prefer the table. Personally I am partial to floor work, but then again I have lived in Thailand for 20 years where Thai Massage is almost always done on floor mats. Let me know what your preferred version will be.
Also, if you are posting for a certificate, please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist:
May 21, 2019
I think that working on the floor is what makes Thai massage really “Thai” and it helps the therapist apply the full techniques to benefit the client. I would like to work on the floor
I find the Chi machine technique very interesting. I have never experienced it before, but I would like to learn it correctly as it is not as simple as it looks on the course video. I would like my client to enjoy it. During my practice session, my hands got tired quite quickly and I was concerned of causing discomfort by the vibrations to the client. With more practice and by following your instructions, eventually things should improve for me and I could promote the benefits of the chi machine techniques .
I haven't quite heard it expressed that way, but I agree with you that working on the floor makes Thai Massage uniquely Thai, and yes, when working on the floor you have ALL options available whereas there are limitations on a table.
If your hands got tired during the Chi Machine, then you did not have them positioned correctly. They have to be balanced on your thighs so that there is practically no effort. If they are too much on the outside, then it is a struggle to keep the client's legs from sliding off your thighs. If they are too much on the inside, then the position collapses. In both cases you are struggling. You need to find the sweet spot where it takes minimal effort to keep your partner's feet and legs balanced without effort.
The hands are not supposed to do any work besides keeping the feet in place. The hands don't do the motion - your hips are doing that by rocking from side to side. That's the trick.
I know, many techniques look easy in the videos, but when you try them, they are not that easy at all. However I can tell you that after a while, they really WILL feel as easy to you as they look on the video.
May 21, 2019
Hi Shama, Thank you very much for your valuable feedback. I have realized my mistakes ,but will definitely need lots of practice to get perfect.
I found this module quite interesting as I can relate to most of the techniques described and know them. At the same time, I was able to see if I was applying the techniques correctly. You described everything so clearly and I like the way that you broke it into parts.
I found the second technique (circular movement) a bit difficult to get into a rhythm and to get a balance between my hand and body movements. I have been practicing and things are getting more in control as I am going along.