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Ranae Haddix- Complete Thai massage course notes
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Right now I am incorporating Thai Massage in on the table as much as I can. I do this after I have practiced on my husband. Also I have received a few Thai sessions since I started this course. After certification and some practice I will offer Thai Massage as a separate modality. 

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September 5, 2021 - 9:06 pm
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So after learning with this course, what was your impression of the Thai sessions that you received? Were they good, mediocre, very good?

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I really liked the session I received. It was a very good session. The therapist I went to has 30+ years experience and does a combination of traditional Thai Massage. It was basically table Thai Massage.  Unfortunately she will be retiring soon. I am still looking for a therapist that does Traditional Thai Massage on the mat. 

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Complete Thai Massage Module 22-hip flexor stretches in the prone position, glute work with knee.

I get no complaints on the Double heel to buttock stretch - slow and easy. I love all these techniques they are really handy and stimulate the area well. I incorporate a lot of these techniques in to my routine. I get so many more repeat clients and grate compliments. I also like the glute work with knee and hip stretch. My husband really liked it. He is fairly flexible so incorporating some of the more intense stretches will take some practice on more flexible clients. I get a good mix of both. 

My friend does Shiatsu. I am seeing some similarities.

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Yes, there are similarities between Thai Massage and Shiatsu. In fact, I have incorporated a few Shiatsu techniques into my Thai Massage system. The two styles overlap in some areas, but there are also significant differences.

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Complete Thai Massage Module 23-sacrum and the glute work.

Good advice on fading out with the tapotment / percussion. This was always just a common exception in Swedish Massage. But new therapists sometimes we’re just caught up in being new. Also I didn’t know what to think about the rocking technique but for some clients it really does help relax them. Receiving glute work with knees was ok but from that experience I am very cautious of my pressure as it was quite intense for me. But I’m sure with more practice I will get more confident.

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S. RaNae Haddix-Complete Thai Massage Module 24-Back warm up- opposite side.

These techniques are a great way to introduce my touch and feel things out before going in more deeply. I like the first circling technique the best. Most of my clients relax pretty quickly with this one. The sideways technique will take some practice. The last technique seams like a cross friction technique or myofascial release I use on adhesions that are tough to release. Surprisingly effective with little effort.

I so glad you emphasize good ergonomics of the therapist. So good to be reminded it’s not only about the client but the giver & receiver are equally important. Even seasoned therapists need this.

Looking forward to learning more!

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I am happy to read how you are steadily progressing through the course. Yes, Thai Massage (and any other massage) is not just about the client. Therapists are not massage-robots. Laugh

Especially in Thai Massage the therapist can benefit as well by becoming more focused, more balanced, more flexible, and more sensitive. It's supposed to be a win-win situation for client and therapist, not a one-way street.

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Complete Thai Massage Module-25-finding problems, working along the erector muscles with your hands, elbows, and knees.

I am a small Therapist and these techniques are so useful. I have received knee work on my back and it actually felt really nice. I will definitely practice this a while before I use it on a client. The elbow technique as well will take some practice. I think my sports clients will love it. So good for the erectors muscles group. Also a grate way to get the most pressure without straining.

Can’t wait to learn more.

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I am glad to hear that you appreciate the knee and elbow work. This will come in very handy, especially if you are a small therapist. Smile

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Complete Thai Massage Module 26- Forearm work on upper back including scapula and shoulders.

I totally agree about taking a wide stance for stability and proper body mechanics. The only time this is a bit harder for me to do is when I am working on a table that is not hydraulic. I keep the standard table to the lowest adjustment, but being a shorter therapist a wider stance becomes difficult when I’m working on a larger client.  Of corse I would rather work on a mat on the floor but this is not my set up. I have thought about bringing in aerobic exercise steps to give me some hight but I think it might be a way to twist an ankle. So I just do what I can and add in Thai techniques where I can. 

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Sometimes this is the only and best solution. There are so many techniques available that you can just use the ones that work best for you on your table and skip those that don't. You still have hundreds of techniques to choose from. And if you ever get to work more on the floor, then you can add those that you had skipped back in. And if not, no problem either! You don't need to be a perfectionist, just a good therapist. Smile

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Complete Thai Massage Module 27

Elements to refine Thai Massage work. Loosening up the upper back - trapezius and scapula. Stretches and spinal twists for the upper back, 3 versions of the powerful 'cobra' stretch.

I really like the forearm technique. I can see how the butterfly techniques would cause problems after a while. I have been using the elephant walking technique the most using my body weight I kind of get a clock wise circling motion going for the rhythm. This is supper relaxing for clients, most of them fall asleep. Good advice about the pillow I think I will invest in a breast comfort bolster. It has cut outs and raises the chest up a bit. This and a forehead pillow I think would make the prone position much more comfortable. 

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Clients falling asleep is always a good sign. Smile

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Complete Thai Massage Module-28-summary session of all the material in the prone section.

Great review. It’s good to have the variety of techniques and incorporate different moves instead of just having one standard routine I have been incorporating my favorites into my regular massages. For my longer sessions I add a few. When I received a Thai Massage there was a poster of quite a few techniques on the wall in the treatment room, it was filled with lots of great ideas. It helps bring to mind the techniques taught in the videos.

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S. RaNae Haddix-Complete Thai Massage Module-29 Side position and support techniques.

I really like the forearm techniques for the hip. Precision technique is grate ending technique to use. Supper effective thigh strength. My husband loves this stretch. I'm working on being more comfortable with the inner thigh and the hip flexor stretches, I think because they are awkward for me because I’m a smaller Therapist. Also I like the palm circling but percussion I don’t use that much. I have gotten no complaints from my clients. I try to incorporate what I can into table massage.

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Keep in mind that most Thai therapists in Thailand are small Asian women. The same goes for my wife, who is Thai. That's why it is so important to make good use of your body weight and to have good body mechanics to make up for lack of size and strength.

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October 18, 2021 - 12:53 pm
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S. RaNae Haddix-Complete Thai Massage Module-30 work on the back with the client in the side position, spinal twist stretches, including rocking versions, and stretches for the back, the quads, and the hip flexors.

These techniques are grate for pregnancy massage. Also my husband really likes the spinal back stretch. Adding the rocking motion will take a little practice to feel more comfortable with. The Hip flexor quadriceps & lower back stretch took a little getting used to. All my clients really like the elephant walking. Especially clients with tight erector spinae muscles. Hip flexor, quad, low back stretch is grate for smaller clients.

 

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Yes, the side position is great for pregnant women. Although, depending on the state of pregnancy, you would not do all the stretches.

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I totally agree. In general stretches shouldn’t be done after the first trimester. That is what I was taught in the states. 

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