November 1, 2013
INTRODUCTION: I am very excited to be enrolled in the Complete Thai Massage Course. I value this opportunity and have reviewed the first installation. Having been through the Hip Therapy Course, I now realize that I probably should have started with the complete course first, but did find that I was familiar with much of the information presented. I did like the way this introduction was well planned and organized and presented a great review. I also appreciate the .PDF that accompanied this video; that allows me to concentrate more upon the visual rather than stopping and starting to take notes.
Overall I have found the Thai massage study to be very effective and useful. Probably the only issue I have is kneeling for extended periods of time. I find that I have some issues with my knees if I am not careful. Part of this is age related, and the other aspect is the fact that I have spent my rather long and extended massage career standing and working on the table rather than being on the same plane as the client. Any suggestions about how to keep the kneeling pain free would be most helpful.
Thanks again for making these videos so accessible and understandable.
Hi Randy, welcome to another course! Yes it would have made more sense to start with the Complete Thai Massage, but no problem, it will all work out.
Regarding the knees, there are several things I can suggest. First, it takes some time to get used to. Quite a few of my students have reported this issue in the beginning, but in most cases the knees get accustomed to the new way of using them and the problem just goes away.
Second, make sure that your mat is soft enough so that your knees are not on a fairly hard surface.
Third, you can use a workaround and place a small flat pillow under your knee, like the kind you put on chairs, until your knees get more used to it.
I am not sure if you can blame it on age. Young people can have the same issue if they are not used to kneeling and some older people can do it without any problems, like me for example, and chances are that I am older than you with my 59 years.