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Renee Bryson-Owen's Thai foot massage course notes
Renee Bryson-Owens
Waynesville, NC
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August 18, 2017
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August 25, 2017 - 2:03 am
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I've enjoyed the first two videos! Learning about the energy lines and foot manipulations was very interesting. My husband noticed the difference when I used my body weight as opposed to my thumbs.

The second video module was interesting as well. Facing the foot and supporting the knee with a pillow, using knuckles and forearm.

My question is this: What if lying on the floor is too uncomfortable for the client and they are on the massage table..How would the therapist position for the forearm pressure?

Shama Kern
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June 28, 2010
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August 25, 2017 - 9:55 am
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Hi Renee, welcome to our forum and to the Thai Foot Massage certification program. First, let's get things organized correctly. When you sent in your certification registration form, you should have been automatically forwarded to our certification tutorial. Please re-watch the video on this page to find out how to organize the forum posts correctly:

Certification Tutorial

There is also a summary version of this information in our certification check list:

Certification Check List

Here are the areas in the check list that need attention:

  • Step 3 - Topic title needs to contain your name, otherwise you will be the best kept secret in the forum. Smile I will do this for you.
  • Step 4 - Each post needs to be labeled with the corresponding module number
  • Step 5 - Each module needs its own separate forum post. They cannot be combined.
  • Step 6 - Post length cannot be just one sentence
  • Step 7 - Post content needs to describe your practice experience, not just a listing of the video content.

Now to your question: Lying on the floor will never be uncomfortable provided you have the right mat. However you can use many techniques on a table as well, but you will lose the ergonomic advantages which you have on the floor. On a floor mat you don't need to bend down, and you can use your own body quite effectively to assist in the techniques.

I realize that you might not be used to working on the floor and might not want to work on the floor unless you do actual Thai Massage. So here is my suggestion. You have three choices. Either you skip the forearm technique on a table, or you sit on the table and simulate the thigh support with your leg. Or you can use a pillow to support the bent leg and you bend down to use your forearm. In order to do that without feeling awkward you would need to be in a low stance like a yoga lunge stance. It can be done, however this technique is easier to do on a floor mat. 

Renee Bryson-Owens
Waynesville, NC
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August 18, 2017
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September 2, 2017 - 1:13 am
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The rolling motion was very interesting, especially applying the pressure on the half circle. I did practice the pressure point on the top of the foot and was comfortable with it.

Renee Bryson

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