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Richard Takahashi
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Module 1

The topic on techniques, ergonomics and breathing are similar topics in training of the martial arts. The execution of martial techniques is first knowledge of the tools used, proper alignment of the body during execution and coordination of breathing for power and speed. As for the postures used in delivery of Thai Massage are also similar in the martial arts. The most important for me was the explanation used for “art” which I totally can relate.

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Hi Richard, welcome to our community and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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I get the impression that technology is not your strong suit! Laugh Your second attempt at forum posting was better than the first one, but still not correct. So I helped you out by changing a few things. I added your name to the topic title so that your forum thread can be found. I also replaced the text from your new post with the original text from your first post since this was more elaborate (and I deleted your original post). I also posted the module number at the top of your post so that it is clear which module you are writing about. 

So now this is your only thread, and all you need to do is click on 'Add Reply' in the bottom right section of the page to add new posts.

A couple more things: Please go to your forum profile and fill it out. There is nothing in there...your name and a little bio with your background. Then we did not receive a certification registration form from you which we need for our records. You can find the link to this registration from on the Certification Tutorial page. Just scroll down and you will find it.

Soon you will be a forum expert! Smile

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MOD 2

On the chi machine, I once experience it when I went to get treatment form a Japanese shiatsu therapist who I heard about. I had to be supine and I place my feet on something that resemble a small foot rest, and it shook me in a gentle way like the way the "chi machine" method that you taught. The difference was I received the chi machine after the shiatsu treatment was completed but I was relaxed. I feel now that its most effective at the beginning. Performing it took some practice to get my partner shaking up to her neck, then at the same time using my body to do the work, after she recovered ( very relax state), she told me that she could feel her whole body shake very gentle like a baby being rock to sleep. Even though I'm able to perform the technique, I still need to relax a bit and it seems to me my coordination with rhythm still needs some work.

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Great, now you are on the right track in the forum! Smile

Actually, I got the idea to name this technique the 'Chi Machine', because, just like you, I had experienced the mechanical Chi Machine version. I had found the feeling intriguing, but it was still a machine and didn't compare to the feeling that the human hands can generate.

I read your bio and found it quite fascinating, by the way!

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Module 3, foot massage 1

It's taken me several times to get the proper techniques remember in order, now that I do,  I'm working on rhythm and pace, is that okay. Feedback I get is "everything is relaxing" but I know that I need more practice but I'm ready for foot massage 2.

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Foot massage 2 will help you to get a better feeling for the entire flow of a foot massage, as you will see.

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Module 4

After listening to the concept of doing Thai massage, practice is becoming easier, especially when adding more techniques to the foot. Especially kneeding the foot with thumbs, which is my weakest part of my body, so trying to use more body then just muscle part if that makes sense.

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In the beginning it always feels a bit overwhelming and complicated. But after a while it all makes more sense, especially when you watch the summary videos where you see it all in context. There are 3 summary videos in the course, and they are most student's favorites. 

By the way, was your post above just a general comment, or was it supposed to be about module 4?

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Yes mod 4

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Ok, I added the module number to it. Smile

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Mod 5

I really enjoyed doing the leg warm up, and it makes sense about preparing the muscles before stretching them. I also starting to execute techniques that I feel comfortable to do because I like them but what about the client, is it okay for me to use the techniques I enjoy doing the same techniques on different clients, and if so, the techniques I don't practice maybe are the ones the clients like. I know every massage she not exactly be the same for every client, but I may lack the techniques to choose from. I'm sort of confused on this.

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Good question. Overall you will learn many more techniques than you could ever do in one session. In the beginning you just have to learn them. But once you know them, then they become like a tool box where you choose just the right ones for the job (client). That's when it becomes an art.

It makes perfect sense to focus on the techniques that you enjoy doing, however over time you will become more comfortable with more and more techniques. The longer you practice Thai Massage, the better you will get at knowing what techniques work best for a particular client. 

You will get better at listening to the clients both verbally and intuitively. You will get better at asking your clients the right questions.

So in short, for now I suggest you don't worry about this issue. It will resolve itself over time automatically. By the end of this course you will look back at the issues and questions you had, and you will find that you learned the answers in the course, you became more comfortable with techniques, you figured out how to communicate with clients and find out what information you need to help them, etc.

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