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Rita Taylor
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February 4, 2021 - 6:39 pm
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Module 1

I loved your attention to detail.  I have experience with Thai massage but it has been many years since I’ve studied it so it’s good to go back to basics.  My knee has been hurting for about a week so the squatting was kinda hard for me but still practiced on my hubby.  I might try this technique on a table massage today with a leaning motion and see how that feels. 

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I practiced on my hubby again.  He’s happy that I’m taking this course. HaHa. The first technique I use with clients already, but I think I lost good body mechanics over the years.  What a difference to do it correctly.  I can tell instantly that my shoulders and thumbs will be a lot happier! 

With the second technique (knuckles) I liked the options of holding the foot in a couple ways to stabilize the foot. It doesn’t feel quite natural yet but like you say – practice.

I hadn’t done the third technique with the forearm before. I really liked it with the legs crossed it created nice deep pressure with very little effort and it was hubby’s favorite as well. It was good to see the flow all together.

Am I giving you want you want for feedback here? THX

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Hi Rita, welcome to the Thai Foot Massage certification program. Everything looks fine with your posting. You can take a look at our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized, but I think you got it. Smile

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Module 3

There are soo many goodies in this module- a lot to remember.  The Lean In Roll Out is like a dance. It was hard for me to get the 3rd line because big feet-small hands so I’m glad you said not to worry about that so much.  I seem to fall in and out of rhythm right now but when I do slip into it, it feels good. Hubby really likes that one and says it’s hypnotic. 

On the top of the foot, I was taught to do all 4 lines with my fingertips before so working the individual lines was interesting and might take some getting used to. I do like the variable pressure on circles because it helps me stay in rhythm. Hubby also really liked the Achilles work (especially prone) and was amazed at the difference in the two sides on himself.

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It is amazing how many comments I have read over the years about the achilles work feeling good. Nobody else seems to work this spot, and all the clients and practice partners seem to love it. Smile

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First off, I have to say that I can really tell I haven’t been doing Thai Massage as regular during COVID.  I’m having a hard time squatting which never used to be an issue. My feet feel less strong!

I like the option of doing the forearm in supine, prone and side position. I find supine feels the easiest for me but it’s always nice to have options. Stretching the achilles is best in non-squat position for me which of course felt better to hubby.

I really like working with the flat surface of elbow then working into pointy as the foot softens.

I enjoyed the knee & shift technique because it felt flowy.  I was taught to use the feet on feet facing away from client so it was nice to try facing the client which is easier to control balance wise and pressure. Although hubby said there was a lot more pressure with facing away technique. (He got a calf cramp so we had to nurse that!)  The fists are probably the easiest of all but hubby said he liked when I use my feet better because there was more pressure.

Really enjoying this class! Thank you!

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We have a bunch of support videos to get your body in better shape for Thai Massage positions. Maybe you get something out of it. Here is one of the videos:

Toe-Ankle-Knee Exercises For Thai Massage therapists

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Oh Cool! I will definatley check out that link. Thank you

Module 5

I really liked the alternative gentle left-right move (bending feet out) for when the hips are tight.  I do seem to run across this quite a bit so it’s nice to have another way to do it. 

On the variation with feet together (bend feet in) my Hubby said felt like a good massage for arch of foot being pressed into top of the other foot.

Thank you for pointing out the breath -love it. I am a big breather and always try to incorporate it into everything I do. I encourage clients to breathe also.  I feel like we connect more completely that way. Some of my long-time clients are trained and call me the “breath pusher”. Lol

On Bending feet down my hubby said he could feel it all the way up shines and outer thighs. I practiced leaning the right way and the wrong way too- so I could feel the difference. The energy definitely flows better when you get correct positioning.

With bending the feet up I think I learned wrong before.. so changing to leaning way down felt great and hubby said could feel it in the calves and the legs.

With twisting the feet I had a hard time, at first, keeping my wrist straight and just moving the elbow.  I angled myself a little more then it seemed easier.  Does that sound correct?  Is this another one that big feet and small hands might make a difference? 

**Got an extra big mmm from hubby on the flat open hands technique!

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'Breath pusher' - cool! Smile

Yes, the foot twisting technique can be really difficult to do on men with big and stiff feet - especially the inward twist. Don't expect too much in terms of results or good feedback in such cases. It all comes down to this: The techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences. If something doesn't work well for a particular client, just skip it. There are many more techniques in this course than you could ever do in one session, so don't feel that you have to do everything on everyone.

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Module 6

Honestly, I hate when people rotate my ankles. They are very lose and most therapists don’t understand my hypermobility.  This has actually helped me be more aware of my client’s ankles.

I do like the supportive techniques while rotating - just wish I had someone to do it to me.  With the push pull technique, hubby said felt great and he could feel it all the way up to his low back, but I felt awkward. I had to slow way down to get the technique right with sliding the hand for push to pull. Is that ok? I can see where it might be easier with a smaller foot. Or will I get faster with practice?

I don’t like that snapping of the tip of toe either. Lol  Although, I’ve had a few clients ask me to do the cracking technique.

I love the first relaxation technique and is one I do already. I remember receiving and loved it.  I think of it like a wave.  It seems I had to work at that one in the beginning.

I had a hard time with lifting and shaking the foot – big foot-small hands.  I probably won’t use that on my big people. Wondering if there is an alternative way of doing this with two hands for big feet?

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I am sure you will get faster with practice, and also it clearly is easier with a smaller foot.

Yes, you can use a two-handed version. You grab the foot with both hands and quickly shake it up and down a bit while applying a little bit of traction at the same time. This is more of a quick vibration that travels up the leg than a real up and down movement. It feels quite nice and is a good relaxation move.

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