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Received my first module and is practising the practitioner body positions. Although i am a professional massage therapist and incorporating some thigh moves which i learnt at massage school, i am finding that squatting and tree kneeling  feels strange, tireing and balance not 100%. However I know that by next week things will be better.

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May 29, 2015 - 9:58 pm
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Hi Roger, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and our forum. Are you posting just to share, or are you going for the certification?

If you are just sharing, then you are fine. If you want a certificate, then you would need to fill out the registration form (the link to that is in your course manual in the certification section). After you submit the registration form, you will be forwarded to our certification  tutorial which explains the process in detail. 

I am just trying to make sure we are on the same wave length, and that I know what your intentions are. Smile

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Roger Drakes Module 2

I do an adaptation of this technique when doing table massage so making the body undulate is easy for me. What i found is that sitting on my heels is painful and uncomfortable for me.The portion of my quads just inferior to my knees are very tight in this position which resulted in my knees hurting a bit this morning.Placing a pillow under my toes made the technique more comfortable, however i must say that the more you employ this technique the better it feels but think I will use a pillow for now until my flexibility improves.

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Hi Roger, as I pointed out in my previous post, I still have not seen a certification registration from you. Did you not send it or did I miss it by any chance? We need that in order to get our records complete. The link is in your course manual. To make is easy for you, you can access it right from here:

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Sitting on the heels is always uncomfortable in the beginning. Everyone first has to get used to that. Once your body adapts, which it will, you won't have any problems with this position.

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Hi Shama,

my internet is working slow hence difficulty with registration form. I have now completed certificate registration and have submitted.Kindly confirm.

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I received it - thank you!

Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list here:

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I fixed the topic title of your forum thread a little to include the course name.

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Roger Drakes Module 3

I am feeling more comfortable in the kneeling position about 80% better.I did the chi machine again which brought a lot of tingling to my clients body and their thigh trembled slightly afterwards. Before practice my partner expressed some concern about her possible inability to get onto and off the mat because of the severe knee pain they were experiencing. However after the session her knee pain was gone and they said" I feel as though I am on a high". During the circling outbending they felt tingling in their abdomen.The hip stretch was also therapeutic and made their hip feel looser.I am not able to do this move t the same speed as you as yet but know I will get there.

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This sounds like a pretty impressive start! By the way, if you have clients with real knee problems, I have a course just about knee therapy which both I and my students have used very successfully on clients with knee pain issues. That's just for future reference if you want to go deeper and specialize. 

There is also some knee work coming up later in this course. 

The "circling outbending" move is one of the more difficult techniques to learn, so this one will take some time. Just keep coming back to it, and it will become easy after a while.

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Module 4

The move are feeling more natural an the squatting position is more comfortable. My client is over 200lbs and foot transitioning was a bit labourious initially. You teach well and I was able to manage.Do my client have to be placed diagonally on the mat?

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If you have a wide mat, kind of squarish, and you have a large, tall client, then yes, it is often ideal to put the client on the mat diagonally. I have done that many times in such situations.

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Module 5

I have a few clients who have shoulder issues so I might do the shoulder massage course.

I am comfortable  kneeling but sometimes place a pillow under my toes.Squeezing and rolling the thigh adductors and hamstrings presented so difficulty because my client has wide thighs and it felt as though fat was being accessed and not muscles .In addition to that my hands are small however, they said that their muscles were massaged and it felt good. Their knee is also improving.

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You will find lots of solutions for this issue in this course. If people have big thighs, then you are much better off working them with your forearms, knees and feet. That will come up very soon in the program. It is also covered in depth in the "Body Mastery For Massage" bonus course.

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Agreed. These techniques using the forearms were well suited and more effective for my client. Also my thumbs got a rest as I use them often in reflexology therefore i am grateful for the forearm techniques.Everything is flowing nicely , just a little difficulty in smooth transitioning to the other foot.My clients knee is feeling better each time.

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Since you are a reflexologist, I really think you would benefit greatly from our Thai Foot Massage course. This would show you how to do effective reflexology without stressing your thumbs. I see glowing reviews about that coming across my screen all the time. And it's always the same theme: "Wow, that's so much easier on my body and especially on the thumbs".

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Module 7

I will take a look at the Thai foot massage course and see if its for me...and if its affordable.

For this module I worked on a small partner and everything flowed easily in my opinion. Thanks for the body reading tips and I hope you keep giving us more. My partner had a problem with outward hip rotation and her ankle was hurting but the pain was no longer there after the session.I find that My transitioning is smoother and things are flowing.Would these techniques help someone who has problems with inward hip rotation and shortened psoas muscles also?

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Once you get through the entire "hip pie" system, you can address most any hip issue. However you will find some more suitable techniques for the Psoas in later modules. There is an entire module about working on hip flexors.

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Module 8

Day after the last session my partner said they felt more aligned.

I am working with a small partner again and did not have much difficulty executing the moves however was sorry that my big partner was unavailable for me to practice the power stretch.Transitioning from right side to left side needs some more practice. My partner said that the stretches are relaxing.

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It is quite encouraging that you are already getting positive feedback in the early stages of the course. You must be doing something right. 

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Module 9

Worked on a big guy who indicated that the hamstring stretch seems to be very powerful.Have to work on staying connected when performing the stretches as its quite different when done on a massage table which I am used to.However it feels good when you pay attention to your breath and engage your entire body. I also did it on a bed to a client who has difficulty walking and getting on and off the floor but it was'nt comfortable for me.Are there special techniques for working in such a way?

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My wife is mostly doing house calls, and she works on beds the majority of times. I have no doubt that this is a bit more cumbersome compared to working on a proper floor mat or massage table, but it can certainly be done.

There are no special techniques - it all depends on the size of the bed, the height of it, and the softness or hardness of the mattress. These are all factors which you cannot control, but with a little creativity and adjustments in your ergonomics, you can basically do most techniques on a bed just fine.

Personally I am no expert when it comes to working on beds since I have rarely done it. My wife however has done it for many years, and she got used to it.

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