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Sabina Magnus ~ Complete Thai Massage Therapy Course Notes
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Sabina Magnus
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April 22, 2022 - 6:12 am
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Module 28

Although those summary modules are considered optional, I would not like to miss them!!!! 

It's great to see all the learned techniques applied in one sequence. I love to use those videos to practice on my partner while just allowing allowing with Shama's Thai Massage flow! 

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It was helpful to learn how to properly bring the client into the right side position to assure not only a comfortable position for the client, but also assure the correct position of the client, so that the technique can be applied in its most effective form! 

As already mentioned it is so great, that body size and structure of both  - the therapist and the client -  are not an issue at all, as long as the giver knows how to work with their own body.

Thai Massage is a true form of “body work” WinkLaugh

Using the hands as listening instrument is such an important lesson to really understand and apply!

Truly Thai Massage can unleash all its healing energies only in the hands of a therapist, who is able to  deeply listening as well as to receive (information and energy)  and give back to the patient what they need, so that they can heal. 

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April 22, 2022 - 7:33 am
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Module 30

 

Those side positions are revealing their benefits and start growing on me. I prefer to use them on a person with a big belly or when someone admitted, that they just had eaten and feel full. Also woman with bigger breasts appreciate the side position. 

I recently worked on a pregnant woman, and it was great!  She was already used to lay in side position since laying on her back was pain full as well. She very much enjoyed all the props to make it super comfortable for her (and the little one in her womb). 

Reading about the 8 types of massage therapists I am so happy to know, that with Shama’s teachings of Thai Massage we all have the tools  to be a “Golden or Magical Touch Therapist” and maybe even unleash the (hidden) healer in us! 🙂 

I totally will make a habit out of it to observe my client, while he/she is entering the room and still standing and if there are noticeable body symptoms I will  address those “lifestyle observations” as well. 

Those four you showed us, are a great start and will certainly make a good very first impression and let the client feel seen and supported on his healing journey beyond the 1 to 2 hour massage therapy session.

I love when the client is empowered to heal itself and not become dependent on the therapist!

Creating awareness and helping the body to heal itself (with simple changes, like putting the wallet in the front pocket or raising the laptop at eye level) is a precious gift a massage therapist can give its client. 

 

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I have no doubt which one of the 8 categories of massage therapists you fit in - clearly you see yourself as the Golden or Magical Touch Therapist - and that's where you and all of us here should be!

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Module 31

Hello again! I had to take a longer break from my Thai Massage studies. Lots has happened in the meantime! Including a hospital stay of my partner and a move,  but I hope that I am now able to get and stay back on track again! I missed watching the videos and practicing Thai Massage!!!! 

For my birthday my partner gave me a “professional Thai Massage mat”. YAAAAY

It is a great feeling to offer massages on that thicker mat and let me also feel like a pro! LOL

Anyways, back to the studies:

I noticed especially in the second move, that I did not perform the move with my ENTIRE body, rather than from the power of my arms. That resulted in pain in my upper arm and biceps. I find it so fascinating how my body actually tells me, when I don’t perform the move correctly! 

 

I found it quite interesting to read in more depth about the mis-concepts Thai have against foreigners and I very much appreciate that kind of information as a valuable add on to the Thai Massage course! 

 

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"For my birthday my partner gave me a “professional" Thai Massage mat."  -  Great, excellent present.

"I noticed especially in the second move, that I did not perform the move with my ENTIRE body, rather than from the power of my arms. That resulted in pain in my upper arm and biceps. I find it so fascinating how my body actually tells me when I don’t perform the move correctly! "  -  So true. If your body hurts when doing Thai Massage, you can be pretty sure that there is a problem with your body mechanics.

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Module 32

Indeed those moves are excellent for shoulder problems!!!! My partner totally confirmed that. Very important is to keep the client comfortable, while laying on the side and using props, cushions etc. 

Thank you SO much for pointing out those 3 different type of “receivers. (Auditory, visual, kinaesthetic). That is really helpful and important information…..to acknowledge and honour my own way of receiving knowledge and support of any kind as well as finding the most effective way to transmit it to my client

Also great helpful 10 tips on how to find a good Massage Therapist!

I agree with one of the commenters, that it would be great, to have some kind of database (like Tripadviser), where reputable Thai Massage Therapist can be looked up.

I assume Shama is offering such a database for graduates of the Academy?! Maybe that could be a place, where clients can leave reviews and a graduate of the Thai Healing Massage Academy can build up its own reputation?! 

I am extremely happy, that I found THIS online program, since it is excellent and maybe even better, than in-person studies, because I can pause the teacher Wink and re-listen to the teachings as often as I wish! Smile

 

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Module 33

What I personally like about Sitting Postions is the fact, that I can “quickly squeeze in” some easy, but effective movements to release pain (even severe and acute ones) in the neck and shoulder area almost instantly or eat least can decrease it significantly.  My partner appreciates that a lot as well, since she does not have to wait until we find the time for an extended massage session on the yoga mat.  A chair is often easier to find than the space and/or a suitable ground to lay on. 😉 

I agree that for many people sitting in easy pose is not the most easiest position to maintain, but siting on a chair or even better a bench turns out to be an excellent way to work on a tight neck,  the trapezius and loosen the fascia around the scapular. This always brings release of tension literally in minutes and is so easy to be performed…..even “on the go”.

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Referring to the first movement (Transaction for arms and back) I was wondering, if I should kneel on a firm bolster (to get a bit taller), when my client is taller than I or if my client has to sit on a cushion itself?

I have the feeling that (especially when working on very flexible people) that I would have to lean back quite a bit to perform a good traction.  Or is it welcomed, that I lean further back myself?

When people can’t sit in easy pose at all, could those moves still be done, when they are able to bend one knee and stretch the other leg out?  I assume that “rock pose” (the client sits on its heals) is an option as well?!

I very much appreciated to learn in more detail about the cause (gas bubbles, cavitation or tendon snaps) of that in some people desired or in other people frightening sound of cracking of joints. Although knowing that it does NOT cause Arthritis is valuable! Thank you for all that clarification! Embarassed

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It is a fact that the size differential between you and your client does play a role here. Given the choice of you using a bolster and the client sitting on something, I would definitely go with you using the bolster.

Regarding the leaning back (if you are talking about the technique around minute 4 of the video), yes, you might have to lean back quite a bit. This requires some flexibility on your part as well. Again here the size differential plays a role. If you are short and the client is tall and has long arms, then you might not get much leverage.

If people cannot sit cross-legged with reasonable comfort, my personal preference is to skip these techniques on such clients. Bending one leg and stretching the other out still feels contrived and not comfortable, and the whole idea is that clients feel comfortable. There is no reason to try to drive a round peg into a square hole in Thai Massage.

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Agreed - no need to drive a round peg into a square hole. LOL

Thai Massage has so many different moves to offer and is adjustable to the receiver and the giver!  I mentioned  the "half crossed" sitting position, since I have a couple of yoga students, who say, that they are actually quite comfortable sitting like that, because only ONE hip flexer gives them trouble and stretching out that leg makes the siting position more than just bearable. But I hear what you are saying, Shama......make it as comfortable, relaxed and enjoyable for the client as possible! 

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Module 35

What a lovely finish for the complete Thai Massage Course! YAAAAAAAY

Thank you so much for that amazing Course, Shama!!!!!! I am excited to receive my certificate and than "officially" start to offer Thai Yoga Massage. It is such a great addition to my yoga practice! 

In regards of CEU's. Would they also be of use for me as a yoga instructor, who is a member of the yoga alliance??? CEU's are always great to have for my on going education requirement. But not sure if that apply for massage therapist solely? If not I would love to take the test as well and earn those CEUs as well.  

I happy that the course is completed, but also VERY happy, that there is more bonus material coming up. I feel like that this course was just the beginning. LOL. I will also pick up to make those assignments for the Heavenly Head Massage Course. The HHM will be a fantastic add on to the end of a regular Thai Massage.........and then the client can blissfully surrender into the Shavassana. Now I understand, that the massage can indeed take up to 2 hours. 

I have to admit, that in the beginning  (still comparing it to ordinary Western massage therapy where a session is sometimes only 45 min. to a max of 90 min.) I was quite surprised about the extended length of a Thai Massage Session. But now I know and feel on myself why the luxury of a 2 hour session is so relaxing, healing and rejuvenating. It is a complete transformation.........I guess that will be how I wanna advertise it: "Transformational Thai Yoga Massage"Smile

Thanks again Shama, for producing this outstanding course and giving people all around the world the opportunity to learn, practice and share Thai Massage!!!!! 

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"Transformational Thai Yoga Massage"  -  great name!!

"In regards to CEUs. Would they also be of use for me as a yoga instructor, who is a member of the yoga alliance?"  -  The only way to find out is to get in touch with the Yoga Alliance and ask them if they accept CEUs from the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage And Bodywork).

"The HHM will be a fantastic add-on to the end of a regular Thai Massage"  -  DEFINITELY!!! Perfect combination.

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