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Samantha Rish
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Module 1

Most of the discussion in this module I am very familiar with. Many of the tools and techniques are the same in the massage work I perform. One distinct difference is the advantage of working on a floor mat. As a massage therapist, I am frequently providing Swedish and deep tissue massage. Many movements feel uncomfortable to some degree because of the inability to be in perfect alignment with the body part I am working on. One of the many reasons I'm looking forward to performing Thai massage is being able to have better body mechanics. I also wholeheartedly relate to the importance of breath work. I find myself providing my best work when I use my body weight and exhale with any stretch, push, and compression. I have noticed that my mind is not in the right place if my breath is not in tune with my movements and my client. I have found that breath work is equally important for the client as well! Directing my client's through deep breaths, not quick, short breaths or holding their breath, puts them into a more relaxed state of mind as well as makes my work more effective on their body. When I first started massage, I can definitely say my technique was more mechanical. I feel I've come far in my own technique and appreciate the emphasis on Thai massage being like a symphony. Looking forward to provide this healing art.

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Hi Samantha, welcome 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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True, the better body mechanics on the floor are one of the major advantages of Thai Massage. You will find several more such advantages as you go through this program! Smile

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Module 2

I really appreciate the emphasis on proper body mechanics. I agree that being comfortable while practicing translates through to our clients. Over the past couple days, I practiced the chi machine on each of my family members. It felt a little awkward because I don't have a Thai mat here yet. One will be arriving this weekend. However, I was able to get their whole body rocking. My husband described a tingling sensation throughout his body and especially liked the slow ending transition, as well as the hold. I plan to continue to practice when my mat arrives. I also plan to show my husband how to do the chi machine, so that I can know how it feels as well. I feel that I can't perfectly perform a service I've never received. The chi machine is definitely unique.

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The mat will make a big difference. What kind of mat did you order?

That's an excellent idea to show your husband how to do the Chi Machine so that you can experience it yourself. As long as you feel that you 'got it', you can show him, and it seems that you must have done it correctly.

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I ordered a roll-up mat. It's about 2 inches thick, 79 inches long, and 57 inches wide. I'm hoping that will be large enough to accommodate all movements. I noticed the mat you practice on is flat. This mat I now have is not. Hopefully that isn't an issue either.

I feel more confident in the chi machine after having practiced a few times. I will keep at it!

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Module 3

I enjoyed beginning to learn techniques with this module. I have watched the video three to four times now. I now have the moves memorized, but am keeping in mind that the massage shouldn't be a robotic, step by step technique massage. I am working on making the movements more fluid and connecting with my client.

I've practiced these foot techniques a few times, again on the floor. My mat arrived over the weekend, so I intend on practicing again tomorrow evening. The second technique, with the counter-clockwise movement, pressing into the feet, and bending the feet outward is definitely a bit tricky! It's taking me a minute to get into the flow of that movement. With practice I'm sure that it will flow better. I also struggled with the push-pull-rotate technique because my husband is taller than me. It was awkward for me to have his leg resting just below my knee and perform that technique properly. Again, I plan to continue to practice that. Perhaps positioning is intended on changing slightly when a client may be considerably taller or shorter than you.

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Yes, often a small adjustment in positioning changes the feeling of the technique - for better or for worse. Just keep playing with this and try to modify your position until it feels more comfortable for you.

Also, as part of module 3 there is a video that shows what mat I use, and why. This should address your comment about your new mat.

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Module 4

I enjoyed learning more foot work techniques in this module. While practicing, I performed each technique in an order I felt flowed better for me. There are still a few movements that I need to practice with and others I feel I can execute proficiently. I really like the look of the relaxing shake on the foot, but I need to go back and watch you do that technique again. I'm not sure I am doing it correctly or it just feels weird. I always like to include a relaxing stoke or movement when I massage my clients. I plan to re-watch several of the movements this weekend and practice again.

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I watched your video on choosing a mat. I feel the mat I have will be a good one for the time being. I wish I had one that was a little wider, but I will find a cushion to use if necessary. In the future, I will likely get two durable mats side by side as you suggested.

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You can certainly change the order of the foot techniques if a different sequence flows better for you. None of this is written in stone. 

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