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Sara Mayer McKernan-Thai Foot Massage
Sara Mayer McKernan
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September 24, 2016 - 12:13 pm
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Module 1


The body mechanics Shama demonstrated have already made me excited to end my days off early so I can go back to work and practice.  I think I'll have to squat on a chair in order to achieve the necessary leveling in relation to the massage tables I use. Maybe I'll have to practice squatting around the house first so I can at least balance on the floor! At any rate, the explanation of leaving no space between the thumb and index finger, the forearm bracing against the knees and the angle needed to preform leaning pressure was fantastic! I've never heard anyone explain the "space" dilemma with the thumbs- just that we needed to brace our thumbs. I wish I understood that particular thumb positioning a very long time agoSurprised

Sara Mayer McKernan
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September 24, 2016 - 12:34 pm
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This video was very concise in explaining the basic health related appeals of massage for both western and eastern cultures. Even in the United States, out west tends to be more open and accepting of energetic systems and the need to continue the flow. When I traveled back East it seemed like explaining about energy systems had the effect of causing a lot of eyes to roll.  In the West they want polarity, reiki, quantum touch, crystal healing, aura cleansing, ect.  In the East there seems to be a greater emphasis on either spa massages, sports massages or other physically emphasized service related to beauty and brawn. It seems that (for myself) it's easier to just do ALL the things that I know will be effective for them (both the energetic work as well as the "physical work"). Unless I've already seen a client 3 times it's better to just not try to explain it all. It's so distracting for me to deal with skeptical attitudes while I'm trying to tune in to their bodies.  The fact is, everyone has seemed to like what I'm doing and often describe it as feeling "Zen" or "Floating" or "New Agey" and they usually shake their head and wonder out loud how their pain really went away without me tearing them apart with deep tissue massage.  I sometimes wonder if they would ever feel that amazing if they had to lay there contemplating their dollars and cents being spent on something they couldn't see.Wink

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Hi Sara, welcome to our forum. 

I am glad to hear that my thumb ergonomics explanation is useful for you. Good ergonomics and therapist-friendly techniques are an important issue for me. If we can't preserve our own health, how will we help others!

This is interesting that there is such a marked difference between the east and west coast of the US in regards to more energetic systems. I wasn't aware of that.

I have always used energetic components in my massage work, but I rarely mentioned this to a client. I just don't see the need to make it sound more complex or confusing. I just called it Thai Massage, and that is the umbrella name for what I do, although "under the hood" there might be energetic refinements and enhancements which make the system even better. Here in Thailand there is no separation between techniques and energetic components anyway, since Thai Massage is based on working with energy lines in the first place.

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

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I already changed your display name to your full name to make you easier to find.

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