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I'm new to Thai massage and healing but have been practicing yoga and stretching. The techniques  such as contraction, traction rocking and percussion are new to me, I've been doing some reading last few days and have been practicing the therapist positions with my family at home we all have gotten cramps but the practice must continue to master them. We are having lots of fun practicing the position of the clients. I really love the principle of Thai massage using body weight and not muscle power because I use a lot of muscle power in yoga and stretch. The principles of breath are truly intriguing content especially the energy lines because I do lot of meditation. I am looking forward into getting deeper with this practice.

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I love that this program starts with proper alignment mindset breathing and attitude. I have begun to work on good ergonomics and trying to keep relaxed also trying to use less muscle power. I performed the Chi Machine movement on my daughter, she said it felt good and didn’t want to stop this is the first time she has ever felt so light and relaxed. I noticed that I was sitting with my legs slightly wider than the demo but I was using some muscle power, when I moved my leg position the technique became easier. I then tried the technique on one of my work colleges who was much larger.  I noticed I began using too much of my muscles in my arms to get her hips to swing. She reported feeling relaxed but not anything else. I perform this technique for about 2 minutes and noticed my arms where tense and getting tired. I watched the video a second time and realized that I didn't have her feet at the mid-point of my thighs and her feet where more to the outside of my thigh then the inside. When I tried again, I was able to perform this technique without strain in my arms and was able to do it for 2 minutes without my arms getting tired. She said that her back felt warm and relaxed when I finished the technique.

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Hi Seville, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program and to our community!

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Certification Checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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It sounds like you are off to a good start and can relate well to the Thai Massage principles. Your yoga experience should be helpful here. I am looking forward to your progress notes. If you ever have questions, I am always available to help. 

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I tried the moves on my wife she is pregnant with swollen feet, her feedback that her feet felt better and less painful as usual , also I tried the circular move when pressing the thumbs on the bottom of the foot while shifting to body weight from foot to foot that was heavenly. She like the calf stretch by pressing the bottom of the foot under the toes and leaning forward using the palm of my hand. I tried the push –pull rotate technique for foot and the twisting out one at a time followed by the shaking of the foot up and down at the end of my yoga session today my client was in awe she said she has never experienced anything like this .The thing I need to work on the most is smoothing my transitioning from move to another.

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It sounds like your wife is happy with what you are doing. Smile

The smoothness with the transitions takes some practice, but it will come.

I have worked on the feet of pregnant women, and this is always a winner!

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My yoga clients are loving the footwork, It’s a session by itself I spent 30min just doing the foot and never realized it had been so long. I've been working on transitioning from one side to the other and it has been going smoothly. I believe I need some more practice because I feel some tension in the wrist when I’m done. The clients have been experiencing deep relaxation and increased mobility in the foot and ankle.  So far the kneading technique and the twisting traction/contraction technique are most favored by my colleges at work. I have also noticed a few times that I am using my body weight versus generating pressure with my muscles. The further we get the smoother my flow becomes. I am really enjoying this courseLaughLaugh

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I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the course.

Sometimes massage therapists think that it is enough to spend a couple of minutes on the feet. Now you know better! Smile

Personally, I have been getting hundreds of one-hour-long foot massage sessions in Thailand - more than Thai Massage sessions, actually - because I like it that much. That's one reason why we have an entire course just about foot massage as well. There is a lot more that can be done.

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Ive paid great attention to the position of the body and how to stabilize the foot or leg because it made me feel comfortable working on people’s body’s knowing the correct positions. I am also seeing how similar it is for me to prepare and lead my fitness classes and to prepare and perform a Thai Massage session from the warm up to actually exciting it with good technique breath and ergonomics and also moving from one technique to the other. I have been working on making my movements more fluid like. I am still a little awkward when I transition but I know that with time and practice I will become better. I practiced the leg warm ups and my clients enjoyed them very much. I can see and understand how much warming up the leg muscles can be very relaxing. I m still trying to do foot work and  master it before going into leg massage it will take me sometime but I will surely get there.

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You are noticing all the right elements, and you are clearly on the right track.

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I tried the techniques on my  coworkers  they loved every move immensely most of them have hip issues and lower back tightness so  I  have to work careful when in  the adductors and abductors area . but i need to work more on my pressure control .also Getting in position to work on the legs with the forearms has been a bit awesome and beginning to transition smoothly from one technique to another.  Once in position, I have found that I am very comfortable and use very little muscle power to perform the techniques.  My clients have reported feeling comfortable and that their leg felt very supported while being worked on.  Using the forearms has saved my wrist from being overstrained and it has been a very effective technique for getting significant pressure for them.

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This is really good news! It sounds like you are a natural with this Thai Massage work.

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  It's amazing how u mention the angle of the feet can tell about tension and weaknesses in the hips.  I've noticed with quite a few clients have tension with internal rotation, while the other side will have tension with external rotation also other parts of the body especially the lower and upper back  has been most prevalent.  Knowing this information has made the work that I'm doing in the sessions much more effective. Just learning to read the postures of clients is fascinating. I'm not just doing techniques for the sake of doing them I'm working with purpose I’ve begun to feel their tension and connect my energy to theirs. I have learned a lot in this module and that improved the experience of the client a whole lot. I have done the pie stretch before but using my energy and body weight feels so much different.

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"I'm not just doing techniques for the sake of doing them I'm working with purpose I’ve begun to feel their tension and connect my energy to theirs."  -  I am impressed that you have come so far in the beginning of the course!

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Module 8

I normally evaluate all my clients from the time they enter the room I observe the way they walk sit lay down also their size and ask for any physical limitations or medical conditions. Then I warm-up and stretch accordingly .some clients are very large and some are skinny alot have spinal and hip issues. That’s why I try not to put a sequence or routine together but rather use conceptual thinking to proceed .I have begun working the calf muscle on my wife and it felt heavenly to her also the compression and fingertip pulling. We work a bit more  on the 8 pie angles but being pregnant made it challenging but looking  forward to try it on my clients or work colleges in the week some more.

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"That’s why I try not to put a sequence or routine together but rather use conceptual thinking to proceed."  -  That's how I work a lot myself as well.

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I worked with the pie some more at work and my clients and workmates really enjoyed it. I went in deeper with the adductor bounce and noticed that everyone preferred the bounce more than pressing into position making it easier to work on the transition into the hamstrings especially when u have the right ergonomics and breathing practice. Now that I’m more conscious of the connection between myself and client using my body weight has become bit more relaxing.

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I have noticed alot of my clients have issues with adductors and hips while working with the hip pie and most of them are not aware of this minor issue until I perform this stretch on them. I tried the bouncing technique and right away they begin to relax and the limbs begin to drop lower and further. I usually show them the difference before stretch during and after so they can see how much they have accomplished. I noticed I had little back pain after practicing but I’m assuming it happens to the best of us during the practice .finding and working on the sen lines have been a bit of a challenge but with more practice I will definitely get there. Working 135 hip pie is awesome and clients are loving it will keep practicing.

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In yoga we do loads of breathing exercises and mantra chanting here connecting with clients energy and applying that soft touch is taking it to another level without having to focus on a routine and just flow with energy and applying that energy through body weight and softness of power. the hara is what we call  chakra in yoga which is amazing during meditation, but like I said last post the sen lines is a working progress. Tried the new variation of spinal twist did work right looks like the technique is putting the foot in the right position or the client wont feel this stretch.im working on both spine and hip twist. will keep to the basic versions before going in deeper.

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"I have noticed a lot of my clients have issues with adductors and hips while working with the hip pie and most of them are not aware of this minor issue until I perform this stretch on them."  -  Yes, that's quite common. The bouncing and rocking are mostly the best solution for releasing this gently.

"I noticed I had little back pain after practicing but I’m assuming it happens to the best of us during the practice."  -  The thing to do is to keep trying to improve and to refine your body mechanics. It will never be 100 percent effortless of course, but we should try to get as close as possible to the ideal. That's the best we can do.

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Module 11

Watching this video and seeing how graceful u re with the transitions, posture ergonomics using the right pressure makes me glad I choose the right course and teacher. I have downloaded the video and been trying to practice just the way u do it I played some paused it tried it d started over gin. Every time I watched it over and tried it I notice new things I need to correct in terms of posture and position. But so far it was an amazing summary of the Supine Position, Lower Body .

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