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Shannon Lemire
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August 26, 2018 - 8:42 am
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Hi I'm re-introducing myself...here for another one of Shama's amazing courses. Looking forward to adding a 60 minute foot massage to my list of services!!Smile

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Welcome back, Shannon. Smile

I tried to organize the forum posting process a bit better recently, so here is a link to our certification checklist:

Certification Checklist

I already changed your display name to your actual name as per the first step in the checklist. Now if you could include some bio information in your forum profile to make it easier to know where you are coming from, what your massage background is, and where in the world you live, that will make it easier to relate to your forum posts. Smile

You will be easily able to add a one hour foot massage to your repertoire, or even two hour sessions. Laugh

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August 26, 2018 - 7:26 pm
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Thai Foot Massage Module 1

I adapted the technique shown in Module 1 to a massage table which is where I give 80% of massages. I make sure my body is far enough away from the clients' feet and basically do the same technique while standing...I bend my elbows a bit, make sure the clients' feet are close together, and lean into the work. It is effortless for me, feels great on my body, and the clients love it. As a bonus I notice that this technique also helps to gently open the clients' hips. Laugh

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Thanks for the bio! Smile

With a little creativity you can adapt many techniques to the table. Maybe not all of them, but there are plenty enough to choose from. It sounds like you had a good start with that. You will see, there is a really large variety of techniques in this course. 17 modules of them!

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August 31, 2018 - 8:21 pm
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Thai Foot Massage Module 2:

With the techniques in this module, I've adapted them to working on a table. 

I stand sort of off the side from the foot I'm working on and create enough space for me to utilize my body weight, the rolling wrapped hand/thumb seems very natural for me here. For the knuckles and forearm techniques, I have my rolling stool handy and set it up so that I can use my body weight with the rolling of the stool....it is a little awkward at first but with practice I've got it down so that the techniques go smoothly from one to the other. The clients have been giving me wonderful feedback and have noticed immediately that "I'm doing something different down there at the feet". Which of course I then explain that I'm taking this amazing Thai Foot Therapy course!! SmileSmileSmile

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Sounds like you are being creative and having success with it. Smile

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Thai Foot Massage Module 3:

The techniques in this video are very easily adapted to the table and feel really great for my body during the sessions. 

I make sure the table is low enough for me to have leverage and lean into the clients' body. I love the first technique. The circular motion is extremely soothing not only for me but the client as well. I never knew about the pressure point at the juncture of where the ankle meets the foot, I had my boyfriend practice the techniques on me and that pressure point feels amazing. In the working of the outside of the foot with the circles, I tend to use all of my fingers as this feels more natural to me. 

I enjoyed this video sequence of techniques as this could be a stand alone therapy in itself.SmileSmileSmile

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Actually you could get two stand-alone therapy systems from this course. Wait til you get to the reflexology section, and you will see what I mean. Smile

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Thai Foot Massage Module 4:

These techniques are obviously easier on the floor but I've managed to play around to adjust for a table session. Depending on how tall the client is I can sit at the bottom edge of the table and perform the techniques with my forearm, flat side of elbow, and soft fists. If the person is taller, I'll stand, bend their leg at the knee and sort of do a rocking motion with my body leaning into theirs with the techniques. 

I'm asking the person how the pressure feels or in general how the techniques feel a little more frequently here at first because feedback is necessary. All in all folks are loving this. And it's fun for me as well. Cool

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You are one of several course students who is successfully adapting the material to the table. It seems that with a little creativity, and maybe with the table a little lower, pretty much all the techniques can be done on a table. 

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Thai Foot Massage Module 5:

I LOVE these foot manipulations. Love, Love, and did I say LOVE??? I can easily apply them via table massage sessions, just by lowering the table. These are also a wonderful way for me to gauge where the clients' hips are as far as being tight or open and gives me the opportunity to then offer additional hip work if the client so desires. 

These techniques also provide me with information as to how the ankle joints are moving, the toe joints and all of the little bones in between. I'm able to ask questions that the client thinks I'm psychic about their feet. Pretty cool Shama. 

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Wow, this is one of those posts that make my day! Smile It makes all my hard work to produce and maintain all those courses so worthwhile. When you get to the brand new therapy section, your clients will be REALLY amazed about what you know about their feet.

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Thai Foot Massage Module 6:

I enjoyed learning the ankle circles with the different modifications...I have a few clients who their ankles are very stiff and these few manipulations work really great in loosening those stiff ankles without pain. I am also adding in more of my own gentle toe techniques in addition to what you showed and the feedback I'm getting is that people love their toes being paid attention to. 

So I practiced a few times my own flow of several techniques from module 1 to module 6 and was really thrilled with how easy it is to move from one foot to the other, or from one technique to the other...very smooth. I also wasn't worried about getting all of the techniques in...I just did what felt natural and the clients loved it. I loved it. 

I'm also noticing that by incorporating this work into classic massage sessions, I am instantly connected with the clients' body and what it needs. Very good Shama. Very good. CoolSmileWink

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Then you will be glad to hear that there is a lot more toe work in the next section of this course! Laugh

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Thai Foot Massage Module 7:

Wow. I loved learning the different uses of knuckles here in this module especially the thumb knuckle use. I've not seen that before. I practiced these techniques yesterday with clients and they really enjoyed. I will admit the thumb knuckle technique is a little awkward right now because it is a new thing for me to train my body to do, but no worries! It will come with time. These techniques give my fingers a break because I am a reflexologist who uses her thumbs quite a bit. I'm looking forward to learning more ways to save my hands so that I can continue to do this work for years. SmileSmileSmile

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I still remember that in the beginning the knuckle work felt strange for me as well, but once you get into the flow, it feels like your fingers are dancing on the feet, and the bonus is that it feels quite effortless and will definitely prolong your career.

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Thai Foot Massage Module 8:

This was great to watch because I was able to see you work with a client who is in a reclining chair with a foot stool. I work with clients on a massage table and am finding it easy to modify the techniques and am always wondering to myself....'does Shama ever work with a table or chair?' and as if my thoughts were heard...this video came out!!! Anyway, I practiced these techniques tonight with a client and she loved them...I had to adjust my pressure as some of the techniques here can be quite strong, but once that was achieved she was in heaven. Laugh

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Thai Foot Massage Module 9:

Tonight I had three clients so I practiced modules 8, 9, and 10 with each one. This is for the techniques in module 9. I enjoyed the different toe and top of foot and slightly moving into the lower leg techniques...these feel very natural for me and I also like the speed, not too fast yet not super slow. This speed seems to put the client into some sort of dream like state, and the client I was working with said she was in a trance. And her feet felt really great. I also enjoy the information on mixing cream with a little oil or if just doing a small amount of thai reflexology just a bit of oil will do.  Wink

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Thai Foot Massage Module 10:

Okay so here was really nice because I got to put it all together!! Also enjoyed the extra techniques with the towel and the lower leg as well as explaining how for the hour I could offer some neck massage at the end or however the client prefers to divide the session. That was an eye opener for me. Ideas started flowing. Anyway, I practiced my own flow starting with video number one up until video number 10. No specific sequence, just did what felt natural and experimented more with using my knuckles and the flats of my knuckles and LESS of my thumbs. I have to say my hands were not sore, my thumbs were not achy, and it just seems to be getting easier each time I practice. The client loved all of what I was doing and to quote her "ahhhhh that felt really great!" 

I'm looking forward to learning about specific foot issues and how to address them in the next grouping of videos. Thank you Shama!SmileSmileSmile

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It sounds like this material is in great hands with you! Laugh

You are putting people into a trance - you are obviously doing it right. That's what I want to get out of good foot massage session.

The next section will be a whole new world... Smile

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