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Module 1

I just got done watching the first video. I really like who you talk about the energy lines in the body as your guide and not the muscle anatomy that they teach in school here. I like that its all about the energy flow of the body and moving energy and not just the muscle lines. I also like how you show us the different positions and the proper way to sit and the positions of your feet when doing different moves. I know I’m am going to have to practice them because I’m use to standing and doing massage on a table. I’m really excited to get away from the table and try it on the floor with a matt instead. I like the idea of the different motion you can get from being on the floor to. I’m going to have to find me a mat. I never really though about how much my breathing would change a massage and I’m very interested in learning the different breathing methods. I’m excited to get my next video tomorrow with the hands on training. 

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Hi Shara, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. It’s great to see your enthusiasm for this new venture. You now own a super comprehensive course which will take you all the way to Thai Massage expertise! Smile

Also please take a moment to familiarize yourself with your certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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I noticed one issue. You used “Module one” as the title of the entire thread. However that’s supposed to go in each individual post so that I know what you are writing about. The Topic title should include your name and the name of your course, otherwise nobody will be able to find your forum thread. To make it easier for you, I corrected this for you. 

When adding a new post, make sure to click on “Add Reply” and NOT on “Add Topic”. Smile

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 I am super excited for these classes. I have been looking at doing them for months and finally enrolled in them. I am ready for this next step in my life. Thank you for fixing that for me. I will make sure all my post are on this post mark as the Module that it is. I have also gone over the Certification Checklist and I have also saved it to my computer too. 

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Module 2

I watched your video and i tried the move of the rocking the hole body. I found out that i need a lot more work on my ergonomics and sitting as i found out tonight that i could sit about 10 minutes before my ankles and knees would stared to hurt and i would have to readjust my sitting position for a moment tell they stopped hurting and then go back in to the rocking motion. I also found out that i could not keep the rhythm even the hole time. I found i would do a jerking movement and that would throw the hole rocking movement off and then I would have to reset the rhythm again. I also find that i try to hold the heal of the foot tighter when rocking and not just letting them rest in my hand. My partner told me a few times to loosen my grip. Once i did i found the rocking motion went a lot smother and there hole body rocked all over and not just in the legs and the hips. 

When doing the sitting position with the rocking is it better to sit on your ankles or to sit on your heals and toes? I tried both ways and found for now that i could get about the same amount of time in before my ankles and feet would start to hurt. I found that after about 45 minutes of trying this move my rocking became a little better but not much I have a long way to go with this move. If you have any other tips that may help with the movement and keeping the pace please let me know.

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Actually you will find lots of tips throughout this course. It is perfectly normal that in the beginning you cannot sit comfortably on your feet. Many course students report the same issue. But later, after a few weeks, they all say that now their body has adjusted to the new ways of sitting and moving, and that it feels normal now. So that’s a phase that you just have to go through. It’s the same with a new yoga student where everything feels totally clumsy and uncomfortable in the beginning. Then after some time it all feels wonderful.

There are several supplemental videos in this course which will help you with all those new positions. They will show you what you can do to get used to them all, and some exercises to help with the process.

The Chi Machine is often quite challenging when you are starting out. Once you figured it out it is actually very easy and effortless. It’s all about finding the right rhythm and the fluidity. It all comes out of your hips. Imagine that they are filled with water, and the water is sloshing up the sides of your hip on the inside when you are moving them sideways.

Try putting a small pillow under your ankles until your feet get used to it. That should help.

Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to get it right the first time. Just come back to it for a few minutes every time you practice. Don’t worry if it takes you some time to get the hang of it. There are hundreds of techniques in Thai Massage, so never get hung up on one. Smile

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I have been working on my sitting of the ankles and toes and I was able to sit a little longer on my ankles today practicing the foot massage but not for very much longer. So then a put a small pillow under them and continued the lesson. I was working on the 3rd module today and I can do the first move very good. The rocking back and forth hitting all 3 spot at he heal the arch and pad of the feet with ease. Moving down and then back up with the 1 2 3 2 1 system works very well for me and my partner loves it. Now i did find the next move rather difficult to do with the moving my body in a counter clock ways circle. With trying to lightly put presser on the food and then push it up at the same time and trying to move to all 3 spots on the foot. Now i was able to do it if i stayed on the same spot on the foot without moving to to a new spot. 

I can do the bending of the foot inwards without and problems what so ever. It is much easier though if like you said to use your hole body to push down then just your arms. I find that with your body it is much more smooth and fluid of a movement then it is with just using your arms to bend the feet in. I find that i like doing the move with the feet on the outside of my thigh with my hands on top of the feet and bending forwards to put the down words. then sliding the plum of my had to the underside of the foot to bend forward to push the foot up. I also find that i like to alternate from the top of there foot to the underside of the foot back and forth. Then just doing it 3 times in a row.

Now when trying to change sitting styles from the ankle to the leg stretched out is not as fluid of a motion that i would want it is kinda jerky and trying to make sure my lower part of my leg is under the knee. But once i get it placed right i have no problems with pushing the foot forwards and then doing the circular motion and then pulling the food back with just my body wight I have no issues there. Now doing the twist on the foot outwards and not bending the wrist is very easy for me to just move the arm and twist the foot. But with twisting the foot inwards i find it much hard to do because all my arm wants to do is just use my wrist and i have to remind myself to keep and arm straight and not use the wrist. I also have no problems with the last move of the fingers under the foot with my thumbs on top and doing the presser and moving from the ankle to the top off the foot in the 3 movements and then lightly shaking the foot and lag out.

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Wow, that’s a really in-depth report. You are clearly serious about practicing this.  Smile

The circular foot technique is a bit more tricky and will take some extra time to get good at. It’s good to hear that you realized the benefit of working with your whole body instead of just with the arms. This is useful for many techniques.

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Module 4

 

I like how this video went over the 8 ways you working on the food to remember every thing you need to do with the foot. I also like the way you showed us how to do the circles over the top of the foot following the inside of the lines on the top of the foot and then running your finger over the inside and outside of the foot when you get to that side of the foot. I also found that i could sit longer today and practice on my ankles then i have been able to before so that was nice no to hurt so much and some of the other foot moves where easier this time after i practiced more. I also found that i can transition moving from leg to leg much more easier to after about 20 minutes of just going back and forth. I still need to work on sitting on my toes though that still hurts after just a few minutes. i found my rocking has got much better to with doing every time we get on he mat.

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It sounds like you are making quite good progress with your body so early in the course. It will only get better the longer you do it. Thai Massage actually helps the therapist as well by becoming more flexible and learning how to move more gracefully.

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I tried the new video and I love the leg warm-ups. I like how to lock the foot down to keep it from moving when you do the palm presses on the thigh. I also like having my hands one in front of the other. I was doing it with them right next to each other.

Now i find doing the thumb roll is much harder to me to get my thumbs get tired after a short while and i fell I’m not rolling it quite right but I think with practice I will get better with that rolling movement.

I have no problems with holding the the foot in place with my knee while trying to to the thumb roll. I also have not problem switching from side to side with the holding of the legs. I’m also having problems trying to get the lean in with the left hand and roll up with the right hand movement.

I can get one going then when I try to start the right hand movement i get thrown off and have a hard time keeping them together. I don’t know if I am not pulling right if that is what is keeping the movement from being fluid. With practice it will also get better for me.

I also like how to hold the foot down with the top of my foot to when working with rolling on the outside of the leg all the way down. I helps the rolling on the outside of the the I think i get a better roll doing it like that. I have been starting out every new video with what we learned in other videos. I start with the rocking the hole body and then into the foot work and then i went into the leg warm-ups that you showed me today. I feel as if I am starting to get a routine to work on and I really like that.Smile

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If the thumb roll is hard on your thumbs, then you are almost certainly using too much muscle effort instead of working with your entire body. This move should not just come out of your thumbs, but it should come from the entire arm and body, and your wrist needs to move freely and be relaxed.

Anyway, it is quite normal that it is not so smooth in the beginning. With more practice this will improve. Smile

Try to focus on being relaxed yourself and working with as little muscle effort as possible. Make sure that you are moving with your entire body as much as possible instead of just with your hands.

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Module 6

It took me a moment to get the leg rocking down with the whole push-pull, but once it became natural it was easy to do. I really like that move – it just feels right. But when I tried to switch it up and go the other way it was not so easy for me to get down.

I find it harder to work with my forearm I find it feels awkward on my body. It almost feels like I am going to fall forward. Now when I am by the Knee I don’t feel like I am going to fall forward. I also like how you put the foot on your thigh to stop it from moving when you are working on the inner thigh. I found when working on the inside of the thigh I started to stop feeling like I was going to fall forward. I know with practice I will get the whole leaning working with the forearm.

Now working with the back part of the arm working on the outside of the leg just came to me I had no issues with that move at all. The whole pushing in and down with the fist worked for me and my partner really liked that move too. I find to that my breathing comes to me much better and I feel like I’m doing it with the move.

I feel like I can do a whole little foot massage and leg warm up now that is smooth and feels good to me and my partner. I found a friend who is going to let me try it on them to get another person’s feedback on how I am doing in my training. I also like that it will give me someone new to work with to get all types of bodies.

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When you work with your forearms, maybe your leg which is under your partner’s thigh is not high up enough, not close enough to the hip. That would make you feel like you are falling over. Try to move your thigh higher up or play with repositioning it until it feels better for you. 

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I love how you showed us how to look at the feet to be able to tell which hip need work on. I always had a hard time trying to figure out which side needed more work on. With this I can now look at the feet and the way they lay to be able to tell that if the right foot is more pointed up the laying out then the right hip needs more work. When you said that i made everyone in my house come lay down so I could look and see what way their feel laid.

The elephant walking on the leg at a 90 degree angle I have no problem with and my partner likes that move a lot to. The moving up and down the leg like that comes easy to me. I also really like is the leg stretch where the leg is at a 90 degree angle  and you use your feet to press into the thigh while you are pulling the leg back with your hand. I have no problem with holding the foot i do have a nice size hand and griping the foot is no problem for me. I love the foot walking and pulling I can move with ease and at a good pace and presser that my partner asked me to keep doing after I had stopped to move on to the next stretch.

I also really like putting the leg up with the foot on the mat and putting your hands on the thigh and pulling it an angle  back making the hip and stuff come off the mat that to is easy and my partner really like the stretch it gave him in his back area. I also when working on my partner tried scooting up higher in the sitting position and doing the forearm work and that did make it feel better ans not so much like i was going to fall over when leaning into the move thank you.

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I am glad to hear that my suggestion helped you figure it out.

It seems that you are doing well with the stretching section. Keep it going since there are LOTS of stretches coming up in the course. Laugh

So what did you find out when you had everyone in your house lie down to check the angle of their feet? Anyone in need of your therapy now? Smile

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I like in this video how you do the calf pull and lean back with holding it with one hand on the knee, and then use the other hand to pull the calf to one side with the 1 2 3 2 1 count. Then you switch hands and do it the other way. It is easy to do and my partner really liked that move.

Then with the holding the calf with both hands and squeeze the calf and push it forward in a circle is also a really good move and I find it easy to do and it feels good to my partner too. Then the knee work with the outside of the hand and moving back and forth is also really easy with the rocking of the body workout really well, and then the circling around the knee is my favorite knee move.

I have no problem with the switching positions to move the leg up. I can hold he leg nicely with holding it with one hand to keep it in place while you do the presses on the inside of the thigh using again the 12321 count with holding both arms straight and lean forward and lightly pressing down. I still have to remind myself to breathe with the move but it is getting better with practice.

I Like the rocking to loosen up the inside of the leg. I also like the knee circles but I find I want to take the whole leg with me then keeping the foot in place for the most part with practice I know I will get this down. I find I can sit much better on my ankles and toes with a lot of practice I can go about 30 minutes now without any problem of hurting and with moving around to different spots they really don’t hurt at all.

I found out that my 13-year-old son has no hip problems at all – what it would be like to be young again lol. I found my partner had left hip problems on him, and the other person is his mom that was here that day and she had problems in both her hips. She needs lots of hip work. I really like how to ready the hips by the feet that I still find that is the coolest way to tell. I’m sorry it took so long to get back to you. I was out of town for the holidays. Then my partner was sick for a few days then I had some family come here to visit. But I did get some good practice on them with what we have already gone over.

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Don’t worry about taking longer. I just did some traveling myself, and now my grandson is visiting me here in Thailand from the US. So I can relate. Smile

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I really like this leg stretching that we are working on. I have no problems with most of the work we are doing. I can move easily with moving the hip pie. I can rock the leg easily with the bouncing up and down. I have not had anyone yet that is really tight in the hips yet to have to really work much with loosening the hip up. I can do the 12321 leaning in when the leg is at the 90 degree angle. I really like doing the walking on the inside of the thigh with the leg all the way on the mat.

I’m lucky I have a very flexible partner to work on to get some of the more flexible move some practice. I also really like when you put the foot in your hand and stretch the thigh muscle its easy and it feels to go do my partner really likes this move. I also like with your put the foot down over the other leg and put your hand behind the lower back and lean down on the knee area while moving the lower back up and down in a rocking motion. I also have no problems with changing positions with these stretch. I like to where the leg is over and you hold the shoulder down and the knee to get that really good stretching going on. I’m just really loving the hold leg section that is going on in the videos that are fun and very easy for me for the most part.

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It sounds like you like pretty much everything. You must be a natural with Thai Massage. Smile

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Module 10

 

I so love this module I love all the new stretches in it – they are so fun – and the blood stopping my partner loved it. I was able to feel the pulse when I put my finger on it so I put my palm there and then my other hand on it and slowly pressed down tell I could feel it getting harder. Now I did not feel the heating under my palm. I hope with practice I will be able to feel that to but I so love this move and my partner said it feels great. I also really like how you can move over to the side and put the leg out straight on my leg and lean forward to get that really good stretch. Now I was not able to put my knee up as high as you said because my partner is not that flexible that way so I moved down and did it and got a really good stretch that way. But my favorite out of those moves is when you do the back twist with it I found using my hole body to put out very easy for me to do and my partner liked this move much better to. I also really like when you go back over and put the leg on your ankle and and lift the heel up to get a good stretch there to I found this mover very fun and then just moving the toes forward to take the stretch a little more. Now I did find that getting the right position for this move a little hard where I felt every time i moved out it stretched my leg that was down a more to with practice I think I get the place meant right. I really enjoys this lesson so much  and I loved all these moves so much.

I have been practicing Thai Massage for a while now with videos so I had a good idea about how this would be then I started these classes. I love all the new things you are teaching me that you cant get on a YouTube video and all the different positions and the breathing and everything else you have shown me so far I cant wait to keep learning from you.

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