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February 1, 2015 - 4:30 am
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Hi Shama - I am having trouble downloading the course material.  I can save the web page but cannot seem to download and save the material on to my memory stick to view when I am not online.

Could you advise me please.

 

Many thanks - Sheila

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February 1, 2015 - 9:34 am
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Did you read the download instructions on our help page?

How To Download The Videos

This guides you through the process step by step.

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Latest update on my Thai massage practice.  Somehow I missed module 3 so am playing catchup with mod 3 & 4.  Did a 2 hour practice on my poor husband who, and I quote, is not a 'massage' person but he was patient and let me work on him. Frown I really enjoyed the new foot moves though need to work on the rotation and stretch as Shama said.  I just need to find bodies that are happy for me to work on them.  Any takers???? Thanks so much Shama - am enjoying the material.  CoolSheila

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February 8, 2015 - 10:01 pm
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Your husband is missing out on one of the most enjoyable experiences in life - a good massage. Well, that's just my perspective which obviously does not apply to everyone.

Good to hear that you are enjoying the material. Are you planning to add it to your physical therapy practice or will you use it as a separate massage modality?

Since you registered for the certification program, please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list here:

Certification Check List - This will get you on track with the program Smile

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Shama - I am so happy that the module you posted today has 'kneading'.  Yippee.  Have 'naturally' wanted to do that technique but since I'd never seen anyone else do it or been taught it in Chiang Mai - thought I'd better stick to the 'traditions'.  I like it too - that you are happy for us to not be 'rule bound' and that as we progress in experience we can really enjoy the creative side of Thai and do what feels good to do.  THANK YOU.

Did a long 2 hour massage on my friend last night. She is still a 'friend' despite all the stretches and presses. Thank you so much for such a brilliant course - already. 

In the spa situation I am in - what length of Thai massage would you recommend - on average please?

Sheila

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Ha - I have been trying the new Thai techniques for warm up on clients at work in prep for deep tissue massage. A client who came in for a basic back massage yesterday ended up feeling lots of release from her chronic shoulder pain after using Thai techniques mixed in with regular oil massage. She was thrilled. Thank you

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You know, the truth is that I have never done Thai Massage in a spa situation. I have always worked for myself, and I have never done less than 2 hour long sessions. I never gave my clients the option to get less than a 2 hour session, and the truth is that nobody asked me for it. I just always told everyone that a Thai Massage session takes two hours.

I realize that you cannot do that in a spa. So my take is to try to make the sessions as long as you can get away with in the spa. Maybe the people who book the sessions can be told to encourage clients to book longer Thai Massage sessions.

Personally I always get 2 hour sessions myself. Of course here in Thailand that's easy at $5 an hour. In a western spa prices are so much higher that it might be harder to convince clients to book 2 hour sessions.

Also, please read the Certification Check List which I posted previously, specifically item #3 about listing the module you are writing about.

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Hi Shama - just an update on the Thai Course.  Am busy busy at work and practicing the various modules - but on the massage table - until we set up an official Thai massage situation.  People really love the stretches and feet warm ups that you taught us.  The course is so enhancing my normal massage techniques and helping me to get a deeper and slower style that people seem to really love.  I don't seem to have conquered that lovely foot rocking and rolling style you showed in the first modules.  I think its because I'm not sure what its supposed to feel like and where the pressure should be: is it a foot twist or a stretch or just press and roll generally??  I practice it on every single client - but don't feel comfortable with it yet.  The rocking techniques and the hip stretch work really well even on the table and I can see a bit difference with leaning in towards the centre rather than just pulling straight back as I was originally taught.  Am a bit behind with the back work yet - but trying to incorporate all the new things into regular treatment wherever possible. 

Thank you for the advice re the spa situation.  We are about to research buying a Thai mat for the spa and I wondered if you could lend me some good advice on what would be best to get - size and material-wise please. 

Thank you so much Shama.  I can't begin to tell you how glad I am that I am following your course. It's helping me to become a better 'therapist' rather than just a 'mechanic' - thank you.  I can really tell the difference - and the clients' comments are very encouraging.

Every blessing - SmileSheila

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Regarding the "foot rocking and rolling" techniques, it's really a combination of all of those elements which you mentioned - a foot twist (which really is a stretch), a squeezing with the hands, and the round rolling element. I know, it's not the easiest technique to do.

It is actually a very unique technique which hardly anyone in the Thai Massage world is doing. I learned it from one of the old masters who passed away many years ago. His name was Chayuth, and he was an expert at using his body in the most creative ways.

It's a wonderful technique, and all I can say is that you watch the video again and start with one element and then gradually add the others one by one as I am showing it. Then just keep practicing it until you start feeling the flow of it. The end result will be worth it, even if it takes you some time to learn it.

Regarding the mat, I suggest you watch this video:

Choosing the best mat for Thai Massage

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Hi Shama - I have been working the kneading and stretching techniques into my 'normal' warm ups for Oil massage, so been using the techniques on a daily basis.  We are now set up to do 'proper' Thai massage. 

I have revisited Module 28 and feel a bit confused about when to swap to do the second leg work!!! Before I sit on the sacrum or just after?? 

Also am not sure about when to be working the near side forearm techniques and far side rolls.  I am imaging that I would carry on working the side I 'warmed up' with forearm leans and just move over the client to change my position. 

I realise you changed sides for demo purposes but I am not clear about it really.  Confused

So - If I am warming up the 'far side erectors' then I imagine that I would be doing all the forearm leans and other work on that far side - but changing my working position???  Does that sound right??  Thanks a lot. I am enjoying your videos immensely. Laugh Great teaching.  Sheila

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April 24, 2015 - 1:11 pm
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You switch legs before you sit on the sacrum.

Regarding the near side forearm rolls - the idea is that you do as much as possible from one side, and then switch to the other side. In other words you don't want to switch sides more than necessary. This means that you can work the near and the far side from one side, and then switch sides to repeat the process from the other side. 

The other consideration is that you won't always do every single technique on every client. The far side forearm roll doesn't feel so great on clients with a really skinny lower back. It feels much better if someone has a little more muscle on their back.

The whole thing about what you do on one side or the other is just that want to feel comfortable yourself. There really is no ONE right way of doing it. If you are really comfortable with switching sides elegantly, you can do that more. If switching sides seamlessly doesn't come so easily to you, then do as much as you can from one side and only switch once. 

Personally I always switch sides by building in a little sacrum/lower back rocking which allows me to keep the motion going while I move over without causing any disconnect.

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Today I did the first 'official' Thai massage at the Spa.  It was 1 hr 20 mins!!! I am so happy and relieved that I can actually complete - relatively competently - a whole Thai massage of good quality.  Your course offers so much more than I had learned previously.  Thanks Shama - I am so grateful.  I am not so 'elegant' moving across the body yet - but will get there.  Embarassed

I found that I was able to work 'in the moment' and move 'naturally' from one area to the next whereas before, trying keep track of a series of sequential moves and hoping to remember the sequence made it difficult to 'feel' the move.  Today felt really 'natural' and logical rather than mechanical.  Thanks so much Shama.  Every blessing.  Sheila Laugh

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That's one of those posts which make my day! I am happy for you and proud of you! Smile

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