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May 17, 2021 - 1:39 pm
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I am starting the course now and i hope this is the correct place and way to start the forums for my course, if not please let me know. 

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The first module is done! I nearly forgot about the terms of Lordosis, Kyphosis and Scoliosis. I guess it has been quite some time since i have done any anatomy classes, so this was a helpful reminder. The class is definitely easy to follow and understand. Again, this is the second class i have taken through this course and so far have enjoyed it all. The last time i visited this page was nearly two years ago when i needed some CEU's and still the course is well put together and maintained nicely.

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May 17, 2021 - 6:23 pm
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Hi Shelesh, welcome back to another course. Since you wrote that it has been a while, please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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I noticed that you listed your email on the certification registration form as sheleshdg886@yahoo.com. However, your email for our membership site is sheleshdg86@yahoo.com. So I assume that the additional '8' was a typo and I fixed that, right?

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May 19, 2021 - 4:18 pm
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Yes sir, my email is sheleshdg86@yahoo.com

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May 19, 2021 - 4:24 pm
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Module 3:

I liked the reminder of what he called the bigger picture which is to know the lifestyle to further identify and assist in postural corrections, also to ask the right questions. He stated too that massage can not strengthen the muscles only stretching/yoga can do this, so advising the appropriate homework can further help the client. I am in the western hemisphere so working on larger people is something i always deal with, as i am only 110 lbs myself, so the techniques to use a pillow under the upper body, forehead and ankles will probably be something i do often.

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May 19, 2021 - 5:22 pm
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Module 4:

A key point in the video was to always work with your body weight and the entire body. There were 5 main movements which were: 1. Work with both hands in big, slow circles 2.  Small quick circles 3. back and forth movements 4. working parallel to the spine 5. offset back and forth rocking.

The video on this module was quite repetitive but necessary to remind students to work with even pressure, more pressure on the lean in and less on the lean out, breath in when leaning our and breath out when leaning in.

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It's those little details that matter. If I don't repeat them a few times, many students will skip over them and then wonder why the moves don't work well. Smile

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Module 5:

I didn't get many notes on this module since i didn't have a way to write at the time but i got to have somebody practice this on me while i was listening and instructing them along the way. My partner was interested in becoming a therapist and we had quite a bit of fun. I was surprised at how relaxing it was, not just because he/she was new to this modality but because there was flow to their touch and it seemed they were able to work with intuition and sincerity which was a great reminder for me. If only i could be practiced on more often!

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Module 6:

I thoroughly enjoyed learning how to work on the sacrum due to a tailbone/sacrum injury. The difference in the way you move..it is not just about moving back and forth of course but in and out and of course with the breath. I always need to remember to inhale and move outward and exhale to move inward. I am a small person and using my elbows seems effective for me so this was also a good technique for me.

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Module 7:

Again the buttocks and sacrum work is a good massage for me to learn and i was able again to be practiced on and this one was gold. I forget how deep those muscles of the glutes can be and relieving the tension there affects a majority of the back. I also enjoy being able to use and having the knee used on me. I am small so this is another good technique for me and thankfully the person working on me was also small but in the case a large person was working on me i don't know i would want the knee used however learning to use the body weight correctly may prove to effective no matter the weight of the therapist.

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Module 8:

I got to do 7 and 8 back to back with the same partner which was very healing for my injury. I liked experimenting with lifting the alternate knee for extra pressure. The other one i really enjoyed was having the knee on the glute while lifting the alternate hip. This helped the tension in the glutes and hips but also the groin which impressed me...perhaps i did not know i needed that work but it was fun practicing this and getting practiced on. Also....never underestimate how much the rocking techniques can release stress!

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Module 9:

I was able to do several modules within the period of a couple days and liked how much i learned doing it this way. I also had a partner and got to play and learn both sides. Discovering the problem spots is a ticklish thing for me but it works. I had to practice this module a couple times to feel like i got it... or to not feel so awkward doing it. The fore arm rolling was a great method for me to use and one to be used on me. We found a good deal of pressure points that were able to be worked out.

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Module 10:

I was happy to hear that the energy lines were addressed here and would like more knowledge on working those sen lines. Again working with intention and focus can be an enormous difference in the overall outcome of anyone's work. I liked how he put it...working mechanically is not going to be as effective and it is true.

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Module 11:

I was not able to be as successful trying to use my knuckles, but the forearm rolling and palm presses i am quite comfortable with. I ddin't previously use much off the percussion techniques but after this module i think i will add it more to some of my sessions. It is quite relaxing after a more intense session and it seemed that you could feel the energy moving after this technique was performed which was really neat to experience. The other technique i liked practicing here was having their arm over my thigh when they are lying in the prone position. I was able to work out the pressure points in the upper arm and even the shoulder.

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Module 12:

There is a good reason this was called the power technique with the knee. I think it would take a skilled person to use this if the therapist was a heavy person but i think it could definitely be done. This module was targeting both the lower and mid back which most people need and again i was surprised at how effective it was. It does not feel like you are doing a whole lot...compared to a Swedish massage (which i won't go back to) but as the saying goes less is more. I enjoy these modalities because thai massage offers something a lot of other styles do not. For one, the therapist is not drained after a session and sometimes is even more energetic afterwards which is awesome!

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Module 13:

The side lying positions i don't think get used as much as they probably should...at least in my experience of having them done on me. I enjoy using them though but it is important to have the right props for these or the client will feel like they are not supported and therefore the session might not be as effective as it could be. The one i love and go back to a lot in my sessions is the elephant walk. It is a wonderful way to relax and release tension at the same time. I played with these techniques quite a bit to make sure i was really getting it down.

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Maybe i did not realize how much "junk" was hidden in the shoulder blades or have just not addressed it enough lately but after practicing this and having it practiced on me i thought it should never be left out. This is primarily because in the western world i know the shoulders are so bound up. I call it computer syndrome because of the curvature of the upper back and forwardness of the cervical spine. So addressing this for most people over here is definitely a must. 

The technique of going into plow pose was interesting this time because my partner was a heavier person than me so i got to learn how to get in and out without moving awkwardly and learning to flow with it. 

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Welcome back! Smile

You had mentioned that you wanted to learn more about the energy lines. FYI, we have an entire course about that.

It sounds like you are doing good work with this material and are fairly comfortable doing it.

Regarding your comments on the spam posts - this happens regularly. Spammers sign up and post some weird stuff. As soon as I see it, I ban such users and delete their spam posts. Unfortunately I cannot prevent this from happening without making the access of the legitimate users difficult with all kinds of security rules and post approvals etc. So I just have to ban people and delete posts sometimes. I always catch it within a few hours.

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Module 15:

This was a mess trying to do this the first time..as far as the back bend. After a couple tries it got better but my partner was 165 lbs and i learned that was my limit. The rest of the back bends were not as complicated to learn and i actually had fun. When learning i have to remember that although you don't want to work mechanically it does kind of feel like that in the learning process.

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Module 16:

The sitting positions had previously been a little awkward for me but i learned through this module that a good deal of that was in my head. I thought for the back bend i did need a pillow for my knees, apparently my knees are a little boney. I had my partner try a few of these stretches with me so i could feel what it was like on the other end and i know like the sitting positions better than i used to.

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