I watched and read the contents for module one. I learned that breath is important when leaning in and leaning out of positions. This made me more aware of how I use breath when practicing and teaching yoga in a class and how I can incorporate this in Thai massage. Body mechanics is very important in general and for me especially. I suffer from chronic pain from various injuries. It is going to be vitally important to pay attention to how I will be moving when working with clients so I do not injure myself further. I have received Thai massage from three different practitioners, one of which was entirely on the table. I agree that better body mechanics can be establish entirely on the floor and could see how using a table could cause injury to the practitioner. One point that brought a question to my mind: is it typical to stand entirely on a person? (this happened to me in one of my sessions and I did not like it at all; I didn't feel safe and it triggered my fight-flight response)
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No, it is not typical to entirely stand on a person. In fact, I very much advise against it and don't teach it either. It tends to be a wobbly affair and the therapist cannot control the amount of weight which is put on you. Not a good thing to do in my opinion!
I practiced the chi machine with my friend, who has graciously volunteered to be my practice partner for the entire training, and my 9 y/o son. I noticed a difference in how much shifting side to side was between them to obtain maximum benefit. Both expressed they enjoyed the chi machine and my friend voiced that it helped to loosen her back. My friend practiced on me so I could get the feeling of what it was like. This simple technique is amazingly relaxing.
I practiced the foot massage along with the video as I could not remember the steps by myself. I practiced with both my friend and my son. Both oooed and awwwed about how great it was!! I noticed that I definitely need to practice this over and over to gain a better feel for the flow. I found the motion of circling my body while pressing the feet down at the same time to be challenging and feel like I am doing something wrong. The rest of the foot massage techniques flowed well and I was easily able to follow the video instructions. I really like how much detail was put into the foot massage sequence. (Now, if I could only get my husband to do this for me.....)
It's a fact that the one technique that you found challenging is the most difficult one of the foot techniques. It will take more practice than the others to get it to flow. But the Chi Machine is also challenging. Since you got that one right apparently, I am sure that with time you will also figure out the circular foot technique.
Yes, it would be nice if you could get your husband, or at least someone, to do this for you! I know that's easier said than done.