May 24, 2013
Hi everyone ,
My experience thus far has been great, the courses come rapidly but in time it wont seem so overwhelming I am sure of that. My concern is this: I am having a VERY challenging time sitting in the positions to administer the therapy. Example would be sitting back on one foot with the other knee up . Does any have/offer any suggestions to make me more comfortable as I work on a client?
This position (sitting back on one foot) is in most of the techniques I am learning in the shoulder therapy course which is making more then Half the course unmanageable for me to practice.
Vic, this is a fairly typical observation by new Thai Massage students. Some of the sitting or squatting positions don't feel comfortable in the beginning because your body is not used to them. It's kind of like starting to practice yoga, and your body just doesn't want to go into all those positions, it screams and yells and complains about the unfamiliar ways to move your body. But after practicing yoga for a while, your body adjusts, gets used to it and it stops complaining. And then the yoga stretches start to feel really good, and you wonder how they could have ever felt so challenging in the beginning.
It is similar with Thai Massage. In the beginning your ankles complain, your toes hurt, and it all feels awkward. But if you just practice sitting on your ankles and squatting on your toes for a couple of weeks for just a few minutes twice a day, it will soon feel like second nature.
For some people this is easy right from the beginning, and some have to practice it for a while. As a last resort you can of course work on a massage table, but I really recommend to get used to those positions on the floor as this will give you many advantages and more flexibility compared to working on a table.
One little trick is that in the beginning you can stuff a small pillow under your ankles when you are sitting on them until it feels more natural to you. Other initial workarounds can be to use a softer mat or practice on a bed, or you can put a soft cushion under your foot.