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Shama Kern
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October 23, 2012 - 9:54 am
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When I was living in Austin, I found that my best market was other massage therapists. About 50% of my clients were professional therapists. They were always the ones who were in real need of good massage work, they appreciated it most, and they understood the value of this work. And with my style of Thai Massage I literally had zero competition. Since I never did less than two hour sessions, it was lucrative as well, a real win-win situation.

Of course in Austin every third person is a massage therapist, it seems:) I was told many times that they could not get this kind of effective therapeutic work anywhere else. So yes, massage therapists are a great market, and so are yogi types, both practitioners and teachers, in my experience. They also understand and appreciate Thai Massage - or more appropriately, Thai Yoga Massage.

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October 24, 2012 - 12:40 am
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I have done 5 massage therapists and most of them do absolutely love this and appreciate what it takes to do thai with a gentle flowing motion. My last one was especially excited about it. She a Native American massage therapist that also does a lot of energy work and Eastern techniques. She is very much into natural healing. My wife is also native so found my work with her very enjoyable. She is another that would benefit from your online course. Completed the back modules today so moving to 29.Smile   

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October 25, 2012 - 12:41 am
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That's a good reputation to develop, to become known as the massage therapist for other massage therapists.  Way to go:)

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Rocking on through my module sessions now with 29 and 30 done in side position. I have answered all of the test questions. I will practice and have 4 thai sessions scheduled for the weekend. Hope to use a few of the new variations in those. I posted this in another forum but I like the side position techniques a lot. I do a lot of seniors. Many have breathing issues, joint problems etc. The side is a good option for them. For me, I am able to get to more and add a great deal of variety to my sessions with side work. If you are like me you get bored doing the same thing all day. Your client or in my teaching case my private yoga student, may not be tired of something but I have to change for me. How we project mentally and emotionally in our sessions is key so got to take care of ourselves also. Thus, I change my approach fairly often. Always a new way to do an old technique! LOLLaugh      

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That's one of the best ways to learn, keep changing, experimenting and adapting to your client's body. After a while you can get so intuitively tuned in that you spontaneously come up with new techniques that are a perfect fit for you client, even though you had never officially learned this technique. That's called being in flow

By the way, I moved this post to your original thread here. You had posted it under the Shiatsu thread by mistake. I hope you find it allright:)

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October 27, 2012 - 8:12 pm
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Not a problem. Was on a roll and not paying attention. LOL

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I completed 31 and 32 today and reviewed much of the side-lying shoulder techniques. This is the hardest for me to become comfortable with. I realize it takes time and practice to find the flow and rhythm for these. I continue forward. .....................Smile 

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There are some pretty involved shoulder techniques in these modules. You don't have to use them all. Just pick the ones that you are comfortable with, and gradually learn some more over time. I never meant for anyone to watch these shoulder videos and instantly get good at this. It took me quite some time to grow into them and develop these techniques. These moves are much more in depth than what you find in regular Thai Massage. I had lots of clients who were in dire need of good shoulder work, so this was a great challenge for me, and I love a good challenge when it comes to Thai Massage.

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October 31, 2012 - 2:28 am
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Today I completed Module 33 and 34 on the seated techniques and the test questions that correspond to these sections. There are a few of the seated techniques I use and like. 

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Completed the course and test with the conclusion of 35. I made 91% but am unhappy now with how I answered a few. I see the correct answers on most. What would the lower metabolism suggest? being cold, hot? I plan to review these until the techniques become more fluid and natural and hopefully they are stored in my "old memory". LOL What program do you usually suggest next, "Heavenly Head Massage" ? Thanks Shama!

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Hi Mark, congratulations for completing the course and the test questions. I would not worry about the questions you missed. They are designed to provide proof that someone actually went through the videos, and obviously you did that. The format and number of questions is mandated by the NCBTMB. Personally I get a better idea from reading the forum posts which is more personal whereas the test questions are a fully automated process.

Clearly you do apply and understand the course material. By the way you are the top poster in this forum now with 43 posts. I will be sending your certificate out soon.

Lowered metabolism means the client will be getting cold.

As far as the next program is concerned, there are so many choices with 17 courses in total:) Do you have any particular inclination like doing more therapeutic work, or working more on specific areas of the body like shoulders, feet, abdomen, neck etc? Or do you feel drawn to more rocking work?

I personally love the Heavenly Head Massage program. Some of it is rather subtle work and is quite different from regular body work. I have had lots of success with it and all my clients love it. Especially I have been using the extensive neck work in it and turned it into an entire neck therapy system for my clients. The neck work is not subtle but very substantial and not as easy to learn as most Thai Massage stretches. The one thing about this course is that it is so unique that all my clients always told me that they had never experienced something like it.

This course is suitable for therapists who like working in a very connected way and who appreciate the concept of energetic flow and connection. Like in all my courses I use yogic principles like breath.

Of course I can talk for hours about my courses since I love all this work and it has been my career and livelihood for 14 years:) And I am happy to answer any questions about them.

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October 31, 2012 - 8:48 pm
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Thank you. Tomorrow is pay day so I will pick out another and keep going!

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Great! Looking forward to our continued interaction then.

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