Module 1 & 2
WEll this was fun to watch, I enjoy your voice and presentation, it is easy to follow you. As an experienced Yoga instructor, your methodology aligned with what I have been taught and believe I will enjoy this translation of healing. I have one of my students staying after my class this evening so I can properly try the Chi Machine on her. However, I have done this to kids in the past just for fun, and now I know why they like it. I have good notes written down so far, it is great to have some solid points, and your mantra of the energy connection between the clients body and ours, I like having the four points to have to prepare ritualistically before a session. The Right; Mindset, Body posture, attitude, breathing.
I look forward to the next video and will be practicing on everyone!
Hi Stephanie, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. I can see that you hit some rough spots when it comes to getting things set up right here in the forum.
Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist in order to make sure that it is all correctly organized:
If you need more in-depth guidance, you will find it in our certification tutorial:
To make this easier for you, I already set everything up for you correctly. I added your name to the topic title, I deleted duplicated posts, I changed your display name to full first and last name so that it matches your certification registration, and I labeled your post number with the module number.
In your first post you combined module 1 and 2. This cannot be done for certification purposes. It's okay for your first post, but from now on please write one post per module.
And make sure that you only click on the "Add Reply" button - not on the "Add Topic" button, because otherwise all your posts will become disconnected from this thread.
Now we have the organizational part out of the way, and I am looking forward to reading your course posts and assisting you whenever needed!
With your yoga experience you will find many principles in this course which resonate with what you already know from yoga.
I watched the Third module last week and have been practicing with my kiddos and yoga students. Some of the moves are easier than others and, will surely take some practice to let go into the rhythm. I easily can connect and feel the energy of the patient which makes it easy for me to respond with the type of touch. The 7th foot motion "the Dolphin", 🙂 was a little harder to get at first because I was afraid to hurt the ankle.
I got the Chi Machine down though!
I am redoing my 1 & 2 module, I watched and posted originally. But as you noticed, I didn't do it correctly, and there is a small margin for error. Apologies.
Module 1 & 2
I got some great basic notes for postures, movements, and the essence of the Thai Massage, and what your philosophy of the art is. I appreciate the energetic connection with the patient, as a Yoga instructor, I breath with my students during assists and instruction so this is an easy transition for me.
I do like the reiteration of information throughout the videos, it is consistency. Proper mindset and preparation are important, and the energy that is shared with the patient while I work on them. I like the concept of understanding sequencing and the reason some moves are put together, they achieve and ultimate result. Familiar to me as I use the same philosophy when putting together a yoga class.
The Chi Machine was hard to practice on a child, he couldn't relax enough, but on an adult it went very well for me. I would enjoy feeling the Chi Machine, haven't gotten the right person yet.
Im sure I will find my groove as I go along.
I just moved your last two posts over from the "Introduction" forum to this one, which is your main thread. Just keep posting in this forum so that it all stays together in one place!
I know, if you have never done anything in a forum, it can be confusing the first time around. If you want to see how it all works, you can watch the video in our certification tutorial here:
Once you get the hang of it, it's really quite easy!
OK, I got it better now. I am not sure how I got so confused in the first place, but I reread everything again.
I like working with the foot, it is an opportunity to gain trust and connect with the person you are working on. As a recipient, I like to relax and connect with the practitioner, so the feet work nicely for me. One of the reasons I like Thai massage.
It takes a moment to get the rocking and rhythm down, but a foot rub feels good even if it isn't perfect! I will be practicing again this evening.
Thank you for your patience with the blog.
I got some good notes this time, "It is better to be flexible and and intuitive rather than following all of the techniques mechanically". Understanding how to work with the body in front of us and not sticking to just the methods or outline.
warming up the leg muscles is an easier lesson for me to understand, I am able to easily get through the motions and get some blood moving through their muscles. The calf work is always under-rated, people are often surprised how much tension resides in that area; I like getting to work that with the thigh and getting relief through the leg for them.
Using the breath with all of the movement is key here, it helps get into a nice rhythm when rocking over the muscle.
This was a simple-er lesson for me to comprehend and work on.
I also feel that starting with the feet is great. Some Thai Massage schools do not start with the feet, but the vast majority do.
It's true, calf work is often under-rated, and it is so useful - especially for people who wear high heels or runners and other athletes. The calves are often very sensitive and can hurt quite a bit which most people don't even realize until someone works on them.
The hip evaluation was a nice tool to learn, I like having it as a starting tool with certain clients. The "Elephant walking" proves to be quite enjoyable when I am working with the client on the leg. Proper hand placement is key and sets the tone for their relaxing. Using body mechanics to rock the hip open and work the underneath of the thigh. I have used this on in a one on one session and the client really enjoyed it, getting more fluid in movement now.
Learning the "hip pie" was a great visual reminder and makes it even easier to work with the client. Working the lower legs is so key, it really helps understand their body a lot and the relief of those muscles and tension is so relieving for them. Its a great way to work on a client when getting to know them.