The courses have been so well laid out and the pace works well with my busy schedule. I'm a former massage instructor and currently a massage therapist and yoga instructor. The thoughtful way you present the information and the quality of the content is amazing! I also love having the videos stored so I can watch or review them as many times as I need or want.
Currently, I am working on two certifications. I couldn't pass up the opportunity for the Hip Therapy Course! Not only am I practicing on my partner and our kids, but I am also incorporating several techniques into sessions with my current clients, even though I am only 1/3 of the way through the first complete course and just beginning the hip therapy course because there's so much quality content in the material you have presented. I was using some of the hip therapy techniques today with a client, who mentioned having trouble with her hip abductors. It's so interesting to practice a new modality and see the results first hand.
Every day, our 8 and 11 year olds are asking me if I have any new material to practice. They have been getting massages regularly since birth, so they are able to give me some pretty honest and valuable feedback
I do have a question about working on two certifications at the same time. I do need the CEUs for my Massage Certification. Do I need to keep two separate online logs or can I use this forum for both?
Thanks again for putting together such a wonderful course!
Your kids are lucky to have a mom who massages them! I always felt that massage can be a wonderful ingredient in family relationships.
You can find the answer to the multiple forum threads in the help section here (there is a video that talks about this on that page):
Lesson 1 - I love what you've said about technique and the quality of touch. As a professional massage therapist, yoga instructor and former massage instructor, this message is so important!
My partner is so patient to let me watch (and then re-watch), the video while trying to imitate the pressing and positioning. I was concerned about the positioning of the hand and wrist position, but as I practice, the moves actually feel really good for both my partner and for me.
I am lucky enough to practice with my partner (also a massage therapist and Thai massage practitioner) and our two kids.
Lesson 2 - Thank you for touching on the fact that Thai Massage isn't only about the technique, it's about the artistry of the movement. It reminds me to stay present and practice the flow of things rather than trying to perfect the mechanical part.
The kids both giggled with the Chi machine! After the youngest stopped giggling, he said, "Oh, that feels really good!"
When working with clients at the office, I work on the massage table. When practicing at home, we work on the floor. I've had to modify some of the moves when using the massage table. It's great to have so many clients to practice on, but it's much easier to practice on the floor!
You have more options and better leverage when working on the floor. However it can be useful to know how to adapt it to the table. Many Thai Massage techniques can also be combined with non-Thai table work.
As a yoga instructor you naturally feel comfortable working on the floor. After all Thai Massage is basically a modified version of Yoga therapy.
Lesson 3 and 4 Foot Massage - I have used several techniques from this video in my professional massage practice. More specifically, I have incorporated the leg, foot and hip traction/contraction move on almost every client since first watching this video a few weeks ago.
The children love the counter-clockwise circular motion on the feet and the plantar flexion/fulling of the foot (and the oldest loves to have her toes pulled and adjusted).
It took a few times to get the rhythm and the movement linked together, but breaking it down to practice the move in sections really helped.
PS - Loved the learning to drive a car with a clutch reference. I had to go WAY back in time to remember that experience!!
"I had to go WAY back in time to remember that experience!!" - That makes two of us!
Sounds like you jumped in with two feet. By the way, you wouldn't believe how many of my students practice on their children, and so far the kids all seem to love it. I wonder how many parents ever consider doing massage on their children, and on their spouses for that matter. I think it's a great relationship builder.
Lessons 5 and 6 - leg warm ups and stretches
I have been using the butterfly presses on most of my clients. It has been helpful in alleviating lower back issues and is a much more gentle and relaxing way to release the hip adductors. I missed adding the circular motion on the calf muscles into my routine until I "circled back around" and watched the video for the second time.
Rolling the forearm sideways while leaning in on the adductors took some maneuvering!! It was challenging to find the right location, worked well with some of my smaller practice partners and not so well with larger ones.
Glad to be back in the swing of things after settling down from lots of snow days here. Kids missed almost two weeks of school!
Seems like you are having a snowy winter in the US. Other people wrote similar comments. Here in Thailand people only know snow from TV.
I can guarantee you that you will pick up plenty of new things from re-watching the videos that you had missed the first time around. There is no way to retain all the information by just watching the videos one time unless you have a photographic memory.
Lessons 7 and 8 Stretches
Loved the part about checking the balance of the hips, a great tip and indicator for hip restrictions and imbalances. My favorite stretch is pulling the thigh in a circular motion towards the opposite knee. This has worked well on many clients with low back pain or SI dysfunction. The hip slices are also effective helping me to remember the stretches and sequencing.
I'm still working with getting a flow together, but progress is progress!
Lessons 9 and 10 Leg Stretches
Great stretches for the hip and hamstrings. Extending the leg and leaning in with my shoulder seemed to work well with the size differential. Always good to have the reminders of good body posture and softness of touch. I appreciated the explanation of the blood stop technique and for the mention that the leg stretches are the most difficult, but that it gets easier. I continue to review the lessons and am adding things back in that I missed the first (or sometimes second) time around.
My clients are requesting more stretching in their sessions and enjoying the benefits of the Thai Massage I'm learning!
Lesson # 11 Summary
The summaries are so helpful for reviewing techniques and applications. It's nice to see the moves put together in a flowing sequence. You do make it look easy!! Feeling more and more confident as the days progress. There was a nuance in there that I had missed before, the pressing on the tibialis anterior. Many of my clients are athletes and have loved this!
Lesson # 12 Hip Stretches
It's hard to find a favorite class, but I think this one might be it. I have loved practicing this section. My favorite stretch which feels good to do and have done is the elephant walking while pressing on the knees. Feels great on the lower back and sacrum, both to do and have done
Lesson 13 - Hip Slices
What a great way to articulate the 1-10 method, referencing the psychology behind the practice. I also appreciated the part about not avoiding the issues, but addressing them in a more therapeutic way. I am continuously impressed with the content of this course, which not only moves through the physical part of Thai massage, but the energetic and holistic parts as well. Far more than I was expecting, for sure.
Lesson 14 - Hip rocking
Once again, you introduce a technique that is fun/awkward to practice - but once comfort level increases, easily becomes part of the treatment process. Client feedback has been great thus far and they are really enjoying experiencing the transition.
The hip rocking where the client is in a twist still seems to need a little attention on my part. Will continue practicing this one at home before unleashing it on my paying clients
Lesson 15 - Abdomen and Chest
This reminded me of the Chi Nei Tsang technique. I haven't had training in it, but received a massage with someone who had. Most therapists avoid massaging the belly altogether, I would assume mostly because it's a vulnerable area. I love the simplicity of this approach. It is calming and reassuring, too. Massaging around the breast area can be difficult for female clients. I liked how you addressed the musculature surrounding the breast area which, many times, is also avoided.
Lesson 16 - Shoulder
Ahhh...and the humbling part push/pull, you make it look so easy, then I practice, clumsily!!! Haha.... <sigh> I learned a similar technique on the shoulder in a very brief Shiatsu class years ago. (The one where you put your foot in their shoulder then alternate the pushing/pulling on their arm and shoulder.) It got much easier after a while, but then when we switched sides, the clumsiness started all over! A little humility serves us well...
Mega posting, I know!! I have notes for the next fifteen classes ready to post, just have to rewatch the videos and refresh some things I've missed, then continue on. I think I only have 5 videos left to watch and then those parts of the test to complete. I have only been really behind on my posting, not the practicing