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August 26, 2020 - 9:32 am
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Module 1 and 2 were very helpful as they provided me with a better understanding of the different positions and how they can be applied to the client. The breathing technique was interesting but made complete sense. I was very interested in the Chi machine and how effective it isSmile.

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August 27, 2020 - 8:05 pm
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Welcome to our forum community, Steven. One question for you: Are you posting just to interact and get feedback, or are you posting in order to get a certificate?

In either case I am looking forward to following your progress and answering any questions you may have. Smile

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Hello Shama, in reply to your question, I am using the forum for feedback and interaction, the Certificate will be great as it will recognise the time and effort I have put into the course and the training you have provided. 

I have been practising the foot massage technique on my wife, she found this very relaxing, a couple of times she did say I was putting a bit too much weight on her foot. Is it best to stop when you first feel some resistance from your "client"?

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There is a constant interplay between your pressure and the client's resistance. The idea is that you gently open up stiffness and resistance without ever making it feel heavy or painful. Later on in the course you will hear about a method which helps you to gauge this - it's called the one-to-ten method.

You could express it more clearly by saying that you want to facilitate a gentle opening without ever using force. That's something that comes with experience and you cannot expect that to happen in the very beginning. But it's the goal to work towards.

When you feel resistance you don't stop, but rather lighten up a bit. Maybe that's what you meant, anyway. After some time you will develop the sensitivity and the feeling to listen to someone's body through your hands and intuitively apply just the right amount of pressure. Don't be hard on yourself if that takes you some time - this is normal and to be expected.

Regarding the certificate - if you are just posting for feedback and interaction, then everything is fine as it is. If you would like to get a certificate, then we have a process that you would need to follow. It starts with certification registration (you find that on the Certification Tutorial page which you can access by clicking on the Certification Information banner in the sidebar of your membership portal).

If you want to go that route, then please familiarize yourself with our Certification Checklist with the main steps for the certification process to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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In either case I am looking forward to assisting you in your Thai Massage journey! Smile

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Module 1

I have been practising the compression technique on my partners legs. I found that i didn't get tired from this technique even after 10 minutes, I was in the half kneeling position whilst doing this massage.  I tried the kneading technique on my partners back which she commented felt good, which is good as she had back surgery 2 years ago and she felt no discomfort. I have tried the different kneeling positions which are OK , the squatting one causes me the most discomfort though. 

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Did you see this video which I made a few days ago?

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This might be helpful for you.

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Hi Shama,

Yes , I have watched the video and it was very useful. The half kneeling position and the kneeling positions are quite comfortable for me as I studied martial arts for about 5 years. Thanks again.

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Module 2

I have been practising on my wife once again. The leg stretching technique as shown on your video with me half kneeling is working well, I don't seem to be over doing the stretch as she is not complaining. I followed your tip to watch the client and see if they flinch or show signs of discomfort, and to start to go slightly lighter at the end.

As I mentioned in an earlier post the Chi machine technique is still proving to be a great technique that my wife and I both enjoy trying. I am far from proficient at it but we try to practice it at least once a week, between work and life commitments like everyone else.Smile

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I have a martial arts background as well. This has helped me integrate the 'work from your hara' concept which you will learn about later in this course. This is actually a martial arts (Shotokan Karate) concept and not a Thai Massage concept, but I found that it fits great and enhances Thai Massage - so I used it. I did the same with breathing techniques from yoga and some energy concepts from Qigong. This made the Thai Massage system more holistic and actually better since it eliminates the tendency to work mechanically.

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Module 3

The foot massage technique consisting of the 3 hand  positions on the foot is taking a bit of time to master fluidly. After doing the three positions and with the feet turned out then in, what is the time frame you would normally spend on a client before you moved to another part of the body? Or is the push ,pull turn technique always follow this type of foot massage.

My wife said the massage feels good after about 5 - 10 minutes, I feel this seems about the right time. Shama have you had any feed back from clients that would indicate a shorter or longer foot massage is preferred?  

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Most clients are not used to more extensive foot massage, and are pleasantly surprised how good it can feel. Most massage therapists don't spend much time on the feet either. In Thailand, however, foot massage is a big deal. It is taken much more seriously and is much more appreciated. Personally I love getting more time on my feet when I receive a Thai Massage session. So I suggest that you experiment with spending more time on the feet sometimes and see what feedback you are getting. 

The issue is that there are so many techniques in Thai Massage - many more than you are able to do in one session - that your main constraining factor will be the time that you or the client has available.

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