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Suman Barkhas
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December 18, 2017 - 11:21 am
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Trial: trying to learn about this place.

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December 20, 2017 - 11:09 am
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Module 2

Thank you Shama module no. 2nd which was a very good introduction.

I have chi a machine at home, but now I myself became a chi machine which was a very amazing experience. I think chi was felt by the practice person.

I practiced it 2 times it was very easy for me. I got it right away. Specially I when only rocking myself I could feel and see how body would move easily. The rocking motion was overriding the muscles so they could relax.

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December 20, 2017 - 10:36 pm
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Welcome to our community, Suman. One question for you: Your posts look like they are following the certification format. However I have not received a certification registration form from you. Are you just posting to get feedback and to share, or do you want a certificate?

If you are just sharing, you don’t need to do anything. However if you want a certificate, please make sure to fill out the certification registration form (the access link is in the certification section of your course manual).

Good to hear that you got the Chi Machine right away. Many new course students have a challenge with this one.

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December 23, 2017 - 8:19 am
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Module 2

Today we practiced module 2 foot work.
applying body weigth to the feet,has been new to me.
I never did massage. even to touch other person is new.
So i like that learning one part at the time.
Not doing all together at the same time yet.
its 1st time, need to practice more.
Overall im confedent to learn and practice more for the next few days.

 

Yes, I am interested in the Certification process and I have had no time to complete it yet. I will do so shortly.

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December 23, 2017 - 10:05 am
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I received your certification registration – thank you – now I know where we stand.

Here is a quick reference how the certification process work:

Certification Check List

Now that you are learning how to touch, you will be able to combine your other skills with it, and this should result in an excellent quality of touch. Just focus on letting the energy flow through your hands. Don’t just use them to do something with, but picture them as energy transmitters.

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I think the last module was Module Number 3 and not 2

Now I report about Module number 4:

I got sick during this time of practicing and I remember things but not very good. I still today need to get better to go over the lessons will take me time. It is true that I can focus right now on only one thing and want to master it. Doing many techniques at once is not really doable right now as I am still recovering from the flu.

I like that we can do this on a relaxed manner. I will get back at a later point to this lesson. Module 6 already arrived and there is pressure. I am still sick as I write this.

Module number 5:

It is good to know that there will be lots or repeats during the training and that I don’t need to be mechanical. Just experiencing the rolling of the thigh and getting to know the upper leg was new for me. Palm presses and interlocking the foot was a nice way to soften the upper thigh muscle. We did the push pull and walking the outside of the leg squeezing and rolling up with the thumb… Using my whole body is not that new to me and I think I can get experienced faster with the help of my other trainings.

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January 2, 2018 - 7:55 pm
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Suman, there is no pressure. You can go through this course in 4 months, in 6 months, or in 8 months – it doesn’t matter. Just because a module arrives doesn’t mean you have to get to it right now.

It is normal that in the beginning of the course it feels a bit overwhelming, but I promise that this feeling will change. After a while it will all sink in and it will feel enjoyable. It will get easier the more you progress. Smile

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Module 6

I practiced using the forearm for the first time. I have been using my body and the angle of the forearm work varied. I also noticed how to use the leg as a bolster. My client said that she enjoyed the rocking/rolling/push-pull. The way the arm was used at the inner thigh was almost vertically aligned. I noticed the tendon and I used my full body, leaning into the thigh. Working outside of the body by pushing and squeeze with my body pulling the leg inward towards my torso. All these movements I practiced a couple of time. I used I body to adjust to inside, outside and top.

I had to adjust to the correct angles which was sometimes was a challenge. The transition was ok, but the angles I need to work on but I was not fully recovered from flu, so I was not totally focused.

The elephant work also was easy and well received.

I got good feedback from my practice person. She was very supportive and let me know if I got it right.

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Good feedback and improvement suggestions is half the battle won. Smile

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January 17, 2018 - 11:17 am
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Module 7

Depending on the tightness of the hip, I needed more support – or the right support. The pillow must be in contact with the leg high enough to be able put pressure. My practice person had had issues with stiffness from an old injury. Rocking motion helped a lot to open up the hip. My energies were more participating after I recovered from the flu. 

Gripping the leg was was not so easy doing the walking on the upper leg. I could not get hold of the leg properly. 

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January 17, 2018 - 10:14 pm
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Regarding gripping the leg, there is a supplementary video right after this module which shows you an alternative way of doing this technique. That might help you.

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January 26, 2018 - 12:22 pm
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Module 8 – leg stretches – 8 pieces of pie

We moved to the calf muscle and worked gently on them – which was easy. The knee too was not really a challenge. Moving the leg through the pie was a challenge but then we don’t have to do them all – but it is good to practice and learn all the directions. 

There was some resistance in the groin area in the groin area in my practice person and I had to adjust. Rotation and rocking during stretches looks like a solution for breaking up stiffness. 

Once the motions are more natural to me breathing too is easier to remember.

 

Module 9 – leg stretches

Rocking the leg to relax was good. My practice person was locked up. The idea is not to force the stretches. Solid contact is necessary locking the knee with the hand and the foot is locked at my hip.

Elephant walk was very interesting but not many people are that flexible – I too had to adjust. Hip rotation and rockling again was very helpful to let go. The hamstring stretch was powerful. It was hard to develop a flow when so much technical stretches are being taught. 

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On a side note: one student of mine went to Thailand and witnessed many Thai massages and was terrified because it was so painful looking and aggressive. I noticed that your teaching is not like that. Is it possible that people offer Thai massages without any training?

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January 26, 2018 - 5:52 pm
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Unfortunately there are many Thai Massage therapists who are insensitive and even brutal. It’s not that they have not had any training, but they have never been taught a more refined and sensitive way of working. 

My style is different because I have an extensive background in Qigong, yoga, Tai Chi, and energy work. I have also been lucky enough to have had a very good teacher in the beginning of my career who worked in a sensitive and painless way.

However there are many Thai Massage practitioners who are proud of their brutality and have no interest in developing a more pleasant way of working.

For example nobody in Thailand connects the breath to the techniques. This is only done in my style. The same goes for putting attention on the hara.

Such brutal therapists do have training, but not the right training, at least as far as I am concerned.

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 Module 10 – Leg Stretches

Today I remember the Tai Chi flow and being soft in the touch – yet strong if needed. This comes naturally like the Tai Chi flow. My practice persons had issues with the hip and I had to apply rocking motions to relax the area. The stretches seemed too intense. The inside of the thigh when moving with feet was very intense – there was no point in moving and stretching too much further. Changing foot position was not possible. Rocking motion seem to work better.

I looked for the femoral artery and finally there was a pulse. It was not so easy initially to find the pulse. The release of the artery was experienced by my practice, who said that “it feels like a waterfall when the blood returns.

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It sounds like you are developing an appreciation for the potential of the rocking moves. And you obviously got the ‘bloodstop’ right, based on the feedback you got! 

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Module 11 (Summary)

this was a very nice flow and I appreciated seeing the work being done – all was connected.

Module 12

I could swear I have written this report before but I must have pressed the wrong reply button. I have been traveling for work and got delayed doing these practices. 

The stretches were relatively easy to do. The size was ideal with the practice person. Working with both legs at the same time in rocking motion, or circular was easily and flowing. It is important not to be too string. The tortoise pose supine (stepping over the legs) was to strong. Moving softly and gently is the right way to practice with anybody but especially with somebody who has sensitive areas in the hip.

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February 20, 2018 - 5:28 pm
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We clearly think along the same lines. Unfortunately there are many Thai Massage therapists who subscribe to the no-pain-no-gain philosophy. That’s why Thai Massage often has the reputation of being quite painful, which is totally unnecessary in my opinion.

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Module 13 – Hip Final

The discussion about pain management was important. It’s good to learn about good pain and bad pain – as I myself have nit done much touch based personal bodywork.  I had the chance to work with somebody who had hip pain.

The circling, scooping and digging was very helpful. The term “discomfort” is better than just talking about “pain” too and we discussed that with my practice person.

This week I did Chi Gong with a lady over 100 years old. There is pain which cannot be removed anymore there. The entire body was arthritic and only little movement was possible. All what I could do is to do small movements. Often there is a tipping point.

Module 14 – Hip Rocking

Different rocking techniques release well and I could do the cocking and changing sides with ease. The rocking was easy to practice. The differences between males and females were good to know. One knee turned inward to the center was difficult to rock because one ligament inflamed on the outside knee, I did only one side.

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There is definitely a tipping point. Everyone’s body gives out on us at some point, and we all have to leave this body behind sooner or later. In some cases all we can do is make someone feel a little better, even if only for a short while. In such cases I generally use my Heavenly Head Massage system which is not attempting to fix as much as to make someone feel ‘heavenly’. For some people this is much more appropriate than a fix-it attempt.

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