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Linda Mills
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February 24, 2017 - 2:44 pm
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Module 1

Hi Shama, 

I am back.

Since completing The Complete Thai Massage Course last year I have been massaging on a regular basis. I have been gaining more and more confidence but there is so much more to learn so I thought I would extend myself again with the foot massage course.

Thank you for clarifying the difference between reflexology and energy lines. I can see how they overlap but not quite the same thing. I was definitely wondering about it.

 You have emphasized technique and body support here to avoid strain. Whenever anyone says " I learnt the hard way" it pays to listen! So I intend to make sure I follow your advice and avoid direct pressure wherever possible. The wrapping seems to be quite effective.

Squatting on the toes works for me but not for too long. My partner immediately liked the amount of pressure I was able to apply and I enjoyed the momentum and rhythm of it. There has to be enough space for this one though.

I simplified it in my mind to, align body, lean forward and use my own body weight and no gap.

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Welcome back, Linda! After going through the big course, this should be much easier for you since the principles are all the same, and you already know how to use your body correctly. You can tell that my intention is to avoid unnecessary strain. I definitely learned this one the hard way. Frown 

But better to learn it the hard way than never figuring it out and dropping out of your career. I have never been taught in any Thai Massage school to work in the most therapist-friendly way possible. Luckily I figured it out on my own and close to perfected this way of working. Smile

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Module 2

Yes there is definitely a familiarity with what you have taught so far. The 3 techniques in this module are easy for me to grasp and apply due to previous experience.

 I practiced on a person I have been massaging for a while and found they preferred the first technique to what I have been doing previously from the previous course. The floor gave more support for the foot with  the rolling out. So I now have an alternative technique for them.

I would like to have many alternatives up my sleeve to remember and apply when necessary due to injuries or stiffness or pain or incredible flexibility

I massaged a person today with Plantar Fasciitis and this is the second one I have come across. I hope that what I have done so far will give her some relief. 

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I am planning to add a module to this course which deals with specific foot conditions. However it will take me a while until I get to it. Once I have it done, I will notify you.

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Module 3

I have been practicing this first technique for 6 months now (due to Complete Thai Massage course) and there are subtle things that I have changed. There is quite a bit of detail in this module that I am now applying.

The first thing to note is where you placed the feet. I have been placing the further apart and circling slower. I now also circle at a faster rate so I have changed the time difference between feet which a bit of a gallop. These small adjustments make a difference. I feel like I am fine tuning this technique

Its interesting to have a stronger version and that you can go all the way up leg! Great!

Thank you for reiterating the importance of the flow and rhythm and connection.

Keeping the feet close to my thighs when working on top of feet is again a small but important adjustment. Also the variable pressure is something I am now more focused on.

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Module 4

I have a women that I massage regularly who I am able to use as a crash test dummy. I have been able to refine the techniques fully due also to her detailed feedback an willingness to allow me to not only practice exactly what you are teaching, but to also slightly alter it, to accommodate the ergonomics of my body.

Unfortunately the first technique you taught in module one is not working for me and it has aggravated my thumb joints BUT thankfully there are some many alternatives that you demonstrate.

You make an important poin,t which is not stringing all these foot techniques together but rather choosing the appropriate technique according body position. Its a bit like composing a piece of music, it has to flow and sound good ( feel good). From the clients perspective its all very much about sensations.

The knees are fantastic to work with and love using them on soles. My client had to ask what I was doing that felt so good. It never ceases to amaze me .......... You demonstrate and I think wow, why did I not think of that before.

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Sounds like you are doing a lot of refining - excellent. At the same time it seems that you are doing a lot better than crash tests! Laugh

If one techniques doesn't work well for you - no problem. As you said, there are so many techniques to choose from, and you are never restricted to a fixed sequence. It's all about flow and doing what works for you and the client.

I am happy to hear that the knee technique works well for you. You have the big advantage of having the whole Thai Massage background already. 

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Module 5

Yes, it absolutely makes sense......... of course you are going to cause discomfort in the knees if the hips are not open and your rotating the feet outwards!! I knew to take it easy but I somehow missed the logic of it, so good to have alternative.

When I see a subtle resistance (which I have experienced when stretching the feet down) from this module forward I will always ask," in what way did you feel discomfort just?" I am not going to learn if I do not ask.  I like the analogy of a wave  in this technique.... so you don't hold the stretch.

I must remember at all times to use my entire body this cannot be reiterated enough. I have massaged some large women of late and the legs can be amazingly heavy, so conserving ones energy is essential.

  The foot wiggle is easy and feels great. I am very familiar with the rest of this module and the importance getting the angles right in my body.

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You are pointing out many essential nuggets. And although you might be familiar with parts of the material, once you get to the Thai reflexology section, you will end up in another world! Smile

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