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December 7, 2012 - 7:44 am
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Module# 1&2 I am feeling like this course came to me at the perfect time. As a Yoga Teacher this is going to be my next step. I like that you mention Thai Massage could be used for someone who may not be able to do yoga. In module #2 The Chi Machine technique is a simple but yet a very  powerful way to create energy flow. I agree that it is truly about wanting to do this to help people relax and allow them a peacful flowing energy exchange. I will say it will be nice to eventually make some extra money at it but, not as important as being passionate about the healing aspect of wanting to do this.

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The money will come. I remember when I originally started out with Thai Massage, I spent the first few months just working on everyone for free. Then I started asking for donations. At some point friends and clients told me that I should start charging real money for it. I had never forced the money issue, but it came, and it kept flowing without me ever having to advertise my services.

If you get good at Thai Massage, you will have a unique service that people will want. There won’t be too many others competing with you since learning really high quality Thai Massage takes time and commitment and practice. Anyway as a yoga teacher you have an advantage in learning it, and you have a ready made clientele already. I can hardly imagine a yoga student who would not also appreciate a Thai Yoga Massage session. The two systems go together perfectly, being members of the same family.

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Module # 3 & 4 Foot Massage… I like that you mentoin when working on the feet, hands , or ears you are affecting other areas of  the body. The feet alone have over 70, 000 nerve endings. The feet are also the foundation of support when standing. Most people are unaware of the many important functions of the feet. So a good foot massage will be received well.

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December 13, 2012 - 11:30 pm
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Agreed – actually foot massage is very much on my mind these days. I just recently published a major Thai Foot Massage course including Thai reflexology, and now I am just in the process of completing another big extension to this foot massage course. Personally I go to get a foot massage here in Thailand at least once a week.

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Module# 5&6… I practiced the leg sequence using the forearm & elebow. I found this to be an easy way to work much tension out of the upper thigh especially the outer thigh. This area tends to be tight on most people.  Really helpful to release the TFL- Tensor fasciae latae muscle bringing much release to the receiver. I also used the Chi machine technique from module #1 before I started working on the legs to get the energy moving.

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Especially on the thigh, all sides of it, I use mostly forearms, elbows, knees and feet on larger clients. Otherwise it can be really hard on your hands to do effective work on big thigh muscles. My way of working on big muscles is that I use thumbs and fingers mostly for probing and finding areas of tension and tightness, and then for the actual work I use other body parts as much as possible.

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I have learned several new massage “release” techniques since my last post. The relaxation approach by use of mild bouncing for the adductors is very helpful as Shama explains there can be much tightness of this muscle that the receiver may be unaware of. By relaxing the area before releasing it makes perfect sense. If I had to pick a favorite? It would be the assisted spinal twist strech with creating energy from opposing knee to shoulder. As Shama says its creating the balance between the power of strech & the softness of touch…Ahhh

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I use quite a few of these “release” techniques for several areas of the body. It does not make sense to struggle against a client’s holding pattern in massage therapy. You can easily make them aware of it, help them release it, and then the massage will be a lot more effective since now you don’t have to work against resistance.

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Module # 10 &11

I am feeling good about the leg & foot work Shama is teaching. So many different ways to strech the feet, ankles,lower legs, knees, thighs,& hips. The Femoral Technique was something I found very helpful to re energize tired legs. I plan to practice this  some more to really get a good feel for it. Its starting to seem a bit  easier  connecting the balace of flowing movement,relaxing touch & bringing in the hara energy. The analogy of “Like a Dance all the steps flow together” Is very nice…Smile 

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You are one of the few people who does not get scared initially by the femoral technique. Smile Personally I really like receiving this one.

Your ‘dance’ is coming along nicely it seems.

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Module #12,13 & 14

The hip streching & rocking techniques will be useful in relieving stress, tension, & tightness of the hips. So much emotional & phisical tension can be held in the hips. Most people are not fully aware of the impact this has on the body as a whole. Bringing healing energy & relaxation to the hips will also benefit the body areas above & below them. I find the sequencing in module # 14 to have a nice flowing balance of strength streching along with a relaxing release for the hips…Wink

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An imbalance in the hips can throw your entire posture completely out of alignment. And this is often the case with our clients. Good hip work is very beneficial.

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module #15 Abdominal & Chest

This module explains how emotional energy can be stored in the belly “old stuff” this may be causing pain or tightness. The belly is home for most of the bodys largest organs & is  also where the hara is located the “physical center of the body”. I like the technique of simply placing the hand on the belly & feeling for the breath, while listening to the area as well. This could be of much comfort to the receiver. I will definitely use the movement of following the direction of the digestive system. Learning so much!

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Sometimes very simple techniques can be quite powerful and comforting, like feeling the breath. It also helps the client to focus on this area without being distracted by constantly changing movement. This adds a meditative element to the abdominal massage and is great for focusing on the energetic aspect of our work.

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#16&17

I have been practicing the shoulder, arm , & hand massage on someone who has been having neck pain. It seems to be helping him. I have added this in addition to treating just the neck. The neck/cervical spine is where the brachial plexus nerves stem from & branch down into the shoulders, arms, & hands. By working on these areas its also helping to release the neck.

 

 

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You are correct. In the Thai Massage system there are energy lines which connect neck, shoulders, arms and hands which in this case roughly corresponds to where the nerves in the western anatomical system run. It is often beneficial to work on a connected section of the body, in this case neck, shoulders, arms and hands, to get best results for neck pain.

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Module #18 Shoulders & 19 Pulling it all together…

I found myself even more excited about Thai Massage after viewing video # 19. It was a great recap of what Shama has been teaching up to this point. The flowing sequence demonstrated was very helpful to me. I like the reminders that it is not just stretching but “Whole Body Healing  Touch” I will use the Hara & quantum touch in each & every session…

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I am glad you picked out the essence of the Thai Healing Massage system. Anyone can learn some techniques, but not everyone can integrate them with more subtle energetic aspects, yet those are what makes it special and effective.

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#20 & #21

In these two videos the client is in a prone position to access the back sides of the feet ,lower, & upper legs. It was helpful to have the use of props shown to help assist getting the client as comfortable as possible in this position. Using the forearm is going to be a wonderful tool in working to release tension in the large muscles of the upper leg & hip area. I think almost anyone would like the squeeze & rolling method of the calf muscle for the lower legs. This could also be an excellent session for a person who has jumpy or restlessness in the legs…

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Forearms can be used in Thai Massage for many areas: legs, arms, glutes, back, feet. They give you added power while saving your hands. I work a lot with forearms.

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