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October 16, 2012 - 12:03 pm
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I studied shiatsu in massage school and had a little training on ergonomics and have struggled with muscling stretches and technique especially on clients with larger body types. But not tonight! I just observed module #2 and practiced the chi machine on my husband who has a rather large body type and it was easy and effortless.  What a difference your instruction made. I am even more excited to learn, knowing that I can relax and practice Thai massage with ease. As a bonus my husband is a massage therapist so I also got to receive! It is wonderful!

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October 16, 2012 - 12:34 pm
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Great! I am happy to hear that. Since your husband is a massage therapist you have a good basis with your practice. And that he is large is actually good for practice. If you can work on large people, working on small ones is really easy. Now you are a Thai Massage team! This definitely helps. My wife is a massage therapist also, and it is fun to exchange treatments and figure out all the details, tips and tricks with each other.

You can be sure that a small person can practice Thai Massage on larger people since this is happening here in Thailand all day long. Most therapists here are women, and they are all petite Asians. They work on all the much larger foreigners, and they are doing just fine.

You just have to be really good at ergonomics, using your body weight correctly and getting the right leverage. You will learn all that in this course!

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October 20, 2012 - 9:09 am
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I practiced the foot massage this evening on my husband and my two children who are 4 and 7.  My children loved it! They are always up for a massage and are happy I need to practice new techniques. Here is my husbands experience in his own words "my ankles feel very oxygenated, like cool air is radiating from the joint.  Like an air conditioner is blowing on my ankles". I take this as the energy flowing and a healing process happening. He really enjoyed the techniques and I thoroughly enjoyed practicing them.  I love practicing yoga and this feels just like yoga to me. I am loving it! Thank you! 

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October 20, 2012 - 11:02 am
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Wonderful - I love to hear that. Especially that you do massage on your children. One of my best childhood memories is that my mother used to sit on my bed and stroke my head when I went to sleep. I still clearly remember, half a century later, that it felt heavenly to me.

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October 27, 2012 - 2:10 am
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I have watched modules 4 & 5 and have practiced the foot massage techniques many times on family   members and clients.  I am practicing on a mat with family but applying the techniques on the massage table with my clients. I am finding I can do many of the techniques on the table but would much rather practice on the mat so I can use my whole body. I love working with the breath it really does change the energy of the session. 

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October 27, 2012 - 9:05 am
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I prefer working on the mat as well. It really is easier on your body and you have better options ergonomically. I am glad you like using your breath. This does make a big difference in how the massage feels both to you and your client.

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I am spending a lot of practice time getting comfortable and using my body with ease as I practice the leg warm ups.  I also have a great partner being that he is a massage therapist. We have been having fun figuring out what works and feels better.  My husband has been experiencing knee pain and has struggled with hip joint issues and has been pleasantly surprise to find the leg warm ups helping. He is totally excited for me to watch the leg stretches tonight!   

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October 31, 2012 - 11:27 am
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Just watched the leg stretches and really enjoyed the information on the connection between the position of the feet and the hips.  I worked on my husband and his right hip is quite restricted so I had to do the rocking techniques and the left hip was more open. However I found it interesting that both of  his feet were relaxed laterally.  I struggle a little with muscling it so my goal is to work with it until I feel comfortable and use my body weight.  

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October 31, 2012 - 11:33 am
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Playing around with your practice partner and figuring out what works best and feels best is by far the best way to learn in my experience (provided of course that you work with a good training system), and it is the most fun way as well. Especially Thai Massage with so much motion requires a lot of fine tuning which is best done by experimenting. Once you understand the underlying principles, you can expand from there. You will learn much more about those principles later in the course with the "Anatomy of a massage move". That will give you a great framework.

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I have been able to practice on a few different people (other then my husband) which has been good experience working with different body types and getting a feel for working with different techniques and stretches. I am really looking at the person and what is best for them.  I watched module 9 today  and practiced the leg stretches on my husband, he is loving the work and finding his body changing because of it. I really appreciate the teaching on power of the stretch and softness of the hands. I actually had a client today ask for a kind touch but powerful work.  

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November 7, 2012 - 2:08 pm
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Sounds like a good experience for you. I call this the "Power of Softness". This sounds like an oxymoron, but actually it is the basis of good Thai Massage work. Strong work does not have to be painful, and soft work does not have to be a very light touch. It is possible to work in a powerful way and be gentle and soft at the same time. That's the art of it, and more and more of it is revealed in this course through the "Anatomy of a massage move".

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November 9, 2012 - 11:37 am
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Watched module 10 and practiced tonight. I am starting to feel more fluid with moving into and out of the stretches. Also becoming more in tune with the breathing.  It feels good and my partner has noticed a big difference in the fluidity and ease of technique and transition. On another note my massage work is shifting because of the things I am learning in your course.  I feel renewed and inspired as a therapist thank you!

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November 9, 2012 - 11:11 pm
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Thank you Nina. What you said is one of those things that makes it all worth it for me. I always aspire to teach much more than just massage techniques. So you made my day!Smile

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Watched the summary, 2 times since yesterday and let me just say thank you for that. It really helped! Today was a big day for me with Thai Massage. My husband had a co-worker who practices Thai massage come over so I could receive.  It is such a great learning experience to receive the work.  We also discussed many things and shared experiences and techniques. I also practiced on my husband tonight and followed your advice on just doing what feels natural and not getting hung up on a protocol.  It was a great experience for us both! I also realize I have much more practice to really get it to where it needs to be, but that's the fun of it. I really resonate with Thai massage and I feel grateful to you Shama because you are truly a wonderful teacher. 

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November 13, 2012 - 7:11 pm
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I am very happy that you resonate with Thai Massage, and I am glad that I can assist in your learning. Sure, it will take lots of practice, and with a good foundation that will be an enjoyable learning curve. And thanks for the kudos!

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Watched module 12 and got a lot out of the pairing of stretches. This helped me sort out how to properly apply a stretch to different individuals, while making it easier for me.  Also I am finding that the rocking instead of a stretch or after a deep stretch is very helpful and very relaxing. 

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Rocking is my 'secret' tool. It is secret because it is generally not used in traditional Thai Massage, but it is so versatile and useful that I could not even imagine doing a session without it.

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I found module 13 to be very helpful to know how to really work with a client instead of just going through the motions.  Many people have come to me expressing that the therapist before them made them feel pain during or after their session. It was good to have you go through what to do if and how to communicate with a client when it comes to discomfort.  I am learning more and more about then importance of being a "massage artist".

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November 19, 2012 - 6:29 pm
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Glad to hear that! I know, Thai Massage often has the reputation of being painful, but it has nothing to do with Thai Massage, only with the unaware therapist. You can put anyone to sleep with Thai Massage if you do it gently enough and not use all the heavy duty stretches. It does not have to be painful at all!

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November 25, 2012 - 10:41 am
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Watched module 14 and 15 and have been practicing them.  I am finding that the gentle hip techniques  like the hip rocking are very relaxing.  I especially like the abdominal and chest work and have had a couple of people have physical and emotional release. I am trying to be patience with being a beginner and working on connecting my breath and using my body correctly. 

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