I worked along with the video in lesson #2. I can definitely see the benefits with the Chi machine and tractioning rock, however while doing the moves I became fatigued sooner than I expected. I'm in pretty good shape so I can only assume I wasn't engaging my hips enough. It felt a bit awkward at first but the more I worked the more comfortable it became. I do feel I'm at a bit of a disadvantage with this technique because I am smaller than most of my clients. Hopefully as I go forward I'll find what works with my body size ?
Hi Tonya, welcome to our forum and the Thai Rocking Massage certification program.
You are not getting tired because you are smaller than your clients. You are getting tired because you are either not in sync with your body, or your ergonomics are not right, or you are using muscle power instead of body weight.
Here in Thailand almost all Thai Massage therapists are the typical small-framed Asian women, and they can all work very effectively on much larger clients. Actually one of the biggest advantages of Thai Massage is that you can use your body weight and your body mechanics in a much more advantageous way than you can in western table massage styles.
The problem with the Chi machine is generally not that you are not using your hips enough, but that that you are using them too much. Once you "get it", this is a very subtle and easy to execute movement. Once you find the right rhythm, it is quite effortless. If you need power for the Chi Machine, if you are straining with it, then you are definitely not doing it right.
This is of course not surprising since you are just starting out with it. However I just want to make sure that you are not thinking that these techniques only work on light clients. I suggest you re-watch the video and see if you can pick up more clues. Often when you re-watch them, you learn things which you had missed the first time around.
If you still have trouble, let me know and I will help you to do it correctly!
Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all correctly organized: