April 30, 2018
I completely agree that quality of touch is more important than the anatomy behind the work, I think as therapists we can sometimes forget this in the day to day tasks. Ergonomics are another thing I think we forget as well. Today as I worked on my clients I really tried to focus on the main principles of module 1 during the sessions, not only for the clients benefit, but my own as well. This really helped keep me stay centered during the massages and focused in the present. I always incorporate breath work in my yoga and massage practice because I feel it is essential to the process, and encourage the clients to breathe with me as well. I'm really looking forward to what is to come with the next lessons.
Hi Tosha, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all organized correctly:
You will see that this course goes way beyond the mechanical aspects of the techniques. Like you, I have a background in yoga and energy work which has influenced me in my Thai Massage work. Apparently this has worked out very well, based on the comments of hundreds of course students.
It sounds like you jumped in with both feet and grasped the essential elements already - that's a good omen!
April 30, 2018
Thanks Shama! Now that I have had a few days to practice the chi machine, I've realised I use aspects of this rocking motion throughout my practice already, just adapted to table work. I didn't have much trouble getting the whole body to rock, and my practice partner said it relaxed him enough to almost fall asleep. I then found myself using it on the table more and more the last few days as well. I really enjoyed this technique as an opener for clearing the energy flow.
Falling asleep is always a good indicator for doing things right. I love drifting off into this trance-like state when I get a session, and I dislike sessions that are so strong that I cannot relax into them. Some people are fans of super intense Thai Massage sessions, and there are cases where therapeutic sessions can be more intense, but in general I think it is better to be able to apply the techniques in such a way that clients can relax into them and drift off.
April 30, 2018
I have had a few busy weeks and finally had time to practice the foot techniques used in this module. I must admit that the movements were hard to adapt to from what I normally do standing at the massage table and I will definitely have to get used to kneeling for so long. I really liked the pushing into the joints and then tractioning them the most out of all the techniques. I will continue to practice the movements and hope going into the next modules I will gain a better grasp.
The early stages are always the most challenging until your body gets used to those positions. There are a few supplementary modules which will help you in this regard. Until you get more comfortable with it, you can also use some of the material on the table, so that you are not on your knees for so long. After a while your knees will be used to it - it worked for many course students like that.