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Tracey Valles - Thai Foot Massage & Reflexology Course Notes
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Course Introduction:

I have reviewed the 8 Facts PDF, Information and Resources PDF, and Course Manual PDF. I believe I have completed all the necessary items including payment and exam registration for the Certification for LMT's....and I set up a handy-dandy binder for all the information I print out and personal notes I take as I navigate the modules. (I am a pen & paper, make multiple color written notes sort of gal.) Cool

Tracey Valles, MSN, RN, LMT

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Welcome to the Thai Foot Massage certification program, Tracey. Yes, you are all set up, we received your registration form and the CE exam enrollment.

Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our Certification Checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

Certification Checklist

I am looking forward to your posts! Smile

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Module #1

I like the idea of performing the foot massage on the floor and definitely see the value of using the squatting position and leverage of your body weight to be advantageous. I am used to working on a table and use a lot of swaying, rocking and bracing to utilize leverage & body weight. I am tall but have a slight build. This is a double-edged sword. I realized early on in my massage practice that I can use my height as an advance. The other side of it, is that it also has a tendency to make me a bit clumsy. Laugh When I was practicing last night, I definitely felt like a fish out of water doing this on the floor and clumsy absolutely came into play. Like most everything though, I am confident practice will help to resolve both those feelings. 

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If you are not used to working on the floor, this is definitely an adjustment. But with time you will see that you get better leverage that way. Besides, this first section is part of Thai Massage which is traditionally done on a floor mat.

However the second and third section of this course are done with you sitting on a stool. So you will have your choice.

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Module #2

This again took some time to find the right positioning of myself and how to support the client's foot. Trial & error but I got there eventually. I love working with my knuckles and forearms. It feels more intuitive to me than using my thumbs. I think this is because I am used to rocking and using my body weight for leverage and it seems easier to do that when you are not using you thumbs....Also I was working on my husband who has wide feet and felt easier to support his feet/legs and cover the area needed using knuckles and forearms vs. thumbs. 

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"I love working with my knuckles."  -  You will really be amazed what you can do with knuckles when you get to the second section of this course. the Thai reflexology section.

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Module #3

Well...my awkward clumsy shined brightly with the circular flowing motion presented in this module lol. I practiced as suggested on one foot at a time and then combined the motions, definitely a work in progress. 

The other techniques demonstrated in the module are very similar if not identical to movements I already in my practice. I find it interesting the variability of practice you need to utilize when working on the top of the foot. My daughter doesn't have much "cushioning" on the top side of her feet so my top needs to be more delicate, whereas other people I practice on have a bit more "substance" to their feet, requiring a bit firmer touch. 

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Module #4

Ohhhh this module was fun! I love that most of these strokes were using the elbow and forearms. Once I figured out how to position myself and my husband to support his leg and use good body mechanics while performing the strokes, these strokes flowed very easily. It feels as though by utilizing this positioning and techniques there is less of a need for me to put "muscle power" behind the strokes. They seem to utilize leverage and body weight very effectively to still be able to provide firm pressure.

My husband thought I was crazy when I told him I was going to use my feet to work on his feet.Laugh When you take the fact, he has stiff blocks of wood for feet (someone else's very accurate description of his feet) out of the equation, I really liked using this technique. I probably won't use it again on my husband because he can't tolerate much pressure in from this technique, but I can see myself using for others. 

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"It feels as though by utilizing this positioning and techniques there is less of a need for me to put "muscle power" behind the strokes."  -  That's the whole idea, replace muscle power with body weight. We want to avoid using muscle power as much as possible.

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Module #5

I found this module to be a good review of methods for movement and ROM for the feet. The information about signs to look for indicating limited movement in the hips is very useful also. My husband found that just practicing these movements on his feet was quite relaxing and provided therapeutic relief for him. 

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Module #6

I have already been using some of the techiniques demonstrated in this module as part of my practice. I think they may just be innate to the type of massage I offer. Some I use just before I start working on the feet, while others I use at the conclusion of the massage as a whole. I like to end the massage with some grounding strokes & movements. It was also nice to see how all the things discussed in the previous modules can follow together seemingly effortlessly into 1 routine. 

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Module #7

I was very excited to start Section 2. I have many clients who come to me for foot &hand massage alone. I enjoy seeing other routines & techniques that can be added or be interchanged with my current routine. I will definitely routinely be reviewing the tips for preserving you fingers and hands. This is very important to me. I want to be able to have a long career and any tips and wisdom from other practitioners on how to work smarter and not hard are always appreciated. 

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That was one of the main reasons for me to create this course - to offer a way of working that is much easier on the hands than most western reflexology which is really thumb-heavy. Another reason was the enjoyable aspect of the Thai version. And a third reason was that I myself had foot problems at the time and I was doing lots of research on how to fix it - which I did.

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Module #8

I performed 2 sessions on my massage table focusing on the feet using these techniques. My clients loved it. It had to get creative to make sure I could my feet were solidly grounded so I could brace my arms against them, but I worked it out with some creative ingenuity.  I am working on finding a chair & ottoman that would work also. There is going to be some furniture rearranging at my location in the near future!

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Module #9

I utilized the top of the foot techniques, and they made a nice sort of transition technique to then begin working on the calf utilizing some of the techniques in this module. My clients really enjoyed having work done on the top of their feet because it is an area that is not typically worked on too much during a standard massage. You definitely have to be aware and lighter with touch for people with delicate little feet.

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Module #10

I start my session by using a hot towel on the feet to both clean them and "settle the feet in" before I start working on them. In the past I haven't necessarily used a towel to end a treatment, I have left them for the clean to use if they like when then they are gathering themselves and preparing to leave. I used the techniques soon in this module with the towels and really liked it. My client said it "felt like I was waking her feet up" and she really liked it.  

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Hot towels are great, almost as good as hot herbal compresses, but much easier to implement.

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