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June 29, 2020 - 3:10 am
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Thank you for the tips!

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June 29, 2020 - 8:22 pm
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Module 8

Thank you for the tips on when to use caution with the Chi Machine.

Hip Pie is brilliant! It really simplifies thinking of hip motion for formulating treatment and while performing massage. 

This video especially seemed like you were talking directly to me, talking about using different techniques for different size/condition of people I am working on. I am finding that I do need to modify some of my positions and it's nice to have a feeling that it is okay to do that. In trying to get a feeling for how to perform all of the techniques, I have been trying them all at least twice and then omitting the ones that don't seem to work for Chris and my size differences. I tried the 180 Hip Stretch with hands on knee and hamstring and then using the modified version with my shoulder and the difference was amazing! The instant I did it using my shoulder I could have shouted with joy! It was so easy and effortless! Here's little me really stretching this big guy with no strain! Thai massage is opening a whole world of new possabilities for my massage practice and each time I get a new module I am so excited to gain a little more knowledge.

I had hoped when I signed up for this course that I could get one of the massage therapists I know to take it also so we could practice together but that hasn't happened yet. I did get a call to return to work on Saturdays begining on July 4th so hopefully, I will be able to practice on some of my co-workers after work or between appointments.

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June 29, 2020 - 10:25 pm
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I am so happy to hear that this one modification made such a big difference. I think you will find many more such scenarios in this course.

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Module 9

I am enjoying the variety of techniques and positions that Thai massage has to offer. For Chris who is fairly tight in the hips and has a hard time letting go, I am finding the rocking techniques work wonderfully for me. Today, I was able to gently rock his leg where I wanted it to go without any resistance from him. I didn't practice a coulpe of the stretches because they would have been too strong for Chris's current flexability. I was surprised though, I was able to do more than I expected. I've noticed he is starting to increase flexability in the ankles from the times I have been practicing the techniques from earlier modules.

The hotel spa I work at decided to postpone re-opening at the last minute and I am relieved because there has been a spike in cases in our region. I can see already that it will take me a little longer to perform a good Thai massage than I had thought when I signed up for the course. This is a good thing to me but it leaves me shaking my head that some try to learn in a few days. It certainly explains why most therapist I know who take a 4 day course never actually follow through and do Thai Massage!

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Learning Thai Massage in a few days is impossible - at least if you want to do it with some degree of proficiency. Unfortunately this has been promoted in Thailand where it is normal to see one, two, or three day courses advertised with the claim that this will enable you to do a full one or even two hour session.

This has become the model for a lot of Thai Massage training, and that's why there are many therapists whose skill levels in Thai Massage are very low. But this will never be an issue for anyone taking the Complete Thai Massage training. It takes several months to complete, but in the end those who stick with it will be very skilled and well-rounded Thai Massage therapists.

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This week didn't allow an opportunity to practice this module until last night, some weeks will be like that I guess. The Modified Spinal Twist that incorporates use of my leg on client's knee was a nice addition for working on Chris, it took a couple tries to get the right placement but I think it will be a great help for my bigger clients. I love the spinal twist coming out of the 270 degree stretch, I can imagine Chris's hip, sacrum and low back expanding to allow a little more space for movement.

I don't think I really got the Blood Stop down, I was using pressure and could feel pulsing but Chris didn't really get a sensation of blood rushing when I let go of my pressure. In re-reviewing the video, I realized I wasn't using a hand over hand technique and will be sure to do that next time. The Calf and ankle stretch felt a little awkward but I had watched ahead to Module 11 and had great results with a different version of the calf stretch, gripping the foot in my hands and leaning back to lever the foot down and stretch the calf.

Finally, I have a massage therapist friend coming over soon that I can practice on and hopefully we'll be able to set up some regular times for practice. I'm excited to begin practicing on different bodies now that I have accumulated some techniques to try!

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July 9, 2020 - 11:30 pm
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Great, practicing on different body types is a huge help with Thai Massage.

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Module 11

Working with Denise went really well. It was definitely easier to work on her because she is a smaller person than I've practiced Thai Massage on. I went through many of the leg techniques that flow together for me and then followed along with module 11 at the end, pausing the video as needed. Having the video nearby really helped prompt me to remember the techniques from Module 10 that I had only been able to practice once even though I've watched the video several times. I really enjoyed seeing your flow in this video!

When I am working on Chris, I find I am thinking a lot about where my body is and if I am in the same position you show in the videos. Working on Denise was complete opposite. She chatted the whole time and I think my body found the right place to be without conscious effort. Except once, when I checked into my body position during Rotating and Tractioning the Ankle I found one of my legs curled beside me. It didn't seem to affect this particular technique but indicated to me that I'm finally starting to feel a little more natural with the techniques. I did end up doing some Swedish kneading techniques while I was transitioning at one point, old habits die hard!

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It sounds like you are feeling more at ease with the techniques. This will only get better until you get to the point where you don't even have to think about them anymore at all. That will take a few months, but then you can access the full potential and flow of Thai Massage.  

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