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Trevor Harris
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July 19, 2019 - 6:25 am
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Module 1

Having attempted siting on my heals I realise that due to knee damage I will be unable to perform on the floor....look forward to adapting the instruction to suit table work.

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Chi Machine will take a lot of practice to perfect on my table, my first few attempts have not been successful.

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July 19, 2019 - 9:45 am
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Gave my practice partner a foot massage and she loved it, said it was the best she had ever had. Since I am working on a table I needed to place a cushion beneath her knee and lower leg when doing the "push-pull" and the left and right twists. All of the other techniques were very comfortable on the table.

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Today I practiced the complete foot massage sequence and also added an ankle roll ( seen on a reflexology demo ) as my starter move. My practice partner was impressed with the fluidity of the massage and has booked a time for a repeat. When doing the top of foot massage I realised that it is better to start with gentle pressure, increasing gradually.

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Hi Trevor, welcome to the Thai Massage certification program. You seem to get great results with your foot massage already. Sure, you will have to get a little creative how to modify it for the table, but you will see that there are so many techniques to choose from that you will have plenty of material for a good table Thai Massage. Plenty of our students have done this.

You seem to have it all figured out with the forum posting, but for your reference I always post a link to our certification checklist in the beginning of each thread to make sure that it is all correctly organized. Please take a minute to look it over:

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That's excellent that your partner booked a repeat session. And yes, you are right, for all this work it is always better to start with gentle pressure. You can always increase pressure when necessary. But too much pressure right away can feel really uncomfortable. That goes especially for all the stretches in Thai Massage where it is easy to hurt people when doing it too strongly. Gentle is always the best way until you get a feeling for how much intensity is just right. That will come with practice and experience.

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I have been quiet for the last month as I have been practising to work on the mat as shown and not on the table as I had done when starting out. The butterfly press to the quadricep is a fantastic technique and my partner loves it. When rolling I am finding it more comfortable on the smaller muscles i.e the calf as I can gauge my pressure better than when working on the larger areas. Another interesting thing I found is when doing the push-pull is that my co-ordination is better when pushing with my dominant hand...being my right, however I'm sure that will improve with practice.

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I love working with the forearm, I have found it to be very relaxing for me and my partner has found it less intense than the thumb work. I have been working on ways to combine thumb, heel and forearms in the one warm-up routine, to ensure better fluidity in my movements and make the massage feel like it is flowing for my partner.

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My practice partner is quite flexible and balanced in her hips however she found the butterfly to the inner leg to be very effective and I was able to put a fair amount of weight behind the move. Working with my feet felt so good for me, and my partner, it will take a little time to sense the pressure I apply. The cross hip pull which I found to be a very easy technique to carry out was doubly appreciated when turned into the circular rock. The one problem I need to address is that many times when I am blocking my partners foot I am causing a little discomfort bone on bone.

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The alternate techniques shown for the calf are very good it seems when the clients calves are tight as they are less intense....partner loved these. The Hip-Pie....what a great visual aide for the work on the hip. The loosening techniques were great and the stretch was surprisingly easy to get the feel of, I am definitely developing a better sense of pressure/weight needed.

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That's good that you are giving the mat a chance. It does make many things easier. Especially the foot work, which you mentioned, is only possible on a floor mat.

Forearm work is super useful and important in Thai Massage, and it is very effective. Overall you seem to be doing quite well, especially since you are in the very beginning of the course. Smile

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A couple of the stretches are too strong for my partner so I look forward to trying them on a more suitable client. Could you tell me why you go from the 180 - 90 - 135 ? Why not 90 - 135 - 180 or 180 - 135 - 90 ? The rotation between 90 and 180 was excellent and my partner enjoyed it a lot.

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The hip pie is more of a memory jogger than a sequence that you need to follow. When I made this course originally I didn't have it planned out so precisely. It was more of a creative thing based on how I usually work in a session. Later I made another course (I think it is the hip therapy or the rocking course or both) where I show the hip pie stretches, and there I do show them more sequentially.

But the fact is that the exact sequence is not that important in actual practice. I rarely use all the 8 techniques of the hip pie in one session. Some stretches are just too much for stiff people (as you noticed yourself), and I skip those, for example. So it is not about a rigid way of following the system. You could do that, but if you don't, you are not doing it wrong, either. 

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I can appreciate what you said about the technique ( move ) as being the simplest part, having only got one practice partner and unable to practice two - three hours a day, I find my ergonomics to be the biggest challenge and this in turn can affect my softness of touch. The spinal twist was a favourite, as was the abductor stretch, with my partner. I am looking forward to working with a bigger partner to try some of the variations.

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It definitely helps to work on different bodies. You might think that you have one technique down pat on one person, but when you work on a totally different body, you might find out that you have to adjust it since it feels totally different now. There are many examples of this kind of scenario in this course, along with corresponding solutions.

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Module 11

Great module.....seeing the fluidity of the session was very helpful in planning and structuring a sequence that works for me and my partner. Focusing on the Hara links in with some Pranic Energy work that I've been doing.

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FYI - there are two more of those summary modules in the course. They are everyone's favorites! Smile

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Module 12

Sharma could you tell me if there is a risk to the client, if they suffer from plantar faciitis, when doing the Achilles/Calf stretch ? The hip stretches shown in this module, should the ones chosen be used in addition to the stretches shown in the Hip Pie ?

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There is generally no risk for people with plantar fasciitis. I have to say 'generally' because I can't know what exactly is wrong with their feet without being there. But all the foot work should be beneficial for most foot conditions in some way. If you want to work specifically on such conditions with the ideal techniques to address them, then you might consider our Thai Foot Massage course in the future which has several modules about working on foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, Morton's neuroma, hammer toes, bunyons, etc.

Regarding the hip stretches - there is no one-size-fits-all answer here. It always depends on what the client needs. You could use all hip stretches, or just some of them, depending on how much time you have for a session, what techniques are suitable for a client, and what part of the body you are focusing on for specific conditions. All this will become more clear as you progress through the course.

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Module 13

Really enjoyed the message in this module. Sadly I have been to too many mechanics, during my last couple of massages my screams of agony fell on deaf ears Yell as my masseur simply continued to torture me. The one kept telling me how strong she was Smile...if only she had done your course. As for the hip pie it is a great mental visualization.

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Module 14

These rocking techniques are great, my client enjoyed the half back arch stretch with the rocking. I did find that when doing the half back arch stretch that it is important to focus on having "soft hands" and keeping the hand as wide and flat as possible otherwise it feels like you are digging into the lower back a little. 

Those transitions are not as easy as Sharma makes them look Smile

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