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December 19, 2017 - 8:36 am
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Hi Shama,

It's been a little while but I took your hip course in 2016 while traveling through Cambodia. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have been looking forward to taking the complete course for a while now. Watching the first module I was reminded about how much I liked the techniques but how awkward they felt at first. This is very different from my usual massage style. In time I became more comfortable with them and noticed how much gentler they were on my body opposed to working with a client on the table. I hope to do this work for many years to come and feel offering Thai massage will help me do that.

I am looking forward to next several months, as are some of my clients who are more than happy to let me practice on them.

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December 19, 2017 - 2:32 pm
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Welcome back, Trina. I remember our conversations during your Cambodia adventures (and some misadventures, I seem to remember). Good that you decided to do the full course. After the hip course this will be much easier for you since you already have the foundation of my style of Thai Massage. 🙂

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December 21, 2017 - 8:01 am
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module 2

I first practiced the chi machine technique on my daughter who is tiny and so this was fairly easy to get her entire body rocking in a nice manner. Tonight I practiced the same technique on my husband and it took a bit more practice. It seemed once I moved quicker I noticed his entire body moving the way I wanted. This is a lesson in patience as I am a bit of a perfectionist and have to remind myself this will all take time to master.

Yes Shama I guess no adventure is complete with out a few misadventures. We are looking forward to getting back to Thailand in the not so distant future.

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I think the biggest reason why some students have a hard time with the Chi Machine is that they are doing it too slowly and they are making the movement too big sideways. As you noticed, when you increase the speed, it all comes together. And it doesn't require an extensive sideways movement either, if done right. But as you said, learning Thai Massage does take time - and then you have an amazing set of skills!

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I first practiced the foot massage on my daughter who said by the end, "I am ready to go to sleep." I think she liked it. The following night I had the chance to practice on my husband and he actually did fall asleep during the work. Towards the end he mentioned his right ankle hurt a bit from an old injury so I left it alone, but when I came back to it I tried to change the direction I was working on it as mentioned in the video and he seemed to be fine. I will try on my son tomorrow and see what he thinks. 

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Clients who are falling asleep is always a good sign! Nobody falls asleep during a bad massage! Laugh

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Shama I really appreciate the way you explain things in the videos and break down why we are doing each of the techniques. I have three clients (aka family members) that are more then happy to be my practice partners anytime I need them. The foot techniques went much better this time. At this point I have practiced them 4 times and it is getting much more natural and flowing better. When stretching the foot forward and down it looks like it is so forceful but both people today said it was just a gentle stretch. I do have to say I wish I had someone practicing on me so I could feel how each of these moves feels personally. Maybe I can talk someone to learn this along with me. I feel better with how I am using my body as well as I practice more and more.

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I have often wished that I could experience the techniques which I teach on myself. Many of them are unique and not known by many people. That includes all the rocking techniques, and many of the specialized therapy techniques, as well as most of the Heavenly Head Massage system. But mostly I have had to content myself with teaching them. If you can train someone else, that would be ideal of course.

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My practice has slowed down just a bit as I hurt my back while doing the 5th module. It may have just been a coincidence but I noticed my low back hurting while doing the warm up techniques on my daughter. I was a little surprised as I have always found the a Thai massage easier on my body. My daughter didn’t notice my discomfort and seemed as relaxed with the warmup techniques as she was when I worked on her feet.

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Done correctly, Thai Massage should never hurt your back or anything else. If you did hurt your back, then it is an issue with incorrect body mechanics, or using muscle effort instead of body weight. I suggest you re-watch the video and go through the techniques and play with them until you find the position in each technique which feels effortless. If you feel any strain, then your body mechanics are off and need to be adjusted.

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Shama I don’t believe my back was hurt from doing the Thai massage but that I just noticed it at that time. I am overdue for my own massage.? The warm up techniques in module 6 seemed to be enjoyable for the client but I found myself several times questioning my body mechanics. I am sure it is just me but I feel like I am watching it backwards and keep trying to envision myself in the reverse. More practice is needed and will happen. Like I have said previously I get frustrated and impatient with myself quickly. I look forward to the day when it is all second nature.

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That day typically comes in the later part of this course. I have read many comments from course students who report that around the final section of this program they notice that it starts to feel like a flow and not like an effort. In the early stages just learning all the techniques takes up all your energy. I know that can feel challenging and even frustrating.

It's like watching one of those super yoginis who can do all this amazing yoga stuff, and comparing it with my own stiff self. But that's a bad comparison. In the beginning any little progress we make is a worthwhile accomplishment. 

It's like the old wisdom that it is hard to make your first million. But once you got there, it is much easier to make more millions. Laugh Similarly it is the hardest part to learn all the techniques and positions and transitions and body mechanics and the right intensity of working and all the modifications for various body types and sizes. But once you "get it", it all turns into a graceful, beautiful, intuitive dance. Until then, you have to practice patience. Smile

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Module 7

I did the leg stretches in module 7 shortly after my husband went on a run, he isn’t very flexible anyway so it was interesting. The stretches on the calf were initially too much so I used less pressure, that’s when we realized he was just sore from running. The elephant walking technique really demonstrated how inflexible he is, so he was happy when I moved on to the techniques where I was using my feet and even the rocking techniques. Over all I felt good about performing these techniques and he enjoyed them. He also reminded me that years ago when I was first studying massage I got frustrated with myself when I didn’t catch on.  It’s a problem we perfectionists have.  

I am happy to say I will be getting my own massage in a few hours.

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I guess I also somewhat fall into the category of a perfectionist. However I have had the advantage of 18 years of Thai Massage to get closer to the lofty goal of perfection. Laugh

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Finally techniques I was familiar with and found easy to do. I guess taking that hip course had something to do with it. I practiced on a tiny flexible person and found the techniques fairly easy to perform. I am going to practice later on a less flexible person which is what most of my clients are. I love that you show alternatives like rocking for those who can’t handle the full stretches. I am tempted to teach my daughter the hip stretches so she can do them on me. 

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January 9, 2018 - 8:33 am
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Excellent idea - show her how to do it!

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I started these stretches on my daughter and a few days later practiced on my husband. To my surprise my husband was more flexible and enjoyed the hip stretches more than I thought he would. He was especially thankful because he had worked his legs just this morning. He commented on how different it was to not have me using my hands and thumbs so much. Yes the beauty of Thai massage, those body parts get a bit of a break. He really enjoyed the spinal twist technique. I expect he will be less sore tomorrow than he usually is the day after working legs. It’s always nicer to have someone else stretch you than to do it yourself.

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Tonight was the night to get caught up on some of these videos. It’s never hard to find someone in my house willing to let me practice on them. When I was doing the calf stretch where my hand was suppose to be on the clients heal he couldn’t feel much of a stretch so I stretched from the toes. Instead of my forearm doing the work my palm was. Is that okay to do? He liked the stretch much better.  I just leaned into him with the toes stretching towards the shin. The adductor stretch seems so easy on my part with my foot just gently moving and the raising of my heal but my client loved it.

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Yes, there is a modification of this stretch where you turn around, facing away from the client. Then you lower your body into sitting or sitting on your heels, and then you pull the foot down from the metatarsal area. This stretch (and another similar one) is actually demonstrated in the second module of the 'Art Of Thai Massage' bonus course which you will receive later.

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January 16, 2018 - 6:50 pm
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Thank you Shama, I look forward to watching The Art of Thai Massage in the future.

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