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December 27, 2015 - 11:51 pm
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Module 1

Thank you for the introduction to thai massage. I am so excited to learn. I plan on doing thai massage on the floor and table so thank you for letting us know that we can adapt to that. Learning to feel my way around the body is exactly what I want to learn. I love to help people feel better and can't wait to incorporate thai massage into my practice.

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Hi Veronica, welcome to our forum and the Complete Thai Massage course. It sounds like this program will be a good match for you. I am looking forward to following your progress.

Also please take a minute to familiarize yourself with our certification check list here:

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Helping people feel better is a wonderful job to have, and Thai Massage is a great tool to accomplish this!

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Good ergonomics is a must with any kind of massage. When I first started out I was wondering why my back was always hurting after a couple of massages. Come to find out I wasn't standing the right way. Now I make sure my body is in tune with what I am doing.

Before starting any massage I ground myself and make sure I am relaxed. It's just a couple of seconds, I just place my hands on the clients body, close my eyes and say to myself, "Please let me give this person the greatest massage they ever had."

I also do something similar to the chi machine. Does it make a difference if I do it at the end of the massage? 

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Grounding and your little mantra are nice ways to start a session and to focus on the spirit of it rather than on just the mechanics of it.

There is nothing wrong with doing the Chi Machine at any time during the session. I always do it in the beginning, but that's just my personal preference, and not something that you have to follow.

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Practicing on my daughter. She loved it. The circular movement you were right I couldn't quite get, but I just kept practicing on her. She had no complaints. It'll come to me. One question, Why does thai massage start on the feet? Is it just a preference? 

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Traditionally Thai Massage starts with the feet. I don't think that there is a really scientific reason for it although I have heard quite a few arguments for it and I could probably come up with a few myself.

The vast majority of Thai Massage schools start with the feet, however I am familiar with two well known Thai Massage schools where they don't start with the feet. 

Personally I like starting with the feet and ending with a head/face massage. But when I do specific therapeutic work I often skip the feet altogether and start right on, let's say the back, or the shoulders, or the hip.

Some therapists swear that you should always work on the entire body during a session. I don't agree with this and I often don't include the entire body since then I wouldn't have enough time to really focus on a specific area which needs the work most.

Opinions are plentiful - everybody has one. And everybody can come up with really convincing arguments for their opinions. I don't get involved in justifying my style or trying to establish scientific validity for my way of working. I can only say that I like the flow from feet to head. It feels right to me, I can sense the energy flowing well in this way, but there is also nothing wrong with changing it.

So I suggest you learn this flow from feet to head, and if you ever feel like changing it, you can do that as well. If you get good results and your clients like it, then it is okay.

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Thank you for mentioning about keeping a concept in mind and not focusing on the technique. I want to make sure my technique is good but after what you said makes a difference for the better.

So if I understand correctly, what you are showing us to do on the feet does that mean we have to do all the steps or if we forget to do one of the steps it doesn't make a difference? What you have showed us so far I love and my daughter said she felt very relaxed.

While watching you transition from one foot to the other I notice how you always keep one hand on the person, as you had said before I know how important this is to not lose that connection.

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Exactly - it doesn't matter if you forget one step. You don't have to do all the steps anyway. I don't always include all of them in my sessions. The techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences. Of course it is preferable if you remember all the steps so that you have them at your disposal.

Keeping body contact is very important. Soon you will see a video in the course which deals just with maintaining body contact.

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Loved the butterfly movement. I think I got a little confused when you started on the second leg. you do the outside first and then start on the inside. then you went back to the first leg and did the outside.

Practicing both feet and leg movements and my body is not use to kneeling and putting my weight on my feet. Need to practice more balancing. I know it will come in time but for someone who is not use to it, it can be a workout. 

I have to remember too about the lean in - breathe out, and lean out - breathe in.

 

So far I am getting great feedback from my daughter. She said she prefers this over a leg and foot massage.

 

thank you for having this online class. I've been wanting to learn thai massage but could never find a class that I thought would be beneficial.

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I prefer this leg warm up because of the use of the forearm. Being a massage therapist I've learned to use my forearms more to save my hands from too much work. I tried the leaning in vs. pushing down with my arm and yes the leaning in was so much better, of course I knew my daughter would prefer that.

I had a question, How long does a typical thai massage take? I was just wondering if it is timed or you just go by the person's needs that you are working on. With my private clients I don't usually time my massages. I just let them know that it depends on what they need.

Do you have a video of the full thai massage? I would like to see that so I can get a better understanding how you go from one side to the other. 

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The very next video will help you to get better at kneeling and balance. It is the next support video, scheduled one day after this one.

Personally I have never done Thai Massage sessions shorter than 2 hours. I just told my clients that this is how long it takes, and nobody every questioned it. I know this is not possible for everyone. You can do one or 1.5 hour sessions. However with Thai Massage it is definitely better to do longer sessions if possible.

Like you, I often went with the flow in sessions. I sometimes asked clients if they were okay with extending the session, or many times I charged for a 2 hr session but actually worked longer. These are all personal preferences, though.

There are several "summary" sessions in this course where you see the entire flow. The first one will be module 11.

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My assessment of my daughters feet before I started the stretches were: Left foot was pointing in and right foot was slightly out. So I believe that she had restrictions on her left hip.

I also noticed that when I pushed her feet in there was no problem but when I pushed them out I also felt restrictions. I did a little rocking on both sides before I actually started to do the elephant walking. It seemed to help. 

Trying to do the circular motion was a bit challenging. I kept at it for a while until my daughter said it felt good. Can't wait to do an actual full thai massage.

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Doing a full Thai Massage will take you at least a couple more days! Laugh Great to hear your enthusiasm!

The circular motion takes a while to learn and get good at. It is one of the more challenging techniques, especially in the beginning. But it feels great when you "got it".

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Yes the leg stretches are the most difficult. My daughter was so stiff. I can just imagine if I'm working on a person bigger than me how hard it would be. I like how you used the pie concept, it has 8 slices. That's a good way to help me remember. 

Glad to see there is a little bit of work that we can do on the knee. tried both rubbing back and forth and circular rubbing. 

Hip stretching, had to do the rocking and the circles because my daughter was too stiff to just go straight into the stretch.

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If your daughter is quite stiff, best stick to lots of rocking, circling, and rotating moves initially. Straight stretches on stiff people can feel quite stressful to them.

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Module 9

Love , love, love these leg stretches. I will be finding a way to incorporate these stretches with my regular massage. Thank you for taking the time in showing how to properly do these stretches, from the hand placement to our body alignment.

Had to do a lot of leg bouncing on my daughter because of her being so stiff. Had to tell her to relax a few times. Combining the bouncing and rocking really helped her. It took some time but eventually I was able to give her a good stretch.

The spinal twist is something I will need to work on. Overall these are amazing stretches and are very beneficial. thank you 

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By the end of this course you will know tons more of these amazing stretches. Thai Massage has an incredible repertoire of natural, organic, flowing and effective techniques.

I am glad you managed to loosen up your daughter!

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Module 10

Love learning more leg stretches. I know at the end of this video you said that leg stretches are the hardest to learn and that is true. Some of these stretches were difficult to do but i know if i keep practicing I will get better at it. 

I've been making sure my posture is correct especially when I do regular massages. it makes a big difference in the way i feel after a massage. I'm not sore or tired.

I was trying to do the energy through my hara but I don't know if I was doing it right. Is there a way to tell if your doing it right?

Again great stretches with the hip and calf. I can't believe how much i have already learned with these modules and your explanation of everything makes it so much easier.

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Focusing on your hara is not supposed to be some profound, spiritual, esoteric thing. It's just a way to refocus your attention from your arms and hands to your energetic (and physical) center. Many therapists have the tendency to work with their arms only, focus on their arms and hands, and then they get disconnected from the rest of their body.

The hara focus helps you to feel that you work with your entire body instead of just with your hands, and it helps you connect energetically with your client, meaning you become more sensitive and you feel more instead of just pressing somewhere.

But this is not part of a religion, it's just a useful and effective way to refocus your attention. With practice you will feel the shift in you, and you will be able to work in a more enjoyable, meditative state.

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Module 11

Nice to see how it all comes together. Nice flow and the way you transition to the next step. Can't wait to be able to do thai massage like you do. Practiced over and over, i know i will get better with time and practice. Excited for the next module.   

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