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walter.schmeck
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I’m ready for the grand adventure!  Can’t wait to add this to my massage practice.

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Module 1

Terminology seems straight forward as they pertain to many different  modalities that I have studied.  What I think I’m going to like is that Thai massage in more about the movement than the mechanical movements required of being a chiropractic assistant and medical massage therapist. To survive in any environment, body mechanics is a MUST.  Looking forward to getting some hands on :D

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Hi Walter, welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and to our forum! You will be getting plenty of hands on in the next few months for sure. I am curious – your name sounds German. Are you German and where do you live?

Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list here:
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My heritage is German, but I am an American citizen living in Hillsboro Oregon.  

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I actually have a Chi Machine.  Bought it a couple years ago to help the wife with her low back / hip problem.  There is nothing like rhythmic mobilization to assist in healing.  I did notice that when I was “being the Chi Machine” my heels were irritating my sits bones.  Tried to adjust but it didn’t help much.  Practice will overcome all.  I just keep telling myself. “Patience grasshopper!” 

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Good advice! Smile In the meantime, try putting a cushion between your butt and your heels.

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Module 3

The hardest part of starting something new is remember what you need to do.  In the end of the 3rd session I think that I’m fairly fluid with the rotation of the body with the changing of the points on the feet.  My wife (Thai partner) said that her feet haven’t felt that good in a long time.  I do have a question though.  In the first section, we were pressing points on the side of the foot.  Is that the same when doing the counter clockwise rotation section?

 

Thanks for your well thought out instruction.  Laugh

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You don’t have to worry about specific points. First of all the short foot massage section in the beginning of a Thai Massage is not meant to be a reflexology session, and second if you just hit many points, it will be beneficial one way or the other.

There is an actual Thai Reflexology system which I teach in my Thai Foot Massage course, but you use different techniques for that.

Also I am gradually going through all the videos to edit them a bit. So I don’t know if I will get ahead of you or you will get ahead of me, but so far I edited up to module five. That means you might find that some videos suddenly look different. 

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Module 4

Thanks for the clarification on the points on the feet.  I thought this module was a good refresher for the last one.  The extra two techniques really round out the routine to make someone’s feet feel great.  Keep it coming :D

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Module 5

What a great start for the legs.  Not sure if it is because of my “other” job, but I found that the butterfly technique put some unwanted stress on my wrists.  I’m sure with constant practice, they will get used to the new movements that they have been learning.

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The fact is that the butterfly techniques can put some stress on your wrists, depending on the flexibility of them. They might get used to it. However if they don’t, you can easily replace the butterfly techniques with other techniques which are easier on your wrists, like forearm techniques which you will learn in the very next module.

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Module 6

As my grandmother used to say, “now we’re cooking with gas!”.  I guess that was her way of saying that what ever we were doing was being more efficient.  I really liked the change in tools.  Using the forearm is much easier than using the wrists.  Thanks for providing an alternative.

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Module 7

What a great stretch for the leg and hips.  My massage partner really liked the walking of the feet up and down the leg.  She did mention that I was using too much weight on the loosing up section on her tight side hip though.  Will have to learn to lean forward with less upper body weight.  Unsure what that will do to my low back in the long run.  We could always use the secondary loosing technique until she gets looser and/or used to it.

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The proof that you are doing a technique correctly is that it feels easy to you – no strain on your own body regardless of if you do it strongly or gently.

You will see that I often present alternative ways of doing particular techniques throughout this course. Without being able to modify and adjust techniques, it would all be just a mechanical routine.

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Module 8

What a good session we had today.  Outside of Thai massage, the calves are mostly forgotten.  The options provided in this module are much better alternative to good ole muscle mashing.  The technique of warming up the knee’s received two thumbs up from my partner, as did the “180 degree” stretch.  There is a similar technique that I frequently do on the table (much lower than normal) with her, so there was little resistance to doing it on the floor.

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Module 9

Sorry if it seems like I’ve slowed down on the course.  With the schedule for my job and more importantly, the desire to get more practice between learning new stuff the pace has slowed. 

We had a wonderful session working the adductors today.  It seemed like everything fell into place.  My partners’ legs were more relaxed after the session and she was able to go farther on our usual shopping trip before having to rest.  The upright position of these techniques was a welcome relief from doing the other leg work where I’m sitting and hunched over. 

Are there any practitioner stretches you could recommend?

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Good ol’ yoga is always an excellent choice for Thai Massage practitioners. In this way you stay in the family since Thai Massage and yoga are part of the same tradition. I don’t mean full blown yoga sessions necessarily, but just doing some yoga stretches where you feel tight in your body.

It sounds like you are doing quite well with your practice sessions. Smile

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Module 10

The spinal twist couldn’t have happened on a better day!  My partners’ lower back has been what she calls “locked up” for a couple days and her chiropractor appointment isn’t until next week.  The work we done was enough to loosen up the muscles. Not aiming for an “adjustment”, the section that was bothering her went back into place by itself.  Unfortunately, the adductor stretch to side is still too much, but we are getting more movement every time we attempt it.

From an engineer’s viewpoint, the blood stop technique makes total sense.  From a massage therapist’s viewpoint, the inguinal triangle is one of those endangerment sites that massage schools teach students to say away from.  If there aren’t any contraindications, I say why not!

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Module 11

As you said, there wasn’t anything new in this module.  The way you performed what we’ve learned so far, is pretty much the way I’ve been doing it.  Keep ‘em coming!

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I know massage schools that tell you to never touch below the belt, no groin, no sacrum, no glutes. Some totally avoid the abdomen as well. They may try to protect themselves in a litigious society. And regarding endangerment areas – how many people do you know who have been seriously hurt by massage therapy?

Luckily here in Thailand we don’t have all those restrictions, and we just use common sense and do what’s good for the client and what helps someone. 

Contraindications are sometimes exaggerated for massage therapy. You might want to read a couple of articles which I wrote about this subject:

Contraindications part 1

Contraindications part 2

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