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Module 1

I love the Introduction and Chi Machine module.  

Can’t wait till my partner gets home to practice it.

Looking forward to the other modules as well. Love everything so far…

the reminders for good posture and ergonomics as well as using your body weight and breathing in

alignment with your movements are such important things to remember.  

Just from the beginning I can tell this is a course I need.  I constantly forget myself, my positioning

and ergonomics.  I focus on giving the best of myself …yet the awareness that we must put “self”

first and in alignment in order for others to receive true quality is primordial.

Thank you Shama for making this possible at such an affordable rate and in the flexibility of our own

homes. I am glad I found you.  I was about to take another Live Thai course but I did not have the

time with so many consecutive days.

I was also going to wait until the next summer break to take it but I feel my body is going to

appreciate that I take it now.

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Module 2

I tried the Chi Machine. It felt good to my partner. I found she liked it better when I lifted her ankles a bit rather than have them resting on my legs.  It actually applied less pressure on my legs as well, so it felt like it was better ergonomically.

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Hi Yvette, what a wonderful enthusiastic introduction to this course! Smile

Welcome to the forum. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following check list for our certification program:
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(I added the module numbers to your posts for you as per point 3 Smile)

Regarding lifting the ankles when doing the Chi Machine, you can do that, but it will only work when the legs are not very heavy. When they are heavy, you will quickly tire your hands and arms by lifting the legs unless you are quite strong yourself.

I am curious, you wrote in your forum bio that you are a school counselor. However you registered for the CE certification program. I guess this means that you are also a registered massage therapist, since otherwise you would not need the CEUs – right?

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Hello Shama

Thank you for your guidance.

Yes I have been a licensed therapist since 1996.  I changed careers 2003 when I began to work with public school adolescents and later younger students, and could not continue doing both. But I have kept my license current and I took on a summer job as a therapist this year at a really nice hotel I use to work with before starting with the school system.  I am currently looking to continue my healing work and possibly offer parents options to all the medications that seem to be prescribed to students with diagnosed conditions such as hyperactivity or ADD here in Florida. 

So yes I am looking to receive the CE’s to keep my license current.  I really like the holistic and clothed option that Thai massage offers especially to work with kids and maybe even those that have been exposed to abuse.

I love the awareness you bring with your program and look forward to each lesson.

Thank You.Smile 

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Module 3

My biggest challenge so far has been sitting on my own legs the entire time.  I put a cushion underneath and that seemed to help a bit.  Working on the feet seemed simple enough I can use a bit of practice to smooth and integrate the movements.  I found myself having to lighten up a bit on the partner I am working with.  It seems like I barely have to just allow the person I am working with to move with my movements and remind myself…”No pressure”

I wonder if it is the same with other clients.  I know several people that want and ask me to always “dig deeper” into them. Thinking about it now that is a habit I need to help ween them and myself off of.

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Even here in Thailand there are lots of people who subscribe to the no-pain-no-gain philosophy which I am personally not a proponent of at all. I feel that “digging deeper” will not necessarily create this wonderfully relaxed state where the body opens up, energy flows freely, and healing is stimulated spontaneously.

This doesn’t mean that the massage cannot be strong. However true power in Thai Massage work never comes from muscle pressure. Actually I call it the power of softness which you will hear more about later in the course. 

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Wow.  I love it “The power of softness”.

I have been working on establishing my “gentle power”

working with programs like non-violent communication inspired by movements

initiated by Martin Luther King and Gandhi .  They moved masses and changed the world because of it.

It is exciting to think about working with “the power of softness”. 

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Module 4

I worked with a different partner for module 4.  I worked on someone who rarely gets any footwork. It was interesting to see all the different things that could be done with the feet.  I am still working with your mentioning of the conceptual way of working on the foot.  

If the person has stiff feet and some of the directions are extremely tense like pushing down…I find myself having to be extra gentle and add some soothing strokes to get closer to pliability. Is the variability still effective. I do not want them to get turned off by some of the foot movements.  

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This is always a judgment call. All the techniques are not mandatory sequences but options to choose from. If someone is too stiff for a certain move, you can definitely skip it for the time being, or at least do it gently enough so that there is no discomfort.

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