July 1, 2017
I am not a professional therapist but have been studying multiple Energy Healing modalities for several years. My two housemates really like foot massage, so I thought that I would take Shama's course so that I can work with them. I also might get a job in eldercare soon and thought that it would be nice to offer foot massage to those with whom I work. For several years I have been a full-time caregiver for my parents who have now transitioned at 95 and 99 years old. One of my current housemates has had a number of strokes and can't walk or talk very much. The other housemate is his partner and caregiver. Both can surely benefit from foot massage. I have listened to all of Shama's modules once and have been experimenting with them for a couple of weeks. I also have a book on Swedish foot massage and reflexology that I am working to integrate with what I am learning from Shama's course. My housemate with the strokes gets regular body massage once/week and that therapist allows me to assist and learn from him. He combines acupressure points with his massage. So that is a brief summary of my situation.
I would hope to get feedback from both Shama and other people here on the forum who work with the elderly...and with stroke patients. I notice that when I massage the feet and legs, it sometimes creates spasms in my friend who has had strokes. Spasms are normal and seemingly are not painful for him. But if anyone has had experience with helping stroke patients, I would love to hear what you have learned or what types of massage have been the most helpful. If there are special things to watch out for or certain things that worked very well, I'm interested to know about your experiences. I wonder whether massaging certain parts of the foot might tend to help reconnect that which got scrambled during the strokes. My friend has quite a bit of paralysis on the right side and wears an ankle brace to keep him from spraining his ankle when he attempts to walk. Of course, we take the brace off when I am doing the foot massage. He sits in a recliner and so far it has seemed most comfortable for me to sit with my crossed legs under his feet when I work. As I re-study the modules though, I will try other positions. I very much appreciate using knuckles and other body parts for massage since I am prone to carpel tunnel from past work activities. I like wrapping my whole hand around the foot to minimize strain on the fingers and thumb. I want to experiment with sitting on my knees and on my feet to make more use of my body weight which is sometimes a bit hard to do in my current favorite position. I'm 70 years old and ....actually sitting on my feet was never a most comfortable position for me, but I can certainly do it for a while.
Any feedback is welcome and I will keep playing and going over the module videos again.
My biggest accomplishment of the day was just to understand what I needed to do to post on the forum. Please forgive me if I am not doing this correctly. I welcome feedback also as to how to do this most effectively. Many Thanks to Shama and everyone!
Hi Jane, welcome to our forum. Regarding your question about stroke patients, there is no easy clear cut answer. I depends very much on how much damage was done during the stroke. Personally I am convinced that good Thai Massage work is beneficial for stroke victims, and this is also the prevailing notion in the traditional medical system of Thailand.
I will re-post a shortened version of your question in our facebook group, since you are more likely to get an answer there from others. If you are not a member yet, here is where to find it: