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Shama Kern
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April 5, 2022 - 8:37 pm
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Without a doubt, there is a psychological element when doing effective Thai Massage work. I have always used this extensively, and it has contributed significantly to the success of my therapy work. The words we use, the communication that we establish with the client, the trust we build, and the willingness to listen and work with the client and not just on them are all part of this psychological element.

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Module 14

  The rocking motion is difficult to get a good rhythm but I’m sure practice will improve it. Also seamlessly switching back and forth will take some practice. I like the stretches in this module.

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Module 15.

In my regular massage I often work deep into the abdomen it takes a  lot of time and deep breathing to have the client relax enough to get to the muscles like the psoas. I used some of these gentile rocking motions to help relax the abdomen it was really beneficial in being able to get deeper with ease. Also I likes the work along the rib cage I find that a lot of people breathe very shallow, and don’t know how to take a deep breath. I wonder if this will help them.

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The rocking is kind of like learning to dance. In the beginning you feel totally clumsy, but then after you get better at it, it flows naturally and beautifully. The same applies to the rocking techniques.

I am glad to hear that you already do abdominal work. Most therapists never touch the abdomen and are often somewhat afraid to do so. So you are ahead of the game in this situation.

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Module 16

Thank you, I’ve been doing massage 20 years already. I’ve seen a lot of change and improvements come from abdominal and hip flexors work. 

The shoulder stretches work really we to relax the shoulders backwards. I haven’t been able to practice on the floor yet so I haven’t used the foot move. But I was able to adapt everything else on the table. I often have people with very rolled forward shoulders and some of these moves they really liked.

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Module 17

I was able to practice the hand massage on my husband while watching tv. I wish I could get someone to trade with me for these moves. I also appreciated your video on sen lines and the essence of Thai massage. I look forward to putting that more into practice after I have practice the moves more and they become more natural feeling.

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Yeah, I wish I could get a hand massage, a foot massage, a head massage, and a full body massage alternatingly every day. Smile

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Module 18
I really enjoy doing the spinal twist. It feels like a nice way to release the back. The shoulder rolling move was a little difficult for me to use my whole body and not just my upper. Maybe because the person was much heavier than me. Also thank you for your reminder of my energy level. I have had clients that love to talk but never truly relax into thier massage. I’ll try to focus more on my energy and allowing them to match me.

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Module 19

I did module 19 right after 18 since I was already practicing. I love putting all these moves together. Thai massage is so much fun! Such a different pace from what I do. I’m really enjoying learning this. 

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"Thai massage is so much fun! Such a different pace from what I do. I’m really enjoying learning this."  -  I am happy to hear that you like Thai Massage. It really is fun! Smile

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Module 20

The elbow in the foot is great! I’m always using my thumbs, this saved me today. And the Achilles’ tendon massage was a new concept, I didn’t think that that would feel good but it does. So many people have such a hard time with thier calf’s and Achilles’ tendon.

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You wouldn't believe how many times I have heard from course students that they thought that working on the Achilles tendon wouldn't do anything, but then they found out that their clients liked it. Smile

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Module 21
The moves of working in the glute and it band is really comfortable. It’s a nice position for the body. Also tuning the knee on the calf, it’s so nice how the therapist can use the whole body, I’m looking forward to my hands having a break!

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Module 22

Using the knees to work on the glutes is so great, the glutes are tender for a lot of people and the knee is a nice broad pressure. The stretch where you pull both legs up and also the one leg over was difficult for me because the person I was working on is bigger than me. I’ll have to find a smaller person to practice on first.

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That will always happen that you might have to skip a particular technique because of size and weight issues. But that's okay, there are plenty of techniques even if you have to skip some.

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Module 23

All the rocking and movement is such a great technique for the sacrum, I have so many clients with low back and si joint pain but when I do a lot of deep work it feels like it just flares up. So I’m going to do more rocking and these moves to see the affect.

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June 27, 2022 - 10:15 pm
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The rocking moves are always a good alternative if the deep work turns out to be painful. I am looking forward to hearing how that goes for you.

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Module 24

These techniques are definitely easier on my hands and I appreciate that. I practiced these circular motions and rocking along the spine on my husband, he didn’t really like it, but I think it was my rhythm or something. It’s hard to get it to have a nice flow. It definitely needs more practice. 

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Module 25

I went straight into the next video because I had my husband on the floor and we had time to watch and practice. He liked the heavier pressure moves. With my knee in the low back area it felt comfortable but I had a hard time as I moved up the back.

Also I have a question about the exam question, #112 it’s asks the question what part of the back is best suited for elbow work. In this video there is only the move for the low back. I couldn’t find anywhere that you answered that question directly so I assume the answer is low back according to the video. But personally I would think it’s the whole back. If I missed something and need to go back please let me know, thank you. 

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You can actually work the entire back with elbows and forearms, but it requires a lot more finesse on the upper back. The lower back is more padded and is a lot more forgiving for elbow work. Since all the questions are module-specific, the correct answer should be the lower back.

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