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January 6, 2020 - 2:46 am
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This is a great information to know.  Thank you for explaining it and sharing this knowledge.  It will be easier and confidently share information if my students/clients ask the same questions specially those new to Thai massage.

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Alan

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Module 21 – Prone (face down)

-      The feet and knee position are good to know specially lying down.

-      Center of hamstrings – is great gentle flow massage in the back of the legs.

-      I totally agree with the how the arms and hands is “loose and relax”.

-      I will practice the transition on this module. It’s a bit tricky but when you master it, it will be amazing.

-      Hips massage when is lifted is a good one.

-      I love the idea of a simple of movement of our body we control the strength of the massage.

-      The knee technique feels good (as a respond from my student)

-      Hip stretch angled is another helpful massage to the glutes and hips.

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Module 22 – Prone (face down)

-      The buttocks stretch is great stretch for yoga poses specially for standing asanas.

-      Different options of the buttocks stretch is good to have specially each clients and students have different kinds of body.

-      In the prone position it’s probably good to communicate more to your students/clients since you cannot see their facial expression.

-      My favorite on this module is the hip flexor / quad stretch.

-      Glutes – the knee to glutes is another power stretch. My students said that even feel some release of tension on their lower back.

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So if I understand this correctly, you work pretty much exclusively on your yoga students. Do you do it as part of your yoga sessions, or do you offer separate Thai Massage sessions?

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I do both.  I incorporate the simple thai massage towards the end of my yoga session.  I also ask for volunteer if they want to try Thai Massage session separate from yoga.

Both works well.  When I do it during my yoga sessions, they ask me if I do massage and that is the only time I share it that I am in the process of finishing my Thai Massage.  

They love it when I incorporate it on  my yoga session.  There was a point that I didn't do it towards the end of my class and everyone was waiting for it and ask why I didn't do it.  I just simply say "I run out of time"  🙂

Namaste!

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Module 23 – Sacrum

-      I’ve been practicing the sacrum massage and it’s very interesting on how those groves works. It feels good to have found it. Yesssss!

-      The technique sacrum percussion works well as well. My students love it.

-      One of the comments from the “rocking the glutes” is very relaxing specially after the sacrum percussion.

-      I just love the “smooth transition” from one side to the other side.   It’s really liked a dance. For me, it also good to kind of stretch my legs as well.

-     I personally love this glutes massage

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Module 24 – Back

-   The back pain is the biggest complain of all people. I’ve been waiting for this since I used to have back pains a lot since I was in a car accident 15 years ago. Yoga helped me a lot and that is one of the reasons why I love to share my experience and help others.

-    I am grateful for you! Now I have another tool for me to share to the world there is hope which is a natural remedy to ease the pain.

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January 15, 2020 - 12:42 pm
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You will love the next few modules - tons of very effective back work! Smile

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Module 25 – Back

  • I can relate on this module since my students are usually bigger than me and it’s always a challenge. Learning this technique really help me a lot specially the separate knees/legs.
  • Exploring the erector muscle is very interesting, feeling the tension and knots are very cool.
  • The lower back technique is good and effective specially using power. I use this technique a lot and now more confident using it to bigger people.   It’s also easy to adjust with different types of bodies.
  • Having the knee option technique is great specially when my students/clients ask me “can you put more pressure on it, since my back really hurts?” so, I call it my secret weapon. 😊
  • When practicing the back technique, I’ve learned to myself that we need to be mindful with it since it’s a very sensitive but the most common issues among human being.
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Module 26 – Back

  • I totally agree on the first part of this module that we need to preserve our thumbs and wrists specially if we are doing an hour or an hour and half massage.
  • I love the galloping horse technique. My students love it as well.
  • The neck and trapezius movement are good to specially for neck tension.
  • A quick question regarding massaging a female. If they are in a prone position and if their female body parts are in the way, how can we support them lying down on their belly?
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That's a very valid question, and a situation which I have run into quite a few times. The solution is to put a large pillow under their torso. Just ask them to put the pillow in the position which feels best for them. 

You might want to go back to module 20 and watch the supplemental video about face cradle simulation for the prone position in Thai Massage. That shows you the ideal setup.

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January 31, 2020 - 2:42 am
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Thank you so much!  I will go back and watch module 20 supplemental.   I appreciate it.

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Module 27 – Prone Back Upper

  • Circling the trapezius with my fingertips is very therapeutic.
  • The upper body spine twist is a winner as well.
  • Cobra – one of my favorite poses in yoga and now at Thai massage which is amazing. Working on the low, mid and upper spine.
  • The Power cobra is amazing! Sometimes I use the forearm instead of the hands interlace to have a good grip. Is that okay?
  • Percussion (relaxing) technique is a great ending of the upper back massage.
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Sure, you can grip the hands or the forearms. This is pretty much dependent on how long or short your and your clients arms are and how flexible the client is.

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Great, good to know.  I appreciate it.

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Module 28 – Prone Summary Demo

  • Again, my all-time favorite is the Summary. Watching that you can do on the lower part of the body is A lot. I can see spending an hour just the lower body.
  • The sacrum thumb rocking and percussion always a winner for my students. They said it releases a lot of tension in the body.
  • The transition from one side to the other was so smooth. I love it!
  • Great summary! There’s a lot of techniques on the Prone position. Thank you.
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The fact is that it is kind of difficult to squeeze a good Thai Massage into one hour. Especially for me since I have never given less than 2 hour sessions. Smile

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