Good morning Shama, and thank you for the first module of my exciting new course, Thai Healing Academy Back Massage Course, I know that you have spend many hours creating this course, again the intro manual answers most questions that one may have.
I have just completed module one and I must say that I'm excited about this course, to understand the functioning of the spine and to be able to do a visual test prior to doing any therapy is most important, other wise like you said, you can massage a painful area for one year and have no beneficial results, if you do not work on the spinal problem area's first.
Without identifying what kind of spinal curvature we may have before treatment is a lost cause. Your explanations of these different curves really help me understand what to look for when a client comes to me with back pain now. Until today Lordosis, Kyphosis and Scoliosis where just Greek words to me. After this first module I can honestly say that my understanding of what can create back problems is very clear to me, I know that this course will bring me the expertise needed to be a great back therapy specialist, thank you and I look forward to the next two months of studies and practice. Coco
I really wanted to set my standards even higher with this course and include a good theoretical section. I know that the visual checking is something very few massage therapists know much about, so that should be a valuable addition to the training. I have used it countless times. If you can explain possible causes of problems to your clients, they will be impressed with your professionalism since you are doing more than just telling them to lie down and then do your thing. Clients prefer dealing with a well informed and educated therapist. They feel more secure and confident about the treatment.
Good afternoon Shama, and thank you for all the great info that you are sharing, module 2 and 3 are most exciting, after reviewing them now three times each I can honestly say that I now feel that I will become a great Thai Back Massage Therapist.
Learning about spinal disorder and causes in module 2 is an eye opener, your naming some 10 reasons that can affect the spine and the problems that can cause disorder - you are naming 10 and there are more.
You have put everything in three categories:
1: the ones we can't do much about
2: some may need medical or surgical intervention
3: the most important one, because this one we can help with back massage.
Very important point you bring up in getting to know our limitations, identifying the cause of pain and knowing what we can do to help and of course knowing the contraindications. You speak about the two methods of working the spine, the Western and Eastern approach.
And then the sacrum, and how important the sacrum is, understanding the anatomy of the spine, working with the cervical, thoracic and lumbar area of the spine, the role that the sacrum plays, and in module three we start dealing with positioning of the client's body, so important to make sure that our client is comfortable and can lay in the prone position for a long period of time, maybe take a rest half way and get them to take a supine position for five minutes and then return to the prone.
Client must be willing to work with us if they want to eliminate the back problems. When you go to see a physiotherapist and they send you home with an exercise program, if you ignore the exercises, you will remain in pain, simple, work with me and together we will achieve greatness, I may have to use my elbow, knee and foot along the way and that's OK!!
Good evening Shama, I will post regarding my back massage module 3-4 and 5 today. I have been reviewing the importance of posture, and how important it is for any healing to take place. Without your client's willingness to take action and start a Yoga or some stretching exercise you can only bring temporary relief.
You must question your client about their habits, this will help you to identify what will work best. And of course make sure your client is comfortable if they are to spend a long period of time in a prone position. I use pillows all the time now for the prone position and some rolls for the ankles.
Some clients in the past didn't say anything and I could feel that they weren't comfortable and unable to completely relax. I'm following Shama's recommendation on trying to apply rocking techniques in all treatments. You just need to understand the different rocking movements, and I personally enjoy the rocking, something that is completely missing in Thai massage, like using body weight, compression versus pressure.
I keep reminding myself, and of course it is becoming very common with me now. All my students in Thai massage are learning a new non-traditional way of doing and giving a great Thai massage without pain.
I think I have started my own revolution, regarding Thai massage. I know Shama will be pleased to hear that a new breed of therapists are being trained. I have been practicing my sacrum moves and sharing them with my instructor wife, and we both agree that it is such an overlooked thing in Thai Traditional massage. Just five minutes of sacrum work can bring so much relief, I'm really enjoying this Back Massage course, thank you Shama, next posting Sacrum & Glute with Rocking.
I have heard so many good comments about the sacrum work from my students, everyone likes it, both therapists and clients. It will always be a mystery to me why this is rarely done by most Thai Massage or other therapists.
And yes, I am very pleased that you are starting your own Thai Massage revolution.
Good morning from Thailand, I have spent the last three days working on glute & sacrum and I must say that these two area have become very important to us, like Shama says, hard to believe that it is basically overlooked in Thai massage therapy. Understanding the importance of the sacrum and the role it plays is most important, it is the foundation, without a strong hip, sacrum and glute area it is most difficult to have good ergonomics, if you keep this area working properly you will have great results in all your back therapies. It is an area that allows you to utilize your fingers, knuckles, palms, elbows, knees and heels, depending on the size of the client that you are working with, of course you always work with increase and decrease pressure and my favorite, the rocking, yes I'm doing a lot of rocking and I like the feedback from our students. When you see Shama performing a non stop demonstration of a sacrum & glute treatment, you can only wish that it was you receiving the treatment, even at high speed. In early September Saithong and I are going to be teaching Thai Yoga Massage in China, and of course we have incorporated the sacrum and glute in our teaching and many more Shama techniques will be part of our five weeks certification program. We are fast becoming ( non traditional Thai massage instructors ) we believe that we can teach a combination of what I call the Shama Ways with the Thai Ways and get great results. Again thank you so much Shama, Coco
Can't wait to hear about your upcoming China experience. It looks like your wife is taking to my "non-traditional" techniques also, is this correct? I have nothing against tradition, but I am also firmly convinced that Thai Massage can be greatly improved by modifying the traditional style in some areas and by adding other techniques in neglected areas like the sacrum and the abdomen for example.
I still enjoy a traditional Thai Massage, but I would love to receive some of my own rocking style techniques, but that will have to remain wishful thinking, I am afraid.
Good morning from Thailand, this posting of course will cover what I have learned in module 8-9 & 10. Sacrum, glute and back, the knee techniques here are really incredible, I used them in my teaching yesterday and received some very good positive feedback, from single to double knee compression on the glute. Great move for large clients Shama, knee press with hip pull, outstanding results. I enjoyed all the knee techniques and yes you can feel energy with your knees.
Elbow techniques on lower back are most effective on large bodies. One thing about the back is that you can use all body parts, depending on the size of your client or in my case my students. Very important for me to teach them the Shama Ways, and the importance of energy transfer. Without energy, healing can't take place, you become a little " ROBOT ". You can bring temporary relief, but no healing.
The key is to make your client aware of the energy transfer that you are providing, and get your client to use that energy to heal themselves, and they can do that by being focus to the process taking place. And yes keep the rocking going, and always sink in to the muscle and groove, keep your focus, and don't think about what you are planing to do after the session, you will get great results and returning clients, and that is what will make the difference between you and the other therapist, keep your clients in the GROOVE, inform them. Ciao for now and stay cool,
Good morning everyone from Wenshan China, Saithong and I are presently teaching a Thai Yoga massage course here for a few weeks, many obstacle to overcome to use the internet here, we are at 7000 feet and surrounded by mountains, some 200 miles from the Vietnam border in South-Western China. Just wanted to bring you all up-to-date, I will resume my postings after we finish teaching. Hope you are all enjoying your courses. Ciao for now, Coco
Good morning from Vancouver, Canada, yes Saithong and Coco are now getting ready to teach Canadians the Art of Thai massage using many of Shama's healing techniques. This past week was dedicated to reviewing module 11 to 15 and practicing our chosen moves, the knuckle techniques and edges of the hands in the groove are excellent, like Shama I like percussion over the chop, I like working with my knees on larger frames, I feel I can get adequate compression this way, upper body work facing down the back is great and it allows you to work the trap efficiently, great for applying all forms of circling, the side position elephant walking feels really good with palm rocking and knuckle wiggling, combine that with lower back knee compression arching.
Side position shoulder blade work is by far my favorite, it allows for many techniques to be used, depending on the person you are working on, some you can get underneath the blade and do some great work, others you have to use the side of your hands in a gentle motion, many options to chose from, and to complete my posting Back-end 1-9 absolutely fantastic, all three position ( supine, prone and side ) offer you everything you need for a great stretch, like Shama says, pick the one you are most comfortable with and build yourself a great repertoire, and keep repeating these move until you you feel that they are part of you. Have a great week everyone, I will be posting again next week after reviewing and practicing modules 16-20. Coco
A little cool in Vancouver for us, but the SUN is shining at 14 C
Good morning everyone, well I have completed my Thai Back Massage course and I must say that I now have some great moves for helping people with back problems, all the different stretches and spinal twist that I have practice and learned will be most beneficial to our students and clients alike, some moves of course I will not use, and that is fine, whatever moves you are comfortable with you use, they are plenty to chose from, great course and I would most definitely recommend this course to all therapist out there looking to give the best back treatment to their clients, thank you Shama, I really enjoyed this course. We are getting ready here in Vancouver to start teaching soon, just waiting on some formalities and licencing, this is Canada, and you must follow the guidelines to avoid any problems later. I must say that my heart is still in Thailand, Vancouver will do for now, you can take me out of Thailand, but you can't take Thailand out of me. Looking forward to returning in the fall of 2015 or sooner.