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Azza Hassanein Thai Massage for Sciatica Complete Course Notes
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Azza Hassanein
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Module 1

I have reviewed Module 1 in the Thai Massage for Sciatica and find it to be very informative. I appreciate the information about the condition, causes and symptoms, especially the part when Sham talks about cases that there is no cure for. it realistic statement. I guess we have to be reminded that neither Thai massage nor modern medical treatments are not magic. We do our best and the rest is out of our control.

Great foundational knowledge to pave the way to the next module. Thanks Smile

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October 17, 2021 - 7:06 am
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Now you got it right! Smile

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Module 2

 

In this module, I learned about the test for sciatica. I agree with Shama when he said that not every pain in the hip area is sciatica. One of my clients is a young person who works in a job that requires her to be on her feet, walking around for several hours at a time. She complained from pain in the hip area that goes down to the back of the thigh. She self-diagnosed it as sciatica pain, and I took her word for it.

In my work, I like to treat the whole body with some focus on the area of complaint. With this client, I gave her a full body massage going from the feet, up the legs to reach the hips area. The client did not have pain while laying down on the mat. She felt much better after the complete massage, and some stretches and compressions on the hip and upper legs.

Now I am thinking that she probably did not sciatica pain. Maybe it was strains in some muscles. Doesn’t matter what the cause of the pain was, the client got better after two treatments.

 

Looking forward to the next module and learn about specific stretches for sciatica Smile

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"Doesn’t matter what the cause of the pain was, the client got better after two treatments."  -  that's a very good observation. I have seen quite a few clients who self-diagnosed, and it wasn't true. We cannot always take a client's diagnosis as what's really going on. Sometimes we just have to go with our own instincts and do what feels right - and that's clearly what you did.

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Module 3

I like the five elements of a comprehensive treatment protocol. They cover all the areas that could possibly cause sciatic pain. Rocking is such a soothing technique that calms clients. I usually use gentle rocking before I start working on the back. The warm palm on the back is always a welcomed touch and I can tell clients relax their back muscles in response to it. I was happy to listen to Shama talking about the rocking technique as the first step in treating sciatica. So far, I have been able to use my hands for rocking, but will be trying to use my feet in the next opportunity 😊

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I am glad to have found another rocking aficionado in you! Smile

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Module 4

This is a great module with various techniques to work on the lower back area. I must say that Shama has an excellent style of teaching; he provides comprehensive coverage of the topic and gives a lot of practical tips. I particularly like it when talks about techniques to use with different body sizes, and also tips for the practitioners on how to protect their own bodies during practice.

Now let’s get to it. My model is somewhat on the large side in terms of size. All was fine except that I had hard time finding the groove between the spine bones to do the fingers glide and circles. I put a pillow under the abdomen, and it seems that helped me feel the bones easier and also added more comfort to the client. The circular motion was more comforting than the finger wiggle up and down, as it felt more like the rocking technique. For the percussion technique, I used it on the lower back and went all the way to cover the buttocks and hips.  

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I appreciate your positive comments about my teaching style. Smile

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Module 5

 

Many techniques were demonstrated in this module and it’s all starting to come together now. I tried some of the techniques on my model, who is a bit of a large person. The model did not have sciatic pain but complained from a tight lower back. Rocking in combination with pressure on the sacrum was effective in loosening up the muscles and releasing the tension. I find that all the techniques demonstrated for the sciatic pain in this module, would also be beneficial for back pain.

 

Looking forward to the stretching techniques in the coming modules.  

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"I find that all the techniques demonstrated for the sciatic pain in this module, would also be beneficial for back pain."  -  This is certainly correct, although they cover mostly the lower back. For the entire back we have another specialized therapy course, Thai Massage Back Therapy.

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Module 6

 

In this module, showed more techniques to work on the buttocks, hamstring and lower back. For me, two techniques were a bit challenging to do because my model is larger than me; the double knee rocking on the buttocks and the one sided lower back lift, where Shama sits next to model, put his right leg over the model’s upper legs and then he reaches to the opposite side to pull her lower back, I felt that my hands could not reach far enough to do an effective back lift.

 

I wish the course had demonstration for doing the techniques on a larger model 😊   

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The double knee rocking on the buttocks should work fine on larger persons since you are not doing any lifting. You just use your body weight.

Regarding showing the techniques on larger models, I have seen similar comments from others as well. The thing is that all our courses were recorded in Thailand with Thai models, and they are all quite small there. It is very difficult if not impossible to find large models in Thailand.

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Module 7

 

This module showed another effective techniques to stretch the hamstring and the back of the leg. While these techniques can be performed successfully with individuals that have some degree of flexibility, it can be difficult to do with individuals that are large or inflexible. Within the last two weeks I have seen two clients complaining from pain in the back of the thighs in buttocks. I tied several techniques from this course in the prone position and the results were positive.

I was hoping to do some of the leg stretch in supine position, but it was difficult to do with one client. Even the rocking was not effective in that case.  Good thing that the course shows variety of the techniques but not all of them would necessarily work in some situations

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"Good thing that the course shows a variety of the techniques, but not all of them would necessarily work in some situations."  -  In my mind all these techniques, options, and variations are what make Thai Massage so interesting and fun to practice.

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Module 8

 

This module is an excellent demonstration of keeping clients engaged in their own health and wellbeing. I liked the approach that Shama showed and the variety of exercises that fit people with a wide range of mobility and physical activities.

I really like it when clients ask about exercises or stretches that they do on their own. It is a sign that they are interested to do their part to improve flexibility and reduce sciatic discomfort. I usually starts them off with simple moves that can be easily done by anyone, like bending forward, sideway. Let’s face it, if someone was flexible enough to do the belly dance that was demonstrated in this module, they probably would not be suffering from sciatic problems 😊

 

Looking forward to wrapping up this course in the last module!

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