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 module 1 & 2  I liked the way Shama went through The 4 ailments of the spinal alignment. Do to bad posture, illness injury ect. I did a few spinal alignment analyses and was able to go threw all the check points with each individual. They are both young and healthy but due to having poor posture I was able to show them what to work on to correct this. I do have a question? I thought one of the people I checked may have Kyphosis, and Lordosis? Have you seen this before? In module # 2 It was a nice review of the Coccyx, Sacral, and Thoracic, parts of the spine.I didn’t realize the sacral has 35 muscles attached to it. wow! No wonder so many people have low back conditions. This is why I continue my education the more I learn and understand  about the body,helps me to help people who need relief and guidance. 

 

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Most of the time, if there is any kind of misalignment in the spine, there is a domino effect, i.e. other things are affected as well. I have presented Lordosis and Kyphosis as separate issues just to show what they are and how to find them. However they generally don’t exist in isolation. There is a ripple effect. 

For example if someone has extreme Lordosis, it will tilt the pelvis forward, and can be accompanied by turning the feet out, resulting in hip, knee and ankle issues. 

Spinal misalignment can throw our balance out of alignment which is transmitted via the SI joints to the legs. Kyphosis can result in neck pain, headaches etc. 

However Kyphosis and Lordosis are really opposite issues. Generally they don’t both coexist. What is more likely is that one of them coexists with other issues like spinal rotation, Skoliosis, or uneven shoulders or hips.

You can try this yourself. If you totally collapse your upper back forward, it is very difficult to have an overarched lower back as in Lordosis. However it is quite possible that someone has Lordosis and also collapsed shoulders. You wouldn’t call that Kyphosis necessarily though. 

Without getting too scientific, the back can be out of alignment in many ways and in all kinds of combinations. It generally goes beyond our scope of knowledge as massage therapists to evaluate those conditions in great depth. My purpose is to enable massage therapists to get a general idea what might be wrong with the spine in order to tailor the session more specifically to address those issues.

But we are not expected to be spine specialists with a pin point diagnosis and a precise treatment plan for very specific conditions. If someone has severe spinal issues, massage can help, but they might need to get help from other professionals as well.

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Thank you. This information is very helpful.

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Module #3 & #4   It was helpful to have Shama explain how if someone’s posture is out of balance in an area of the body that you need to address “The bigger picture” for example if the lower back is in lordosis the muscles of the sacrum are going to be tight and the muscles of deep transverse abdominals weaker so it is important to look at all three of these areas to help, along with the relaxation and loosening benefits from the massage alone.Wink

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The “bigger picture” will often result in a better understanding of the problem rather than looking at one spot which is hurting. This course will slowly build up from theory to working with muscles to working with stretches. Then the real skill is to combine it all in a way which is most effective. A lot of that just comes with practice, experience, good observation, and good communication skills.

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Module# 5&6   I used the Sacrum techniques on someone who was experiencing low back pain. She has a six month old and under more stress then usual. I started with some palm circling to help loosen and relax the sacrum. I then relaxed her lumbar area and glutes as well. I did some deeper work  on these areas once she was relaxed & loosened up. She felt much relief when I was finished:)

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Great! That’s a wonderful result for someone who just started using the techniques! It will only get better from here. I am happy for you!

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Module# 7&8   I am grateful Shama is spending a generous amount of time on the sacrum. I myself am not a super big person but, I tend to have sore muscles do to the activities I enjoy. So it is wonderful to receive a massage with deep pressure. Having the option to use the palms, forearms, & elbows to go deeper when needed is so helpful. One of the many favorite techniques I have learned is using the knees on the glutes. This feels so amazing when being the receiver of it… 

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I get so many positive comments on sacrum work, I love it! It is one of the best kept “secrets” of massage therapy, I think. Smile

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Modules-#9 & 10   Shama offers many different ways to work in and out of the spinal grooves. I am glad he talked about the two energy lines up and down each side of the spine and using the hands first to feel what is going on.I worked on a larger person recently and was able to get very deep into areas of tightness by using my elbows & forearms. I am finding it easier to respond to each individuals needs the more I practice. Happy Spine=Happy Mind:)

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Terri is getting in the “groove” in more than one way! Great! Smile

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Module # 14   As a yoga instructor I am always trying new ways to create freedom of natural movement in the spine. I was happy that Shama explained all seven ways we can create this movement. If I had to pick one of my favorites ? It would be extension/traction. I love getting people into poses & stretches that allows them to gain this space by lengthening & opening & the spine. Most people are always experiencing some sort of compression in some area of the spine at one time or another. Extension of the spine is the perfect way to counteract this. In my last Yoga Class I started the participants in seated posture & went through all seven spinal stretch’s It went very well…Wink

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You know, initially I was teaching a 7 Ways To Move The Spine live course to yoga students. That’s where I came up with the idea. It’s a perfect match, yoga and Thai Massage!

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Module#20  The seated traction stretches demonstrated in this video are terrific. These stretches would be especially helpful to people who do a great deal of sitting. I used the added knee move to create the slight back bend with the extension and it was very effective… 

 

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I am glad to hear that you are getting along with all those not so easy techniques in this section. Again that’s where your yoga background comes in really handy. Yoga teachers generally make great Thai Massage practitioners or teachers.

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