I have been wanting to take this course since I signed up for my first course 5 or 6 years ago! When I saw it on sale, I knew it was time!
I have been practicing and learning Thai work since 2012, and in that time I have picked up a few rocking techniques. They quickly became my favorites because it is so beneficial to the client and quite easy for me to administer, even on much larger people! I was familiar with 4 of the 5 techniques shown, the new one being the wiggle. Having a very direct and pointed move makes perfect sense, and feels great while working on my own hip flexors.
When incorporating the fast rocking in my sessions, the clients said it felt very relaxing, and that they were finally able to release the last little bit of 'holding'. This is crucial to having a successful Thai session!!
I am quite familiar with the Chi Machine move, I use it to start and end all my sessions, but I guess I just learned that I don't do it for nearly long enough! I usually will do it for about 1 minute, trying to introduce the client to relaxation and get the body to release any subconcious tightness. And then I just move on to the rest of the session.
Being in USA, i think that clients expect the most moves and the most work in a session, to "get what they are paying for". As often as I recommend a longer appt, some just won't or can't. I of course want to keep those clients and give them relief and therefore I probably move too fast in general. About 6 months ago, I put a sign in my room for me to see when I am sitting at the foot of my mat, and it says "slow slow is the good way". I try to keep this in mind while I am working... or at least a healthy balance in some of the shorter appts ( 30 or 60 minutes)
I never had seen the vertical rocking move, but can definitely see how it can be beneficial to release the ankle, knee and hip! I assume that it is done to both legs, but does it have to be done one after the other, or can I do the move on the left leg, and do the rest of the leg work, then use the move to begins the right leg 'routine"?
Hi Becka, welcome to the Thai Rocking Massage certification program. You seem to know exactly how the process works, but just to be consistent I always post a link to our 'Certification Checklist' at the beginning of all threads for your information:
I am happy to hear that you have been getting good results with your rocking moves so far - and this will only get better with this course!
Regarding your questions about the vertical rocking move - I am not a fan of making rules. I think both ways would be fine. It just depends on the flow or the sequencing of your session that you decide on.
Thai Rocking Module 3
One thing that really stood out to me in this video is when you said that if the persons legs were relaxed then there is no reason to use the rocking technique, that this really is more therapeutically based as you get into rocking specific body parts. I think that is so helpful because it reminds me that every client is at a different place physically, and that can vary from day to day. Its reassuring to me to have this education in my pocket and able to use when needed. Of course, many many of my clients have tight hips so I think this will be helpful to them
One client that I used this leg rocking on is very stiff, but i have yet to figure out if it is muscle tension or if she just won't let go and relax. I began with the top of the quad rocking for a bit, left then right, and moved up to some assisted hip rocking.... there wasn't too much difference, but her feet did start to fall outwards! sucess!!
Thai Rocking Module 4
I appreciate the time you took to discuss having clients with tight adductors. Between that and tight glues, sometimes i spend a lot of session time just trying to get the hips to relax. now I have a few more tricks up my sleeve.
I love these courses so much because as much as I can figure out from just watching demo videos, you always take it one step further and I think that is where the real magic happens. for example, i do a bent leg hip traction. i kneel btwn the legs facing my client, the clients foot is place on my quad just above the knee, interlace fingers and lean back. people seem to like it... i think it feels good, but with no one near me to receive from.. I don't really know. but by bringing the knee more medial and across the mid body it will open up so much more movement in the hip, the low back and the torso.
Thai Rocking Module 5
lots of good info in this video. Many options for opening and releasing the hips, and a new take on the spinal twist! (which i agree can be intense if the body isn't warmed up first)
I used the small circles on a client who has limited range in big hip stretches, the adductors were very ropey, and one was almost like a guitar string! I started with light pressure because they had tensed against it, but between the back and forth and then adding a slight rocking by shifting my hips, there was a little release which dropped thier knee outward a bit more. I then did the rocking twist as a counter stretch and went back to the small circles. Even though it is close to an intimate area, the client knew what I was trying to accomplish so i think they were more relaxed the second time.
Thai Rocking Module 6
i appreciate that you went into detail about working on men vs women around the hips and groin. I am always aware of how the client has to have a level of trust and comfortability while I am working with them. I was so glad to see some things that I had previously forgotten in the large amount of things I have tried to retain, most specifically the cross body pull, with the hands on the low back and glutes! Feels good for the reciever and the giver
I like to use the hip rock, up to the ribs as a transition when I am moving from the right to left side of the body, or as a it of a reset/cool down when the client comes into second supine, just before the end of the session. exactly like you said, it puts them into a deeper level that is hard to beat
Thai Rocking Module 7
There is something about getting the hips up off the ground and doing some rocking that allows for a full body relaxation once they drop the hips of course), I love all these variations! And i appreciate you showing how to get my knee tight under their knee so as not to smush the calves. I never quite understood that from a class i took many years ago.
That first hip lift move definitely reminded me of a technique I learned in Chang Mai... made me happy to see, and I cant wait to try it!
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I'm glad to know there are a few moves that are designed for the torso. it seems that the front of the trunk so often gets overlooked because of the soft tissues and organs. I have a similar rib rocking move that holds from underneath, the top rocking using the weight in the heel of the hand probably feels amazing!
I can see how the progression of the shoulder moves will help the client to relax and let go... so much tension in those shoulders! Up/down, then left/right, then the big circles and figure eight... I can see some jello arms in my future sessions!!
another helpful video! the arm and shoulder stuff will be great for all of my clients with a forward head posture. pressure on the shoulder joint to press it back, then rocking and releasing the arm, its something I can even do with my table massage/swedish sessions!
I always appreciate the summary flow, seeing how to string things together really cements the work into my mind. I love that this can be used as a stand alone, or in addition to the other Thai that I have learned over the years. Its such an amazing system!
More great information for the sacrum, which I think is the root for a lot of problems that clients come in with... if the pelvis and sacrum are out of balance the whole body can get thrown off.
The techniques for the sacrum will definitely help to release the low back and glutes, especially that kneeling move, going back an forth, side to side. So many client hold tension in thier glutes and hip flexors, and don't even know it, that this is going to be a game changer. and by working on those areas, it will also affect the front side of the body, using the reciprocal pressure from the mat and floor
Another great course finished!! I can not begin to express my gratitude for your Thai Massage Academy. Learning in person is great because ideally you get to receive as well, but I much prefer the ability to go back and rewatch certain moves and hear tips from you. The information is provided so clearly and the work is profound. Just ask my clients! After 10 years of providing Thai massage, I don't think there is another modality that is so vast, comprehensive and beneficial. I can not wait to continue learning, and hopefully get back to Thailand some day! ❤️