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October 13, 2013 - 11:25 pm
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Exactly my thinking! Smile You are on the right track with this concept!

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Thai Back Massage Module 15

Hi Shama, no I have not fallen off the face of the earth. It is the time of the year that I am panicking to get all my fire wood in before the long snowy Michigan winter. I have also had to practices these stretching modules much more than the massage modules before I feel comfortable enough to comment on them. 

The side posture stretches are easier for me to do because of the sheer size difference from me to my clients. The cobra stretches are the most difficult since I have many clients who come to me with lower back issues. I may not use these stretches as much in my practice unless I have more flexible people who really can do deeper stretches. 

Im really enjoying learning these wonderful stretches. Thanks again for the great instruction.

I can not lift my practice partner into this a knee under the buttocks lift in the supine position. My
partner was happy because she didn't think she could stretch this way.

I have used the backbend #4 on several different clients. Being short armed as well as legged,
I find this easy to do on clients that are as thick as your model. However on thick heavier clients,
my little arms do not reach far enough around my client. Instead of getting a great stretch I feel as if I'm slipping on the skin. Lesson learned!

Backbend #5 Back and Quad Stretch works well for me on short clients but with tall clients
to pull back on the shoulders require over stretching and bad ergonomics for me.
Yet another lesson learned. I can do the quad stretch here on everyone that I have tried this on.

On the prone backbend #7 I have to sit higher up on the back to reach taller clients. Here at 4'11" I'm trying to lift a 6'4" man weighing 250 not so good. The 2nd and third position for this cobra
stretch is easier for me. I work on so many people who really do not like stretching. Guess I will just have to visualize more yoga people coming into my practice so that I can practice more.

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I am glad you are still on the face of the earth! Laugh

Cutting firewood - that sounds amazing to me since here in Thailand it never gets cold. Our problem is how to deal with the constant heat. We enjoy the winter season since the daytime temperatures stay below 80 F and at night it can cool down to the upper 60s.

Regarding the cobra stretches - I don't use them that much either. It is good to have them in your repertoire, but they are not what you would use on your average client. Once in a while you come across a client who really enjoys stretching, and then they come in very handy. It is always better to have a complete repertoire so that you accommodate all types of clients easily.

By the way, although I am much taller and heavier than you, I am not trying to lift 250 pound clients around either. The rule of thumb is the heavier the client is the more selective you have to be with what you are doing. You don't want to stress your body. Just do what you can easily do with a particular client and skip techniques that are too hard on you.

A big part of the art of Thai Massage is to know what to do on whom and when. Mechanical one size fits all sequences just don't cut it.

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Thai Back Massage Module 16

Backbend #10- yes surprise, surprise, my knees do start lower on the back than probably most others. I really like this stretch even though I am much lower on the back, it still seems to be an effective spine and shoulder stretch. 

Backbend #11 thumbs down, this will take a bit of extra practice to get t close to what you are doing!

Backbend #12 most of the people that I have tried this on love it. Love the wiggle too!

Forward Bend #1 sitting. Love, love, love these stretches! Most clients can do these. The alternating between the forward bend and the knee back bend is crazy good!

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I know I post a lot of notes for many forums on the same day. See I practice and take notes during the weeks then when I get a chance I transfer them to the forum. I hope that I do not over stress you by doing it this way!

Thai Back massage  Module 17

The forward bend #2 is a nice gentle stretch that everyone whom I have practiced on can handle. The forward bend #3 is a great hamstring, hip and lower back stretch. This is also another stretch that I can reach well. The jack knife stretch I was worried about when I viewed the video. However when I went to practice it I found it to be effective even on heavier clients. 

The side bend torso over thigh worked nice for all I practiced on. I did have problems with the spinal twist in the side position. With tall clients I could not reach them. Shorter or average clients, no problem!

Spinal twist #2-sitting/slow turning twist I really like this stretch! It feels good to my clients spine and shoulders. Hs stretch really opens up the chest of my older clients. They really like the feeling of the intercostals being opened.

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Backbend #11 is not something that you learn the first time around. This is one of the fancier stretches in Thai Massage. Give it some time and practice and it will come.

Reading your enthusiastic comments about the forward bend #1 made me smile. Smile

I can handle a couple of long posts, no problem, no stress here! Laugh

It sounds like it is flowing well for you, even though you are in the most involved section of the course.

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