I am very excited to start the Thai Rocking massage course. I have intuitively added some rocking into the sessions. Sometimes I wonder if the rocking is too stimulating to the client. It makes sense that it would be relaxing instead. It helps to have some rocking moves when clients are sensitive to pressure.
Rocking can get too much if you do the big rocking movements too vigorously or for too long. You can't overdo the smaller rocking movements like circling, shaking, or wiggling. The big hip rocks that get the entire body moving can be overdone, and those are the ones which can cause nausea in some (very few) clients, especially if you do it for quite a long time.
In 99 percent of cases rocking is very relaxing and feels great. Every now and then you will get a client who doesn't like the big full-body rocks.
The Chi Machine! I loved this one from complete Thai Massage course. It takes more effort with larger people for sure, but I tend to do this at the end of the supine position to stir energy and "wake" the person up. Many of my clients seem to want to laugh, but also enjoy the stimulation. I also think this does a lot to loosen adhesions and simply let the client "let go"
I love this traction/rocking technique! What a lovely technique! A new favorite. Traction is a sensation that many clients never experience so it is lovely to have various techniques in my toolbox for traction. Techniques like this are also why I love mat work. There are endless variations of techniques.
I really love the explanations you give for assessing the hips. People really do have a wide variation of issues and once you can see these restrictions you can plan your session better.
I love the rocking techniques for the legs because it seems like the rhythmic movement helps to open the hips more effectively. The bracing with one hand while rocking with the other really controls the rocking and I think it is also comforting to the client so they don't feel like you are wildly rocking them around.
Yes, many sedentary people have discomfort in the front of the hip, so this was a an excellent reminder to stay there and work on the tissues. I agree that rocking into the stretch is a more gentle approach. People seem to relax a bit more and get a deeper stretch.