It's been really tough trying to do two at once so I had to stop the other course for a bit to concentrate on the shoulder therapy course. My clients have really enjoyed me working on both shoulders at one time. The elephant walking on the shoulders was well received and I enjoyed the rocking as well. Just the pressing in the fleshy part of the shoulders felt great to my clients. They weren't so crazy about the figure 8 but I'm sure it is very effective with loosening up the shoulders and upper back. My clients loved the part where I lifted the upper back and how it opened up their body and loosened up their neck.
I practiced this one on my son who is 6 ft and weighs 220 lbs. He really liked the shoulder rotations and the finger circling. The wiggling helped loosen up some of the tightness in his shoulders. The rocking really helped him out. He said the circling was the best part of it I liked using my forearm to give my palm a rest. Thanks for all the tips on working on a big person, because my son is very solid.
The Triangle Stretch was a great shoulder stretch and my client was very limber so thanks for the advice about moving the hand farther out, it really helped deepen the stretch. She really enjoyed the Rowboat Shoulder Stretch, said she could feel it all the way up in to her neck where she really needed it. The arm swing with shoulder massage was very relaxing for her. My chiropractor would have liked the one for frozen shoulder as he has told me had that several years ago.
Sure you can put one course on hold to concentrate on this one. I totally understand that you don't want to go into overwhelm mode. Your practice seems to be going fine. If you can do this on a 220 pound person, you can work on anyone!
There is lots more to come in the course.
I haven't worked on many clients in probe position, although that is usually how you get a regular massage. the scapula palm rotations were great for loosening up the scapula. My client has a lot of problems in this area. Palm rocking felt really good to her. The finger circular technique was great at loosing up the trapezius muscles and I liked using the rolling trapezius technique. Grabbing the neck, squeeze and pull up was awesome on client... I want this done to me! Great work through squeezing circle motions and rolling the scapula. The squeeze/pull/rotate would really help my shoulders as they often ache from all the yoga classes I teach doing down dog and chatarunga! Also, the prone shoulder rotation would feel so good... ahh... need to find a good Thai Massage Therapist to work on me!!! The prone shoulder stretch and circles with spinal twist were great techniques and well received by client. All in all this was great module for my client/model.
Sounds like you are really "getting it". And yes, I wish someone could do all the work which I am teaching on me as well, I could really use it too. But unfortunately I have never met a therapist here in Thailand who can even do a fraction of what I teach in this course. Traditional Thai Massage is a little weak in the shoulder therapy area - that's the reason why I created this course.
Most of my work on the shoulders has been from the side position. I have been doing the shoulder circling that has really helped my clients with shoulder pain. I like how you add massaging the trapezius at the same time. I hadn't thought of combining two different techniques at once. The arm circling with shoulder stretch was quite interesting, although it was hard to get my client to relax and not try to help me rotate her arm. My clients always love the shoulder stretch, although they like me to hold the stretch instead of doing it multiple times.
In the "arm circling with shoulder stretch" technique, for some reason many clients try to "help". I also have to keep reminding people to just relax their arm and let me do the circling without any help from them.
If clients like a modification of a technique (hold the stretch longer), by all means do what they like. There are no hard and fast rules here.
This session really worked well on my son who is very large. Putting props underneath really helped support his neck and made him more comfortable with the pillows under his knees. He especially liked the pushing with the foot while pulling on his arm. Also, he really enjoyed the neck work.
When using the knee to walk up and down the shoulder join and up and down the arm and also on the deltoid, really helped my son. He was experiencing pain in his arms so rolling the arm down while rolling the arm on my my thigh was very effective. He love that he was getting work on the top of the arm as well as the bottom.
Great session bringing it all together and letting you know how to communicate with your clients. It was great seeing your flow in this one. Having been doing Thai Massage for over a year now, all this really adds to what I already know making it so much better for my clients.
Thank you so much for providing this training!