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Module 24

  I do agree it is rough using thumbs and pressure on wrists all the time.  The circles on the shoulders and back are nice for loosening up the body.  I love the rocking with the palms of the hands on the erectors, it shakes and works them out.  I generally use and enjoy rocking movements in massage.  Going up an down shaking the body feels good too, as well as the offset wiggle.  This is a fun and easy module.

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Module 25

  Thank you for showing good body mechanics in all your videos.  It really helps with balance as well as showing us how not to hurt ourselves.  Being a massage therapist I already have a lot of knowledge in feeling with my fingertips the muscles.  I know this video is more as instruction for people who are new to touch therapy.  You have taught me a lot about using my body to lean in and use the weight of my body rather than my arms to push into a muscle.

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These are some of the most important components of this course - how not to overuse your thumbs and wrists, and how to improve your ergonomics to make this work easier on your body. I am glad to hear that this is helpful for you.

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I also wanted to add the use of the knees is amazing!

Module 26

  I use my thumbs a lot and this is something I know I need to avoid because I do get achy.  I try to use forearms, but I just need to perfect my technique.  I've got the elephant walk down, since using it previously so much.  It feels so good.  I like the elbows in the grooves, next to the spine technique, as well as the forearms working up the spine.  The rocking on the lower back is good, it loosens everything.  The horse galloping with the thumbs also feels nice working out the erectors.  I love the neck massage, especially around my occiput.  It seems like so many people hold their tension and stress in their neck.

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Module 27

As I just stated I love neck and shoulder massage, we all hold our tension there.  The traps are usually achy and the circles are nice.  I usually do some of the pulls on the trapezius muscles in my massage.  The up and down wiggle with fingertips feels good, loosening the erectors and shoulder blade.  I also usually do the chicken wing with the arm to work up and around the shoulder blade area.  The upper back and shoulder stretch with the compression on the back and spinal twist feel good.  The cobra techniques are fun and nice, I felt a pop in my chest when it was done to me.  I do percussion a lot in my massages, I find it as a good way usually to end treatments.

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Sounds like it all integrates well into your work. It's well worth it to get good at using forearms, elbows and knees. I call it the "career saver system" since it prevents burning out thumbs and wrists. I would have never made it through my 15 years of professional massage therapy if I would have had to rely on my hands only. Thai Massage is a more balanced system in this regard than the typical western table massage modalities which rely mostly on the hands.

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Module 28

  I enjoy that you review the techniques and show how to "put it all together".  It helps with the flow of the sequences that follow.  My favorite has to be the elephant walking up the back of the legs and up the hips.  As well as the forearm on the hamstrings and IT Band.  Of course I enjoy the hip work, and all the techniques.  I will look into your other videos on the hips.

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Module 29-Side laying position

  I only use this position with prenatal massage.  I have seen it used in regular massage, but I know most people don't.  I do feel like it helps to work on their neck when they are laying on their side, as well as hip work.  The sitting on the leg is interesting and new to me but my husband said it feels good.  The palm circles on the hips and the forearm rolls feel great.  Beating always feels great, especially on the hips.  The abducting hip stretch is also effective.

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Yes, this position is good for prenatal massage and also for shoulder work as you will see very soon.

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Module 30

  The elephant walking always feels good everywhere.  It did feel good on the sides of the spine, and around the shoulder blade.  The hip/shouder compression stretch is very good.  I tested all different ways to see how to make it feel the best.  I do love the shoulder/hip twisting stretch.  I have used this in my own practice. The rocking motion added to the stretch is new to me, but feels good.  The leg/hip stretch with compression with the knee on the hip is awesome.

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Module 31

  The shoulder circling is nice, it helps relieve the tension in those muscles. I like the compression and the rotation with the palms of the hands and fingertips.  The shoulder circles with the arm are nice, but feel weird if you can't relax and let go.  It may just be me, but its like I want to help the Therapist move my arm.  So I feel like you need to be really relaxed and let go when this is being done to you.  Not only do the stretches the shoulders, they also stretch the chest and upper back.

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It is fairly typical that the arm rotation brings out all kinds of issues from clients. That's the reason I use it, to flush out those issues and get clients to relax while the rotation is being done to them.

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Module 32

These are very nice moves, especially the ones that include a trapezius massage which is always very welcome. The arm circling with shoulder stretch took me some time to get a rhythm, also the lifting and pulling back of the scapula, but the second time I felt much better about it. Rotating the shoulder by leaning on trapezius felt just right and nice to do it, also the shoulder and arm traction and stretch. Regarding the scapula moves - they worked much better with my partner than in the prone position where he felt quite uncomfortable with his arm on the back, but I could not really hook my fingers in there because his scapula is like glued to his body. I hope that with more practice he will become more flexible there.

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Module 33

I appreciate that you mention sitting position is not easy for people – most people that I know cannot sit that way comfortably for long – even people who do yoga. In many thai massage videos people are do impressive stretches in sitting position but the model always has a flexible back and hips. My partner has been doing yoga for a few years now and still cannot sit comfortably without a blanket or bolster.

The neck stretches are probably what I will do most in this position if I can’t get to the neck another way. The neck stretches were easy to do and appreciated by my partner. They always want their back cracked so the last twisting move was a gentle and safe way for me to do that.

 
 
 
 
Module 34

The first two postures were difficult to do just due to my partner’s size, but they were able to practice on me so I could experience the stretches. The “more intimate one” was a great torso stretch and could be a nice way to transition into supine if the person’s legs were straight.

I was able to do the trapezius/neck work and have a better idea of what parts of my forearms and elbows to use now. My partner liked resting their head on my leg during the neck massage and the firm pressure.

 
 
 
 
Module 35

Thank you for the communication module – your advice will prevent people from keeping any discomfort to themselves. You mentioned quite a few things I hadn’t thought of such as a bathroom break. Really loved your explanation of cellular memory when people ask about pain - it teaches the subtle healing potential of massage and increases trust.  I really appreciate the bonus courses and additional information on touch.  You are a great teacher and I will go over the techniques again and again to grasp as a whole.  Thank you!!!

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Thank you Brittany. Smile

You will get a lot more out of the training if you watch the videos repeatedly. Many students have told me that they learn new things every time they re-watch the modules.

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