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I am glad to hear that you appreciate the abdominal moves. Yes, it helps that you can do those over the clothes. This reduces an uneasy feeling of the clients.

I have a separate Abdominal Massage course. There I work directly on the skin, but I only do that when I feel that clients would really benefit from abdominal work and I asked them if they would be open to that.

Isn't it great that we can do good stretches by using our body weight without putting all this muscle effort into it! Smile

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module #17- arms and hands

I really liked all the different hand and arm positions in this module, and im really starting to enjoy all the full body movements done by the therapist to get that relaxing motion and pressure to the client while working on proper ergonomics. also im going to use all the little finger manipulations in my current practice cause like you said they can be used anywhere, anytime. when your doing the squeeze and roll of the fingers is there a little bit of traction as well? the wrist rot and shaking feels so good, i get my husband to do it on me when im sore from working.

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May 8, 2019 - 11:23 pm
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module 18- transitions and spinal twists

I think the maintaining body contact while moving around the client is hard, im used to doing it standing but am not very graceful on my knees,still practicing. The spinal twists feel amazing but its so different from swedish massage in that your having alot of body contact between you and the client and i know some people might find that uncomfortable but i suppose if that is the case then thai massage is probably not the best practice for them. Im pretty short so the spinal twists are challenging for me to wrap myself around the client sometimes but the more i do it the more comfortable i get.

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May 8, 2019 - 11:26 pm
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module 19- review 

loved the concept of the quantum touch and working from your hara, i even drew a little stick person describing the breathing and cloud of energy in your navel area equaling magic lol it really helps seeing the therapists movements and transitions used in an actual treatment.

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module#20- prone

Super excited to learn prone techniques as this is how i do alot of my work on clients. All the elbow techniques are really going to help me move away from doing so much finger and thumb work, i honestly never thought of using elbows on feet and it makes so much sense that you would because i find foot work really hard on my hands. and i found that i can use my headrest on the floor for clients to use so their necks arent turned to one side.

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module #21- prone legs #2

love all the forearm work, again im working really hard to get away from all the finger work i do. i like that you can reach most of the big thigh muscles in the same position and with your forearms, have to work on being relaxed as i lean into clients, breathing helps slow me down so im more relaxed. I find alot of therapists neglect the tib anterior so i am very excited to work it with my knees! so neat!

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module #22, legs #3

great hip flexor stretches, love all the variations for increased intensity and doing the double leg stretch, and i will be testing out the big client variation on my very tall husband. Since starting this course i now always do a little rocking in a stretch position before going into the full stretch to make sure the muscles are warmed up enough. i  have to practice my balance a bit with using my knee on clients glutes but its a very effective move.

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module #23- sacrum and glutes

I couldnt wait for this module i know alot of my clients are going to benefit from these sacrum moves and not many therapists pay any attention to these areas. The percussion is very nice and relaxing for my sensitive clients and using my knees is so much fun and much easier on my fingers, it is so hard to work glute tissue with fingers.

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module #24- prone back work #1

Its interesting that in thai massage you work on the opposite side of the back, we were taught in school to always work the same side that we are standing next too. I didnt realize there was so many motions you can do up and down the erectors and all with palms and heels of my hands, i do alot of erector work so these are going to help me out alot 

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module #25- back work #2

I really like the elbows together in the low back that is one ive never seen. The knee work is so much fun but i need to practice the rhythm and my balance a bit as well as proper positioning to get that nice softness out of my knees.

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module #26- prone back #3

This forearm work is so nice and is going to eliminate alot of hand work for me, so excited to start using these in my practice. Elephant walking is quickly becoming one of my favorite thai moves cause you can use it on almost any body part and feels great and warms up or flushes out the tissue being worked on. Im also going to use the neck and shoulder squeeze and circling on my clients that want a little bit of that area worked on but ive run out of time because other areas needed more attention. Going to practice my galloping rhythm! 

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Module #27 prone upper back 

The scapula lift is something i used to do all the time for clients with stuck scapulas but this variation on the floor looks alot easier on the therapist to maintain the position and get a good pull going. The upper back stretches are amazing, i find this is one of the most challenging spots to stretch for both the therapist and the client and alot of my clients always ask how to stretch this area, now i can show them! so exciting. and the spinal twists always feel really good for my clients stretching areas they didnt even know could be stretched, Love the cobra! and then finishing it all off with some percussion sounds like a lovely treatment. going to start practicing right away!

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If your husband is happy with the hip work from this course - great. If he needs more than that, we have an entire course just about advanced hip therapy work. The same goes for the abdominal work, by the way.

Even here in Thailand abdominal work is almost never done, largely because the traditional Thai techniques for the abdomen are pretty horrible and painful. That's why I came up with my system for abdominal work which is much more gentle and pleasant.

Yes, the interplay between stronger techniques and more relaxing moves is what takes the edge off Thai Massage. If you only do the stronger techniques and stretches, it feels more like an exercise routine than a massage.

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module #28- summary

 

love seeing the flow of the thai massage by a pro.and for me as a therapist seeing how you move and interact with the client is extremely helpful for how i design my treatments. Im still working on moving around the client on the floor with grace so far its just been super awkward sometimes as im used to being on my feet not my knees and toes. my toes have been a little sore from trying to sit on them.

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module 29- section 4 side position

 

I cant say i use this position very often but i have had a few clients that prefer it so the variation is nice sometimes.I like being able to use my butt to massage lol, i like this move alot and would never have thought of it.and this is such a wonderful position for access to the hip and IT band. which can also be extremely sensitive so the variety of moves you show both light and intense are very helpful.

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June 26, 2019 - 9:32 pm
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module 30- side position 2 back

 

Always love the elephant walking, going to practice that pretty much on every area of the body. I find working on the erectors this way to be difficult on my wrists/fingers as i am used to stripping my fingers and palms up and down them in a prone position, so the moves you showed will most certainly help me to adjust for future side position clients. the spinal twists look so intense but satisfying in this video, really like practicing them in this position.

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module 31- side positon shoulder work

This is also a difficult position for me to work clients shoulders, so seeing what you do gives me such a fresh perspective on how to work with clients to help heal these areas and these moves i can adapt to my everyday table treatments as well as my future thai treatments. love the arm circling and using the clients own range of motion as a treatment because alot of people dont have basic full range of motion so this is wonderful even as an assessment tool.

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module #32- more shoulder work in side position

I work so much on clients scapulas and trying to get them to relax, love digging underneath and seeing how much they appreciate it after. with your scapula release, where you hook your fingers under and lift and pull is there a bit of a circular motion in there as well? Traction techniques are always great and loved by my clients and i find the lats are often forgotten about in the shoulders but thre are so many issues that stem from them when they are stressed so i love the lat kneading except that it might tickle some people.so communication is key. also the sandwich rocking is so nice cause i find it hard sometimes to work directly on the GH joint

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module 33- sitting position

 

most of my clients that require a sitting position wouldnt be able to handle some of the more intense techniques you showed so would i be able to do sitting treatments in a chair for them?  Its nice to have this position as an option though and i love the stretching so much fun to do and looks relaxing for both client and therapist.

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module 34- sitting back techniques

This is the most common area i work on. I like the always supporting of the clients back because not alot fo people sit on the floor here in canada so i can see it be difficult so the therapist positons you should look comfy and simple enough to learn. and all the back stretches are awesome, its such a hard area to stretch,so i love telling my clients about how im learning to do so to better help them. and the forearm to the traps looks so awesome and gives my thumbs and hands a nice break, love forearm/elbow use. cant believe im almost done this course 😉

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