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August 17, 2015 - 11:02 am
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Hi Shama! I hope you are fine.

This week I've been practicing a lot, I got 2 more partners, a very athletic brother of my and a 60 years old friend. It was great because I had almost all the leg stretches modules. I learned 3 ways of stiffness, and the 8 slices of the hip pie where big help.

The issue I still have is that sometimes I use force, I can notice specially in the adductor. But at least I'm more aware. The 90 degrees angle stretch worked fine, now I use all the rocking movements that you showed in the video before the stretch, unfortunately I don't have any super elastic person to work with, but the three bodies I stretched have different degrees of elasticity, so I'm happy I experienced that. The elephant walking for example, was only available to apply in my female partner, but the tree felt great with the rotation of the leg for the 135degree angle.

They all loved the spinal twist, the bodybuilder was a little bit more difficult but I changed my position and then it just worked great. Thanks for the tip of 1 to 10 grades of pain, I think here in Mexico it's necessary but not because the patients  are not confident enough, here we say ay! for anything jajaja, so you don't know if it's an ay of enjoyment or an ay! of pain, so now I'll ask them to quantify an ay! 

Thanks again Shama.

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August 17, 2015 - 11:37 am
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That's interesting that ay can refer to both feeling good and bad. I guess you really need to ask for clarification or quantification.

Working on all those different people is great, this will be very helpful. If you only ever practice on one person, you will never really learn Thai Massage because it just doesn't work the same on everybody.

In the last couple of days I got two messages from course students who said that they were finally "getting" the difference between pressure via force and leaning with body weight. That's a super important concept because Thai Massage done with muscle pressure will never feel really good. The leaning pressure with body weight makes all the difference.

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August 23, 2015 - 10:49 pm
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Hi Shama indeed Body weight is the best way, muscle force always hit me in my lower back. Now I'm a body weight practitioner, even I'm learning how to improve in my shiatsu practice.

Module 10

This module brought a bit of difficulty at first, any of my partners could tolerate a high angle with the movement of the adductor stretch, so I decided to go grab the leg by the ankle and near to the knee, and make it like a circle way, just like you taught in the last module, because I remembered a warmup exercise that I did long before when I was a swimmer, making circles with the legs, inward and outward. It helped. Next challenge finding the exact point for the blood stop. Is true every body is different, so it was fun to find the femoral artery. But they did feel the energizing sensation you said when I released the leg.

Calf stretches and akiles tendon stretch where great, no problem at all and the movement helped my partner who had engaged the ankle. This hole module help her because she felt released the adductor and the ankle.

By the way Shama I hope it's ok with you, because of my delay, I had many modules at the same time, so I practiced all of them together, and I want to write all of them today If I may. 

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August 23, 2015 - 11:03 pm
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This module was great because I could see all the transitions from the chi machine to the leg stretches. I know that in a real life Thai massage therapy I don't have to use all of them and be less mechanical, but it's great to see the flow. I practiced in tree different bodies per day three days, and it felt like tai chi, very relaxing and the more time I spend working on them, the deeper was my concentration and relaxed my breathing and my moves. 

A curious thing that happens to me is my hips and legs feeling very light and released, like if I had my body massaged, is that a psychological thing? Or is because of the energy flows? Anyway great module for improving your transitions and your vision of the body as a whole.

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August 23, 2015 - 11:27 pm
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Module 12

Hip stretches, I love this module.. Personally I loved the elephant walk in the knees for freeing the sacrum. I need to underline the word subtle here, because all this stretches doesn't feel like you are doing a lot, but they are powerful. Next day of first practice, one of my partners felt like he did a lot of exercise jaja.

I didn't have a hard time here, I felt very confident with the ankle stretches, with the bending the knees toward the head,with my beloved elephant walking over the knees and with the rotation of the hips towards the shoulders. I didn't have the chance to make a deep stretch in that movement where you stretch the feet toward the head and sit on the hip, but in a gentle and subtle way they felted the lower back, the harmstring and the calf very relaxed after finishing the movement.

The last stretch was the favorite for the partners, stretching the legs and the rocking and Waving moves felt great for them because they could rest the legs. 

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August 24, 2015 - 2:05 am
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Once you get into the flow, yes, your body feels lighter and more in sync. Then it feels more like Tai Chi than muscling body parts around.

It sounds like Thai Massage is a good match for you. You seem to be absorbing and implementing the material easily. Smile

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