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Casey Hurlburt
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February 19, 2023 - 3:12 am
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Module 14

It's nice that the hip rocking technique has the same body mechanics as the hip elephant walk. I really enjoy the rocking techniques. As we discussed previously, my boyfriend was not as receptive to the rocking technique as my female practice client. I continue to find this difference interesting! I did use the variation for men that you suggested.

I really appreciate the focus on the therapist's body mechanics for these movements. I know that mastering this is the key not only to being a good therapist for the client but for the longevity of my career as well.

I practiced the transition while rocking from side to side quite a bit until it felt natural.

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This transition is admittedly a bit tricky to learn. Once you know it, it feels really easy. But it does take some time to do this comfortably and fluidly.

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Module 15

I am grateful that you are covering a good amount of abdominal massage. I followed along while practicing each technique. I think some of the techniques you show initially will be great to implement with my current Swedish clients. Especially the circular and the X rocking techniques.

My client liked the shoulder cupping while elephant walking, and I could also see this technique being applicable to my table clients, for example, before I massage their arms.

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You could do all abdominal techniques on a table. The only thing that is not as fluid on a table is the transitions.

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Module 16

The transition from elephant walking to pulling up from behind the shoulders in various positions is nice. My client found this very relaxing.

The circular movement behind the shoulder took me a minute to get the hang of, but I feel pretty comfortable with it after some practice.

The shoulder rowboat is similar to the move we learned on the legs. It still did feel a little awkward for me at first, but with practice, I feel like I got the hang of the push/pull flow and got some positive feedback from my practice client.

As a side note, in my regular massage practice, I've been thinking about my hara as I work. I actually feel so connected and also like I'm not getting as tired when I focus on this energy center.

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I am excited to be learning about the sen lines! I also read your article about the sen lines and how using your thumb to work on every sen line is not only detrimental to the longevity of the therapist but also isn't very relaxing for the client. I could have seen myself getting carried away with the energy channels and wanting to put a lot of focus there, so I'm glad to know early that more isn't better.

My practice client did not report feeling any energetic experience, but he isn't usually noticing those types of things. I probably also need more experience to get better at accessing these lines. However, he enjoyed the massage, especially the hand massage and attention to the fingers, notable the circular movements along the fingers.

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"As a side note, in my regular massage practice, I've been thinking about my hara as I work. I actually feel so connected and also like I'm not getting as tired when I focus on this energy center."  -  A welcome side benefit of Thai Massage training. I think the same would apply to using more body weight and reducing to work with muscle power.

"My practice client did not report feeling any energetic experience."  -  Typically clients will not have any energetic experiences besides feeling relaxed when you work on the energy lines. Thai Massage energy line work is not a mystical thing. It is just a matter of working in a holistic, whole-body way via the energy lines.

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Module 18

Practicing the transition between the arms going around the head and incorporating the stretching was really cool. You make the transitions look so easy, I’m always surprised about how awkward I feel at first. 

My practice client has a lot of upper back and shoulder pain and these techniques were more helpful for him than the stretches in the last video for some reason. I think he really liked the twisting and also seemed to feel that it was helping his rhomboids. I did check in about the pain type and level because he was making faces. He said it hurt in a good way and reported feeling more spacious afterward. It was difficult for me to do the lower back twist on him because he felt heavy. The standing arm stretching technique worked great for us because even though I'm tall, he's taller, and with a wide-leg stance, I had a nice straight back to rock back and forth.

In response to the energy line work making them feel relaxed - alright, cool. I was wondering if people would feel tingling or things like that like they do sometimes during the rocking technique.

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"I was wondering if people would feel tingling or things like that?"  -  Someone might, but in my experience this would be the exception rather than the rule.

Where tingling is felt a lot is during the Chi Machine. In fact, there it is the proof that it is working. Another place where tingling is typically felt is after you release the 'blood stop' technique. And, as you mentioned, it can be felt in whole-body rocking moves.

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