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Christina Masterson
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August 22, 2016 - 11:47 am
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Module 16

This was a welcome practice session as my friend and I finished volleyball earlier and shoulders were sore! We did experience a little problem in figuring out where the soft spot on the shoulder was and how to apply the right amount of pressure without eliciting pain. I repeated softness and yes, this does help. Smile Both of our legs are bigger and we found it a bit extreme at first putting the shoulder underneath our legs and having the arm outstretched, but adjusted by bending the elbow and letting it rest this way and it worked for us having short arms to have freer movement in this way, learning to compensate for different bodies, etc. the trapezius work was wonderful after that game, ahhh! The sliding down from the shoulder was a nice transitional feel. 

The foot adjusting we played with a bit til we figured out the correct angles/position to do the shoulder row, we practiced this a bit til we got the 'feel' for it then it was wonderful, definitely helped loosen up our tight shoulders, so needed this!

Really liked the next move as well, what a great stretch and massage and the swinging and circles at the end was very relaxing was to conclude this shoulder work. My friend did have more flexibility on her left than her right side in her wrist, so we adjusted and brought her right wrist lower. 

Definitely the softness I found is so important in the shoulders, as it doesn't take much pressure, nor the wrong kind of pressure to go from pleasant to unpleasant! Will continue to practice this on different people and get lots of feed back.

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Module 17

 

I enjoyed the elephant walking down the arm and feel we have the shoulder spot better with this module now, I'm a huge fan of compression and the soft deep compression felt wonderful. Worked a bot more on getting the next technique down, squeeze, circle, press and found the press has to be gentle, not muscled or it can hurt on tender arms. When done right it felt great, worked out a few kinks and had to stop and realize when we were not using best body alignment which made us more susceptible to pressing in.  My partner had one wrist that she felt the turning in of her hand was too much, so we did this one with one hand vs the other, but otherwise we enjoyed this. LOVED all the hand work, it was so relaxing I started nodding off when she was showing me how the recipient felt. Enjoyed the squeezing /sliding move towards the fingers along the 5 lines. My favorite is the squeezing with the index and thumb on each individual finger ( I do this with my table massages) 

No problems working the sen lines on the outside of the arm, better pressing pressure and softness at this point. The outside work on the hand was different, not use to doing as much focus on the outside but enjoyed it. I enjoyed the thumb stroking on the inside of the hand with the bent wrist, especially at the thenar area! The 4 finger traction stretch I need to practice on a bit more, but feel good and enjoyed the ending here with the hand shaking technique.

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Overall it sounds like you are making good progress. The arm and hand massage is very useful since that can be used as a separate mini session all by itself. Especially hand massage can also be used when someone is sitting which I have often done as a little demo.Smile

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Practiced transitioning and feel Ive got a good flow going now, I changed my space to allow for more head room and am now doing ariel yoga at home to stretch and get to a place I am more relaxed during sessions.  I felt my decreased flexibility was hindering me a bit, feeling my energy is better already. Enjoyed the first shoulder stretch, reminds me of what I do on my table. I enjoy traction in all forms and like the alternating lift for the arms and shoulders as well, but had a little difficulty with my posture with this, im sure with time will get a better stance/flow. I liked the shoulder/spinal twist technique, I think I needed it as well lol. I found it a little difficult walking up and down the back because of my short arms but will continue to practice this as well. The figure 8 move was nice and easy to do on Kris but def couldnt do this on a few others. Great shoulder work, cant wait to get certified! Such a great treatment. 

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If you liked the shoulder work in this module, you will be amazed about what's coming up when you get to the side lying position. There are two full modules of great shoulder work! Smile

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So, I seem to do fine with using my elbows, but the knee was another story,Yell That will take more practice and finesse! I seem to be able to feel with the other body parts well,  but my knees, not so much....yet. I enjoyed this module however, as my clients are already loving the supine tractioning and compression work, so was delighted to see this being done prone as well. This doesnt translate as easily on the table however, so will probably skip thai table work this way but on the mat felt great and was so much easily to execute! The rocking is nice too, very relaxing. I liked this position for the calf stretch as well, very effective and easy to do. I like the achilles tendon move myself but my son wasn't fond of it, he is a bit sensitive, so tried with Kris to make sure it wasn't just me and she enjoyed it. I LOVE elephant walking on the back of the legs, I incorporate a lot of compression over the sheets on the back of the legs as a warm up on my table massage already because I just love it and this feels equally as wonderful and nice to have the added benefit of the body weight to lean into this. I will be investing in some more pillows before long, as I can see woman will definitely need some.

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Module 21

So the leg work was interesting and came pretty naturally up until the transitioning point. My legs are bigger than my sons and so there was a bit of adjusting needing done there. Had to keep moving up and then realized it was not going tpo happen with him laying flat lol.  Dissolving the position went well. My son is very light so will practice again later with someone with a bigger disposition to challenge this technique more so. The prone leg triangle stretch was easy and felt great also. So the knee thing just was not working for me, so I used my hands in lieu of the knee. I did not have much flesh to work on with my son as my partner so may try this again with another partner but just not enough surface area really to work on with him to warrant a knee. My sons hip lifted a bit so I did not do the other stretch, very powerful for such a sm movement!

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Knee work is something so much out of the comfort zone of western trained therapists that it does take some time to warm up to the concept and get a feeling for it. But don't worry, it will come, and once you "get it", it will be very useful and will help you to do powerful work without stressing your hands. And then again, knee work is not meant for children and very small-framed light people. On them you better use your hands, as you found out.

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Module 22

I had so much fun with modules 22 and 23! I had 3 friends over to help me this time. One friend, MaryAnn is small framed and has some right leg/knee issues as well as a past broken tailbone so I  did individually and then used a revised version of the double heel to buttock with her as her right leg was unable to go as far prior to eliciting uncomfortableness, where as the left was quite flexible. (Due to an old car accident). One friends daughter was quite flexible so we did the knees on the inside of the legs and then the double leg stretch power version with her. When doing the sitting on the sacrum stretch I was surprised how easy the stretch was when semi sitting on the clients sacrum and using the whole body. I had two friends who were a bit larger, so thought it might be difficult, but turned out not to be and they enjoyed these stretches. I was able to do the stretch with the foot in the armpit quite easily as well, another pleasant surprise! I picked up the rhythm with pressing into the glutes to keep the hip down well. Another thing, MaryAnn is very "closed" and so this was a stretch for her to be so close in proximity physically, and yet she so needed this work is why I chose to invite her and was was so happy to not only see this work help her physically, but also emotionally and socially. She was able to receive as well as help give these sessions as feed back and I felt it helped her in a profound way and she later thanked and expressed that this was not something she would normally do and was hesitant but that she felt it helped her be more comfortable somehow. I suspect past sexual abuse as her body posture and walls seem to suggest such. She has sense, seemed less guarded and her shoulders are more at ease in posture, a definite opening/healing took place and I am so thankful for this. She needed safe, caring touch and pain relief badly. She broke a tail bone and has had leg and sacral pain and dysfunctions but just muscled through for years. So grateful she came and helped me. Ok, so I personally loved the glute work with the knee and this knee work was much better as my partners all have ample buttocks! Smile I was able to effectively and appropriately use my knee for this work, yeah!! This definitely is a great work in and of itself and could have had this done for 30 minutes lol, but the added stretch was nice also.

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Can we just stay here for the next few days, ahhhhhh!!! This was such fascinating work for me to receive and do! I had the three friends again and one gal, Shelli, was very sensitive in the sacral area and could not take very deep pressure and was hesitant to have this done due to this, but by completion was able to take more pressure and was surprised by this and how releasing it felt. My friend MaryAnn almost fell asleep, God bless her. This was so needed by her and helped her profoundly. She has had 6 kids by the way, so her body has been through much! Between the hip flexor stretching and the sacral work she is walking much better now (oh yes, and had her do banana man pose on ariel swing)

So, I also decided to incorporate the sacral work with a client today who came in asking for glute work, as today was her leg workout day. I did my normal stuff but added the sacral work with thumb rocking and percussion, and hip rocking on the table and was able to pull this off incorporating it into table work. I didnt climb up on the table for knee work, lol but I know she would have loved that work! I did tell her Im studying Thai and that this would be great for her when the time comes and Im set up for Thai work. She expressed that she enjoyed the work done and was just what she needed.

So, when the gals and I did this practice, of course we all loved this, but that double knee thing was the bomb!!! I did not realize how much tension I had in my glutes! I have to teach my hubby this one and do regularly! My favorite yet!

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Wow, I feel like I am sitting in the room and watching you all doing the Thai Massage dance! Smile

There is so much enthusiasm and excitement coming through your posts - I have no doubt that you will be doing wonderful work with Thai Massage!

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Module 24

So glad you are not showing us a lot of the traditional linear pressure stuff,  as I definitely would not be doing that regularly. I really like this sequence and rhythym of things, it flows quite nicely and has a good balance of detail work and broader work so everything balances nicely. I have found a lot of people I've gone to of late focus in too long in detail work without rounding it out with broader work after or along with it, so really appreciate this. I liked about 4-5 circles then shifting and found a good rhythym and balance here with the gal I was working on.  She enjoyed the session and said I can practice this session on her anytime. Smile  This session was a good reminder that broader work can be quite effective as well as more finite work, I will remember this.

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Yes, we need different skill sets - broader work and detail work, full body sessions and the ability to really hone in on specific areas and stay on them until we get a result, linear direct pressure work and motion work with circling, rocking, etc. The one thing which we don't need is a mechanical model of standardized sequences which everyone gets no matter what! Laugh

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Module 25

I like having the extra help from the leg/knee!  Always looking for ways to conserve my body yet still deliver strong pressure as needed.  I wish I had your legs, but dont, so needed to change position and put my knee down.  So, I love to do elbow work personally and Ive had good and bad elbow work done to me and when done right is amazing! This work felt really good and didnt have any issues finding the groove.  I did the knee work and can see how this will be beneficial with bigger clients for both parties! I liked technique #2 as this is def an area of tightness and problems. 

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Module 26

Loving all the choices to choose from for back techniques. Always looking for the most effective means with the least toll on my body, so appreciate choices! I love deep compression so loved the forearm moves, had a bit of a harder time with the 45 degree angle one in finding the right pressure and softness and position, but will practice on different bodies soon!  Love the forearm in rhomboid area and it is a favorite with my table work, with the right individual pressure is so effective, communication key here. I like both rythyms also but I think if one of my goals for the session is relaxation Ill stick with the elephant walking, more soothing, otherwise the galloping. i like the thumb rolling on the erectors also, I like all erector work!! The neck and trap work is definitely a must do and take your time, ahhhh!

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Module 27

This is definitely a module to spend time on doing! So many people have pain and complications from this area.  I typically spend a good amount of time here and on laminae groove work. I use 4 fingers and go up and down and wiggle through during table work, so nice to adapt a bit and still be able to do this by decreasing the pressure and moving body back and move along. The palm circling and the scapulae releasing also love and I do the scapulae release on table work too with arm on back, love this and need this done myself on left shoulder regularely. So in the US the move most seen and related to Thai work is this Cobra move and have been looking forward to getting to this! Pleasant surprise to find various adaptations to meet different client levels and WOW, this shoulder rotation technique is so helpful! it looked a bit intimidating but this will so come in handy for some folks! Love this module and will be practicing with some more peeps soon on these Laugh  I am glad you mentioned that an entire Thai massage can actually be done without all the stretching and even at all! I have some older clients who I think wouldnt want the stretches but would enjoy the other work and would benefit from it, so my idea of what Thai massage is and isnt is expanding indeed! 

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"Always looking for the most effective means with the least toll on my body..." - That's the perfect mantra for Thai Massage because that's exactly what you can do with it!

You seem to do some quite creative table work from what I hear, and you apparently can integrate Thai work with table work quite well.

Those Thai Massage practitioners who only know one routine which involves many stretches are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to working on older clients who either cannot handle the stretches or simply don't enjoy them. We need to have a good non-stretch routine as well.

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Module 29

This was a little difficult for me the first time with one friend who has very short legs and in a clinical setting would not have done this with her particular body type, but did it with my hubby later and he enjoyed it. Really enjoy the hip work as always, the palm circling and yes, percussion I could have this done for hours, simply love it. The stretch was nice too and a comfortable position with all the pillow placements.

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Module 30

I love side lying myself for psoas/illiacus work on table and have found people like this as it feels natural/comfortable for most.  The elephant walking felt really good on low back and I like the wide sitting stance vs the moving with the knees.  Loved the thumb erector work and palmer work, had to practice with the knee assist thing but getting the hang of it.  I had to trade partners due to my hubby having had a previously seperated shoulder that I didnt want to aggravate. The push on the sacrum/pull on the shoulder technique was very loosening, will continue to practice to get the right rythym. Love the stretch, good for the psoas and back which I have a lot of clients with issues here. Not over stretching and be gentle is definitely key!

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Module 31

Loved this work, did this post working out and shoulders were hurting a bit and it really helped loosen up those tight muscles! had to keep mentally reminding myself to move the body with the techniques as it def made a difference and made it easier to do and felt better for my partner as well. Using the leg as an assist is nice and felt natural to do so as well. Still feel im a bit mechanical with this one so going to keep working on it to get more of a flow. I really like technique #2 and #3, going to try it with a few different body types as well and then I think Ill try and adapt to table with this one as well. Good stuff! 

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