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February 1, 2014 - 3:03 am
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I’m excited to learn more about the sciatica. Often I have clients with this painful symptom, a burning sensation that they would love not to have. I like how in this module Shama gives an explanation of possible causes, the anatomy of f it, and the fact that as massage therapist we can only do our best to help someone but we can’t promise to fix the problem. My husband sometimes suffers of sciatica syndrome and it helps a lot when I massage his gluteal area (piriformis)  hamstrings and low back muscles. I believe many times people just don’t stretch enough, so the sciatica nerve gets compressed and gives pain. I wish we would all take more time to stretch :)

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February 1, 2014 - 3:48 am
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Totally agree that massaging just the painful area is not always the best way to go– I experience that if the person can relax first with a full body massage, it will react much better to our treatments when we try to work on the painful area. I like how Shama helps us to determine the cause of the sciatic nerve pain with a couple tests and an interview before we try to help the client. So true, muscles are so connected and it’s very important to work on a whole area after we find out as much as possible the cause–

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Rocking movements are so awesome!!!! I took the rocking massage course some time ago and I use the technique of rocking all the time. People love it and I love it, too. I always try to relax the client first and then I work on the area where it seems to be the cause of the problem. I don’t like when people work on me with direct linear pressure, it hurts and doesn’t feel good. So I try to add moviment when I massage people. I’m so thankful to have learned this technique. I don’t use much rocking using my feet, only because I massage on tables and it is difficult to stand on them. Sometimes I rock with my forearm.

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I am glad to see you back Lucia. I think this is your fourteenth course with me. It really inspires me when my students keep coming back for more training. Sharing knowledge is a wonderful thing, and it benefits so many people exponentially.

I remember you were always a fan of the rocking techniques, and so am I. I use very little linear pressure for the same reason you pointed out. Once you learn more motion based ways to work, there is no going back to exclusively straight linear pressure moves.

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Just finished watching the video and loved it. Yes Shama, I have taken many courses with you and I continue to learn always new things. You are amazing in explaining in detail all the techniques. I have tried the wiggle movement also with the point of my elbow and it works great for my larger clients. Thanks to you I have learned to use more my body weight and it makes an enormous difference on my body and my energy flow. My clients love to feel that rocking motion while I work on them and they say that they like when I vary the pressure from leaning in and out. Most of the time I work on a table and I can tell you that if the table is wide enough you can still use your techniques :) without any problems.

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That’s good to hear, since quite a few students have asked me about applying techniques on a table. So you are a good example that it is feasible.

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Many clients have tension in the gluteal area especially if they exercise a lot. I use my knees a lot on large clients because they can handle it and it’s much easier on me. I use both knees in the same time rocking them back and forth and holding myself on my hands. It’s powerful but they love it!! Shama, I like the technique you show about leaning and pulling up, I tried it and I really like it. Another thing I like to do is to position my forearm on the piriformis and bend the leg on the same side about 90 degrees and move or rock the leg internally and externally so that the motion massages the muscle under my forearm. People really like it if they want powerful pressure and precisely on the piriformis. The stroke is more powerful when I internally rotate the leg because it puts the piriformis in a stretching position. I don’t use much of my thumbs on large muscles. Looking forward for module 6 :)

 

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Using thumbs on large muscles is a great way to shorten our career! That’s one big reason why I like Thai Massage so much – you can work with so many body parts. It sounds like you are using your creativity with the techniques. What you described definitely works. 

After I was done recording the sciatica course, I thought of plenty more moves that would be beneficial for sciatica. There is never really an end to it, you never really reach a point where you can say that you know it all, have done it all, have included it all etc. It’s an ever evolving process. We can always get better. That’s what makes it so interesting. Smile

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Module 6

I agree Shama, there is always something new to learn about massage and that’s what it makes it fun. I LOVE anything that has to do with massage, that’s why I enjoy your videos so much. I like how you teach the importance of quality of touch and how it’s not necessary to inflict pain to get good results. Last night I worked on a woman who, after the massage, could not move. She told me that she felt so relaxed that she felt like a cooked noodlle. I love when there is such a strong connection with the person we are working on. I wish everyone could experience that at least one time. Going back to the module… knees are definitely great tools to use, we can use them gently or at full power. A client of mine is a runner and she LOVES when I rock both of my knees on her buttocks and hamstrings, even if she is not a large person. I love how you explain in detail all the techniques, it seems like you are there with me <smile> Thank you!!

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February 8, 2014 - 9:47 pm
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Importance of quality of touch – not necessary to inflict pain to get good results”. You are hitting some of my favorite keywords here. Of course now I have to add “cooked noodle” to my repertoire. That’s a new one for me. Laugh

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Module 7

Lots of great techniques. When I try the spinal stretch sometimes I even hear a few cracks of the spine. Today after working out and watching this module I tried to stretch myself using the rocking method and the stretch felt much better. I stretched my piriformis on both side and realized more than ever that the rocking motion is very effective and more gentle at the same time. Now that I tried on me I can really understand better how it feels like when I work on other people– I like the idea of working always on both side of the body to balance everything out and to help the body to relax more.

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February 11, 2014 - 1:02 pm
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In the next module you will really get a chance to practice it on yourself. That’s the official ‘self-help’ module.

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Module 8

Just finished watching the video. Lot’s of very good self- help tips. You are so right about the importance of including the 4 additional elements in the session in addition to the massage itself.  I find that people really love to be educated about the issues they are going through and often they ask what they can do to help themselves. I like to take time to talk to them at the beginning and at the end of the session because I can feel the experience becomes more personal and clients appreciate it more. Definitely keeping our body in motion with exercises keeps our body loose and more flexible. Love the way you show and explain everything in detail. It’s very nice to see how to do the exercises in standing, sitting and lying position :)

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Bonus Module 9

I enjoyed this module on holistic methods. I know a little about muscle testing and energy work but I need to learn and practice more and more so I can get better at it. I enjoyed the two stories you shared about the ladies you worked on. 

This sciatica course has been amazing!! I love the fact that I can watch the videos over and over again, listen to the audio or read the transcript. Thanks Shama for being such a wonderful teacher. I have learned so much from you. I appreciate all your replies in the forum, your videos and all the wonderful articles you write. You are the best!!
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Congratulations on completing yet another course! I am sure you will make good use of this material. And I really appreciate your positive comments, especially on this course which is where I really tried to raise the bar and make it something really unique and useful.

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