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December 13, 2014 - 2:45 am
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Module 27

I like to upper back work, looks so relaxing to receive!! The stretches are something that I look forward to using often.  I also have learned to use palm and finger circles more often and like the advice to use on painful spots instead of stretching.  My greatest challenge is going to be moving gracefully from one position to the next, you make it look easy but really does take practice!!

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December 13, 2014 - 11:24 pm
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It's like that with many things in life - once you know it, it's easy. Many students have told me I make it look easy, but it's not so easy for them in the beginning. However you can be sure that after a while it will be and look just as easy when you do it! Smile

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December 23, 2014 - 5:52 pm
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Module 28

As always, I love seeing it all put together and how it flows.  It renews my inspiration to want to do this work more often especially since my body is feeling the effects of doing almost 25 massages a week.  I have added so many techniques to my work already and my clients love it.

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Module 29

I like the side lying position and hope to be able to use it more.  I appreciate that you mention that warming up is just as therapeutic as the rest of the techniques.  So many therapists and clients think that deep tissue work is the only technique that is effective but I have experienced otherwise.  I am finally feeling more "graceful" doing the techniques.  I like that support pillows can be utilized to make clients more comfortable as well as assist in using some of the techniques.

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It's true, massage therapists can sometimes be a bit judgmental as to what "really works" in massage. Personally I have often had amazing results and feedback from very subtle work. So stronger and deeper is certainly not always better.

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Module 30

More wonderful techniques in side lying position!  The elephant walking, palming, and thumb pressing up the erectors looks so therapeutic just to watch.  I especially love the "galloping" spinal twist technique.  The rocking type techniques are being received by my clients with much praise.  Very nurturing type of movement!

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Module 31

Just loved this module as I work for a chiropractor and many clients are suffering from shoulder pain. The movements are so fluid and love being able to use my body more with these.  I hope to be able to adapt some of these moves to table work.  The rotations, compressions, and stretching can be done ranging from gentle to more intense adapting to each clients ability.  I love helping clients increase their range of motion and believe these techniques will do that over time.

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I cannot even imagine doing Thai Massage anymore without including plenty of rocking moves. They are so effective and, as you noticed, generally well received by the clients.

If you loved the shoulder work in this module, wait til you see the next one... Smile

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Module 32

Yes, more wonderful shoulder work.  The tractions are amazing.  I can see why the side position would work best for this type of specific work.  I also like the scapula work as many people do have scapulas that are "glued" to their body.  Again, hoping to somehow integrate into table work until I am able to get more client's interested in mat work.

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I can see why you don't use the sitting position in your routine as I would not want to sit after being totally relaxed in the prone or supine positions.  I do however see this work as something that can be done as a stand alone practice for anyone wanting some good stretches or experiencing shoulder pain.  I particularly like the back stretch shown.

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December 29, 2014 - 10:25 pm
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Sure, for therapeutic purposes the sitting position can be very useful, and that's how I use it mostly.

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Module 34

Again the seated shoulder work is very helpful when just wanting to do spot work.  I now look forward to perfecting the flow of all the lessons learned and doing more mat work.  I agree that the seated position would not be one that I would use in a session or end with but use as a stand alone mini session.  Thank you!

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Module 35

Wonderful information about communicating with your client.  This has been something I have gotten more comfortable with as my knowledge base grows.  I also feel that clients do not speak sometimes and I like that you stress the importance of letting them know it is good to communicate if they are cold or a stretch is too much.

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