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December 19, 2018 - 11:22 pm
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Welcome back! 🙂

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Module 12 Hip Stretches

Achilles tendon / calf stretches version 1, 2 and 3 were easy enough to do. I have a couple of clients that version 1 is enough for now, most prefer version 2.

Version 4 - I have 2 clients that are small enough for me  to practice this technique with and they love it. Double knee to chest - gentle version, alternate version and power version I practice on larger partners.

Elephant walk in knees for the sanctum, everyone loves plus the circling. The hip and piriformis stretch, a couple of my partners really benefit from technique.

Transitioning from the elephant walking to the standing sandwich stretch to the stronger version takes practice to be smooth. 

Everyone seems to enjoy the leg swinging .

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December 23, 2018 - 11:07 pm
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Sounds like you can apply all this successfully. Are you doing Thai Massage on your clients already, or are you working with practice partners? Are you doing this in exclusive Thai sessions, or are you blending it in with table massage work?

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January 5, 2019 - 4:50 am
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I have watched and practiced all of the videos and passed the on line exam, just way behind on posting in the forum. I do as much of the Thai on my table clients as I can. I hope that by March I will be able to offer exclusive Thai Massage sessions at the salon where I'm employed.

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January 5, 2019 - 4:14 pm
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Great - no reason why that couldn't happen. Will you be the only Thai Massage therapist in your salon, or are there others as well?

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January 9, 2019 - 2:32 am
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I will be the only Thai Massage Therapist at the salon 🙂

Module 13 last of the Hip Pie

Thigh abductor tendon, I like all 3 techniques, but I prefer the finger circling and the leg at the lower angle as opposed to having it on my shoulder.

I have performed the hip pie stretches on certain  clients on the table for years having the added rocking, circling and wiggling helps the clients let go .

Hip Pie stretch 225° is a stretch I perform on one of my clients that is also a practice partner, she says it's a stronger stretch in Thai then on the table. She also likes 315°  hip stretch, the simultaneous stretch, she feels it stretches her IT Band. 

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January 10, 2019 - 12:54 am
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As the only Thai therapist in your spa you are in a pretty good position to attract clients and build a clientele, I imagine.

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Module 14 Hip Rocking

Getting the rhythm is definitely the key to the 4 hip rocking techniques and for me remembering light pressure. I do a lot of deep pressure massage in my regular practice. A couple of my practice partners took a little bit to let go with the 1st hip rocking technique, but once they did they found it very relaxing. 

Half back arch stretch and half back arch stretch with quad and hip flexor stretch. The first few times I had to adjust my leg position, making sure my leg was far enough away from the ribs and my other leg  in the right place across my partners thighs before even starting the stretch. Again with the quad and hip flexor stretch getting myself and partner in the right position was awkward until I stopped over thinking, then it went smoothly. This particular practice partner has low back issues, she loved these techniques and felt great afterwards.

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Especially with the rocking techniques, less is often more. You can't really rock harder (without making it feel bad), but you can make it flow better with good rhythm and a gentle, flowing touch. It's quite the opposite of deep tissue work! Smile

There are some Thai Massage techniques which are similar to deep pressure massage, but the rocking ones are not part of that.

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Module15 Abdomen and Chest

I have a 92 yr old that I massage weekly, about every 3 to 4 weeks she request abdomen work. What I was taught in basic Swedish massage, you 1st work the descending, transverse then the ascending then softly do clockwise circles. I do the basic Swedish abdomen massage and have added the Thai abdomen massage. She really appreciates the extra attention tongue area and has said it helps with her digestion issues. Other practice partners said the abdomen massage was nice.

Push the rib cage left and right, circling the outside of the rib cage, palm circling the sternum, these were are new techniques for me and my practice partners but well received and they said surprisingly enjoyable.

Circling below collarbone with fingertips and elephant walk - I do this with my clients on the table, I'm standing at their head so the angle is a little different but its always amazing how tight this area can be especially if their shoulders and neck are tight.

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I am glad that you have someone who appreciates abdominal massage. Many therapists have stayed away from the abdomen and are a bit afraid to work on it which is unfortunate since abdominal work can be so helpful.

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Module 16 Shoulders

With these shoulder techniques, getting in the right position and rhythm takes practice to get them smooth and flowing.  Learning the shoulder rowboat was fun and exciting, you can do a little work on the muscles on the  armpit without being too invasive.

The Arm triangle shoulder stretch is a technique I've been performing on my tables clients for years and with the added arm swing they love it even more.

My practice partner loved these techniques , said their shoulders felt loose, relaxed and stretched. 

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Great feedback from your partner - you are clearly doing a good job with this!

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Module 17 Arms and Hands

The 1st technique in this session, alternating circular arm elephant walking is a really nice way to warm up the arm and is a new technique for me. Working the 3 lines on the inside and outside of the arm I do on my clients. All the hands techniques I have learned over the years, I don't use them all on every client so it's a nice refresher on the different techniques. my practice partner really liked this session, she owns her own house cleaning business, all the work on her arms and hands really helped to relax her tight arms and especially her  sore hands. 

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Module 18 Shoulders

Transitioning Sequence single and double arm traction. I do this with my table clients and I do have to be aware of how much of a grip I have on their arm. Practicing this on the floor with transitioning from one side of the body to the other wasn't too difficult.

Alternating traction lift for both arms and shoulders. At first I had to really concentrate on this move but after I got the feel for it, then the rhythm, my practice partner said it felt really good. 

Upper spinal twist and spinal twist with alternating hand pull. With the upper spinal twist getting my self in position and practicing the technique was easy enough. Positioning for the second part was more challenging. My practice partner felt a good stretch across her upper body with the first technique and thought the alternating hand pull was amazing. 

Figure 8 shoulder move. I need to practice this more to get it smooth. I think because of my body position, this technique is awkward for m and my practice partner agrees, lol

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These are some of the more challenging techniques in the course, so don't be surprised if they don't feel totally natural right from the beginning. Smile

It seems that you have been doing quite a few Thai Massage techniques on your table clients already, so all this does not really seem so new and different for you.

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I have been a licensed massage therapist for 14 years and living in the state of Missouri I have to take continuing education courses to maintain my license. I have taken trigger point, deep tissue, cupping etc as well as several stretching courses over the years. I read about new techniques and benefits of massage as well as watch youtube videos on massage. I have learned a few new techniques from this course but my main objective is to learn how to work  on the floor. I feel I can extend my career with Thai Massage by using more of my whole body rather then mostly just my upper body.  Doing stretches on the table during a normal western style massage you have to deal with draping, which honestly can be a pain. Plus the size of the client on the table can determine how much if any stretches can be done. I also know that massage is a whole mind, body, spirit experience and not just techniques and not just doing the techniques on a table, floor or in a chair. 

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Spoken right from my heart. Floor work does engage your body more as a whole and in a much more natural way. It takes less muscle effort and gives you better body mechanics. All this can and will extend and preserve a massage career.

Stretching a draped person is quite a trip - so much easier in Thai Massage! Smile

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I don't see my post on Module 19 - Summary that I posted on the 18th or 19th. So here it is again.

I watched the video a couple times before working on my practice partner and I knew I had forgot a few techniques. Then I followed the video while working on my partner, she didn't mind getting all the practice time. I know when I start working on clients I won't use all of three techniques on everyone but its nice to have a sequence to practice to get a feel for  the flow.

 

Module 20 Prone Legs 1

Working the souls of the feet with my elbow gives my hands a little break and my practice partner thought it felt nice, not sharp/painful.

Traction, contractions and rocking of the ankle, knee and hip joints, calf muscle and achilles tendon stretch and circling achilles tendon are all techniques that for me where easy to learn and perform. My practice partner liked all the techniques but her favorite is the traction, contraction and rocking, she occasionally has sore tight hips. A couple of days after practice I checked in with her and she said her hips and legs felt great. I've also been able to incorporate these techniques with my regular table clients and they are loving the traction and contraction technique. 

My partner said the elephant walking feels just as good on n the back of the legs as it does on the front of the legs.

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Regarding the lost forum post, here is a little video which will help you prevent this in the future:

How To Recover Lost Forum Posts

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