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Constance Crawford Complete Thai Massage Progress Report
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February 7, 2019 - 9:18 pm
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True, if you get too much into your head, it is harder to get it right than if you relax and watch out for what feels right, experiment a bit, and react to your partner's feedback.

Those shoulder moves are not the easiest techniques to learn, but once you get it, you will have quite a unique repertoire, especially considering that those techniques are not even taught in the typical traditional Thai Massage system.

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February 9, 2019 - 12:54 pm
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Module 32 Side Position 4

 I am loving all the techniques in this module. I feel the techniques in module 31 and 32 will help my clients better then the techniques I've been using on the table.

The 1st technique, swinging the arm back while pushing the shoulder and then thumbing around the edge of the scapula, which I won't be doing much of, wasn't hard to perform and I can see were some people won't be able to have their arms swing very far back.

Releasing the scapula, I won't be doing this with my thumbs but with my fingertips. It takes some practice to get the shoulder to roll back over my fingertips but rocking the shoulder really helped.

Lift and pull the scapula back, I've done something similar on the table in prone position but it's a lot easier in side position.

Shoulder and arm traction, kneading the lats, leaning on the side of the torso, shoulder and arm traction lean away and circle around, circling the shoulder, sandwich rocking on the shoulder and finally pull the shoulder back, were all easy techniques for me to perform. I really like the 2 shoulder and arm traction techniques.

My practice partner loved all of these techniques of course. Her favorites are releasing the scapula and the lift and pull of the scapula. All of these techniques were fairly easy to do on the right side they became more challenging on the left. Her left scapula is more stuck/glued , I did  more losing up, rocking and went slower to get the left scapula as lose as the right side. After the session she was moving her shoulders all around and saying how great they felt.

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Module 33 Sitting Position 1

Kneading, rocking and off set rocking are techniques I use with my chair massage clients and sometimes with my larger table massage clients. I will have them sit on the edge of the massage table at the end of their session so I can get better access to their neck and shoulders.. The difference is being on the mat and being able to support my clients back. 

Squeezing neck with palms, I learned this technique from a chair massage course I took quite a few years ago, of course the difference is the positioning. Since my practice partner for this module is  one of my daughters I had no problem being this close to her for this technique. I can see were this positioning could be problematic with some clients.

I showed my practice partner, daughter, the video of the back bend and shoulder stretch and the power version plus the gentle and slow spinal twist. She was excited to have me practice these techniques on her but quickly realized she isn't as flexible as she thought. These are all new techniques for me, getting in position making sure she was  leaned forward but not too much and sitting so I could pull her back have my legs straight, practice, practice and more practice to become smooth.The spinal twist was much easier in comparison. My partner likes the back bend shoulder stretch, felt it really opens up her chest and makes her aware of her flexibility. She said she felt the spinal twist gave her upper body a good little stretch.

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Regarding the 'problematic' positioning for some close-body techniques, there is a module in the Art Of Thai Massage bonus course that deals with this and provides alternatives. However especially in this case you are behind the client, and towards the end of a good Thai Massage session, the clients understand clearly what you are doing, how Thai Massage works, and that you are doing it professionally.

So I think you don't need to be overly concerned about this. Besides, you can easily skip this technique and do great neck work in different ways. If you want to learn really excellent neck work, our Heavenly Head Massage course is the gold standard for that.

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Module 34 Sitting Position 2

Again my practice partner for this module is my daughter and she loves the technique, traction forearms and back. We could both  feel her back decompressing and lengthening, love it when that happens.

Definitely need good balance for the back stretche, I lost my balance a few times, it was quite comical. When we did the technique correctly she could feel the  stretch in her pecs as well as in her back. This is one of those techniques I will need to practice a lot more before I use it on my clients.

Positioning and technique for the forearm therapy went smoothly except I had to think lean and roll so I wouldn't just use my arm muscle. My partner preferred the 1st position over the 2nd, with her head on my leg. All in all she likes the technique.

The shoulder stretch was easy to perform. My partners left side didn't stretch as well as her right side. Not surprising since during the previous technique I could tell her left side was tight. When we were done practicing, I worked on her left side , loosen up the traps and neck, did the stretch again and her left side stretched much better the 2nd time. 

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I forgot to mention that I do plan on taking the hands free course and the heavenly head massage course in the future.

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February 11, 2019 - 4:31 pm
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Excellent choices, you will love it. Especially when you add the Heavenly Head Massage techniques to the Thai Massage, you can really create magic with your sessions. Smile

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Module 35 Client Communication

Last Module of Compete Thai Massage

I like the  way you explained the difference between Swedish and Thai Massage. I always point out that Thai Massage is done with a mat on the floor, client is clothed, no oil or lotion is used, that it can involve a variety of stretches and that it gets your circulation and energy flowing.

continue to use intake forms with my Thai massage clients and keep notes on their progress. To be honest I can't keep track of their information with out referring back to their intake form. With using the 1 - 10 scale, when I see that a client leaves with a pain level of a 3 but comes back to their next session with a 10 then we discuss what's going on and if I need to change the techniques I'm using to better benefit my client. 

I've been a LMT for 14yrs and have seen a wide variety of people. People give clues on if they are auditory, visual or kinesthetic it takes experience to learn these clues and sometimes I still get them wrong 🙂

I just want to say Thank You. This has been a great learning experience plus I learned some great new techniques that will benefit me and my clients.

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Congratulations! Thanks for your detailed progress reports. It was a pleasure working with you here in the forum!

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