Thai Healing Massage Academy | Thai Massage Online Courses

Learn Thai Massage

ONLINE

Convenient - Effective

Professional Training since 2001

Thai Healing Massage Academy logo
Avatar
Please consider registering
Guest
Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
Crystal Pavis' Thai Back Massage course notes
Avatar
Crystal Pavis
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 57
Member Since:
September 6, 2018
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
1
October 7, 2019 - 11:14 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Hi Shama. I'm happy to be starting the Thai Back Massage course and I'm looking forward to each module and your feedback!

Module 1

I’ve done a spinal analysis on a friend of mine. She is 5’6 220 lb. She feels the weight of her breasts impacts her posture. I noticed that her thoracic vertebrae were rounded out indicating kyphosis. Her head appears slightly forward and likely because of that, she gets pain at the back of her neck. Her shoulders looked even. There was no noticeable scoliosis and her hips seemed level. While supine I was unable to slide my hand under her lumbar spine indicating reduced lumbar curve. Also while supine her head appeared on the same plane as her body and her hips level.   

I’ve done an additional spinal analysis on another friend. His lumbar spine appeared somewhat flat and his left shoulder elevated. His hips appeared even. I did not notice a lateral curve in the spine or kyphosis. While supine I could reach my fingers under to his lumbar spine but there was little space there. His hips appear level while lying supine and his face appeared on the same plane as his body. When I was working on his neck during a Thai massage the left side appeared more restricted which may be a factor in the elevation of his left shoulder.  

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7201
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOnlineSmall Online
2
October 8, 2019 - 1:23 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Wow, you took the spinal analysis to good use right away. Gad to hear that! If you keep doing this, you will pick out many clues just by observation. Sooner or later your clients will be amazed how you 'knew all this stuff' about their bodies.

Avatar
Crystal Pavis
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 57
Member Since:
September 6, 2018
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3
October 9, 2019 - 6:14 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 2

For this module I had interviewed a friend regarding her back pain in order to get more comfortable with getting a client history and to find out what the possible causes of her pain may be. The following is a summary of the information I had gathered after asking her a series of questions.

She’s 42 years old and her back pain started at age 19, after she fell. The pain started in her left lumbar and hip, and is currently around her left Sacroiliac joint. At one point she was bedridden for 6 months and couldn’t drive for 3 years. Her pain is constant unless she is lying still in bed. She feels both dull and sharp pain at various times. She sits a lot and doesn’t walk for exercise due to fear of increased pain and only stretches.

She’s been seeing a chiropractor 2-6 times per week for 7 years. Cortisone injections and nerve ablations didn’t work. Her diagnosis was facet syndrome with at least one bulging disc. She was unable to tilt her pelvis forward until after receiving her first Thai massage.

I found giving this interview to be very informative. I learned a lot about the origin of her pain and how it progressed over time as well as the various treatments she has already received for it and how they have or have not helped. 

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7201
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOnlineSmall Online
4
October 9, 2019 - 3:10 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

That was good 'detective' work. I hope you get a chance to work on her often enough to see if the condition improves.

Avatar
Crystal Pavis
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 57
Member Since:
September 6, 2018
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
5
October 16, 2019 - 7:40 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print

Module 3

I’m glad you pointed out that an antagonist muscle may become weakened due to the chronic contraction of the opposing muscle group and that an issue does not exist in isolation. This knowledge is useful for identifying the possible cause of a client's pain. I also found it interesting that you may suggest Yoga to your clients to increase muscle strength. I’d like to learn more about Yoga and how it can compliment Thai massage. As you explained, it is also important for us to educate the client about how their lifestyle habits may be causing the issue. 

I like your simulated face cradle setup with a standard size pillow under the clients’ chest and a small pillow under their head. I have seen some massage therapists using an actual face cradle cushion on the floor during a Thai massage. I think your setup may be more comfortable. 

I like techniques where the therapist works the individual sen lines but I found doing that to be painful for my thumbs afterwards. Thanks for showing some alternative tools such as using three fingers together. 

Avatar
Shama Kern
Thailand
Admin
Forum Posts: 7201
Member Since:
June 28, 2010
sp_UserOnlineSmall Online
6
October 17, 2019 - 12:21 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

I have tried face cradles for Thai Massage on the floor. In my experience this doesn't work very well. First I never found it comfortable for my face, and second it is just not practical since in Thai Massage, unlike in oil massage, you move clients around quite a bit. So every time you do a stretch that lifts their head, they get pulled out of the face cradle and have to re-position their head after each repetition of the stretch. This can feel quite irritating.

That's why my pillow method feels more comfortable since there it doesn't matter so much that the face has to land in the precise correct spot in the cradle. At least that has been my experience.

Forum Timezone: Asia/Tbilisi
Most Users Ever Online: 86
Currently Online: Shama Kern
15
Guest(s)
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Top Posters:
mwisdom: 186
DKThai: 174
Karin Secrest: 114
Cindy Gogan: 86
Kathy McChesney: 84
jurasan: 82
Newest Members:
Riko
AlyssaJohnson
jack calish
Sara John
Melissa Angel
Christina Hughes
Forum Stats:
Groups: 1
Forums: 7
Topics: 1146
Posts: 17365

 

Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 5
Members: 846
Moderators: 0
Admins: 1
Administrators: Shama Kern