Thai Hip Therapy Module 1
Just finished... very pleased to know I still remember and STILL perform the same assessments as talked about in this module.
I have 3 clients with which this course will definitely be of help
a: myself!! i have weakened glute medius on the right side, and often experience either reduction of leg motion OR significant pain in low back and glute mede, and piriformis.
b: 90% wheel chair client... had right hip joint replacement AND right knee replace as well
c: retired elementary teacher who is also an aerobics instructor suffering from right arthritic hip joint
regarding client b: i'm concerned about performing the 2 movements as discussed at end of module... i'm very very observant NOT to over work his right hip... at the same time, his LEFT hip is tite and I feel it over compensates for the lack of motion on the right. His right ankle "flops" (for lack of a better word); and it's difficult for me to perceive how much is due to hip restriction versus general leg and ankle weakness.
regarding client c: she has been seeing me for about 4 months now on a weekly basis... some gains in hip motion have been achieved but... she WILL NOT LET GO !!!!! her abductors are like steel bands and so that is where i'm focusing at least right now.
as for client A, well... i'm a lost cause! hahahaha but hope springs eternal! more on me later on
thanks Mr. SK LOVE YOUR WORK !!!
I remember you from several other courses which you had taken. Welcome back!
Regarding client A: I know that feeling too well. I would love to have someone work on me in just the way how I do it, but that is just not happening.
On client B I would focus primarily on muscle work and rocking or motion or circular techniques and get plenty of feedback how it feels. Those operations leave a permanent trauma behind which never allows the muscles to be in a totally normal and relaxed state. I would be very careful with direct linear stretches on someone like that. Do them only very gently and lightly or skip them altogether. Artificial joints can have all kinds of complications that can interfere with what you are trying to do. That's challenging work.
Regarding client C: On those kinds of people I generally work both on a physical and on a psychological level. I use guided visualization techniques like asking them to breathe into a muscle or even have them talk to a muscle or joint silently, asking it to relax. The thing is that you are not only dealing with tight muscles, but with a tight mind as well. That's why you have to engage such a client's mind to help in the process of releasing.
rock a bye baby...
this is the most natural thing to do... my only challenge is to do it MORE
I can clearly see that i just don't maintain the rocking action for a long enough period of time.
I just replied to another post about rocking in Mark Wisdom's thread who also really likes the rocking techniques. Many of my students have discovered that the rocking really works very well, and there are quite a few comments about that here in the forum. For me the rocking was my biggest improvement and my biggest shift in Thai Massage to make it more enjoyable and more effective and more body-friendly for the therapist.
Thai Hip Therapy Module 3
I don't have very good control of my leg movements... an injury to the neck makes it difficult to control my right leg with finesse. But, I'm definitely gonna try this out with at least my left leg and foot
I worked an athletic event this past weekend.. Many came to me complaining of hip and quad titeness...so of course I incorporated a LOT of rocking and began to try my hand (or rather, make that forearm) rocking and compression techniques as you discussed here...
and of course no one wanted to leave! hahahaha