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September 29, 2021 - 8:49 pm
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Thank you so much for the information.

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Module 16 - Shoulders

 Shoulder lift-lean, I try it with a client who has poor ergonomic posture due to a desk job, she said that after the treatment the tightness on pec muscles, neck and shoulders lessen in intensity.I must say that at the beginning was a little tricky to pull it up close to the neck but with practice I’m getting better.One-side, two handed shoulder lift, I applied to a client with limited range of motion due to frozen shoulder, I was very careful, slow and gentle, the feedback was great. I feel is a great technique for this condition, if I’m wrong please let me know, I don’t want to cause any injury in the future. Lifting and circling the trapezius was perfect because this is where she felt discomfort. Arm-triangle shoulder stretch, is one of my favorites, specially because I can use on the table massage or Thai mat either one, however I noticed that on the Thai mat is easier since I can use my body weight. This technique gave a great results specially on people with carpal tunnel problems, it stretch more the shoulder but it also helped on the forearm tension. Is this correct? According to the feedbacks, am I doing it right?

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Module 17

All these techniques shown are new to me. When I practice I notice it really help to unload the clients glenohumeral joint. And in my experience shoulder is a comun area to find injuries or tension. People spend too much time driving, typing, etc. and all this makes your shoulders overload.

I have a client with carpal tunnel and arthritis, I applied the for elements of hand technique, he was very happy, we release the tension and the pain was way less.Starting from the elbows I could feel so much tightness in her forearms so massaged those extra with thumbs and fingers. He especially liked the small circle work on the wrist, both sides. I'm going to review the transcript before I do it again so I get better.

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Module 18

I do like that twist techniques, powerful stretches they are very effective, but do need to be performed very attentively.By the way - how many sessions per day is normal to execute for a Thai Massage therapist in a clinic or spa?Keeping the Flow of Thai yoga massage takes some real practice, especially to a newbie.It is difficult to position yourself in a graceful manner during the transitions and keep the  flow so that the client doesn't know what you are doing.I have only practiced my new moves on the floor with a mat. Can this be done on a massage table as well?

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Module 19

It went very well and I really gained some helpful insight on my movement around the body. At the end of the sessions I feel very tired and tend to feel like I need to do more.  I can't wait to get to the seated part because that's where I can work on shoulders best, I think.  

I was able to include most of the spine twists and the new arm work this week on a client. I went through the hip pie more quickly and made sure there was time for more upper body.When I start to get tired I remember that should not be happening so I stop working so hard, and remember to focus on my breathing and hara then I am working on relaxing more and using leverage not strength.  Getting smoother in my transitions.  Still forgetting special favorite stretches I wanted to try and then I remember later.

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Module 20

When working prone position adding a small pillow under the chest and a folded up towel under the forehead can make for a nice session.The elbow method works well for me in this position, foot across the thigh, and have been told by clients it feels good.The elephant walking on the back of the legs is easy for me and it feels like I could do this for each client so far all the feedback were positive:)

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If you get good feedback, then you must be doing it right!

"How many sessions per day is normal to execute for a Thai Massage therapist in a clinic or spa?" - That depends. I have seen therapists in Thailand who could work 8 hours a day, although not in a mindful way. Personally, I always worked with full attention and mindfulness, and if I worked more than 5 hours a day, I felt the onset of burnout.

We only have so much energy, and if we work more than our energy allows, then it is like borrowing energy from the future that needs to be paid back, and that's not healthy. This is quite an important issue, and you need to watch yourself to see how long you can work and still feel good. You also need to take care of yourself with things like exercise, yoga, rest, meditation, relaxation, getting a massage yourself, and a good and positive state of mind.

"I have only practiced my new moves on the floor with a mat. Can this be done on a massage table as well?" - A majority of the moves can be done on a table although they will often need some creative adaptation. Some therapists climb up on the table and do some fairly athletic or gymnastic stuff, but that's not everyone's thing. 

There are some moves that are very difficult or impractical on a table, and if that's the case it is better to not use them on a table rather than doing something that feels weird or clumsy.

There is no question that floor work is easier for Thai Massage and allows for more techniques, but many Thai Massage therapists in the western world work on a table. 

Yes, don't work 'hard'! When you feel that you are working hard, make sure that you are not using your muscles but your body weight. Try shifting your position until it feels easier. Focus on your breath and your hara, and the tired feeling will go away over time.

The gracefulness of the transitions will not happen right away. This takes time and practice to develop. Don't be hard on yourself - it will come. 

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“if we work more than our energy allows, then it is like borrowing energy from the future that needs to be paid back” what you said is so accurate and wise, i will always remember it.

Thank you for they whole explanation and feedback Shama, ill keep working on my Hara and practicing more so my transitions get smooth and better.

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Module 21

Prone legs 1

I tried this technique with a person bigger than me, it was a challenge to lift the leg but I did it trying few times, i felt comfortable because is a close friend.I'm glad for the helpful hints to lift up a heavy leg if the client is bigger. I don't want to skip these techniques just because the leg is heavy, most of my client have desk job and this work on these area.

I like your moves on the IT band so far there was not comfortable way I’ve learned to address them until now. Working on the side of the hip, I love this technique!! it had been hard for me to massage that area without burning my fingers/hands until now :). I tried on a table massage with a client lying on his side and a pillow under the leg, it went really well.

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Module 22 

Prone Legs 2

The initial quad stretch featured was good for my clients with the thigh block and leaning on the hamstring.  For the double heel-to-buttocks stretch I ask them if it feels okay on their knees.  I have tried the one with my knees inside their legs, my clients  really enjoy receiving that technique.I didn’t know about the importance of protecting and locking the knee while doing the power version, very important information. 

The sacrum percussion, my client told me beside feeling great, she felt like i was unlocking something that was tight before, she used to have lower back issues. The sacrum massage with the knee she enjoyed and mentioned it felt even better when I lift the opposite hip. I’m keeping in mind to use 1-10 pain assessment and more pressure throught the massages although not causing pain or discomfort.

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Module 23:

I was so excited to do this sacrum work on my  client. But I worked on my family first so I got familiar with a few sacrums as suggested. I still find a bit difficult the transition from one side to the other, it feels my legs are not strong enough.

Really enjoyed this module, i will for sure do some sacrum work on my clients in the future, all of this information is new for me and I’m happy to apply it on my clients.I need to improve more touch with the hands/palm circling the sacrum. When you mentioned that everyone's sacrum is a little different shape and how we want to get to know the shape of our client's sacrum first, I've tried and helped better to trace and explore the sacrum.

I have not yet felt strings, or knots in the sacral grooves, so perhaps is because I’m being careful with this area and with time ill feel more comfortable applying more pressure.

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Keep in mind that the transitioning from one side to the other does not require strong legs. The trick is to shift your weight at the right time. If done right, it doesn't feel difficult at all. Try watching the module that shows the transitioning technique again.

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Module 24

As I practiced this, I could feel the differences in each clients backs. Some were more open and receiving while some were tighter and less willing to move. That would be where I would hang out with these moves a little longer to help them relax into the movement and continue preparing them for the erector spinae work that follows.The spine muscles is a great area of concern for most of my clients. Using your rocking moves to loosen up the spine is now one of my clients favorite technique, I don't have to work as hard or use great force. The prone back series is a nice warm up for what comes next. It is like a great way to introduce my touch and feel things out before going in more deeply.

The only aspect I find myself struggling with is breathing. I tend to hold my breath while doing the palm circles. I have to remind myself to move my hands while taking a breath in. I have to quite my mind a bit and relax. At the same time i remind my self to focus on my hara. Rewatching the video is helping me a lot to feel more confident. Thank you Shama!

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Module 25 Prone back 2

Love the erector spinae work. These muscles work so hard every day. The first time I went in to do this work,I think what's most important for me with these poses is my correct body positioning.I found myself leaning incorrectly, I said that because it feels uncomfortable when i do it wrong. I took some time to figure it out and get myself situated. I've been practicing this on a lot of clients and I’m some good feedback so far. The trapezius lean is such a welcome addition. The client I used this on had requested trap work her muscles responded well to the work and I could feel her traps begin to release.

I feel familiar using elbows I used before for upper traps although on the table massage,since I've done elbow work before, I had the confidence and it went well. I just need to focus on slow movements with the breath.I will need to work on the knee rocking. I rewatched the video and I think I rocked in and out on back instead of side to side. working with shoe clients is a challenge for me, I’m looking for arms and legs collocation so I don’t hurt the back of my client with my knee.I will definitely practice this more with my partner so that I can become more confident with it.  I appreciate that we are getting more and more into the back Thanks Shama!    

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There is a lot of back work in this course. Backs are so important to work on. In fact, there is so much that can be done on backs that we have an entire 23 module course just on back work. Smile

Learning in Thai Massage never really stops. There is always more to learn, more to refine, more to modify, more to sense.

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Module 26

I’m always concern of my thumbs, I had some classmates that felt proud because their thumbs were strong and never felt tired, but as you mentioned before if we borrow something from the future that need to be paid back.I've become a lot more comfortable with using the thumbs and the elbows on the erector muscles. Everyone loves the squeezing and circling on the neck and trapezius.I love elephant walking on the back! I had never before tried the "galloping" rhythm, but I like it. It took me a few tries to get the tempo right, but once I did my partner really liked it. Working my forearm on my partners scapula was good . And I really liked that first technique of resting the clients on my thigh while I press along the spine.

Thank you for another great video!

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Module 27

The trap work is always a winner. I'm getting mixed up on when I work only one side versus both sides together. I do feel the benefit of the fingertip wiggle along the erector spinae. I also have some previous work on the scapula that I've been doing. I enjoyed the palm circles on the shoulder blades, my client felt relaxed and sleepy 🙂I was super surprised by how easily my first client came up into cobra as I lifted her, I’m familiar with this move as I do yoga.Sinceit’s a power stretch having the 3 options from gentle to progressively stronger depending on the client needs.

The technique where you place the hand behind the clients back and elevate their shoulder while pulling the scapula is now one of my favorite techniquesSmileShoulder stretch with backward rotation is a challenge for now, I’m trying improve my ergonomic with this move. The taping is like the cherry of the treatment, my client loved it. Thank you for the pillow’s tip, I just put my order with different sizes.

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You sound like you are enjoying this work. I am happy to hear this! Smile

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Module 28

I always love these final videos that cover the entire sequence learned. I still need to work on my body ergonomics because at times I feel like I'm not supporting myself and I can feel my low back. Thank you for the summary video. It is always helpful to see everything put together. My transitions from legs to back are always a bit off. I still don’t  feel like I do it well enough. So it was nice to see you do itagain. Thank you Shama! Smile

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Module 29

Side Position 1

Sitting on the adductors is an interesting technique, has been received well so far. I have been surprised by how accessible the Adductor and Hip stretch is. Your demonstration of sliding the hand around and under to cup the front of the knee is perfect.And the forearm rolling felt great too ,according to my partner.One of my clients is pregnant so this will be good for her as she advances along.  I have bolsters for clients on their sides.  The one that I like best is the inner thigh hip stretch. The feedback was great:) i felt that this position was a test to focus on my Hara and my speed. Thank you for the great explanation!

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