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Module 14

This routine went pretty smooth all around. I learned something like this in school(swedish style). I think being on the floor, thai style, you can get a little more leverage. My friend really liked the stretch he was getting on the lower back. Only thing for me is having some rusty knees, I feel a little clunky switching over side to side. 

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April 3, 2015 - 12:45 am
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Definitely better leverage on the floor. The fact is that Thai Massage is also good for the giver because it forces you to improve your own mobility and flexibility.

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April 4, 2015 - 2:23 am
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Abdominal routine went well. Was a bit easier to practice with a guy. Was able to work the chest area. Had to go easy on the belly, he's a bigger guy so the tummy is a little soft. Good to know about the energy flow in the stomach, and working in the right direction.

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Some great techniques for the shoulders. My partner had plenty of tension in the shoulders, so I was able to really get in some good pressure. Didn't have much trouble with the stretches, luckily we had enough time to follow the along with the video and practice all the stretching. 

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April 5, 2015 - 2:43 pm
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There is lots more shoulder work coming up in the course - it's an essential skill to have.

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Lots of really nice techniques for the arm and hand. Some of this I picked up from swedish massage, but many more options in the Thai technique. Didn't have to many problems with this work. My partners hands were very tight, so just kept going over some of the stretching and spreading of the palms. Got in some good practice with these maneuvers.

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Definitely will need to practice on the transition between the arms. Not that difficult to remember, just working on keeping my balance. Tried out all of the shoulder and spine stretches. Started slow and worked in to it, my partner really enjoyed the spine twists. Him being a bigger fellow I handled the spine twists pretty well, the shoulder rotation will need some practice getting that even flow down.

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April 10, 2015 - 9:10 pm
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You can use either transition - either the one where you work your way around the head, or the one where you cross over the mid section of the body. Both work.

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Nice summary video, I like to follow a long with these and practice in real time. Except for a couple of the hip stretches, my partner isn't quite that flexible. But it's coming along quite well, my balance on the transitions is getting better.  I wanted to double check on the arm massage along the sen lines: when the thumb is following the sen lines, are the other fingers massaging as well or just supporting?

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April 23, 2015 - 8:27 am
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While you might be doing most of the work with your thumbs, the other fingers are also massaging. It's a "whole hand" feeling.

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Module 20

Learned some really good warm up techniques. Using the elbow on the sole of the foot was really useful. I was holding back a little on the pressure, but my friend had no problem with me trying to use more and more pressure. Everything else went well, techniques flowed smoothly. Look forward to the stretches.

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Often new Thai Massage therapists are quite afraid of using elbow pressure while clients don't mind it. The secret is just to use the elbows correctly - sinking in without pressing in, working slowly and feeling 'softness' in your mind. If you do that, clients won't even know that you are using your elbows.

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Module 21

Worked on the second part of the prone legs, and went very well. Kept good even pressure while working the thighs. We did discover the IT band was a little tender so let up on the pressure a bit. Handled the stretches pretty well, have some getting used to with the power stretch on the glutes. Being left handed worked fine on one side, but felt a little awkward on the other. 

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April 25, 2015 - 3:13 pm
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IT bands are often tender and it is easy to cause pain when working on them. That's one place where you want to go easy initially.

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Module 22

Worked on more of the stretches, fairly easy to manage. My partner has some bigger legs and pretty tight muscles, so didn't try any of the power stretches. He thought the knee in the glute was quite interesting. Never new how much tension was held in the hips and glutes. 

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You just have to look at the statistics for hip replacement surgery and that will give you a pretty good idea that there are a lot of issues in the hip for many people.

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Module 23

I agree, this area is very neglected! The sacrum work was really interesting. It was a little tricky at first finding the outline, partner is a little bigger. Once I got a feel for it, I didn't have to much trouble. As for the glute work, being a couple of guys, I can see how this can get uncomfortable. But he was willing to try. And after I practiced he really felt a difference in his hip and glutes. 

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This is one of those cultural hang-up issues. Can't touch women near the groin, can't touch men on the butt, can't touch the lower abdomen etc. I realized long ago that people love to be massaged in all those areas and often need it. If you as the therapist just throw these cultural hang-ups out of your mind, I can guarantee you that none of your clients will mind being touched wherever they need it and it feels good.

I have worked on hundreds of male butts, and if I ever got any comments, it was that it felt great and that they appreciated having it worked on. I have never even once received any negative feedback about it and I am convinced that this is because in my mind it was never an issue, but just another body part without any other connotations.

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Module 24

Really liked this version of the Thai massage. I began to study a little with some books I picked up in Thailand. Using the thumbs was fine for direct pressure in certain spots, but I agree that your hands get really tired working the whole back. I didn't have much trouble with the concept, my partner communicated throughout where to use more/less pressure. The only thing was keeping down the timing with the breathes, sliding to the next spot, staying even paced.

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Yes, and that's exactly what makes it feel good, to have a smooth rhythm going. Without that it can feel quite strange to the receiver.

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