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Deborah Kachnowicz
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I like your teaching style. It is easy to follow and interesting. My next client is tomorrow, so I will be sure to use the methods to figure out if the client has hip problems or tightness. Rotating the hip is something that I already do and is a valuable tool. I have to practice letting the leg drop, especially with heavier people. I look forward to my next video!Smile

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Hi Deborah, welcome to our forum and the Thai Hip Therapy certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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I am glad to hear that you like my teaching style and that you are off to a good start! Smile

Did you notice that someone wants to connect with you? There is a reply to your thread in the introduction forum.

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March 21, 2018 - 11:52 pm
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I was surprised that some of the techniques in this video, I already do naturally in my regular massage. It is a good way to relax the client before you begin and after doing deep work. I am stuck at home today due to a snowstorm but my roommate has agreed to let me practice on her later on. Mainly I would like to practice all the various methods of rocking the hip as I have some very heavy clients and want to be prepared. I also like the standing technique using the foot. I will post more on my practice results in my next post!Smile

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With your massage, Reiki, and yoga background I think you will find concepts that resonate with you in this course.
Rocking is a very useful way of working on clients which I use a lot in all my work. I even have an entire course just about rocking for the entire body. The rocking in the hip course is naturally focused on the hip area.

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Of all the tools for working on the hip besides the hands, I like the forearm the best. I guess it is because I already use the forearm roll on the quads alot on the table during regular massage. It definitely helps save my wrists. I tried the foot and knee techniques on the hip and my partner said is was a bit uncomfortable, even though I was very light and not using much pressure at all. She is very tight in the hips and legs overall so this work will benefit her very much! I like what you said about how the energy is involved in the movement. You can forget that when you are trying to remember everything else. LolLaugh

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Knee and foot work does take more time to develop sensitivity for. After all most therapists have never used these body parts in their work. Even Thai Massage therapists often have not learned more refined ways of working with these body parts.

Anyway, foot and knee work is best used on larger, more muscular clients who don’t mind a bit of weight and power. Once you get good at it, you can use it in a very gentle way as well, but that does take some time to develop.

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The hip pie is awesome as a visual guide and helped me tremendously when I went to organize the hip stretches! Also I found that the support pillow was a great help as was the rocking movements when it came to slice #2 and #3. Your teaching is so well organized and as soon as I have a question in my mind, you answer it in the video! Can’t wait until the next one! Smile

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Thanks for the kudos, Debbie! Smile

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I am realizing that many people have tight hips! Laugh When I tried the slice #4 it was only successful when I did the gentle circling and rocking. I have not tried the blood stop technique yet because I have to have someone I am comfortable doing this. I will definitely try it though. I am glad you have given variations for heavy people, skinny people, etc…With so many different body types it is necessary to know all these different variations. The breathing technique does come naturally to me and benefits both myself and the client!Wink

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True, Thai Massage without modification options for different body types would be a very clunky affair! Smile

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I tried the scooping and circling technique to relax the groin muscle on my client on Saturday. It worked well but she is a tall, heavy client so I was really working to just lift the leg. I did a combination of hip stretches using the circling method which is my favorite so far. I am excited to try the standing circling technique that combines hip pie slice #5 and #6! I have watched the videos several times because there is a lot of information there!Wink

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My roommate let me work on her last night so I tried slice #7 and #8. Like I have mentioned, she is really stiff so I had to do a modified version but I did get the position down that my body had to be in. It will be fun when I get a really flexible person so that I can try some of the stronger techniques using the 1 – 10 questioning method of course! I also tried the last technique that combined 4 of the stretches. I really like that one and it worked fairly well. 

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I used the butterfly and many of the other techniques on my client on Saturday. I already use most of the techniques like: squeeze, pinch and roll, the rocking, using my thumbs mainly for a diagnostic tool. The Gallop technique is new to me but should be easy because I already use variable pressure along with a ‘flow’ when working on my clients. I use the knuckle techniques when I am working on my clients during a regular massage and the rocking and variable pressure goes along with that too! I like that some of the techniques come quite naturally to me because there are plenty that don’t and I need to practice!Smile

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To use the stronger techniques on someone who is not so flexible can feel like a struggle – definitely more fun on flexible people. Smile

It appears like it is fairly easy for you to integrate all this into your work. It sounds like you already use quite an array of techniques. Are you planning to blend the Thai hip work with your existing style or will you offer it as part of exclusive Thai Massage sessions?

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I will probably incorporate it into my current Thai sessions. I can easily increase the length of the session with the addition of the hip work! My spa currently offers 60 and 90 minute sessions and it seems that 1 hour is just not enough. Lol

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I always had a hard time fitting a Thai Massage into one hour. Actually I only did 2 hour sessions throughout my entire career. Of course you can’t do that in a spa, only if you are on your own.

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I was recently diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. After 25 years doing massage, I was not surprised but still concerned because I am far from retiring and my passion for this work has not faded! The use of all the other tools you have shown that I can use is very beneficial! I have developed a bit of sensitivity in my forearm but not any in my knees and feet. I look forward to trying many of these techniques with different tools so that I can extend my career and help as many people as possible!Smile

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Did you ever check out my ‘Hands Free Massage’ course? This might be very useful for you. I created it exactly for scenarios like you just wrote about.

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Module 10

The circular rotation stretch is indeed a little harder than it looks although I already do a traction move like the first part of it, now I just have to get down the rocking and the speed part. By the way; you make everything look easy and smooth! Wink My favorite stretch in the prone position is the one where you sit on the glutes and stretch the hip flexors with a straight leg. Also it is easier to transition from one leg to another without having to cross the body. I have never been ‘afraid’ to work on the glutes as it is a very important part of the body and needs to be worked! It is your intention and ease in which you work that makes this comfortable for both you and the client. Smile

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I am glad to hear that! I have been told by quite a few course students that they were apprehensive of touching their client’s buttocks, and I honestly never quite understood why. In my experience clients love to have their glutes worked on.

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