Yes, there are tons of moves and variations, and to choose the right ones for a particular client is a skill that only develops with time and practice. It feels great to have such a large selection of tool available. They don't all fit neatly into a sequence, but have to be applied intuitively to each client's needs.
I was a little surprised that as we are now on the upper body supine; we are still working on the hips. The hip work must be really important. My partner is amazed at the many types of stretches that are available. I appreciated the examples you showed of how to stretch the ankle, hip, and hamstrings in various ways. With those deeper hip stretches, I had to take it easy on my client as he's not nearly as flexible at this time as your model is.
My client expressed surprise as I did the standing leg stretches on him; but I assured him that I was taught those and didn't just make them up. Lol. It's a pleasure to practice these amazing moves on people.
The sequence summaries are nice. Something that I think would be worthy of consideration though would be to include a full Thai massage in flowing continuity from beginning to end as in a paid massage. It would be very satisfying to observe you or your trained partner give a complete Thai massage to a model or a customer using your specialized techniques and practices. Your program is great as it is. I'm just sharing my thoughts and feelings on it.
Thanks for your reply.
Wow! The hip pie finally completed. My partner was patient with me as I practiced the hip stretches on him. I was conscious of his tolerance levels and the boundaries of the stretches. My partner isn't all that flexible as your model is; but he is making progress. His bent leg goes lower and lower to the floor until it finally touches and stays there. The rocking really helps a lot with this process of stretching.
I felt that the inner groin work was therapeutic in relieving discomfort and in preparation for the stronger hip stretches.
I really like what I'm hearing about the flowing work and the "dance" of Thai massage. I study to see that in you, so I can replicate it more fully in my clients. You mentioned that your clients can feel you "dancing around them" as you give them their massage. That's what I'm looking for and modeling.
After I've finished this program of Complete Thai massage, I will spend more time visualizing on giving these flowing, dancing, massage techniques to my clients. Then I will practice various sequences and techniques on them. I will probably even create a few of my own moves as I really get into full time massaging and customizing to individuals.
Yes, I practiced the continuous contact while doing the hip rocking and changing sides working on my client. My rhythm didn't stay as harmonious and continuous as I would have liked; but it did get better with practice. I liked the rocking move of the hip and lower back stretch. Great move. The knee and hip stretch was a new one; as I hadn't seen that one before. My client enjoyed it too.
Hmmm. A new model this time. Using listening hands to receive information from our clients. My client likes the gentle hand movements over the abdominal cavity. I didn't press hard; just did gentle wave like motions over the belly area as demonstrated.
Pushing the rib cage left and right was a totally new move for me as I hadn't seen that before. You truly are a unique teacher. Elephant walking on the chest and shoulders seemed very relaxing to my client.
The shoulders are the upper ball and socket joints similar to the hip joints below. So as we worked the hips in multiple ways to stimulate energy flow below; now we work the shoulder joints to stimulate energy flow above. I practiced these various moves on my partner. I enjoyed the shoulder rolling and then the arm swinging movements quite a bit. I really enjoy the training. It makes me feel competent especially as I practice more and more; and I tune into the flowing, graceful motions that characterize Thai massage almost as a dance. For example: I liked your demonstration of sliding your hand down the the models arm in transferring to another move.
You could do a complete Thai massage demonstration of your graceful, flowing moves; and make a video of that. Then you could sell it as a stand alone product demonstrating your particular style of therapy. You might even add this as a bonus to the complete Thai massage course. Of course these are only ideas at this time. Actually, the summary sequences may totally be sufficient already. I haven't finished the course yet. And you explain everything so well.
Thanks for being a gifted, knowledgeable, and caring teacher.
I practiced elephant walking on my partners arms. I like doing the whole body circling as I'm doing the compression moves. I was thinking of the sen lines as I was being thorough to cultivate the circulation well in the arms. The hand massage with some traction and squeezing is excellent work. I really enjoy how this information is taught. The hands and fingers are different than the feet and toes in size and feel.
I have a slight phobia of putting much pressure on the back of the hands and top of the feet. It seems to me like working over vericosities due to the numerous veins located there. I always cringed when a therapist began doing that to me; as I just didn't feel comfortable with it. It's probably quite harmless though especially as done gently.
I like to shake the hand out too as a finishing move.
Transitioning moves are a necessity; and I totally agree with the concept of maintaining bodily contact so the connection is not lost. I practice this in all my massages.
The shoulder traction moves from above the head were practiced on my partner. I like doing them as I like the hip traction also. I enjoy doing the shoulder rolling as opposed to just pulling the shoulder toward me in the spinal twist. My partners back made a popping sound. I remembered what you said about that. I did do the final dual shoulder rotations; but my partner is heavy; and it was a struggle. Hehehe. I'll probably reserve that move for the smaller people I work on.
Summary 2. I love summaries; because it's a little more relaxing to watch due to a little less explanation given. It can be a real joy to watch and become mesmerized in a continuous, flowing, and healing session of excellent Thai massage. I enjoy the few ones I can find on YouTube. Some therapists do use a few of your taught movements like rocking massage; but most stick with traditional linear pressure moves.
A couple of the stretches shown here were maybe too uncomfortable for me; and so I might not use those particular ones for just everybody. However as I gain more experience doing the Thai massage on various people, perhaps that will change over time. I'm not yet working full time doing massage as I feel the need for training first. It seems to take such a long time; but the instruction is excellent and well worth waiting for.
The rocking and shake out moves are my favorites; and my partner really likes them too. I appreciate the depth and detail of the "complete Thai massage" training. I've only experienced the supine part of this; and I'm already quite impressed with the amount of training.
Prone position. I practiced these techniques on my partner. I used my elbows on his feet gently and without problem. My partner likes the compression and traction of the push pull of the legs with the rocking motion. The elephant walking with rolling linear pressure up the legs was satisfying.
Working on my partner in the prone position, I practice the demonstrated techniques on his legs and hips. It did feel awkward at first; but I was getting more comfortable with the positions as I continued practicing. These moves give the legs and hips some great squeezes and stretches. The rocking at the end was nice too.
Does Thai massage address trigger point therapy? This is a major emphasis in Swedish oil massage especially on the back and the trapezious areas. It is very beneficial and helpful.
Thai Massage does not use the trigger point concept. Instead it is based on the energy line concept. However there is nothing wrong with combining trigger points with Thai Massage, if that's what appeals to you. Thai Massage can be used in combination with many other styles, or at least parts of it.
Thanks for your reply on trigger point therapy. You mentioned finding a tight spot on a persons cheek in heavenly head massage module 17, and massaging it out. This reminded me of working out a trigger point which is a bundled tension spot in a muscle. Of course this is much easier and more able to be done with oil.
So I practiced the knee and hip stretches in the prone position with my partner. I always appreciate the many techniques shown and demonstrated. I thought the knee to the buttocks with the opposite hip stretch was unique and different. It's good to massage deep, without injury to the therapist, as many clients desire deep work. Sitting on my clients buttocks is something I haven't gotten used to as of yet; although I do practice the techniques on my partner.