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March 10, 2020 - 12:21 am
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Although Thai Massage does not recognize trigger points specifically, it does use acupressure points, but not to a great extent. Anyway, I have always found that it can be useful to combine elements from other modalities with Thai Massage. Although you may not have noticed this, there are elements from Shiatsu, Breema, yoga, Qigong, and Chi Nei Tsang in this course which I added because I found that they add value.

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Module 23:

I practiced working on my partners sacrum with the various techniques shown.  Also I worked his buttocks with my knees; and then did the rocking motion.  I'll need to practice this one for a more excellent and continuous rhythm. 

I appreciate the techniques taught here, as they add great value to the Thai massage experience. 

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March 15, 2020 - 11:21 pm
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I am glad to hear that.
Good that you are able to do the knee-on-buttocks technique. That's a very useful move.

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Module 24:

I saw that your upgraded Abdominal Massage is now in the members portal.  At this time, it doesn't allow me to have access to it.  I did pay for the program a few weeks ago.  Am I eligible to the upgraded version? 

I enjoy working on the back.  It's where I really enjoy having work done on my person.  I was curious as to how you teach back massage.  I liked how you do it without oil and without steady linear pressure and intense thumb work.  So I practiced these techniques on my partner.  It's so good to have so many various techniques to use and choose from.  I practiced them all. 

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March 19, 2020 - 5:51 pm
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Yes, you are certainly eligible, and I just gave you access to the abdominal massage course.

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Module 25:

As I watched this video, you mentioned exploring with the finger tips and finding knots. You didn’t mention how to resolve knots. That’s where trigger point therapy comes in. We are taught in Swedish massage to massage those knots out by either applying a steady thumb, finger, or some kind of pressure to the area, using friction with the thumb or finger, or a combination of both of those. It’s easy and very effective generally.

The double elbow work was new for me; and also the knee work as used on the back. I practiced these techniques on my partner. He was surprised that I was using my knees. He said it didn’t hurt though. So I enjoyed working on the back using these new techniques. I love back work; because it feels so good to be worked on.

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Thai Massage doesn't use trigger point therapy. I work those spots out by using circling and wiggling techniques with my thumbs, fingertips, heel of hand and elbow techniques. I am not a fan of static pressure moves since I have found that the rocking/motion techniques are less painful and more effective. This is something that I teach more in detail in my Thai Massage Back Therapy course. Of course, if you want, you can use the trigger point method as well.

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Yes, thanks for explaining your position in how to relieve knots and tight spots.  I practice, the same as you do, with the wiggling and rocking techniques as opposed to static pressure moves. 

I practiced these demonstrated techniques on my partners back. I started with the forearms and worked both sides up and down. The elephant walking is more interesting with the special rhythm added to it. The rocking forearms is a great variation while working on the back without oil. I liked the way you demonstrated thumb work with the rocking, moving, and rhythmic motions.

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Good - it sounds like we are on the same wave length in this regard! Smile

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Module 27:

Ahhh. The trapezius muscles. My favorite place to both give and receive massage; because they feel so good to be kneaded and touched. So I practiced these moves on my partner. Also the erector muscles on the back just benefit so much from the healing touch of massage. I really liked the double finger move up and down the upper back.
The shoulder stretch is excellent. Also I really enjoyed doing the shoulder rocking move prior to the upper body twist. Hmmm. Finally, the cobra stretches. Yeah, I take it easy on my partner with these more extreme stretches as he’s not so super flexible. Still, we did practice them all.

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Yes, I always appreciate the summary demonstrations.  It was good to observe how the flow might go in the prone position.  As I practice on my partner, it gets easier and more comfortable to flow from move to move.  It's amazing how much good stretching,rocking, and chi circulation can be accomplished after several minutes of well executed techniques with listening hands.  Thanks again for the great teaching.   

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March 28, 2020 - 10:21 am
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You are getting to the point now where it all comes together and starts flowing a bit more. That will accelerate with more practice, and soon you will become a 'Thai Massage artist'. Smile

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Side position 1. Yes, I practiced on my partner beginning with the palming to the bottom leg followed up by the blood stop sitting position on the bottom thigh. This one was a little delicate getting that fine balance of being in just the right position. I worked his hip with the hand rolls followed by the forearm rolls. Then I practiced the percussion's on the hip area. The percussion rhythm can be excellent when well coordinated and flowing smoothly. I admit that more practice would really help me perfect the percussion's.  Both legs were done. 

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I am glad that the 'sitting on the leg' technique didn't freak you out! Smile

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