September 27, 2020
I really enjoyed the opening moves for the shoulder - immediately my clients told me how that felt calming and opening at the same time. The rocking helped to make it soothing - even for someone recovering from an injury to the scap.
However the shoulder roll I had trouble executing properly - I think because I am some small, and most of my clients are much bigger than me. Any tips to reach under and around the client, or accomplish the shoulder roll for larger clients??
all of the various shoulder shaking is wonderful - but seems to be very minimal for some clients with extreme scap congestion. But it is those who probably need it the most!
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Regarding your question: There are two options. The first one is that you need to make sure that you work with your body weight and not with muscle power. That will enable you to work with minimal effort.
The second thing is that in Thai Massage there is a motto: The techniques are not mandatory sequences, but options to choose from. This means that there will be some techniques that are hard to do on much larger or heavier persons. In such cases the right thing to do is to just skip the technique. There is no point in stressing yourself unnecessarily.
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September 27, 2020
I did module 2 on my husband. I had difficulty with the sandwiching techniques. I'm not sure if I didn't have the right leverage, or if his shoulders were still too still to work through them.
However I did enjoy and to great success all of the moves with the arm resting on the lap. It reminds me when I do a move in Prone position where I have the leg resting on my legs. this position opened up the neck in very exciting ways! being able to have access to the posterior and anterior shoulder at the same time is wonderful!!
My husband did find that these techniques were much more intense than the module 1, and he was quite sore after. I'm guessing the warm up is essential to help lesson the intensity?
The above arm shoulder stretch is also a really great move, as it allows the client to feel the progress as we move through stretch. I've been able to use this one on the table as well.
I'm so enjoying all this detailed shoulder work.
The warm up is necessary to prepare the muscles for stretching with less resistance and less pain. However the stretching does not have to be so strong that clients feel really sore. Stretching should take clients out of their comfort zone, but not into the pain zone.
I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the material.