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Enrico Wolff
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MODUL 1 

Hello Shama,
this is my first course here and also my first module. Thank you for the opportunity to learn this online. 
I know rocking in general in chair massage and lomi lomi massage as well as from my Thai yoga massage 
training.
The introduction alone makes me curious about more.
I could tell from my customers who saw the rocking that they were simply looser and more relaxed during the 
massage. Often people lie cramped on the massage table or tense it, for example during an arm massage. 
Weighing and rocking has proven its worth here in order to lower the muscle tone and the unconscious 
tension has been released.
Now I am starting this course and am looking forward to hearing from my customers and the new techniques.
I think that I will work with it in a more focused way and that I will again offer nice alternatives and integrate 
them professionally.
 
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Enrico Wolff
 
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Hi Enrico, welcome to the Thai Rocking Massage certification program. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

Certification Checklist

Rocking has many advantages, and most of our students - after learning and using it - could not imagine doing Thai Massage without it, myself included! Smile

It seems that you already have a good background with rocking moves, and this course will add even more to your repertoire.

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Many thanks,
I've been giving massages for ten years, Thai massages only for three years. In the spa we have a very 
wide range of massages, which can also be found privately, including some energetic treatments. 
Gradually I find more and more access to the "exotic" applications, also because these are more and 
more popular with customers.

Is it possible to remove "Module 1" from the title above?

sincerely,

Enrico Wolff
 
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I fixed the title for you. Also it seems that you write your posts in some other application and then copy it into the forum posts. This results in excessively long lines which show up with slider bars under them. I edited both of your posts to make those slider bars disappear. If you want to write your posts in another app, then it would be better to use an app that doesn't format the text. Then you get normal line breaks that adjust to the page dynamically without creating those long lines. Or you could of course write your posts straight in the forum.

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Thank you.

In fact, I have to have some translated because my school English, especially writing, was a long time ago, sorry. I´m trying to make this easier to post.

But now back to the subject and to work Smile.

Enrico

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Don't worry about things like correct grammar and spelling. We have many students who are not native English speakers and whose English writing is not so good. This does not matter. The only purpose of the forum posts is to demonstrate that you are working with the course material and practicing it so that we can issue a certificate in good faith.

So you don't have to try to make your forum posts perfect. That's not important. Smile

By the way, what is your native Language?

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My mother tongue is german. I was born in Berlin and live in northeastern Germany.

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My mother tongue is German too. I was born in Baden Baden. However I left Germany 40 years ago, and English is easier for me than German, especially when it comes to writing about Thai Massage. Smile

I just noticed that there is something wrong with your email, epsilon.wolf@freenet.de. It bounced back as undeliverable, and as a result it was blacklisted, meaning you will not receive any of your course emails anymore. Can you check it please - maybe your mailbox is full or whatever. Once we are sure that it is working correctly, I can get it reinstated again.

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I've checked my email settings. Everything should be fine now. Thanks for your notification.
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I checked as well, and your email is okay now. Most likely you did not receive course notifications while the email was 'out of service', but that will start up again now.

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MODUL 2

Hello,

my wife was available to practice the Chi Machine and the Traction. It took me some time to find its natural vibration, but it was quickly found. At first I tried different frequencies, from very gentle to natural. The movement for me is very easy. At first she found it a bit uncomfortable in the lower back, because it is also a bit stiff here. Therefore rocked a little more gently for the time being, maybe 30 seconds. Here I also noticed that the upper  area, head and neck, did not swing either. Her muscles are also tense here. After a short break, we tried again and the rocking motion got slightly stronger, without pain.

Then it went on with traction. Here she noticed how something was loosening in the lower back. At first, her ankle was also a bit tight. I was able to loosen this after a few seconds. Had cracked once and then it was very pleasant for her. I also felt the loosening of the joint. I can also see differences to the other side. I know that your right side is more stressful in everyday life and at work, which is also reflected in your muscles. Here I had the feeling of using a completely different vibration frequency.

The day before yesterday I practiced the same thing with her again. She could also get involved in it better since she already knew it. Overall, it was much looser and completely mobile, without pain at the beginning. This also confirms a psychsomatic effect.

In the spa, I used rocking (Chi Machine) during the Lomi massage on the massage table. At the beginning it is more difficult due to the higher position, but still feasible because I only use it for a few seconds. My customer found that very pleasant and I was able to let him relax a little and then go down.

Look forward to further advances and techniques.

 

Best Regards,

Enrico Wolff

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Here is another addendum.
The traction used in Module 1 can also be done on the massage table.
To do this, the foot is fixed on the side of my thigh at the end of the lying
position and then everything else with a hip swing.
Only the change in the ankle joint, in supination or pronation, is not entirely possible.
So for me an additional alternative in other massages. 
Sincerely,
Enrico
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You seem to have a creative streak for figuring out how to adapt the techniques to the table. Many techniques definitely work on a table with a little modification - not all, but enough to make a table session much more interesting and effective.

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MODUL 3

 

Hello.

The rocking technique for opening the hip joint is very interesting. I myself would have to use this regularly to loosen my hips, because my feet are also pointing straight up and i can feel how it tenses and locks in the hips when the leg is turned outwards.

The technique works very well on the floor but also on the massage table, I have to lunge or crouch lightly and swing my hips. I used it for exercise during a classic full body massage on my guests. In fact, I now observe more specifically the positions of the feet while lying down.

Some customers said that the massage was even fun with it. In total, I worked on the guest for about 2 minutes per leg. How long could this sequence last from experience?

When swinging outwards, however, the technique on the ground turns out to be much better. At the table you would have to lean too far forward and put a strain on your own back. here I am trying a variant of this movement with pulling which works well. My Spa Manager also made herself available. Her lower back is very tense and her hips are also quite firm. While rocking inwards, she felt uncomfortable tenderness on the quadriceps and tenso fasciae latae. My movement and my pressure was rather gentle but obviously still effective. What can I change here? I canceled this technique with her for the time being.

I practiced the technique on my wife´s hip area. Here I could see that after a while her adductor muscle relaxed ... it softened. She found it all very relaxing. At first, however, I had pressed too hard with the heel of my hand, but then kept contact with my whole hand, which was probably better.

Kind regards,

Enrico

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2 minutes rocking per leg is a good amount of time on average. If someone has really locked up hips, you can do it longer, and if someone has totally open hips, then you might just do it briefly or even skip this technique.

Regarding your spa manager, it might be a good idea to first do leg rotations on her. One such technique is shown in module 4, minute 15. Another such technique is shown in the beginning of module 5.

Sometimes, when one technique doesn't work well initially, you just have to switch to another technique which has a similar effect. In other words, you experiment with a few techniques until you find the one that works best. In order to do that you have to know them all first, of course. That will be the case at the end of this program.

And definitely - always keep the touch of your hands soft.

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MODUL 4

 

Hello Shama and dear forum users,

The rocking of the legs from the side becomes more fluid over time. The variant with the lifting is, in my opinion, a good extension, since the muscles, which are partly firm, often the quadriceps, are additionally stretched. So far, this has been easy to manage with my big hands. The test subjects, including some of our guests, said it felt as if the leg was being stretched. After inquiries, I was also able to comment on editing only on the knee as positive and very relaxing. None of the "test subjects" were familiar with it either. I have already been able to work several times on a guest and have already noticed a slightly changed position of the feet when at rest. So far I have been able to practice myself both on the floor and on the massage table, which works very well.

My wife continued with exercise 2. (circling the feet with pull and push). For this I have to sit down with my legs almost straight and notice how I should work on myself again in terms of my mobility. In fact, outside of the straight line, the rocking effect subsides and she found this uncomfortable. The ankle cracked really well here. The direction of rotation is also felt to be differently pleasant. It was better with small foot circles.

Immediately afterwards with Exercise 3 you can continue sitting down very well. I already know the stretch, only my position was different (one knee down, another knee up). And it was just the stretch.

Now I have practiced this exercise on the mat and also on the massage table and found that it is easier and more effective on the floor. Running on the massage table is only possible to a limited extent. To do this, I sit on the customer's foot, but have to turn around in my back, which is not good in the long run. With the crossed hands on the thigh you can create a good grip, except for thinner legs, where I have to put my hands on top of each other (hands that are too big). Generally everyone is different here. With a heavy man, it is a good job to get the full effect. Again, I immediately see how firm my hips and lower back are. Here I can score with faster but smaller movements.

The next exercise ("Leg-Drops") is only for me lying on the floor. I was able to practice that myself with my wife and we swapped roles. If you do this yourself, you will notice how the adductors also stretch. Here, however, it is passive and very nicely controlled and we both find this exercise super pleasant. It's also interesting how important the leg angle is. The back shouldn't be too hollow, but the legs shouldn't stay too straight either. I mean an angle between 70 ° and 90 ° fits in the knee joint. Permanent hand contact is also pleasant. I think that the leg angle should always remain the same for the same person and that this can be noted if necessary. This, like some of the previous exercises, can be used as an evaluation.

I was only able to rock my hips on my guests and myself with pillows or folded towels under my thighs / knees. Some of them clearly noticed their tight glutes during the rocking movement. Here, too, I initially had to work with smaller and gentler movements. I even see it as additional facial training for the gluteus muscle. This also works with both legs in an almost straight position, only that there is no stretching effect for the adductor muscle.

In any case, it's fun and a welcome change in my job.

Kind regards ,

Enrico

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That was a very detailed feedback - great! You really understand how it all works and how to apply it in the best possible way. I am sure your massage practice will benefit a lot from these rocking additions! Smile

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Thank you.

Yes, i´m working on it. My Wife has had the  greatest wellness benefits so far, but some of the current spa guests will definitely be back on their next vacation. I am also practicing more flexibility, with my height of almost two meters Wink.

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MODUL 5

Hello Shama,

My notes on module 5:

For the first exercise in this module, the "circular rocking" is relatively easy to use. I notice a difference here when the foot is not moved with the rotation: Everyone said that they feel the hips more than letting the foot rotate. I think it's because of the external rotation in the hip. I myself also feel more work in my buttocks.

The following exercise is not suitable for everyone, as each of my clients has a different flexibility. In one person, I had to increase the knee angle a little (slight pain in the hollow of the knee was the case). In fact, most of them have slight pain between their hips and torso when they stretch towards the shoulder. We Germans are probably too stiff Wink.

Here I would rather begin to circle with my fingers in the groin area. But more on that later.

When stretching the leg to the shoulder, I usually notice that the knee of the resting leg often lifts off with it. This is a sign of slight hip immobility or stretching alone is too much. The rocking is always tension and relaxation and is felt to be very pleasant. And I was able to gradually increase the intensity without the knee lifting again.

The third exercise, side hip rocking with a bent leg, wasn't the same for everyone. Here the adductors are somewhat restrictive, especially in men. With one woman, my wife, that was not an issue. This worked quite well here, although the stretch in the hamstrings was initially noticeable. So I had to reduce the hip angle a bit. But she found the exercise nice, even if the other side was a little more immobile.

The third exercise, side hip rocking with a bent leg, wasn't the same for everyone. Here the adductors are somewhat restrictive, especially in men. With one woman, my wife, that was not an issue. This worked quite well here, although the stretch in the hamstrings was initially noticeable. So I had to reduce the hip angle a bit. But she found the exercise nice, even if the other side was a little more immobile.

In general, the men are stiffer during this rocking movement. It is more difficult to get the whole body vibrating. The next exercise, rocking to the side with a nearly right-angled leg, moving the also bent knee sideways, is a nice addition to the previous exercises, as it brings together all the directions of the hip movements.

I was also able to get into a relaxed position that was comfortable for me. Since I also have very long legs, the knee angle for smaller people is larger, but insignificant. Including the stretch and moving the leg up in the direction of the shoulder is again fraught with limitations for my male clients. Here again, in my opinion, the finger circling exercise helps.

Except for my wife, I could only try this on two men. It's not that easy to get the rocking done. The heavier and more muscular, the more pressure I had to apply. The permanent flat contact of my hands on the thigh helps, however, thanks to my big hands. But ... here I need Zei that it doesn't just stay a circle and move my whole body with it.

The habit of classic massages plays a role here. The twist for the lower back is actually more comfortable than the variant with the shoulder fixation. I myself know this as a gymnastics exercise and here it is done actively. In this passive form you can let go. My wife was allowed to try it on myself. Without the rocking effect but very good gentle stretch on its own. With the role reversal, I practiced rocking. At the moment it is still a bit tricky but it will be. I have to optimize the fixation of the foot with my own huge feet.

It remains exciting ...

Kind regards ,

Enrico

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"When stretching the leg to the shoulder, I usually notice that the knee of the resting leg often lifts off with it." This is fairly typical unless someone is very flexible. It's okay if it lifts off a little, but it should not be a lot. In this case you should reduce the intensity of the stretch.

Women are generally more flexible and easier to work on with Thai Massage, in my experience. They are also often more able to relax and be nurtured, whereas men are often more in their heads and don't relax and let go so easily.

With your size and strength, it is probably challenging for you to work very subtly without using muscle power. Just because you have the muscle power doesn't mean you should use it. Smile

Sometimes it is useful to imagine that you are working on a baby and have to be really gentle. This can be more difficult than using lots of power, but it is important to be able to work both ways.

Clearly you are very dedicated to your work and very serious about improving your skills!

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