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Enrico Wolff´s Thai Rocking Massage progress notes
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Enrico Wolff
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MODUL 6

Hello,

my short summary of Hip Rocking 3 in module 6:

The hip rocking on the side reminds me a bit of my Thai massage training, in which I sit on one side with my feet on the customer's side (one foot on the hip side, the other foot on the side of the trunk) rocking his body.

However, I find that rocking with my feet is a bit more difficult because I can't get full control and dosage here. But even here my feet always stay in full contact with the body. Here now I can keep contact on both sides and it is pretty easy to get the body swinging without having to move around and keep a more comfortable position.

Even with a man with a "beer belly" I was able to do this exercise very well. However, you shouldn't eat and drink so much beforehand. This of course applies to all exercises and massages.

Walking with his hands up and back again was not the same for him as it was for slimmer people. Here I had to put my hands lower under my back on the stomach side to get the rocking (possible with my long arms). Here I also had to use a little more of my own body swing. I did the exercise itself, including up and down with my hands, for about 2 minutes and repeated it again.

Since I had previously done other exercises on the legs and hips, he was also able to "fall" easily. I had just started this exercise on my wife and noticed that she was a little tense again. So if you do not know exactly what to expect, or if you have difficulty relinquishing control, you will need more gentle movements. There was something ticklish along the ribs for my wife.

In the next exercise, I can again trump with my larger hands and long arms. The "alternating" rocking, one hand on the lower back and the other hand on the hip, works well for my heavier client in terms of grip, but the movement is very clumsy. This is better with my wife. Sitting down and fixing my leg on my thighs is really easy with my wife. I couldn't get around my body on my stronger client or I wouldn't have a proper grip under my back.

Weighing felt different on both sides. At the moment, however, I can't say whether it's because they have different levels of tension or because I work differently with my changed position. Since I tried both versions, once only with my loose arms and then with my whole body and arms straight, I can say for myself that the latter variant is more comfortable. 

The surface contact is also an advantage, as it was briefly shown that the clothing had slipped. Still had to follow up again and again. The next exercise with the diagonally placed hands on the hips and costal arch (torso side) is similar to the side leg rocking. Here I could see differences on both sides.

I think that this shows how inflexible the thoracic spine area can be and how tension in the shoulder girdle area restricts movement a little. This time my wife and I practiced / tried. My wife had more to do with my strong body type. I actually felt stiff doing it. This exercise can be compared to waking up the child.

My guests find the "belly sandwich rocking" very pleasant. I always include this in the Lomi massage. Here on the massage table I even go under my back with my whole arm, my other arm on my stomach, lock my hands and then rock.

I still have to learn step by step not to let the rocking break off when changing sides. It looks simple in the video. In any case, all exercises are small challenges, but practice is worthwhile.

Kind regards,

Enrico

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I just read your 'short summary' - it took me only 20 minutes. Laugh

Everything looks and feels simple once you know how to do it! But getting there is usually not so simple. Smile

I just made a new video about the various Thai Massage positions which I will send around to all our students. But you can access it here directly - may be it helps you with some things:

Thai Massage Therapist Positions

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Hello Shama,
Many thanks for the link to the video, that helps me.
Best regards,
Enrico
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I just checked, and your membership portal email is whitelisted again and working correctly, meaning you will be getting course related messages again. I think that the gmail address will work better (hopefully). Smile

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MODUL 7

 

Hello Shama,

An interesting exercise for my wife was the first one from this video. We had fun getting the optimal position while practicing. Getting the rocking motion in the heel seat is not difficult, nor is it difficult to wander the forearms along the thighs. She found the slower movement much more comfortable for herself. At the beginning of the lateral movement, she noticed a significant relief in the upper back area, in the area of the thoracic spine. It even cracked pleasantly here. A sign of tension. The pressure of the forearms on the legs is similar to Shiatsu, which I had to hold a little more gently with her. For me too, this exercise is relaxing for my lower back. So for and both very trance-like.

When swinging back and forth easily (exercise 2 in this module), the width of my knees must vary. Everyone has a different hip width. The grip around the legs needs to be really tight. Imagine it wouldn't work on heavy people. Still, leverage is beneficial.

When her two legs were then on my thigh, it was still okay. With the hold of her lower legs, the pain in her calves was too great. However, I can score points here with my long legs, so I don't have to use a lot of strength.

"Push and pull" on the stomach alone is always very pleasant to my guests, even when I'm doing a clockwise circling with pull and push. Either on the floor or on the massage table again. I then get the momentum from my hips and transfer it to my hands. Many customers like the "sandwich" familiar to me from the Lomi massage. They also provide security. Combining your variant of this with rocking is pleasantly new to me and my long-time Lomi customer was pleasantly surprised to have got to know something new again. A proper bowel activity is ensured ;-).

And on it goes.

Up soon,

 

Enrico

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Talking about proper bowel movement, I once had a client who had been terribly constipated without any bowel movements for a week or two. I worked on her abdomen for one hour. After that she had diarrhea for 3 days, and her body expelled all the poisons.

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LaughVery good how everything works together.
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MODUL 8

 

Hello,

My wife said a comfortable and secure grip and exercise when I put my hands on her chest. For the first exercise in this module, "Chest Rocking", only the crouched position works for me to transfer the movement as best as possible. In the second exercise, it may be possible to work with my hands closed and the edges of the hands between the chest (sternum), especially for women. I have the same contact with the soft edges of my hand and can swing well in a circle. This exercise can also be performed on the massage table, but only with the hands on it. As with other exercises, the massage table must be deep enough to transfer the force and movements well.

"Up and down rock" with the breath synchronization takes some getting used to, but otherwise easy to do. With a little practice, I have a nice sense of tact for myself. In general, I come to rest myself with included breathing exercises. With the leaning forward and backward and the deep breathing, I had a pleasant feeling that the hands were moving in a light pull and push with full contact on the sternum.

Shoulder-rocking is easy to do with variable pressure. Everyone found the slight stretch in this movement comfortable. I did this exercise on some clients just after chest rocking because I can stay in the same position.

So far I have only practiced the shoulder rotation of both shoulders on my wife. For this I have to stretch myself well beforehand. Even tried it from the head side, but it's not nice and a different leverage. My wife thinks it is pleasantly relaxing for her blocked shoulders. Even the neck and throat muscles are directly involved. The one-sided variant is also possible on the massage table. If I work on my client's left shoulder, I also stand to his left in a lunge step and take my left arm under his shoulder and place my other hand on his shoulder. Here I also use the whole body.  Shoulder rotation with both hands under the shoulder blade is not my favorite right now. But it makes sense to work with breathing again here. If the spinal twist comes into play, I notice how much this depends on the mobility in the lower back. Here I had to straighten up a bit and bend over. The movement is then only feasible near the mat. I am currently trying a different position: working and crouching on the same side, with both arms stretched over my shoulder, the arms are fixed directly to my body and I swing with my hips. This creates a gentle lifting and lowering in the shoulder.

 

Kind regards

Enrico Wolff

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I am always impressed with your detailed description of your practice experience. I feel like I am seeing you work! Smile

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Hello Shama,

since I work in a Spa and treat up to 12 people a day, I can use exercises here and there. We are also open to new ideas and like to write out "spa-special´s" I myself like the variety and, like you, see progress on the customer and in your own handwriting.

In addition, I am always looking for ways a therapist can work gently an without great effort. Gaining experience and feeling it yourself is always a requirement. And it is fun.

See you soon,

 

Enrico Wolff

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Up to 12 people a day - that's a lot of massage work! I imagine that they are not all 1 hour sessions, because that would be a super-human feat.

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Often it is just the popular classic back massages for just under 30 minutes.
But long treatments of up to 90 minutes are also often booked,
so of course there are fewer customers.
Nevertheless, I also strive to start my own business again.
Having your own long-standing customer base is beneficial.
Greetings
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MODUL 9

 

Hello,

The shoulder-arm rocking is easy and very pleasant. You can feel your shoulder working under your hand. If the arm is in abduction, you will quickly feel a resistance when the muscles in the shoulder area are tight. Step by step I notice how I progress after just a few repetitions. When "shaking the arm", the customer really has to let go so that the movement reaches the whole body.

Rolling your long arm on the floor, that's what I call it, reminds me of rolling out dough. Many exercises are reminiscent of housework and the like, so I can create so-called "donkey bridges". It is pleasant when the pressure gets bigger and smaller by leaning to the side. The permanent contact also provides a nice stretch of the arm muscles.

Best regards,

Enrico

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Haha, "donkey bridges" is a direct translation from "Eselsbruecke", but this doesn't mean anything in English. There must be a similar expression in English, but I can't think of one right now. Laugh

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MODUL 10

My next note on module 10:

If someone is sensitive to pressure on the sacrum, the first exercise should be replaced, you can do this exercise alone. Otherwise, people will notice this even when lying on their back, whether they are sensitive there. If necessary, do a light pressure test on the sacrum beforehand. If there are no restrictions, this is a nice stretch and rocking exercise.

While doing circles, I feel myself how the area warms up nicely, very pleasantly. I can do the "standing circles" in tall people in several positions (higher or lower).

In the next exercise on the gluteal muscles I notice how dependent firm muscles are on rocking. The rocking movement eases the pressure on the muscles, making it more pleasant than pressing with the ball of the hand and the thumbs (for example Shiatsu). The switch of the hands makes it more fluid again, as with leg rocking.

Having your knees on your buttocks is something for experienced clients in my opinion. Nevertheless, executed in all directions pleasant for both. As in the traditional Thai massage, I can use the position of my hands and feet to dose my body weight. Almost a must have for my male clients.

Working up and down the lower back and rocking requires a little concentration at first. Here I can let my breathing flow again. Well dosed, it is a pleasant feeling of stretching and pressure. I had tried it with my colleague and at home with my wife.

My wife was allowed to fully enjoy the exercises in this series without doing the knee work. First one side, then the other goes very well with the "manual work". About 10 minutes for both sides, including two light cracks on the thoracic spine Wink.

 

Kind regards,

Enrico

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Some people's spine 'cracks' easily, including my wife. Typically this feels like a good release and is nothing to worry about.

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Module 11

 

Hello Shama, hello forum users.

Here are a few notes on the 11th module:

 

The work along the spine and the erector spinae muscle is felt to be faster and more detailed than on large muscles and flat areas. Where there is a lot of muscle mass, the techniques across and along the spine must be practiced well and I can work with a little more pressure. It is pleasant to work on both sides along the spine with increasingly flat contact. Both large-area hand contact last and first, then with the edges of the hand and then the fingers are pleasant. If the muscles are severely shortened or tighter in one place, I would linger there a little. This is also the case with circles at the top of the neck. My question about quick circles on the shoulders: is the direction of the circle particularly important (clockwise or not)? Personally, I find the circling in the "swimming direction", i.e. clockwise right shoulder, as more pleasant.

I know how to open the shoulder blade from deep tissue. This is where adhesions can come off nicely. I hook myself back as if on a handle. In general, I can do all of these exercises on the massage table so far, although my own posture on the floor is better in the long run. Sometimes I have to lean more forward on the lounger or I stand in front of it, rotating slightly.

The shoulder rocking is very pleasant from this side and I would rather incorporate it at the end, after the remaining muscles have already been loosened and warmed up. I often have customers with strongly forward-facing shoulders, from office work, etc. I think working on the back and from the dorsal side is very appropriate here, as the front area (anterior shoulder girdle, abdominal side and even hip flexors) is a slight rotation of the back are involved.

 

Kind regards,

Enrico

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Conclusion:

A really successful course and wonderful techniques. Many even not only feasible on the ground. My previous customers and my wife like this way. Thank you Shama for your competent and loving demonstration.

This won't be my last class here. Now the practice will continue and maybe I'll write something about it then.

See you soon.

 

Enrico

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Regarding the direction of the circling - I show what feels right for me in my experience. However I don't like making up rules and I encourage everyone to experiment on their own and get feedback from their practice partners. No massage system has ever grown and developed without the freedom and the creativity to change or improve things. Smile

You are always welcome to post in here and I will always be happy to read it and respond!

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That's right. I always massage personally, intuitively, only certain basics and fundamentals should be part of every massage. But I also have to experience and feel this myself in order to work with it. As already mentioned, this is your own handwriting and mindfulness.

Thank You and kind regards

Enrico

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