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Ernesta Andriunaite - Thai Massage Back Therapy
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March 20, 2023 - 10:03 pm
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Hello ūüôā Back again for more knowledge. It is nice when the course starts with basics. It is good to review even if you use it at work but with time some things can get forgotten and it is good to repeat basics. Apparently, I forgot how to check while lying down by the hip bone. Good thing this module remind me of that ūüôā

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Welcome back Ernesta. I imagine you will find some things that you had forgotten and you will add lots of new skills to your practice. Smile

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March 21, 2023 - 10:54 pm
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While refreshing my knowledge I got a little surprised by the fact that most common pain is headache and back pain comes in second. I think it is a nice fact to know. And if I compare my workplace with this fact I probably can assume that back pain is number one and neck number two at my workplace. But it's just my assumptions.
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These are probably good assumptions. For the neck pain issue, I would recommend that at some time you enroll in the Heavenly Head Massage course which has the biggest amount of neck techniques you have ever seen!

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Hello ūüôā Mostly I was repeating what I already¬†know. In my opinion it is good to repeat what you already know, especially basics because there are well... basics. And no matter how well you think you know everything there is always¬†something that you will forget. I liked offset back and forth rocking and my model too. Others were nice too.

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Soon there will be plenty of new material. There is definitely some overlap between this course and the Complete Thai Massage course, but the Complete Thai Massage course has 4 back modules and this course has 23! Smile

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HI. I often use palm circling on the sacrum when I work and patients like it too. Also, I had few that didn't like this move because they had so extensive spinal problems and it only exacerbated the pain. After I was informed by them I stopped using it on them.

I liked doing knuckles on the sacrum. It is easier than using thumbs and more easily to perform even while doing some other massage then thai massage.

And of course, percussion on the sacrum was fun to do and my models loved it and gave them a boost of good emotions. I am guessing that is all thanks to vibration.
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That's why it is important to have a variety of techniques in your repertoire. Not every technique will work well on every client. If you know enough techniques, you can always find something that does work.

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Hello Shama.  All techniques looked really nice and relaxing. My model liked them too. Technique that required rocking was a little bit harder to learn because I know I still need more practice to get a better feeling while performing rocking techniques. I still miss a beat and sometimes get to forceful. 

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Rocking should feel easy on you. It's all about rhythm, flow, and harmony. Smile

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Hello. First technique and I am already sweating from trying to keep my balance and rhythm at the same time (especially switching sides). Another few techniques with the forearm that follows is something that I probably will be able to do by doing massage on the table. Knowing that my patients are constantly working on computers, these techniques are gonna be very useful. 
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This transitioning technique is admittedly a little tricky initially. But when you figure it out, it will make transitions so much easier. Rewatch the video to make sure that you caught all the little details.

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Hi ūüôā It is really interesting and challenging to do techniques with your knee without squashing anyone and keeping your balance. And with added rocking it is difficult but definitely interesting to learn. Of course, added visual how possible sequences may look was really helpful.

Also, I wanned to share one of my patient comment: during massage when I was using few techniques from previews module, they said that rocking reminds them of time when they where baby and their mom was rocking them. It may irrelevant but I think that was very unexpected observation from their side.
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It's a good observation and it's absolutely true. The rocking movements are the universally recognized way of calming babies. It works for adults as well. Smile

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Hi ūüôā When You mentioned that using one hand on the sacrum and the other hand rocking up and down over a back on big people, I would like to add that it is very useful to do that with ones that are very stiff and lack motion in their back. And my models told me that holding arms in more than one place, especially if hands are warm, makes them more relaxed and reminds of hot stone massage when one hand is stable on sacrum.

Also, I liked learning a forearm rolling on lower back, because it is easy on my hands and doing well - on my back. And of course, my model liked that too. When learning the double forearm I had some problems because it is a very unusual position for my hands and it took some time to even get what I am supposed to do.

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"I would like to add that it is very useful to do that with ones that are very stiff and lack motion in their back."  -  Definitely. Regarding the double forearm work, I know, this can take a little while to master, but you can do a lot with it, and it is very easy on your body. You will figure it out! Smile

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Hello. Learning to roll forearms down from the groove was slightly difficult because first tries felt like I would fall face first to the mattress. Few times it almost happened Laugh Other techniques were easier to learn however when it came to the elbow I tried to be as gentle as possible because of the lack of sensitivity and control there compared to fingers. But I will learn. 

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"When it came to the elbow I tried to be as gentle as possible because of the lack of sensitivity and control there compared to fingers."  -  That's the way to go about it. If you are not really used to elbow work, this takes some time to develop sensitivity.

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Hi Shama ūüôā There weren't any difficulties learning this module techniques, only expand my skill set to what I can use on my patients. Of course, my model liked what I did on them and I noticed that they liked the forearm techniques most.

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Forearm work is a little easier than elbow work. Smile

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