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Gavin Lyman's Thai Massage for Sciatica Course Notes
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September 15, 2015 - 9:42 am
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 Module # 1

It was very interesting to learn how Five nerves turn into one nerve. I once took a gross anatomy course and saw the sciatic nerve actually piercing through the piriformis muscle of the human cadaver we were examining, so I have seen that first hand.

My girlfriend who is also my practice partner likes to watch these videos with me which is kind of cool. We were both amazed at all the conditions that can cause sciatica, from sitting too much to degenerative issues. Can't wait to learn some deep pressure work and hip manipulations for the piriformis muscle.

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Hi Gavin, welcome to the Thai Massage For Sciatica course and our forum. I am glad to hear that the first module provided some new information for you. There is a lot more on the way... Smile

Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list:

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September 23, 2015 - 1:16 am
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Module #2

I performed the various sciatica testing methods - straight leg lift, Quick Dorsiflexion, F.A.I.R Test, Toe and Heel test on my practice partner. I am happy to report that my partner had no pain with any of the tests that I performed. I sometimes have sacroiliac dysfunction due to leaning too much on my left side when giving western style massage, the symptoms are very similar to sciatica, such as referred pain down the leg.

I liked the way shama explained how to treat the body as a whole, and to not just concentrate on specific area's, also reinforcing what I learned in Massage School that massage therapists should stay within their scope by not diagnosing particular problems.

Love the video's and shama's teaching style!

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September 23, 2015 - 2:34 am
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Thanks Gavin, I am happy to hear that you resonate with my teaching style!

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Module #3

 

 I found it very comfortable to use hands for rocking the body and a little less comfortable using the feet. My partner mentioned that it felt better when I used my whole body when performing the Rocking Techniques.

Keeping one foot at a 45 degree angle does help with stability when using the feet. 

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Module #4

 

I practiced working the groove with my fingers and elbows. My partner loved it when I used my elbows. I took some Traditional Thai training in Chicago and know enough techniques to perform a good 2hr routine. I have already incorporated some of moves that I have learned from this course in to my routine and my clients love it.

The finger wiggle techniques are great, especially the circular movements, I had my partner switch and try them on me and I was so relaxed I almost fell asleep. 

I perform percussion movements when doing sports massage on the table so I am pretty use to doing them. although I enjoy doing them more on the floor.

I am really starting to Love giving Thai massage, it is so much easier on my joints then table massage.

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Module #5

Shama, you make rocking the sacrum look so easy.  It will take me a while to learn the transitioning technique, but eventually I will get it. Using the forearm and knee to lean on the buttock's and piriformis is very effective according to my partner.

 

I tried the power technique using my knee on the buttocks and pulling on the hip, my partner told me to ease up a bit, and then gave in.  After we finished practicing my partner told me she felt great, which makes me feel great. 🙂

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Great reports, I love reading it! Smile

It also shows very clearly that experienced massage therapists can definitely learn massage from watching a video.

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Module #6

The Double Knee techniques are pretty awesome, my partner and I both enjoyed giving and receiving them -- if a therapist doesn't do glute work I won't go to them, so much tied together down there.  The gradual pressure technique makes a lot sense, by easing in slowly and getting client feedback could only make you look better as a therapist.

I felt a little robotic at first when performing the Hip Rocking moves, but I think I'm getting the hang of it. The one sided lower back lift is a killer move, I am going to try to get my girlfriend to perform that daily on me. HA!

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I could never understand why so many therapists don't touch the glutes. They act as if "glutes" was a dirty word. But glutes massage feels totally great and is so beneficial - and even more so in the case of sciatica piriformis syndrome!

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Module #7

My partner and I practiced the different stretching techniques on each other. I perform a more linear spinal twist and knee to same & opposite shoulder stretches when working on my clients, I like the rocking versions better.

The balancing techniques are so important to get that overall good feel after your sessions. I would feel awful if one of my clients felt lopsided.

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Module #8

I have been a Massage Therapist for 4 years now. I have been very fortunate to build a very large clientele in a short period of time because my clients trust me because and know that I care about their well-being and will spend the time to explain and go over things with them. It is so important to educate your clients, and they will truly appreciate you for it.

Love the homework assignments and exercises. Shama, you are a wealth of knowledge!

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Module #9

I sometimes use the Thai Herbal compresses in my practice and they smell wonderful. I have practiced a little Qigong but not the spring forest style. The massage hammer looks very interesting to me, thinking about purchasing one.

Great Course!

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October 22, 2015 - 10:39 pm
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I am happy to hear that you got your money's worth out of this course! Smile

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October 26, 2015 - 11:06 pm
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Hi Shama. Would it be possible to get the International Certificate as well this course?

Thanks!

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Sure, no problem. The CE certification program includes all the forum posting which is required for the International Certification. I will send you the International Certificate as well.

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