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Gayle Worden's Thai Rocking Massage Course Notes
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Gayle Worden
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Good day, I began watching the videos and have watched Modules I, II, and III. I have been offering Thai Body work for about 5 or 6 years now after having taken an in person course here in Maine. I only see a few clients per week as I'm "retired" and like having lots of free time. I thought it would be nice to explore some of your techniques and am enjoying the videos and your teaching style. I have practiced the Chi Machine on a couple of clients and they both liked it. I have also tried the 2nd move I think in Module II with one leg held in place up against the thigh and the other lifted and rocked (can't remember the name) but I definitely need more practice with that. I'll watch it again and practice on my husband. He always enjoys being the practice body. Thanks, Gayle

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Hi Gayle, welcome to our forum and to our community. Question: Did you post just to share or did you post in order to get a certificate?

If you are just sharing, then everything is fine. If you want a certificate, however, then you would need to fill in a certification registration form (via our Certification Tutorial page which is accessed by clicking on the Certification Information banner in the sidebar of your membership portal).

I hope I am not disturbing your "retirement" too much. Laugh  Glad to have you with us!

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Hi Shama, 

I have registered for certification and read the instructions. Hope I get it right this time!

Module I

Rocking involves more movement than linear pressure and enhances energy and healing properties of thai massage, especially on people who are sensitive to linear pressure and larger movements of traditional thai massage. I'm certified with Nuad Boran northern style.

I like that the rocking techniques can be used as a mini session on one area of the body or as a full body session and I can see how it'd be incredibly relaxing!

I have intuitively used some similar movements to the slow and fast rocking in my practice but from seeing your hand placements, one initiating the movement and the other in an assist/control placement, I think it is an improvement on what I do. The wiggle technique is interesting and I think may be more effective than simple rubbing on a tender spot. Circling looks interesting too and I'm looking forward to learning that and the swinging techniques for future use. 

Gayle 

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Thanks, we received your certification registration. Now, one more thing: Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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In Thailand, rocking is practically never used in Thai Massage. I have been receiving Thai Massage sessions in Thailand for two decades, and no therapist ever did anything that resembled rocking. However I had experienced rocking moves in other massage styles, and it inspired me to create a number of rocking movements that go very well with Thai Massage. This course was the result, and it has inspired lots of western Thai Massage practitioners to include rocking into their work.

Nowadays you are much more likely to receive a Thai Massage session that includes rocking moves in the western world than in Thailand, and many came through this course. Laugh

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Module II Thai Rocking Certification

I've watched the video a few times now and been practicing on clients. I think I've got the Chi Machine down pretty well. This morning's client said she felt an circular opening type feeling in her abdomen which she loved but had trouble articulating. She really enjoyed the experience. I also performed the Traction rock and that gave her a feeling of security which I found interesting. 

The Chi Machine is fairly easy to perform and with the rhythmic side to side movement I can see even the nose move a little. I have learned to start slow, building up speed, and gradually slow down. Then I leave them still while still holding their ankles for a few moments to let the sensation wash over them. Nothing but good feedback so far.

The Traction Rock has taken a little more practice for me but I think I've got it down now. At first it felt jerky and I recognize that I was pulling with my arms more than leaning the upper body while pulling. I've also been starting with slow rock, faster rock, and a slow down at the end. 

I've used the visual assessment of hip mobility for years in my yoga classes. I've found though that sometimes people hold their legs unconsciously and once they've been asked to relax their hips they will open more than a quick visual would lead me to believe. This assessment flows quite easily into the Thai practice.

I'm looking forward to Module III

Gayle

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Gradually accelerating and then slowing down the rocking speed is definitely the way to go. That's the refined way of doing it. It's the subtleties that make it flow.Smile

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Module III

I've watched this module a couple of times and been working with it with clients. 

Hip assessment is fairly simple & straight forward. You do a great job explaining things in detail so that I think that even people who aren't familiar with yoga or massage would be able to understand.

One client abducts quite well but doesn't adduct well so I spent some time working her legs rocking in the direction of stiffness before moving into the traditional thai massage for hips. She felt that it did assist in opening her hips to adduct better. She also loves the chi machine. 🙂 Another client has hips that are essentially "locked". I've used it on her twice now and she feels that it does help at least to warm her for further traditional movements. She is the stiffest female I've ever worked on! I told her today that with this course I will hopefully learn some further techniques to help her unlock. She is arthritic so gentleness is the way to go.

I think I've got the body mechanics and technique down pretty good at this point. I like that it does work the sen lines, warms and relaxes the muscles and gives some motion in the joint with one technique!

I haven't done the technique at the "qua" or that is what my Thai Chi teacher used to call it yet. I'm not comfortable being that up close and personal. But I think I may be comfortable with another client I haven't seen in a few weeks to give it a try. I actually had this done to me at a resort in Mexico a few years back! It felt good but pretty intense.

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With a client who is sooo stiff, you have your work cut out for you to put this course to the test! Smile

With such people it does take time - there is no quick fix for super stiff people. Also keep in mind that extremely stiff bodies can indicate mental rigidity as well, so there are two levels to address.

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