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Genevieve Bessette
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November 2, 2017 - 4:35 am
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module #1

I’m back!! 

I knew more about the lordosis than the kyphosis.We didn’t learn as much in my earlier massage course but I see many people with this problem on my mat and table. In many case, people want to get a massage right now but the fact we can evaluate them when they are lying down is the best in my case.

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November 2, 2017 - 9:51 am
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Welcome back Genevieve! Smile

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Course #2

I like the comparaison of what thai massage is doing a little more than western massage. I had receive and give both of them and it’s true. Because there is something more than just muscles.

Thanks for the theory about the coccyx, sacrum (it’s more important than I thought), lumbar and thoracic. The last one is a little more complex and I going to love it when is gonna be time for it.

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November 8, 2017 - 10:43 pm
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Course #3

I had learn about props in Lotus Palm school but you had show me another way to use it with the pillow. I can wait to used it next time. 

It’s essential that you come back of what is stretch and what is tightin a posture. I use it a lot with my clients.

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Good to hear that you are getting new and useful material from the course! 🙂

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Course #4

I love to do the large circles just beside the spine. I used to do it a lot. Wink I prefere to do the back and fort mouvement instead of up and down. Maybe it is just matter of practice. 

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Course #5

My questions are:

When you are doing rocking on the sacrum, should we used coussin under the feet if the person’s feet are turned outside?

I think there is a sen line in the spine grove. Do we work on it a little?

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Yes, if the feet are turned out, you should put a pillow under the ankles.

There are plenty of techniques for working along the sen lines in the back. You will see this in later modules of this course. There are 4 sen lines on the back, 2 of them in the groove next to the spine, and two more on the lateral side of the erector muscles. However we don’t need to focus on the lines so specifically since we will be working the back in so many ways that you will cover the sen lines automatically.

The traditional method to work those sen lines is to do it with your thumbs. I don’t teach this since it is really hard on your thumbs, especially when you work on larger backs. I prefer more therapist-friendly alternatives.

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Thanks Shama!

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The roll up the sacrum with the heel of the hand is very effective and people always wonder which kind of the structure I am working on. They don’t know that is more than a bone lol

I just love those techniques but I have difficulty to do the squat between the transition of side but I change side. I keep on trying.

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I am not too sure with the rolling forearm down the glute but nobody complains about it. I just love when you are doing with both hands the moving sacrum. It’s seem so relaxing. 

The glutes is a important part that massage therapists forget to work on it. I say it’s the conjonction between the lower and upper body!

Thanks!

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The glutes are one part of the body which massage therapists generally don’t work on. Other often neglected areas are chest, abdomen, and everything from the neck on up.

Talking about conjunction between lower and upper body – this is anatomically totally true. The weight of the upper body splits in two via the Sacroiliac joints and is redistributed into the legs. There is no good reason not to work on this area! Plus, it feels great.

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I’ve ready used my knees for the glutes even with more power. Big people just love it (because I’m medium small loll). I’ve try the double rocking with the knees and the up and down is easier than the side by side. I don’t know if because of my balance but I need to hold on with the floor when I’m using my knees. 

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With your technique of warming the erectors, I’ve changed mine and I guess the feeling is the better (I was tired to do the same thing too 😉 ). I didn’t have the chance to try the double forearms on the lower back but the rolling with one arm make some space between thoracic and the hips.

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My clients just loved all the techniques in this course. Elbows give me a big break to my fingers and my bigger guy and sportives are pretty satisfied. 

I’m looking foward to more informations about sen lines.

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That’s what it’s all about. If your clients love what you are doing with this material, you are clearly on the right track!

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Course #11

Thanks for these techniques for the middle back. A lot a people are tight around there because they are not breathing well or because of there posture. I didn’t know those variations and it’s help me a lot saving my hands.

I guess I will know about the meaning of each sen lines when I’ll do the course. Am I wrong?

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I don’t know if I’m wrong but the idea of not disconnect from the client come more from the Occident side than the Orient?

The trapezius technique and the forearm leaning on trapezius make a great sound (mmm..) from my clients 😀 

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The idea of not disconnecting doesn’t really come from a specific place. It is not specifically taught in Thai Massage, however my style of Thai Massage contains quite a few elements which I added myself. Not disconnecting is one of them, and all the motion/rocking elements are another one.

Don’t read too much into the sen lines. There are no magic points where something special happens when you press them. 

Here are some resources you can look at:

Thai Massage Sen Line Primer

Thai Massage And Traditional Sen Lines

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Thank you Shama!

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Thanks for the review! With the side position, you can do a lot of things but it’s pretty confortable.

Question: Can I do the power technique on someone who have spondylolisthesis or hernia?

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I would rather err on the side of caution – better be safe than sorry. If someone has a potential problem with a Thai Massage technique, stay away from power techniques and use more gentle and safe ways of working.

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