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Module # 26

I have used my elbows and forearms on peoples backs before but your techniques I always find refreshing and new as far as the yoga perspective of them. I love doing the elephant walking on my clients it goes well and they really enjoy it ,the galloping was interesting its taking me awhile to adjust to that but my client just smiled because he knows Im learning new techniques, he said it felt like I was learning to dance on his back lol. The thumb rolling and forearm rocking went well, even though the forearm rocking I would of felt more comfortable doing that on the table. Its funny watching you do the neck and the scapula or shoulders at the same time ,because I did that in my regular massage as well ,one of our instructors showed us that in my old school , my clients always loved getting the neck done. 

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February 28, 2022 - 5:57 am
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"He said it felt like I was learning to dance on his back"  -  Not a bad description. Smile

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Module # 27

I love the back techniques the circling of the trapezius is simmular to what I was already doing making it a easy technique and my client loves having his back worked all of the time. Thw kneading was the same but the wiggling I used to use all of my fingers but two is good also. The palm circles  on the blades was familiar as well he loved all of it. I went ahead and used my body cussion for this part its disgned to open up the back area and it has a space for the chest area to for men or womens comfort and a face cradle to rest thier face in, so it opens  up the scapula area real well to get underneath it for the lifting technique to loosen the blades . He had a littlr bit of discomfort getting underneath those blades but faded out after a few sec. Did the cobra # 1 he loved it , he said it was good enough , he didn't want try cobra # 2. lol.

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Module # 28

Had my yogi friend again as my client and I used my body cushion system with it this time. Your flow you did was perfect so for now I did yours then Ill develope my own with whatever techniques I choose. Working the heels with the elbow went well was able to just use my foot pads instead of supporting on my leg. The ankle and calf stretch and the traction and contraction of the ankle ,knee and hip felt good to her she had a long day on her feet. The elephant walking and rocking against the buttocks made her feel more relaxed. The forearm leaning on the side of hip readjusted my elbow to avoid the bony part of the hip. She love the stretch of pushing the heels against the buttocks. AT the end I started putting her to sleep with the palm circles, thumb rocking and percussion on the lower back and sacrum area. Did circles on the shoulder blades and finished up with the cobra stretch the one using the arms.

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Putting clients to sleep is always a good sign. Smile 

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Module # 29

The palming of the mid to outer thigh or leg went smoothly, was a little nerves with sitting or position my bottom on that outer part of the thigh. The sitting was new to me so went really slow, trying to keep my knee off the back of his. Had little issues with the palming circles on the hip ,he had a little discomfort at first but worked its way out after. Rolling of the forearm on the hip was actually easier with him on his side. He found the percussion relaxing. The inner thigh and hip stretch went slowly and not low being he wasn't that flexable ,so went as high as my bent knee or support knee.

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Module # 30

Thank you for the video about just going with what comes to me while doing the massage and not following an order of techniques its a good reminder ,I usaually do that in my massages, but for this training until I get the techniques down through this course Ill work on that as well even more. Was working on my yogi friend again , used the elephant walking to help warm up the muscles before conducting the stretching part of this module. Her Lower back felt a little stiff at the time so she appreciated the hip flexor, quadriceps and lower back stretch. The spinal twist with the rocking motion was one of her favorites as well.

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Module # 31 

Have a friend that gets shoulder issues so was a good one to practice on this time, so started with the shoulder circle on him with the trapezius massage to warm up his shoulder. The circles were small for awhile  at first but it went well. Did a little bit of stretching with it but he enjoyed the rocking motion alot. I feel like I need it done ,actually mostly from my other job I do my shoulders get stiff at times lol .

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"Thank you for the video about just going with what comes to me while doing the massage and not following an order of techniques its a good reminder."  -  In the beginning it is useful to learn sequences, but even in the beginning it is not a big deal to skip something or forget something or to change something. I was never a believer in strictly following a system. And in the long run creativity and intuition are definitely more important than following sequences.

I may do things in a certain way, but it is quite possible that you or someone else comes up with a way that works even better for you. Smile

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Module # 32

Found the Module to be a little challenging ,but it helped that my client was pretty flexible with her upper extremities. I focused on the sub scapula area .Did the rolling over the thumb and fingers while pulling the scapula back, had some resistance and discomfort so warmed up the shoulder and scapula area some more . She did enjoy the traction of the arm and shoulder. Over all it went well.

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Module # 33

For the practice I used my Yogi friend again for the back stretch at the end . The kneading and rocking was similar to what I did in my reg massage practice so it went well. The two handed squeeze was different had to get used to it ,but found I perfered it over using one hand. The back stretch I had to adjust my feet so my toes didn't stick in her back but it went well she enjoyed it.

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I am curious, what kind of massage modality are you practicing aside from Thai Massage?

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Right now my massage therapy practice has been more part time, because I'm deployed right now in the Military Reserves at the border so I have a handful of people that Ive been practicing on. My normal massage practice has been sense 2000 has been Swedish Massage with Reike incorporated in it, but our instructors had some other modalities that the incorporated techniques in the class and recently learned the Table Thai class I took last year for CEU's. That i incorperated into my massage practice, that's why some tech are similar in certain ways.

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Module # 34

The traction moves are new to me of course, your techniques are always more comfortable for the practitioner and client. They make sense and always feel like a safer way of doing things. I love the traction for the arm and back and my client enjoyed it as well. I never used the forearm on the neck or trapezius, but i have used my elbow on the trapezius before but not very often. He didn't mind the forearm on his either one. I can see myself more comfortable with certain techniques that you teach which I know Ill use according to feels right for the situation of that time.

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Module # 35

My massage school I went to definitley infinsized communication within our massage practice. I will get with my clients the day befor e their appointment  to cover certain  information about the massage that they were going to receive the next day including their medical conditions if any that may be contraindicated to reduce much discussion during the massage except for taking care of warmth or discomfort during the massage. Sharing about the Thai massage and how its done I found is not to difficult ,when I mention yoga being an aspect within it most of them are fine with the understanding of that but some of them take a step back when the balancing of energy or anything that pertains to energy work or healing they look at it like voodoo more of any of my conservative  clients have you run into any of those in your practice?

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"They look at it like voodoo more of any of my conservative clients have you run into any of those in your practice?"  -  Not really, but that might have something to do with the fact that I don't tell everyone everything. If someone seems to be less receptive or skeptical or conservative or just not interested, then I don't talk about things that might rub them the wrong way, or I express it in ways that they can better relate to.

I could send you your International Certificate right now, but since you also want the CE certificate, I will wait until you are done with the test questions, and then I will send them both together.

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Finished past my exam 92%

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