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Great, you completed the first section of the course! With this module it all falls into place. You don't seem to have any big challenges or obstacles, and with practice it will all get better and better! Smile

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Module 12

I have been incorporating my thai massage pratice into my clients. On Tuesday I performed a 1 hour session on a male client who came in with low right side back pain. I initially told my client that at any time the stretching was too much or uncomfortable he needed to tell me. 

I did all the critical warm ups on his feet, calfs, and quads. And using good body mechanics and breathing I performed many of the techniques in module 12. The hip pie stretching. Si stretching, and hamstring stretching.  In fact his comments during the session were that he wished I could do this every morning. I used many of the power stretching because he asked for it. Hexwas extremely happy with his thai massage. I feel like I have learned the soft magic touch through using breathing and focusing on my hara and really staying in tune. 

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Module 13

This morning I worked on my husband. He was complaining of a stiff hip and leg. After warmups. I started working the hip pie routine and found the scooping method working extremely well on both legs. After which I did the leg pulling and traction and brought both knees up to do a strong hamstring stretch. My husband found it very comfortable. I also stretched both lwgs out and stretched the achilis tendone and quads area.  After which I folded his legs over doing elephant presses on the outside of his IT band and side leg. My husband said the pain had disapated when he got up. I really like hip pie stretching its extremely throughough. 

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Well, the client who wishes he had this treatment every morning, if he would pay you to do it every morning, I am sure you would be happy to provide it! Smile

What can I say, you are obviously right on track and you must be doing it right if you get such results and such comments. It sounds like you will have a successful Thai Massage career.

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Module 14

I worked on a client on friday. He is male with having several back surgeries. When he first came to me he was in pain and very frustrated. I felt the need to do Thai Massage on him just with some basic rockings and very low key warm ups and stretches. Ive seen him 3 times now and on friday he reported that he is able to walk and do a few more things he hasnt done in a while. After watching the hip rocking I incorportaed this into the session and did this many time throughout the warm ups. And I noticed his body relax faster. He even commented that the stretches felt really good and they didnt hurt.  Hip pie seems to go smoother after Ive done the hip rocking. I cant do extreme stretching and a lot of what I do is slow and basic but because its soft and gentle doing the hip work is opening up his chronic joints. Cant wait to see how he does and what improvements show in the next month. 

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Tonight my daughter was having a really hard time getting relaxed for bed. She just started 1st grade and has some nervious tension. So after watching the abdomen and chest video I decided to try these techniques on her. Most of what I did was gentle wave motion on her abdomen. Then I gently circle with my palm on her sternum. I did this for about 15 minutes. Then she closed her eyes and after gentle carressing she fell asleep snoring. Amazing. 

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It is truly amazing. I love hearing such stories like the one about your daughter.

In regards to working on the other person, you mentioned that you did "just basic slow and simple techniques". Actually the fact is, contrary to what most people think, the simple and basic stuff is often much more effective than super fancy stretches and way-out-there techniques. The basic stuff works on everyone, but the fancy stuff only works on people who have a good degree of flexibility already.

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Module 16

Today I worked on my 18 year old son. I really spent time on his shoulders, neck and arms. Doing a lot of elephant walking. I went back over his neck and pects area very softly. My son has been stressed lately. After doing the arm work on his sen lines and working through his arm pit area. He commented he could feel my calm energy.  My son is ver picky about any kind of work. But Thai massage is gentle and he is able to tune into the energy part of it. 

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I also spent time on my daughter today working on shoulders and arms and hands. My daughter really liked the soft elephant walking and neck and should pulls. She also really enjoyed it when I worked her arms with the soft back and forth compressions. And after I worked her hands she just wanted gently caressing.  Im learning an extremely important lession regatding softness. My daughter loves soft touch. And this really tones down her tiredness into taking a nap. 

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That's good that you are getting a better understanding about softness. Interestingly enough Thai Massage often has the reputation of being rather brutal. That of course has nothing to do with Thai Massage itself but with the interpretation and implementation of the practitioner. Those who never pay attention to developing sensitivity will never really understand the concept of "power of softness". So you are way ahead of the game! Smile

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Module 19

Performed many thi techniques from 19 to a male client. The shoulder rockings and elephant walks and arm movements.  He actually smiled during the massage. Ive alao noticed that after I do several thai techniques, it helps the body relax faster when Im doing deep tissue.  Warm up and stretching the tissue allow the body to relax faster. Even on my client his back and neck were super stiff. I just spent a few minutes rocking and stretching and it made all the difference.

Ive also noticed female clients who I do hip rockings and warm ups really help to release the glutes in a faster calmer manner. 

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Here in Thailand the therapists also combine oil massage techniques with Thai Massage techniques. Why not, it works great! Smile

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Module 20

Performed traction with ankle and hip joints on a very stiff male client of mine. Stretch out his calfs. And used elephant walking and elbows in hamstrings. This man has two hip sergeries. This really helped loosen his calfs and warmed them up. 

The heal and calf stretch I learned from another course. But I love it because it stretches soleus and gastrocnemius. 

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Module 21

So I really liked how to position the legs in prone position. I worked on a male client today that really needed calf and hamstring worked. As I positions his legs medial I noticed he relaxed more. He even commented that his knees hurt and it felt better to have his legs positioned better. Also used my elbows and really focsed on leaning and melting and lines. Its also way less energy to do this for me. When hamstrings get tight its super important to have them relaxed or the body starts to fight or get tight. 

Very nice. 

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When I work on big hamstrings, I mostly use non-hand tools like forearms, elbows, knees and feet. So much easier on me!

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Module 22

I went back over Module 22 a couple of times. And have used the techniques on a client of mine as of today and and few days ago. He has extremely tight hamstrings, calfs and glutes. I have been working on elephant walking and even used my knees to work on his posterior side. He's had two knee replacements and really stiff knees.  So working on him with thai massage has been helpful in warming and stretching him out so he can move. 

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Module 23

So I watch 23. What is amazing is that I performed this on my client today. With the knees and hip rocking. I did it slightly stronger because my client enjoys really strong work. But I noticed he really enjoywd tge glutes and hamstrings. I went over them about three times. I really like using knees it takes a lot of the work load off of me. 

Im also going to pratice on my husband later. 

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You are one of the few course students who doesn't get freaked out by knee work initially. The more you are able to replace your hands with other body parts and reduce stress on your body, the better. 

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Module 24

Worked on my husbands back. He really likes the gentle rocking on his back. I also work on his sacrum. He needs more work on the glutes and low back. I went over his back several times, still tight and stiff. Did a little glute and hamstrings and calf work. Will probably go back over his back several times.  I have no problem with leaning and breathing. In fact I think I do better because of the contant reminders while watching the videos. 

Very nice work Shama.

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Thank you Heather! Smile

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