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September 24, 2016 - 11:48 pm
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Module 25

 On Friday I worked specifically on a client using much of the back work and forearms and hand positions near the spine. I noticed how quickly my female clients back really relaxed. Ive also been using more rocking methods on and near the SI joint. It seems to calm the body. 

Her hips and low back were extremely tight. I noticed when I gently sunk in using my body weighed her body responded and gave in and released faster. She also had a really tight knot near her trapezius scalpula rhomboid area. Again I used my elbow and just sat and sunk into her soft area next to her spine. I was able to completely release the tight knotted area.  Thai massage techniques are gentle and yet very effective.  Ive also noticed when I work and use knees on the glutes this helps with strain on the back muscles.  My client really likes this because it releases her glutes. She likes stronger deeper work. 

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September 25, 2016 - 11:01 pm
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Congratulations! Sounds like you did a great job with this back work. Smile

Actually Thai Massage techniques are only gentle if you use the system which I emphasize of sinking in with body weight, thinking softness, and working with your whole body etc. There are practitioners who did not learn it that way and who work with muscle power and without finesse, and then it doesn't feel gentle at all, but sometimes rather brutal. Frown

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Many of the techniques for back I use in general. But Im learning to use more of the rocking and cirlular motions in the back. Recently I really worked a womens spinal scalenes. And used all of the methods on this women especially around the thoracic rib area. Very tender. The wiggling and rocking and gentle leaning in seems to release faster then really strong. This women likes it really strong but I dont think strong and hard are really what poeple need. Also the kneading and rolling of the trapezius are something everyone likes. 

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Many of my sessions start in upper back. I love the finger wiggles and kneading and rolling of the traps. I also love the shoulder pull and stretch.  I've used this stretch on clients that like a stronger stretch and get really positice feedback after. Especially a male client I have who loves thai massage.  I also do the Cobra 2 and 3 on many of my more flexible clients. They love this technique. 

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So today I performed almost and entire thai massage on one of my male co-workers who has never had work from me. And I believe becauae of my focus and leaning and taking my time and going sliw with focused breathing the flow was amazing. He wanted a medium pressure.  And because he had a very tight low back I did more warm ups and wiggles and rocking. I didnt do a lot of stretching but I really worked on his posterior legs and feet and did some lught glute warm ups. His coment was the massage was amazing.  I was able to do to a little bit of stretching with my calming and warm ups. Thai massage really has made me a far better therapist. 

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That is so great to hear, that Thai Massage has made you a better therapist! That's one of those statements that makes my day! Smile

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So as going over many of the techniques in this video. I'm going to talk about my experience with a client recently that I encorporated much of what I've learned up till now. This time I did start my clients session as her feet. And really focused on intention, and using my whole body. I used neck techniques and many of the elephant walking. I used a lot of warming and rocking and circling. The women really enjoyed what I gave her. The best part was that I didn't expend a lot of energy. And I felt like my flow really went well. Again I really feel like I am becoming a more gentle and unique therapist because I do deep tissue but I also do soft gentle Thai massage that makes my techniques diverse yet well balanced. I really enjoy Shama's classes and how he teaches.

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October 16, 2016 - 2:15 am
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Module 30

Side lying.

So as a therapist side lying massage has been something I've had to take other classes to get good with. And the spinal work shown in this course has been super beneficial because I've learned other techniques similiar, but the techniques in this video are gentle and slow and work better in giving the body the ability to relax while working an extremely difficult area. If it's not done slow and methodical clients tighten up very quickly. So I've taken time to really practice the elbows and fingers to lossen the spinalis that often many therapist forget. I also love the twists and stretching. In fact the actual stretches in the video are a ome I already use which kind of made me smile. I did learn a different way to stretch the scapula which is fault use for stuck traps on really tight individuals.  

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That's one of the features I really love about Thai Massage - you can  accomplish a lot without expending tons of energy, as you noticed. 

Now, towards the end of the course, you are getting more and more into the flow. After some more time the techniques will become so much second nature that you won't have to think about them anymore, and then it will really flow and you can focus on the non-technical elements of the session.

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Module 31

What I love about these new techniques is how well they work in any position. So I took the shoulder techniques as seen and used it in a client that had  a shoulder injury and struggles with stiffness and pain. I also did neck circling and boy did she really like it. In fact I think it worked better then what I had done before. But it was done with her face up.  In any case any kind of rocking and circling rotating I believe works side lying and supine. My end results are a relaxed client and a released shoulder.

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So I performed this stretch on a male client on Tuesday. Except he pulled his arms over his head and I still placed me hand in his soft tissue traps and romboids area. He loved it. He told me he has never had any one stretch his arms in these fashions. I also do back stretches shown in the other videos that her really likes and sacrum stretching. Recently I did the finger and palm presses on him that he told me after, he could breath better.  So exciting to see these results. Thanks Shama for teaching such amazing techniques.

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So I spent tonight working on my husband.  I did some side lining, and a bunch of hip work. But I also did some sitting neck and shoulder work. His hamstrings and glutes were tight. Needless to say my husband really likes thai work he was falling asleep within minutes of working on him.  I took time to support his back and making sure his neck was supported. He really liked the neck palmpress. What I like to call it.

I really love thai massage.

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 My daughter likes Thai Massage because it is gentle. Last night I did palm elephant presses on her back. Her shoulders were tight. She told me to be soft. So all of the trapezius techniques Ive learned have to be soft slow and gentle. I do elephant walking all over her legs. But I also had her lie on her side and did just rocking and circling.  Its really made me more aware of how my own tone and energetic intention is. My daughter is very opinionated. And if done correctly she really enjoys thai. So I have to make sure Im comfortable while caressing or gentle compressions or light circling on her neck or she will complain.  Again. Im so greatful to have learned from Shama. Excellant teacher.

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These are all great results. You sound like a competent Thai Massage therapist now with good feedback, a deep appreciation of this work, and apparently good technique. I am very happy to hear this! Smile Actually I am quite proud of you!

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In my practice one of the biggest market tools and return client feedback I have heard is that I listen. Ive had to learn to check in many times and tell my clients if you need me to back off or its too much just say uncle.  Now I go further and say so is the pressure comfortable or would you like it lighter.  Many times if a person says oh thats sensive or wow I had no idea that was sore. I immediately back out and reasess how Im working. Its been a process and now I have more tools I use them for all my work.  I dont always to Thai but my Thai tools are used everytime I massage. And that changed my softness in deep tissue. 

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