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Personally, I don't like switching sides more than is absolutely necessary. After a while you will remember even a longer sequence on one side. However I have to admit that it has happened to me too that I couldn't remember every single technique that I had done on one side. The good news is that this doesn't really matter so much. The client will remember even less than you do. If you skip (forget) one technique on one side, it is no big deal. You don't have to be a perfectionist with this. Smile

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Module 22

Prone Legs 3

These quad and hip flexer stretches are really great. I have already run into situations where I needed to modify. One because my parter was very flexible, and one because my partner was very tight. 
One of my partners has had a total hip replacement. With him I had to modify the Prone single leg heal to butt stretch from the left and the right side. I am sure this happens often when someone is really tight on one side. I like to practice on him because it is a good reminder to be that both sides of the body are not the same. 

Over the weekend we had our family ski trip and each night I was able to practice many of the techniques on two or more bodies. My family (which I very large I have 7 siblings) is very excited about the skills and techniques I am learning. I will never run out of bodies to practice one. 

I have been working on mostly women, I find it a little uncomfortable to work on men. Over time I’m sure that I will get used to it but right now it is very awkward for me. 

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"I will never run out of bodies to practice one."  -  That's great! We have some students who have a hard time finding anyone to practice on. Luckily that's not your problem.

I am sure that over time you will feel more comfortable working on men.

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Module 23

Sacrum and Glutes

Finding the groove in the Sacrum was a bit of a challenge for me. I was practicing on my sister. She kept asking me when the massage was going to start. Laugh I had to tell her several times that I could not start until I located the groove. Once I did find it the techniques were very lovely to do. The thumb rocking and the percussions went great. When I attempted to use my knees things went down hill. I didn't have my body weight positioned right. It was kind of like I was just digging my boney knee into her glutes. I will give it a try again. Just like everything else the first time is always a little awkward and uncomfortable.  

After watching your Tips and Tricks video on constant contact I wondered about the transition from supine to prone. Do you have a video that shows how to have your client move from supine to prone? If not, will you give me the rundown? Right now when I practice I am just asking my partner to roll over. That is working fine but I am just wondering if there is a smoother transition. 

I went on vacation and I got a little behind on the modules, I am working hard to get caught back up! Cool 

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"Do you have a video that shows how to have your client move from supine to prone?"  -  Yes, here is an article with a video about this exact topic:

How To Reposition Clients in Thai Massage

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Module 24

Prone Back 1

Your back techniques are so lovely! I personally enjoy practicing them and my partners really enjoy them as well. I like how well these techniques flow together. It really reminds me of a dance. I feel comfortable in these transitions. Such a smooth set of movements. 

I have practiced the kneeling on the glutes several more times and that technique has improved greatly. I also offed my friend a massage. Before hand I chatted with her about some areas of her body she felt like needed some attention. After our conversation I looked through my notes and re-watched some of your videos. I came up with a sequence of techniques to move through. This really helped me stay on track as well as transition from one technique to another. 

Thank you for sharing the video on moving the clients! So helpful. I was amazed at how easily I was able to move the body from supine to prone. Your "Tips and Tricks" videos are awesome!

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"Your "Tips and Tricks" videos are awesome!" -  Thank you, we have many of those:

Thai Massage Tips And Tricks Series

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Module 25

Prone Back 2

I am always hesitant when it comes to using my elbows or my knees even though the times I have used them my partners say it feels nice. For this module I decided to us my brother as my partner. He is a very big and strong man. He is very athletic and physically fit. He also suffers from lower back pain. He was the perfect body to use. Me kneeling on him was the perfect amount of pressure for his strong back. After our session he said his back had not felt that good in a long time. We are now planning to meet weekly so I can continue to work on his back. 

I hope that over time my body becomes more used to the movements. I practiced for an hour and was drained after that. I don't think  at this point I could do more than one massage a day! I am sure I still don't have the techniques right and I am using more muscle power than body weight. I will keep practicing. 

Thanks Shama for these great videos! 

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Congratulations to your breakthrough with your brother!

"I am sure I still don't have the techniques right and I am using more muscle power than body weight."  -  If you feel drained after one hour, then you definitely use too much muscle power and are not positioning yourself correctly so that your body weight is doing most of the work.

I suggest you take one technique and play with it by repositioning yourself and trying to do the same thing but without muscle power and with better ergonomics. Once you accomplish that with one technique, try the same thing with a second one, and so on. But it is important to start with one technique only, and from that you will get more confidence when you feel that it is getting easier.

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Module 26

Prone Back 3

Before I jump into my notes from this module I wanted to say thank you for the tip on getting my ergonomics right with just one technique and then moving on. I do feel like I have been pushing myself to master the techniques as quick as I can. I will take time to slow down and focus on my body posture. 

The techniques shown in module 26 have been very helpful for me practicing on larger bodies. Most of my partners are smaller people. For the smaller partners I see that using the techniques from module 24 is enough. Although the squeeze/pull down on neck and trap circling is a great technique for all my partners. 
Right now I am sticking with the elephant walking motion. I tried the galloping rhythm and I got so confused. I will go back to it once I feel Ike I have elephant walking down. 

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"I do feel like I have been pushing myself to master the techniques as quick as I can. I will take time to slow down and focus on my body posture. "  -  That's the right way to approach it. It's not about perfection - none of us will ever reach that because there is no such thing. Instead it is about constant improvement without stressing and pushing yourself. It's about enjoying the process.

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Module 27

Prone Upper Back

In this module the Cobra techniques I am loving! I already feed great about these different techniques. I also feel like I have good ergonomics with them too. This is because I have been doing these techniques for years in my yoga classes when I adjust clients during classes. 

I used my sister while I was watching this module. She always has tension in her shoulder. These techniques where great for her. I actually watched the video two days in a row and used her body. I am focusing on better ergonomics. I can tell a difference. I am not nearly as fatigue as I was a week ago. 

Lift and loosening up the shoulder blade is incredible. I have played with a few bodies just to see how different their shoulder blades are. Some are stuck to the back and some are so loose. I hope that I can work more with those that have really tight more. I look forward to seeing improvement over time. 

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You will find more shoulder blade techniques in the side-position section. Smile

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Module 28

Prone Summery

The summery videos are great. I love to see how you transition from technique to technique. I know that every client will be different but it is really nice to feel these smooth transitions that you create and share in the summery. 

I am continuing to practice good ergonomics with each technique. I can feel my body becoming more and more comfortable in these techniques. I have also begun to focus more on my body positioning than on my partners. I tell them that I have to get a good feel for the technique in my body’s first. They are very understanding and tell me that they can feel a difference when my positing better. 

I know we have a ways to go before the end of this training. I am just thinking ahead a bit. How long are massages typically? 1 hour? If you are giving a general full body massage how would you brake the massage down time wise? 

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Regarding the length of Thai Massage sessions - personally, I have never done less than 2-hour sessions because I don't like feeling rushed. I know, most therapists won't follow in my footsteps there. I always worked for myself, so I could make up my own rules.

You can certainly do a one-hour session, but you will never be able to use all the techniques in this course. You will have to design a shortened routine. This can easily be done, of course. 

Thai Massage is a modality that lends itself to longer sessions because there is so much that you can do with it. You will have to experiment with what you can do within one hour. I would start with the techniques that come to you easily. Still, you should know all the techniques in the entire system so that you have a lot to choose from, even in a one-hour session.

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Module 29

Side Position 1

The side position will be great for those that are uncomfortable laying prone. I can see how this position really makes Thai massage accessible to everyone. I love that very much. 

The sitting on the inner thigh had my partner in giggles! She said it felt really good but every time she started to relax she remembered that I was using my butt. I am going to practice again on someone not so giggly. Smile The hip work from side position is wonderful.

I have a friend that is also a yoga instructor, she is pregnant and I am going to ask her if I can practice with her on the side position modules. I think she will be great to work on because she is very aware of her body and I feel comfortable around her. I think it will be good practices to work on a pregnant body.  

Thank you for the info on the length of the massages. I can see how a longer massage would be better. There are so many wonderful techniques. 

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"I have a friend that is also a yoga instructor, she is pregnant and I am going to ask her if I can practice with her on the side position modules. I think she will be great to work on because she is very aware of her body and I feel comfortable around her. I think it will be good practices to work on a pregnant body."  -  This sounds like a good idea. I am looking forward to reading how that goes for you.

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Module 30

Side Position 2

Working on the back wile in side position is a little hard for me. I’m working hard to keep good ergonomics and the side position has been a challenge. Moving my knees as I move my hands is tricky for me. I’m trying with wide knees and that seems to be better but I know that when I have a partner with a longer back I will have to move my knees. 

I did a short session with my pregnant friend, let’s call her Sarah. Sarah is at the begging of her second trimester. I’m glad that we are starting to work together now because I think I would be really nervous if she was farther along. She was really great about giving me other prop suggestion for a pregnant person. She said that these techniques felt really good. We are going to continue to work together throughout her pregnancy. 

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"We are going to continue to work together throughout her pregnancy. "  -  This is the best pregnancy training I could imagine. You might just become an expert as a pregnancy therapist.

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Module 31

side position 3

Shoulder work

Side position has great shoulder access. These techniques are really wonderful. I have been practicing the Rotating Shoulder while leaning on trap technique a lot. I want to make sure I have good ergonomics in this technique. I definitely feel clumsy but the more I practice the better it’s beginning to feel. I noice that when my ergonomics are off my partners bodies slide out of position. This makes it easier for me to notice when I’m not using my whole body. 

My pregnant partner really loves the shoulder work. I have been working with others too on the side and they all really enjoy the shoulder work as well. This module is great for those clients that have stiff necks and shoulders. I feel that in the US we have a lot of shoulder and neck tension do to our obsession with technology (smartphones and computers). I notice that many people hunch forward putting strain on the upper back, neck, and shoulders. I hope that with these techniques I am able to elevate some of that strain. 

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