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Heidi Mitrus
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So…just watched all modules for Thai Rocking Massage over the past few days. I couldn’t stop watching!!! For each module, I watched a few minutes, pressed pause and took detailed notes and drew illustrations to help clarify for myself position of client and practitioner. I really enjoy Shama’s teaching style-relaxed, thorough and supportive. Now, I will go back through and watch each module again (and probably again ;) . I like to practice in small bites, and will start with Chi Machine  and work my way through module one, practicing each part. I even like to watch and practice hand placements/positions/rythyms in the air! I know that may sound funny, but, you can still practice, even those times you don’t have a partner to practice on. I’m a kinesthetic learner,so as I’m watching, I am moving!! I’m sure it would be very amusing to watch, haha…but, it is building muscle memory!So excited to officially get started, working towards earning my Thai Rocking Certificate ;)

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August 13, 2014 - 1:33 pm
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Hi Heidi, good to hear from you again! I am glad to see your enthusiasm. Smile

Please take a minute and familiarize yourself with the following check list for the certification program:

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I am looking forward to reading your posts!

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Thai Rocking Module 1:  It was very helpful to learn of all the different types of rocking and name them. This helped clarify what type of movement was happening with each different type in my note-taking,so as I was practicing, I could refer to my notes, get the mental picture of the rock and experiment with it. As I was practicing chi machine, I intentionally played with what not to do and then what to do. Major Difference( of course, you already know this!). It looked like a very easy move to do but, it took me a bit of adjusting and refining and good feedback from client,to finally get the aha!I found the pause at the end of movement to feel essential for experiencing the effects. It felt very grounding and intreating to P A U S E ! Rocking the Body lengthwise also took a bit of adjusting to feel comfortable in my body. I realized I was tensing my shoulders, which resulted in a feeling of effort for me and client. Remembering to elongate my spine and drop my shoulders was very helpful.I visualize the lean out in this movement as though I am taking out the slack along the length of the body.Oay, feels like so much information in first module, I could write a book :-) It would be wonderful to have someone in my area who is also learning Thai Rocking, so I could feel it in my body as well…hmm…who can I recruit?! 

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followup to Thai Rocking Module 1; The pause at the end of chi machine felt grounding and integrating -not intreating! ,as feedback received … I suppose it is a treat to give our clients that space to truly experience the effect.

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The effect of the Chi Machine is this delightful sense of tingling in the body. Without the pause you would essentially kill this effect. Smile

I have wished many times that someone could give me the kind of massage which I am teaching, but no such luck! I am in Thailand and all my students are in the western world. If you can induce someone in your area to learn it as well, that would be great. Then you can trade.

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Thai Rocking Module 3; Leg rocking is quite familiar to me ,as I have practiced Trager Approach bodywork for many years,but you can always learn more! Finding proper positioning while working on the floor is new. Sitting at the right distance from client, as well as having your knees wide enough to feel stable greatly affects your ability to use your whole body movement and the effectiveness of the movement. When you are relaxed and the movement can freely flow from you, thats what is transmitted to client. Otherwise, doesn’t feel good at all! I enjoyed the moves that focused in more specifically to free the hips- working in the groove between adductors and quads. So much tension held in the hips and people are often unaware of how much they are holding!! great module. Am enjoying this so much!!

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August 17, 2014 - 10:59 pm
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I am happy to hear that you are enjoying this so much. Smile

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Thai Rocking massage module 4:

I love the squeeze, lift and rock the leg movements!-great for differentiating muscle from femur, and also different muscles of quads. Also, a nice detailed work of Tibialis Anterior, which can become quite tight and tender.Also enjoyed the movement of circling,elongating,compressing rock with ankle locked.One movement, working on decompressing and increasing r.o.m. ankle, knee and hip! great easy transition to foot to standing position for fractioning, rocking hip with my hands clasped. I felt as though I wasn’t fully getting the circling, though…more of an oval…not sure if I have to get more comfortable in my position, or maybe didm’t have clients foot turned in enough?perhaps both…keep practicing.

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All circling and rocking movements require some finesse. You just have to experiment until they feel right to you and the client. The main thing is to keep your touch light and flowing. If your touch feels heavy, the rocking and circling moves can feel quite clumsy. It’s like you are dancing with your client’s body.

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Module 5: I love the additional stretch from client positioning of angle of tibia to femur in knee circling movement. The additional stretch really reaches that hip/glutes area where there is often so much tension.What I like about all the Thai Rocking movements is that they are relaxing, never abrupt and encourage, encourage the client to let go!! Now, Shama… I am wondering if a Thai Rocking Side-lying course could be in the works?? :-)

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It’s not exactly in the works, but something to think about! Smile I have several new course ideas that I am considering.

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Thai Rocking Module 6;  Hand placement just inside hip bones definitely creates a different rock from hand placement on outside of hip-nice distinction of feeling for the client. I tried this on myself (it kind of worked!) to see where the emphasis was different.very nice! I’m finding that once I am in a supported position,such as using inside of my leg to support my arm, working in this position is quite comfortable! And what a lovely flow of movements ,rocking from legs to hips, ribs ,up to just below the axilla. I really enjoy how there is an infinite combination sequence- not a routine! so relaxing for client and practitioner. I find it really stimulates my creativity and encourages a deep presence within me.the low back stretch is wonderful!! I like how it slowly encourages, rock by rock, towards a deeper spinal twist. nothing sudden or abrupt for client to guard against. I always enjoy the look of pleasant surprise on the clients face when they realize they have so much more freedom in their body than they thought! Rib work is great for that!! I had a client who complained of a stiff neck, but after working through the six different rocks you taught, their neck was feeling much freer and increased range of motion. Gotta love that. I also have much respect for you, that you can verbally explain so clearly, while demonstrating the moves, never missing a beat!! you’re pretty awesomeSmile

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September 11, 2014 - 12:45 am
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Thanks Heidi, comments like that make my day! Smile

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Thai Rocking Module 7:The first three moves in this module look wonderful, but I haven’t had a chance to practice them, as my current clients all outsize me! I did try to simulate movement number three by putting my lower legs up on a chair so that my hips were in the air and used my hands to rock my hips. very freeing for lower back! I can imagine how good it would feel to receive this movement…Found the push/pull movement in slow motion a good way to gently introduce the faster pace of the belly sandwich rock. I have found that if I can’t effortlessly get my hand under the clients lower back, they think they need to help! So, rocking the clients hip to facilitate that has become standard practice on most clients.Also liked using thumbs and fingertips to rock abdomen and can use this position to gently sculpt and define rect. abd. great,great work, Shama! I would love to attend a week long live training in Thai Rocking with you. Can you imagine how free and blissed-out the participants would feel?!!Smile

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Yes I can imagine! However they had to fly halfway around the world for this event since I live in Thailand! Smile

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Thai Rocking Module 8:I have done rib rocking in sessions before, but never quite like this. A nice addition to my rib work toolbox! Client feedback for slow circling on sternum- feels comforting and centering… I like your emphasis on teaching to synchronize your movements with the breath.For me, very much like how you breathe during yoga asanas.Energizing and grounding, always reminding me to relax into my body and flow.Love the movement of figure 8, but am trying to become comfortable in my body.Same with scapula circling- much play/experimentation needed.

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I “borrowed” the breathing concept from my yoga experience. Normally breathing is not taught at all in Thai Massage training. This is something which I have added in my style.

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Thai Rocking Module 9: i often do similar work on shoulders,because it is more common than not that client have holding patterns! I like to see the ways in which you support your body while you work, inviting the most ease into your body, which then translates into  ease in the clients body.I had not tried adding circling into swing of arm before and i really like it!!I was working with someone new,and they said, “I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it”!! :-)  finding that perfect fit between ball of shoulder and ribs makes all the difference. I call this the shoulders sweet spot.I have found many clients want to help you swing the arm…lots of communication here…give me the weight of your arm or let your arm be as heavy and lazy as possible usually will start the process of letting go for them.Slow rotation/rocking of arm delicious!!! I really enjoy the ‘no formula’ approach with Thai rocking! One of the BEST things about this way,well two best things-highly effective for client and I feel energized and creative during and after a session! I was wondering how long your typical client sessions are? I usually schedule for 1hour,15 to 1hour,30 for hands on time…

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I have never done less than two hour Thai Massage sessions. Nobody ever questioned me about that. I just told people that a Thai Massage session takes two hours.  

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September 19, 2014 - 10:50 pm
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thai Rocking Module 10: A two hour session seems optimal to me, too… 

Yes and Yes!! tovhip rocking/glute work!! So much tension held in the joint and glute muscles from physical exercise, emotional tension,etc…so wonderfully addressed in these moves. You know, I have had many massages and only once have had the therapist work on the glutes! (and that was a therapist who utilized a rocking movement ). It has been a new skill for me to incorporate a counting rythym with back rocking. I have found it to be a great way to “lull” the client (and there nervous system) into letting go, letting go…and also helpful to ensure you are covering every area with the same attention. Helpful too in highlighting areas that may need more focus. I guess easier to notice , for me, areas that are still not so free when I count  the rhythmic movement.I don’t feel I explained that very well, but I hope you get what I mean :-).And… this work is deeply effective, yet very kind to therapists body.

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