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Hope Carter
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January 13, 2017 - 4:56 am
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For the shoulder massage I got the pleasure of working with my friend Luh Nita. She is from Bali and is trained in Thai massage and has guided me through most of my videos. She helped me with the shoulder lift and how not to lean to hard and to keep my balance. Pulling up wasn’t a problem. She helped me with the positioning and getting my fingers in the right position on the scapula to slide them with out hurting her while my knee was under her upper arm. And while on the side lying position I really was able to grip my fingers and give her scapula a great stretch. 

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There is a Luh Nita Mertasih who took the Complete Thai Massage course a couple of years ago. Is this the same Luh Nita you are talking about? 

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January 14, 2017 - 10:14 am
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Yes it is!!

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January 14, 2017 - 10:21 am
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Today I incorporated the sacral massage into one of my deep tissue massages. Your right doing it on the table is not easy. I just pet her covered with the sheet and was able to really get in the grooves on each side and thumb friction. She said it really helped and she could feel it release the tension while I was doing it. Once we were done with the massage she got dressed and I stretched her really well. I feel a lot better about stretching people since watching all the videos. I feel like I have more insight and know how to position the body properly now. Definitely more confident. 

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I am glad to hear that. I see Thai Massage as a three dimensional modality since the body is moved in all directions. That means the therapist has to learn how to use his/her body correctly as well and develop excellent ergonomics. That makes us feel more comfortable and confident in the interaction with the client. We know how to position the body of the client better and how to position ourselves better. Good deal for both! Smile

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Shama said
I am glad to hear that. I see Thai Massage as a three dimensional modality since the body is moved in all directions. That means the therapist has to learn how to use his/her body correctly as well and develop excellent ergonomics. That makes us feel more comfortable and confident in the interaction with the client. We know how to position the body of the client better and how to position ourselves better. Good deal for both! Smile  

I honestly have never really incorporated stretches into my massage much until this course. It helps to know what I’m doing and feel like the class was a huge positive step forward for my massage career. 

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Shama said
There is a Luh Nita Mertasih who took the Complete Thai Massage course a couple of years ago. Is this the same Luh Nita you are talking about?   

Shama said
There is a Luh Nita Mertasih who took the Complete Thai Massage course a couple of years ago. Is this the same Luh Nita you are talking about?   

Nita and I graduated from the same massage school and now work together. 

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Interesting to see these connections. Smile

All the stretches and body manipulations give you so many more options for working on people. I can’t even imagine doing massage work without them.

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Yesterday I worked on practicing the prone leg massage from module 20,21, and 22.  I have practiced this several times however I feel like I get better every time. My client has plantar fasciitis and putting my elbow into the foot was painful at first but did get easier. She said even afterwards she felt a difference. I find that with the traction most people seem to like that move.  I have learned to get back into a proper body mechanic and keep my back straight with the elephant walk. Using my forearm on the back of the leg feels so natural and really takes the tension off my elbows and wrists. The third line on the IT band is less painful on the client when I feel with this position than if I was standing pushing a soft fist through. I really like that you show the regular version of stretches and also the power version. There is always so much more to learn. And I’ve always worried about stressing the knee to much and these videos taught me how to hold the leg and not stress the knee so much. The prone reverse leg lift really gets in there and helps with the hip flexor.  I practiced it both ways and find that because I’m not very big it is easier for me while sitting on the buttocks. 

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January 17, 2017 - 2:09 am
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Great experiential post, and interesting to read. It sounds like the Thai Massage is helping you with your ergonomics and your skillful use of body parts. And yes, whenever possible I tried to include several versions of a stretch to accommodate different body types, sizes and weights.

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Today I practiced the side lying position. Sitting on her leg was a little funny to me at first but I finally got my balance and was able to properly execute this move. Working on the hip on side lying seems to get in there more than when they are laying supine especially if they have an issue. Again using the forearm and rolling it seems more comfortable. I did try this in a regular massage as well and it worked great. When doing percussion I found with side lying I was able to get the whole hip and not compromise my body mechanics.  Controlling the knee during the stretch was very comfortable. 

And I always love to do the elephant walk so rolling up to the back was exciting. I do use a lot of thumbs and with this technique it did not put as much pressure on my thumbs as stripping while prone. I really feel like palming the electors helps release the tension better than stripping them. And I was pretty comfortable with the spinal stretch after. My client said she could really her back relaxing. And said after she felt amazing. 

I did do a small amount of shoulder work but not much as she really wanted to focus more on her low back. I did do some circling and some joint movement just to get some upper trap work in. And then I finished with the stretch. 

All in all it was a great session. She felt relaxed and less tense when she left. 

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That sounds like pretty good feedback, I would say – you must be doing quite a good job there! Smile

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