Welcome to the Thai Massage For Sciatica course and our forum. One question: On your certification registration you listed both Huajin and Lisa. Do you want both names on the certificate or just one of them?
I imagine you use Lisa as an easy way in the western world where most people will have trouble pronouncing Huajin. I am quite familiar with this issue since I live in Thailand.
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I really like the tests for Sciatica, especially the “straight leg lift”. I have a client who has a Sciatica. I did the”straight leg lift” with her, it was fine with her. Because her Sciatica is caused by L4,L5. It is really useful to use these tests to locate the source of a Sciatica problem.
I tried the rocking technique with several of my clients. I found that it works very well with seniors, since it is gentle and their bodies are not very flexible. With overweight clients, it seems like it is not very effective when I rock their lower lumbar and buttock. Do you have any suggestions for oversized clients for this technique?
Thanks for the name clarification. Your email never made it to my inbox. That happens sometimes in cyberspace.
When clients are quite overweight, any kind of massage is more of a challenge, and definitely Thai Massage because you move people around a lot. On such clients there are a number of techniques that you simply would want to skip, otherwise you have to put too much effort into the sessions and you wear yourself out.
Always keep in mind that the techniques which I am presenting are options to choose from, not fixed mandatory sequences. Not every technique will work on everyone and every body type, size and shape. So the real art is to always determine what works best for a particular client AND for you as a therapist.
For example if a hand rocking technique doesn’t work well on a large client, you can switch to a rocking technique where you use your knees or feet instead. That gives you a lot more power with less effort.
I tried the elbow technique for several of my clients. Seems like it works very well. The clients like it a lot and all of them told me that it really feels good. I apply this technique to clients who has lower back pain for different reasons. I am really glad this technique which is very helpful for lower back pain.
I am around 45kg and my clients are most of them around 120kg. I tried the knee powerful technique, put my knee on buttocks and lean while I am trying to pull the other side hip up. However, I am not successful for doing this. I am having hard time to pick a client up. I think that maybe too much weight difference between clients and me. Any suggestion for this situation? Thanks, Lisa
Lisa, working on 120 kg persons is obviously much harder – even for me, and I am much bigger and heavier than you. On heavy people like that you will always have to skip certain techniques. Remember that all the techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences.
The rule is that you learn to use your body to its best advantage with good ergonomics and body weight. Then, if a technique is still too hard on you with large clients, you don’t do it on such a person. You don’t want to strain your body.
Here in Thailand there are many thousands of Thai Massage therapists. Most of them are women, and they weigh between 45 kg and 55 kg. They all manage to work on much larger clients because they know what they can do and what they cannot do on particular clients.
When I work on very heavy clients, I do a lot of elbow, knee and foot work. But the fact still remains that we all have to know our limits and work in such a way that it doesn’t hurt our own bodies.
I tried the hip rocking technique for several of my clients. It works very well , everybody like it. It is gentle, effective technique.
I tried lift one side lower back and hip. However, it was difficult to do it with my heavy clients. Any suggestion? Maybe I have to skip using this technique, because of combination of my small size and big size my clients.
Exactly – on very heavy clients you just have to skip this technique. If I work on very heavy clients, I skip lots of techniques as well. We have to do that, otherwise we stress our bodies and struggle and it’s just not healthy and fun anymore.
On very heavy clients you can use direct pressure and rocking techniques with the feet and knees and elbows. That will be easy on you and effective for clients. Some stretches on very heavy clients are just impossible to do. Remember – the techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences.
I must say one of my favourite technique is the lower back twist. I can apply it for big sized clients easily and it is very effective. I leaned one thing from this technique over time;if I have a client have tight legs, hips, I will use it with rocking. That way the client feels good and you can gently do it.
I got some feedback from my clients about exercises. So far, the one lift a leg while you are sitting and pull the leg to the opposite side of your shoulder are quite effective. My clients doubted about the benefit of exercises which I showed them. Luckily they tried and noticed the diffidence.
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