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Ines Echevarria's Complete Thai Massage Course Notes
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Shama Kern
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October 12, 2016 - 1:08 am
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I am very happy to hear that you are really getting into the spirit of it all. That's what I really try to accomplish. The last thing I would want to do is just train people in some mechanical sequence. That won't be you, for sure! Smile You are enjoying the process, sensing with your hands, allowing yourself to be creative - great!!

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October 14, 2016 - 8:22 pm
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MODULE 31 & 32

 

It seems to me that Thai Massage have much to do with circles, circling, round movements ...

The circling of the energy when working with the hara and breathing, our bodies rocking and making circles or semicircles helping the movement of our hands.

Circles on our anklles. These are the simplest and easiest to do and understand. Maybe because they connects us to the earth. They ground us so they must keep steady and firm but still there is movement, small, but there is movement there. We are alive.

Circles on the hips. These made of a eight, a part that connects us to the infinite manifestation of life, in a part where our sexual and reproductive organs are.

Circles on the shoulders. These are the most complexe, as they connect us to the world, to the others. They link our heart to the other's. There is so much to do to them... They do so much for us...

 

Sorry, the side-way position has very much inspire me. I was philosophizing on a massage courseEmbarassed I get to the point.

I have tried to do a couple whole body practices. I did a bit fast until reaching the shoulders as my main aim was practising these modules. So I started with the supine position until the hip work. The transition was: I did the 90 degree stretch so that I turned the receiver sideways and I worked the shoulders. It is said that hips and shourders are connected so I thought this was the best way but I missed the back . 

In the other massage, I tried to start in prone position but the transition wasn't so easy. I have to ask the receiver to move his legs.

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Actually, Thai Massage in general does not have so many round, circling movements. This is something particular to my own style. And it is what most distinguishes my style of Thai Massage from what you learn in the traditional system of Thai Massage here in Thailand.

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MODULE 33

A bit of fresh air after doing so much work with stiff shourlders while practicing the sideway position. This work meant handling with great care the receiver's body, small movement on it..

 

Now there has been a bit of fun for everybody. The receivers were surprised for having a massage done in this position. They didn't feel it too unconfortable and everybody said that the two last strechings were a good stretching ( I did warm up before)

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MODULE 34

I love this movement and stretching , or rather, stretching in motion techniques.  In Spain, normally, we don’t  have so much problem with the distance between two people. In fact the lack of physical contact can be a problem as it is registrered on investigations done with children. I have had a client whose diaprham was so stiff that there was no sign of breathing. She had pain on her back at the same place. I have worked on her abdomen and back with no change. Then I have worked on her chest and shoulders with very soft touches and surprisingly her diaprham started to move with a rhythmical breathing.

I think that ending up a massage with the sitting position would be good for a very yin person to help him to return to actif life. It comes to my mind a short of sun salutation yoga pose that starts and ends in the standing up position, being both different for who does it as energy has changed with the stretchings.

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That's good to hear that there is not much of an issue with physical contact in Spain. In some countries this can be quite an issue.

Regarding your client with the breathing problem - it just shows that we have to be creative and intuitive until we find what works, and that's not always what seems to be the obvious thing.

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MODULE 35

Thank you for this last module that reminds me that I am dealing with a person with all it comprexity and richness. I have specially like what you say about the cells memory. The cells ( maybe it is the brain ) also listen. There is a Kyne exercise that demonstrates that if you talk to your arm (you kindly ask it to go further) it goes further back than it usually does. :-)))

 

I am reading a very interesting book "Freeing Emotions and EnergyThrough Myophascial release by Noah Karrasch who writes: " I  find that if I explain to my clients what I am doing and why and how they can work with me, we accomplish more in our sessions." "The health facilitator takes the client to the brink of theri fear or pain, then motivates them to bridge the gap to the freedom on the other side of the pain·.

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I very much have the same experience. Many times my sessions have been much more successful just because I talked to my clients, I took an interest in them, their life style, their issues, and often this helped me to figure out how to be a lot more effective and targeted with my therapy work. Also clients remember someone much better who communicated with them and listened to them. Of course we can't spend the whole time talking during our sessions, but effective communication is definitely one of the therapeutic tools which we need to have available.

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